Rules and Regs

ADCQ Ground Rules and Regulations

Ground Rules

    1. All dogs to be on leash unless approved by instructor.
    2. No dogs/handlers allowed on baseball diamond, including grassed area.
    3. All faeces anywhere on the grounds must be picked up by handler and placed in the appropriate receptacle.
    4. We reserve the right for a dog to be muzzled.
    5. No bitches in oestrum on the grounds except as follows:
      • Bitches in season may participate in Competition class
      • Bitches in season may not be crated on the field
      • Bitches in season must wear ‘britches’ when in full season
      • Handlers of bitches in season, intending to participate in Competition Class, must advise their instructor on the day
    1. Instructor training (prior to Competition Class) for instructors only.
    2. No equipment to be practiced on except whilst under instruction or as approved by the Chief Instructor
    3. No collar, other than fixed, may remain on a dog whilst using agility equipment.
    4. All handlers to help putting up and clearing away the equipment and rings.
    5. Dogs under 18 months obstacle/jump training to be at the Chief Instructor’s discretion. 
    6. No dogs to be taken into toilets.
    7. All handlers are responsible for their own dog(s).
    8. Children to be supervised at all times.
    9. No drinking of alcohol on grounds during training.
    10. No glass on grounds.
    11. No smoking on the grounds.  
    12. Suitable footwear to be worn, ie no thongs or barefeet.
    13. Harsh handling will not be tolerated.
    14. Children under the age of 10 years cannot be in the training area whilst classes are being conducted, unless approved by the instructor.  Requests for children under the age of 10 years to train a dog are to be referred to the Chief Instructor or Management Committee.
    15. No ground pegs to be used on the field.  
    16. Crates are essential as part of all our agility training.  Dogs to be crated when not being trained.
    17. Any Dog(s) that have kennel cough are to be quarantined from all ADCQ activities for 21 days from onset of clinical signs. This quarantining is to include all Dogs within the household/under the same roof. Please check with the Chief Instructor for other contagious diseases.

Competition Class – Additional Rules

  • $5-00 per dog training fee
  • +/- 2 (or 3, depending on the sequence) minute instructed timeframe for each person/dog. You can request the instructor to assist you with any skill you would like during your training time.
  • Small whiteboard to be used for people to nominate their running order in class
  • If someone misses the course walking time, they can either choose to miss that run or course walk as part of their 2 (or 3) minutes.
  • Dogs in Competition class to be on lead to the start line of the instructed sequence and then to be put on lead at the end of that. No sending dogs to crates from the sequence.
  • Next dog (as per whiteboard) to be ready to go (on lead) while the previous dog is running. As soon as the previous dog is onlead, this dog’s time starts.
  • Subject to the below, handlers/dogs are welcome (and encouraged), on or off-lead, to work on other skills during the comp class.
  • If a dog leaves its handler to interfere with another dog/person and/or affects their ability to train (ie there is risk of issue) 
    1. the dog is to be immediately put away in its crate
    2. any remaining time (out of the 2 or 3 minute session) is to be spent with the handler/instructor developing a plan to keep the dog engaged
    3. next session the plan is to be followed through. This may (or may not) be using the sequence laid out (instructor’s decision), be focused on engagement or building the desired behaviour(s)
    4. the dog doesn’t need to actually bite/attack to instigate this
  • If the dog leaves its handler a second time, then dog needs to be onlead except when they are in their (2 minutes) instructed time.
    1. this must be reported to the President and Chief Instructor at the conclusion of the class (definitely prior to the next class/session for that dog)
    2. this means that the person still gets to train their dog (other dogs to be put away), and aren’t excluded, but their dog may not have off-lead access to the skills/other activities
    3. in order to have this restriction removed, the handler needs to be (seen to be) working on the problem and for it to improve over time
    4. the dog may be off-lead in the batters’ cage
    5. a member can self-nominate that other Competition Class dogs be put away during the instructed sequence with their dog. In that case, their dog must be onlead at all other times and does not have off-lead access to skills/other activities.  In order to access this benefit, the member is responsible for erecting the practigates between Agility Skills and Competition class working areas.
    6. dogs that require other dogs to be away during the instructed sequence to be identified on the running order on the whiteboard
    7. the club has purchased a set of practigates. This is free standing fencing that concertinas and is very suitable as an aid for those who wish to work with their dog (whether in a fully enclosed area, or just with a barrier) at club. 
    8. The practice gates are not to be considered/used as a substitute for training/dealing with a problem. They may not be used as a means for dogs that run off to be kept contained so they can do agility training, but will be there for members to work on building relationship, connection and confidence of handler and dog.

Competition Class – Additional Rules

  • Prepaid course fee except for Beginner handling which is $5-00 per dog training fee.
  • Dogs to be on lead from crate to working area. No sending dogs to crates from the working area.
  • Instructor will nominate which dogs may work off-lead.  It is expected that dogs in Agility Foundations, Agility Skills and Beginner Handling classes are able to work off lead in the class environment however this is subject to Instructor approval.  
  • If a dog leaves its handler to interfere with another dog/person and/or affects their ability to train (ie there is risk of issue) 
    1. the dog is to be immediately put away in its crate
    2. instructor will advise handler of any adjustment to plan to keep the dog engaged
    3. next session the plan is to be followed through. This may (or may not) be using the exercise laid out (instructor’s decision) for other class participants, be focused on engagement or building the desired behaviour(s)
    4. the dog doesn’t need to actually bite/attack to instigate this
  • If the dog leaves its handler a second time in one session, the dog needs to be onlead except when the handler is under direct instruction.  
    1. this must be reported to the President and Chief Instructor at the conclusion of the class (definitely prior to the next class/session for that dog)
    2. a dog that leaves its handler on more than one occasion may:
      1. be required to be onlead in class;
      2. be required to attend (and graduate from) Teamwork Confidence Course; and/or
      3. have other conditions for participation in class determined by the Chief Instructor
    3. the dog may be off-lead in the batters’ cage

All of the above fits with our club philosophy of training and resolving problems, and making it a great place to train our dogs.

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