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CARO and CKC Comparison: Eligibility

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The same, yet different.

 One of the things that drew me to CARO originally was the fact that CARO rules allow for the participation of a wide range of individual dogs and people. CKC, on the other hand is a bit more restrictive although I am very pleased about the recent changes they have made to allow the participation of a wider variety of dogs.

CARO Canine Eligibility

  • Dogs of any breed, or mix of breeds.
  • Dogs 6 months of age or older.
  • Dogs registered individually with CARO.
  • Course adjustments may be made for physically challenged dogs at the judge’s discretion.
  • Dogs that appear to the judge to be in pain or discomfort may not compete.
  • Bitches in season may not compete.

CKC Canine Eligibility

  • Purebred dogs registered with the CKC (or dogs eligible for registration).
  • Purebred dogs of CKC recognized breeds that have an event Registration Number (ERN) or a Performance Event Number (PEN).
  • Purebred dogs of CKC listed breeds that have a Miscellaneous Class Certification Number (MCN) or a Performance Event Number (PEN).
  • Purebred dogs of breeds not recognized by the CKC that have a Canine Companion Number (CCN).
  • Mixed breed dogs that have a Canine Companion Number (CCN).
  • Dogs must be 6 months of age or older.
  •  Lame dogs (in the judges’ opinion) can not compete.
  • Dogs may not be entered under a judge (or an immediate family member of the judge) that owns, sold, held under lease, handled, boarded, trained or instructed a dog regularly in the 6 months prior to the trial.
  • Bitches in season may not compete.

The main differences, at the moment, between  the eligibility of individual dogs in CKC and CARO include a streamlined registration process for CARO and an allowance in CARO for course adjustments for dogs that are physically challenged. If a handler would like to request course changes for a dog with a physical limitation for a CARO trial, they may do so in writing and should include this request and with their trial entry. In my time as a judge I have approved a few course modifications including: Lower jump heights for mobility restricted dogs, extra time to complete the course for older, slower moving dogs and, obstacle substitution for visually impaired dogs.

CARO Handler Eligibility

  • Handlers must own the dog they handle, or be an immediate family member of the owner (Junior Handlers are an exception)
  • Course adjustments may be made for physically challenged handlers at the judge’s discretion.

CKC Handler Eligibility

  • Dogs may be handled by the owner, family member or another person
  • Trial Secretaries, Superintendents and Trial Chairs may not handle a dog at any trial in which they are acting as an official.
  • Exercises and routines may be adjusted for handlers, but only if the modifications do not provide and advantage to the dog and the dog is required to perform all exercises.
  • Individuals may not compete under a Judge who is an immediate family member.
  • Individuals may not compete under a Judge who as attended regular training classes held by the exhibitor in the 6 months prior to the trial.

The main differences for handler eligibility between CKC and CARO revolves around who can and cannot handle a dog under whom. I am not sure how the CKC rule about accommodations for handlers with physical disabilities plays out and what kind of modifications have been allowed. In CARO the process is the same as for dogs, it must be done in writing prior to the trial, preferably when you send in your entry. In the past I have seen a request from handlers for exercise substitution (someone who could not run), for extra time and even for leniency with the tightness of turns for handlers with balance issues.

That just about covers my understanding of the eligibility rules for which dogs can and cannot compete at CKC and CARO rally trials. If you are serious about competing in rally at either venue (to me, serious means you are have or are considering entering a trial) you owe it to yourself to read each organisations rule book.

Click the following link to go to the CARO Master Handbook – 2013

Click the following link to go to the CKC Rally Obedience Trial Rules and Regulations (January 1, 2012)

Next week, we’ll compare CARO and CKC classes and titles!

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CARO and CKC: What’s the difference?

CKC and CARO: Apples and Oranges?

Many of us involved in the sport of rally obedience often have an opportunity to participate in the same sport under different organisations. in order to succeed in the same sport in multiple venues, a person really needs to have an idea of each organisations rules. We all do this for different reasons. maybe we like titles, maybe we like working with our dogs, maybe we need the pressure of a trial, any trial to get our dog training butts in gear.

When I travel out of town for seminars, I typically am doing an Introduction to CARO Rally Seminar with participants who already have an idea of what rally is about and who often have been participating in CKC rally for some time. At every seminar I have done to date, conversation drifts towards a comparison of CARO and CKC. Where are they the same? Where are they different? Which should a person do first? Which is more difficult? I know where these questions are coming from: For those who know one venue, comparison is often an easy way to understand something new. However, for those brand new to the sport, comparing two venues when they do not have a basic knowledge of either venue is confusing. What this means is that I try to steer clear of venue comparison because there simply isn’t time to cover the important similarities and differences.

At the last seminar I delivered, I promised to prepare something for participants to help them better understand the similarities and differences and I am finally getting around to it. From my extensive experience with CARO and my limited experience with CKC, these two venues differ in a few ways that I intend to explore every over the next few weeks.

  • Eligibility
  • Classes
  • Titles
  • Equipment and rewards
  • Course design
  • Ring procedure
  • Exercise performance criteria
  • Scoring

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Rally Course of the Week – September 6, 2013

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Level: Excellent (CARO)

Space Required: 50’x50′

Designer: Ayoka Bubar

Download this Course: CARO 50′x 50′ Course – Excellent (T13-001)

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Rally Course of the Week – August 30, 2013

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Level: Advanced (CARO)

Space Required: 50’x50′

Designer: Ayoka Bubar

Download this Course: CARO 50′x 50′ Course – Advanced (T13-001)

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Pupdate – Week 8

8 weeks, 5 days

Weight:17lbs

Our trip home was long and uneventful.

We got to the Portland airport and they did not even want to weigh Epic at check-in – I am thankful they did not because I think she may have been very close to the 22lb limit with her bag. We also got through security with the lunch Epic’s grandma Perri packed for her without any trouble.

The benefits of traveling with a puppy are:

  • Security line ups fly by because everyone wants to pet the puppy.
  • Security staff never make you go through the x-ray scanner with a dog.
  • They (at least Air Canada) will let you board first.

Our flight was delayed by about a half hour so we sat down near a window, I unzipped the top of Epic’s bag and she was quite content to supervise the ground crews.

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Our short flight to Vancouver was uneventful and then we had a 4 hour layover. Vancouver has a nice little park outside the international arrivals exit complete with trees, and some grass. a perfect spot to exercise and feed a dog! I spent the rest of the layover walking Epic around the airport in her bag set on the cart. She was as happy as a clam and not one bit worried about being on the moving cart.

We arrived in Winnipeg at around 1:30am and made the 2 hour drive home to Brandon where we fell onto the couch – we both slept like babies.

8 weeks, 6 days

Unfortunately I went right back to work on Wednesday morning. Sean and I leave at about the same time of day so he was up and downstairs just as I got Epic back from a morning potty break.

Sean looked at her, got right down on the floor and said, “hi”. Poor Epic took one look at him and ran back downstairs.

At work, things went as could be expected. Epic was less than pleased about being in a crate on her own. No food could console her and so she spent most of her first day at work screaming which made a long, tiring day even longer!

Once we got back home I armed Sean with cookies and left them together while I prepared dinner. Sean can work his magic on just about any dog and when I came back to the living room she was enjoying belly rubs from him.

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Rally Course of the Week – August 23, 2013

CAROlogoNOVICECourse Details

Level: Novice (CARO)

Space Required: 50’x 50′

Designer: Ayoka Bubar

Download this Course: CARO 50′x 50′ Course – Novice (T13-001)

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Rally Course of the Week – August 16, 2013

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Level: Advanced Team (CARO)

Space Required: 30’x70′

Designer: Ayoka Bubar

Download this Course: CARO 30′x 70′ Course – Advanced Team (T12-052)

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