Titles that can be earned from the American Kennel Club

AKC Agility Titles (the obstacle course)

Two Types of Classes
There are two types of classes offered at an agility trial: Standard and Jumpers with Weaves. The Standard class has contact obstacles, which have yellow “contact zones” at each end. Contact obstacles include A-frame, dog walk and seesaw. The dog must place a least one paw in the contact zone in order not to receive a fault. This encourages safety in training and in running the course. Standard class also has a variety of jumps, weave poles, pause table, tunnels and a closed chute. The Jumpers with Weaves class does not have contact obstacles or a pause table to slow the team’s forward momentum. This is a very fast course requiring instant decisions by the handler and close attention from the dog.

Levels of Competition ~ There are three different levels of competition in agility:

NOVICE – for the dog that is just starting in agility. There are 13 to 15 obstacles on this course. The focus of the Novice class is on performing the obstacles with minimal handling technique.

OPEN – for the dog that has completed the Novice level. There are 16 to 18 obstacles on this course. The focus of the open class is on more difficult obstacle course performance with more handling skill required.

EXCELLENT – for the dog that has completed the open level. There are 18 – 20 obstacles on this course. The focus of the Excellent A & B class is to provide the opportunity for dogs and handlers to demonstrate their superior skills in moving quickly and efficiently with close communication and teamwork through challenging agility courses.

The Excellent B level is the class where handler-dog teams can earn the title, Master Agility Champion (MACH).

Jump Heights The classes are divided by jump heights in order to make the competition equal for all sizes of dogs.

8” Class – dogs up to 10” at the shoulder
12” Class – dogs over 10” and up to 14” at the shoulder
16” Class – dogs over 14” and up to 18” at the shoulder
20” Class – dogs over 18” and up to 22” at the shoulder
24” Class – dogs over 22” at the shoulder

A dog may jump in a jump height class higher than his/her shoulder measurement, but never lower.
PREFERRED CLASS – This class affords an opportunity for a greater variety of dogs, and their handlers, to participate in the sport of agility. Handlers have the option to enter the Preferred classes with modified standards of lower jump heights and more generous course times.

4” Class – for 8-inch jumping dogs
8” Class – for 12-inch jumping dogs
12” Class – for 16-inch jumping dogs
16” Class – for 20-inch jumping dogs
20” Class – for 24-inch jumping dogs

How Faults are Given
Agility is a time and fault sport where the qualifying requirements are more challenging as the competition class levels get higher. There are two types of faults: time and penalty. Time faults are given for every second a dog goes over the Standard Course Time. Below are examples of Penalty Faults that a judge may assess a handler and dog:
• Taking an obstacle out of sequence
• Missing a contact zone
• Displacing a bar or panel on a jump
• Jumping off the pause table before the judge is through counting
• Running around or refusing the next obstacle
• Exceeding the amount of time set by the judge for running the course
• Touching either the dog or any obstacle by the handler while running the course
• Outside assistance may be penalized
• Handler failure to control the dog may be penalized

A perfect score in any class at any level is 100.
A dog must earn at least 85 point in order to receive a qualifying score.
For Novice, Open and Excellent titles the dog must earn three qualifying scores to earn the title.

Standard Titles
Qualifying Scores
Jumpers Titles
Qualifying Scores
Class Level
Novice Agility ~ NA
3
Novice Jumpers ~ NAJ
3
Novice Class
Novice Preferred ~ NAP
3
Novice Jumpers Preferred ~ NJP
3
Novice Preferred
Open Agility ~ OA
3
Open Jumpers ~ OAJ
3
Open Class
Open Preferred ~ OAP
3
Open Jumpers Preferred~ OAP
3
Open Preferred
Excellent Agility ~ AX
3
Excellent Jumpers ~ AXJ
3
Excellent A Class
Excellent Preferred ~ AXP
3
Excellent Jumpers Preferred ~ AJP
3
Excellent A Preferred
Master Agility ~ MX
10
Master Jumpers ~ MJ
10
Excellent B
Master Preferred ~ MXP
10
Master Jumpers Preferred ~ MJP
10
Excellent B Preferred

Master Agility Champion Title. To obtain MACH title, a dog must exhibit superior performance on the Agility course. Speed and consistency are the two major qualities denoting "superior performance" and therefore they are the basis for the MASTER AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP program.
In order to acquire the MACH title, a dog must achieve a minimum of 750 championship points and 20 double qualifying scores obtained from the Excellent B Standard Agility class and the Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves class.

Championship Points (CP's) ~ 750 CP's required minimum
1 point
(CP) is awarded for each full second under standard course time. For Examaple: If the dog ran a course in 55 seconds and the Standard Course Time was 60 seconds... the dog would receive 5 points.
Dogs earn points from the Ex B Agility Class and/or the Ex B Jumpers With Weaves Class.

Double Qualify (2Q's) ~ 20 (2Q's) required minimum
Qualifying in both the Excellent B Agility Class and the Excellent B Jumpers With Weaves Class
on the same day equals 1 (2Q). The dog must qualify in both classes on the same day 20 times.

 

AKC Conformation Titles (the beauty pageant)

Champion title. To earn a AKC Champion title, a dog must:
(A) Earn a minimum of 15 championship points,
(B) Earn at least two "majors" (a major is earning at least 3 or more points at one time).

The point schedule changes from year to year based on the number of dogs registered for each breed.

AKC Conformation Point Schedules - Bouviers (effective May 2004)
1 point
2 points
3 point (major)
4 point (major)
5 point (major)
Males
Females
Males
Females
Males
Females
Males
Females
Males
Females
2
2
4
4
5
6
6
9
10
15

This Point Schedule means that in order to earn a 3-point-major on a male dog, there must be at least 5 males entered.
Also, in order to earn a 3-point-major on a female dog, there must be at least 6 females entered at the show.

 

 

AKC Obedience Titles. (heel, sit, down, stay... )

Companion Dog (CD). This title must be earned from the Novice class. The Novice Class includes heel, sit, down, stay and come... on and off lead.
To earn this title, a dog must:
1. Earn three qualifying scores at three different obedience trials, and
2. The three qualifying scores must be earned under at least two different obedience Judges.

Companion Dog Excellent (CDX). A dog must earn the Companion Dog title before it is eligible to earn legs toward the Companion Dog Excellent title. This title must be earned from the Open class. The Open Class is all off lead and involves many commands from the Novice Class, however, the dog is also required to retrieve a dumbbell, retreive a dumbbell over a jump and jump over a broad-jump on command.
To earn this title, a dog must:
1. Earn three qualifying scores at three different obedience trials, and
2. The three qualifying scores must be earned under at least two different obedience Judges.

Utility Dog (UD). A dog must earn the Companion Dog Excellent title before it is eligible to earn legs toward the Utility Dog title. This title must be earned from the Utility class. The Utility Class involves off lead heeling with only using hand signals to direct the dog, directed jumping and the retrieving of scent articles.
To earn this title, a dog must:
1. Earn three qualifying scores at three different obedience trials, and
2. The three qualifying scores must be earned under at least two different obedience Judges.

Obedience Champion Dog (OCH). A dog must earn the Utility Dog title before it is eligible to earn points/legs toward the Obedience Champion title.
To earn this title, a dog must meet all of the requirements below:
1. Combined wins. At five different AKC-licensed trials, earn a qualifying score in each of the Open and Utility classes in the same trial, with a combined score of 370 or above.
2. Obedience championship points. Accumulate 100 obedience championship points, at least 30 of which must be earned in the Open B class and at least 20 of which must be earned from the Utility B class. Obedience championship points are earned in the Open and Utility classes by obtaining a minimum qualifying score or better in either or both.

Qualifying score
Points earned
170 to 174
1
175 to 179½
2
180 to 184½
3
185 to 189
4
190 to 192
5
193 to 195
6
196 to 198
7
199 to 200
8

Grand Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH). A dog must earn the Obedience Champion title before it is eligible to earn legs toward the Grand Obedience Champion title.
To earn this title, a dog must earn 15 Combined wins. At fifteen different AKC licensed trials, earn a qualifying score in each of the Open and Utility classes in the same trial, with a combined score of 370 or above.

 

Titles that can be earned from the Austrailian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA)

The Austrialian Shepherd Club of America opens up their Obedience to all breeds. They use the American Kennel Club guidelines for their Obedience Trials, Scoring and Titles. The set of five AKC Obedience Titles (CD, CDX, UD, OCH, OTCH) can also be earned from ASCA.

 

Joy-A-Len Bouviers have been involved in the
American, Canadian, ASCA and United Kennel Clubs...
meaning dogs can earn four Companion Dog Titles...
Am CD, Cdn CD, ASCA CD, and UCD...
Maggie and Pandora have accomplished this task.