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The Christmas Trial was great fun. Weather was kind and enabled us to enjoy 3 hours outside with two Combi classes.  Many thanks to our judges, Emma, Jane, Julie, Steve and Jay for all their time and help in 2015.  
NEW for 2016 will be PetDogRally Freestyle. Check out the new page for detail and files.

Trials have been booked for January 31st, February28th and April 3rd. Workshops 10th January, 14th February, 27th and 28th March.

Monday 2nd May sees us going outside for a workshop and the 8th May the first trial of the outdoor season.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and looking forward to seeing you and your lovely dogs in the New Year 2016.

           Best Wishes  Janet

 Nearly the end of another year!  
We still have a workshop next weekend (22nd) and the Christmas trial to look forward to.
Dates through to May 2016 have also been published on the events page.

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A little change to one bonus in Gold and Silver levels. Bonus One. Moving Down paired with a recall is moving to Gold Level. It is being replaced with Send to Mat 2 mtrs.

See you all soon  Janet

OCTOBER 4th 2015.

It was back to the hall for the first of out Autumn trials. Some excellent results indoors. Will start next season outside,with a workshop!

Congratulations to the following on their successes yesterday.
Val and Max - Bronze and Bots Championship.
Hayley and Barnie Bronze Championship  and 210 in AOL.
Ruth and Maisie  AOL Championship and Silver Achievement.
Me and Lily  AOL and SOS Championship.
Lucy and Lottie  BOTS Championship
Sabine and Leo  Pink Achievement
Christine and Maud Bronze Achievement
Laura and Tucker BOTS Achievement
Mary and Casper  AOL Achievement and their first 210 for BOTS Achievement.
Finally, what an outstanding result for Emma and Twiga, BOTS championship in six rounds all 210 PERFECT.

I have also managed to spell TWIGA correctly for the first time all year! If I spell your or your dog's name incorrectly, please let me know! Don't want it wrong on your awards.

Many of you too, are just a score or two away from your Achievement or Championships, so the trial in Novemeber will be very exciting.

Well done to All.   Janet

AUGUST 9th Trial 2015
Well it's England.. of course I start with the weather report! Hot!
Julie and Steve judged the Rally courses, many thanks to them. Lily and I were able to take part before I judged the 'Agility O' (combi classes) in the afternoon. Sue and Ebony had another excellent day and scored Supreme in each of their 6 classes. Ebony has now achieved Bronze on the side Championship for the second year. Well done! Laura and Luna have gained Achievement in BOTS too.
We welcomed two new teams Bridget and Berwick and Sarah and Cheese.
The 'O' classes in the afternoon were great fun. Plenty of jumps, hoops and tunnels and a damsel locked in a castle for the dogs to rescue in the final class. Catch the photos and videos on the pet dog rally obedience face book page.  Results are up.

JULY 5th Trial 2015

Over half way through the year and we have had just two outside trials. Got soaked at both!
My sincere thanks to our judges, Steve, Julie and Jane and our helper Mary for braving the elements with me and making the event happen! Well done to all competing teams too. Conditions were difficult for much of the day.

Full results are posted to the Awards and Championship page. 
The day though is not just about the results, but also the happy relationships with our dogs, the support between our competitors , the community that is PDRO.
If you are new to my awards scheme here is a summary. The award scheme runs annually and scores are not carried forward.
Pink level - awards are only for puppies.( less than 1yr at the 1st January)
An achievement award for six scores over 185, a Championship award for 6 over 195.
Separate awards can be gained at all other levels.  An achievement award is gained just once by scoring 6 times over 190. Championship award is gained by 6 times over 200.  Championship awards can be regained each year by scoring 8 times over 200. (Achievement awards are not given when the team go on to become Champions at that level in the same year)
From the results of yesterdays trial Cadbury and Leo achievers in Bronze, Maisie and Lottie achievers in AOL, Sapphire and Martha achievers in BOTS, Maggie and Ebony achievers in SILVER ON SIDE, Maggie achiever in GOLD.
BUT we don't want to give you THAT! Plenty of time left to work on and gain your Championship!
Congratulations to Ann and Ella, BOTS championship gained yesterday and to Anne and Sapphire for their Silver Championship.
I am also delighted that Lily has gained Achievement scores in her Silver classes. To have her able to work at all outside,  and especially off lead, after her breakdown in 2010 is just fantastic.
See you in August.            Janet

Scoring Guidelines.


The team starts the competition with a score of 200 points.

A team may score an additional 10 points for completing the optional bonus exercise correctly.

Deductions are based on performing the exercise requirements accurately and on the handling errors detailed in the scoring guidelines. Number of points lost will be 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 or 20 as indicated below.

Points lost on the optional bonus exercise will be deducted from the teams overall score. i.e. a maximum of 10 points are available to complete the bonus correctly. Should the team’s deductions exceed 10 points, the additional points lost will be deducted from the teams score at the finish.

A qualifying score for all levels is 170 and over.

Maximum points achievable are 210.

A non- qualifying score will also result from the following:

Consistent tight lead (15 or more points lost, tight lead or leash jerking)

Dog/Handler leaves the ring

Illness in the ring.


Harsh Verbal or Physical correction.

Excessive, Constant Nipping- Biting- Unmanageability

Overall score of 169 or less.


Scoring deductions


1 point


Out of Position (stationary element that is 45 - 89 degrees off parallel. Forging, lagging, dog wide, sniffing ground in heelwork. )

Tight lead - the lead is tense, no visible slack, the lead may or may not move the dog but is holding the dog constant.

Dropped Lead e.g. at the Walk around element the handler should not drop or place the lead on the ground

Additional Cues

Repeated commands at a stationary exercise.

Cues given to bring a dog back to heel position or effect a turn.

Where the target hand changes position (moves) and in doing so, causes the dog to change position or behaviour.

Touching Sign dog touches sign with nose, not wagging tail.


Luring with the appearance of having a reward in the hand or using the hand as if it may hold a treat e.g. a closed fist, pinched fingers and using the hand in front of the dogs face to position the dog or cue an exercise will incur a one point deduction, each occurrence.

A team holding/using a treat in the hand or luring with a treat will be marked as a training round. Exception Pink Level only , as a result of the judges assistance the team may be instructed to use a treat. 5 points will be deducted.

Judge’s Assistance Pink Level only Direction, sign requirement and placement when prompted by the judge at Pink level only.

Interruption to Flow - Lengthy treat delivery, dropping a treat reward, could be instances of interruption to the smooth progress by dog and handler. Hesitation by the handler before moving to the next exercise would also be scored as flow.  Failure  to maintain a constant normal pace.

Sign/Dog on wrong side Team perform the exercise with the sign on the wrong side. The dog is on the right in heelwork (exception platinum class).

Jumping This score will apply to dogs who jump up at the handler with the appearance of mugging for rewards. Exuberant jumping that interrupts the flow.

Excessive Barking   A burst of barking for two seconds or more



2 Points


Significantly Out of Position - as above but the angle now will be 90 degrees and above. In heelwork where the dog has forged ahead, or lagging behind that the handler can no longer touch the dog.

Failure to Move - the dog does not move off from a stationary position/ or in heelwork with the handler. Dog does not move with handler in the pivot.

Overly large Circles/270’s /Turns Circles/270’s/turns should be no larger than three feet in diameter ( inside team member). The judge may make an exceptional allowance for an exceptionally large dog. Circles should be made with a continuous movement from the handler to produce a circle, not an oval or other shape. This score will also be deducted for inaccurate circles.

Movement on Static  A step or more taken in the stand position. Rebalancing the paws should not be marked.  Moving out of other static positions.

Sign out of Distance Exercise not started within 2 feet of station sign. On circles/270’s one team member should be within 2ft of the sign.

Off Course

Off  course in heelwork between exercises.


3 Points


Not at Heel.

Applies to heelwork on exceptionally long lead, and off lead. The dog leaves the handlers side, out of touch/reach to within 3 metres. Cues back to heel are marked additionally. (See Loss of Control - 10 point deduction)


A team may choose to retry an exercise at a cost of 3 points for each retry. Retries are not allowed if the team has moved on from the exercise.

Retries are not allowed on the bonus exercise.

The judge may score a retry if the competitor makes an obvious correction to the exercise.

Failure to Change/Maintain pace in the pace exercises.

Harsh Cues Cues given abruptly, or in a threatening or excessively loud tone. Food Bowls Touching or sniffing food bowls, each occurrence.

Knocking Over  Cone or holder. Each occurrence.  Knocking down a jump.

Lack of Attention Dogs attention elsewhere, usually results in T/L, OP, SOP

A 1 to 3 point deduction may be incurred.



5 points


Exercise /or element not completed correctly as per the exercise description/requirement. NCC.

Examples :

Failure to stop with handler at Stop sign. Failure to perform a position, sit, down (elbows to touch floor) or stand. Incorrect finish/forward. Moving on walk around. An additional position e.g. sit before moving down.

Incorrect path through obstacle exercise, circling obstacles when not required, incorrect exit from obstacle exercise.

When scoring NCC, judges should make a note to enable the competitor to correct in future.    Failure to wait on recall is NC 10 points

6 ft line - Handler inside of six foot on jump and tunnel exercise at Gold Level.

                    3 – 5 point deduction – judges discretion.

Failure to Pivot. (Handler) In the pivots the handler is required to make a turn on the spot. The handler may take only 2 steps to complete the 90 degree pivot. The handler may take only three steps to complete the 180 degree pivot.

The dog must move with the handler or failure to move will be scored.

Lead Jerk or Pops When used to cue attention or prompt the exercise,  a lead jerk or pop will incur a 5 point deduction. This differs from the tight lead in its intention.

Abrupt movement of head for a dog wearing a head halter.

Dog and Handler pass on opposite side. The dog and handler pass the exercise sign or cone in obstacle exercise on opposite sides.



10 points


Loss of Control. Dog remains in the ring but pursues own agenda. Cues to regain control are scored additionally

Dog entering/leaving the ring off lead. All levels.

Not Completed.  Exercise not completed/attempted.

Failure to wait on Recall NR10

Not taking Jump NJ10 Dog passes jump without jumping.

Not passing through Tunnel NT10

Incorrect Item II10. Dog lifts incorrect item from box Find Yours Gold Bonus

Judges Assistance The judge may use discretion to correct path of team on course.

Bronze, Silver, Gold levels.


20 Points


Exercise missed/ out of sequence by team, each occurrence..

Touching Dog to prompt an exercise or position.

Examples : poking/slapping the dog for attention, hand on the bottom for sit or shoulder for down. Setting up the dog for a position by lifting at the collar and placing during the course and the bonus. Restraining the dog by the collar when lead is removed.  Holding the collar to undue the clip is not judged at restraining.

Do not confuse Touching to Prompt with the allowable touch reward given after an exercise is completed or dog touching handler.

Elimination in the ring (each occurrence).  A dog may be excused from the ring for multiple occurrences.


 1 point OP out of position T/L tight lead  D/L dropped lead A/C additional cues T/S touch sign

                L luring WS team on wrong side of sign/dog on wrong side J jumping B barking JA Pink only

2 pointsSOP sig out of position FTM failure to move OLC incorrect circle size/shape

                MS move on stand SOD sign out of distance OFF off course line between exercises

3 pointsNH not at heel R retry FTC failure to change/maintain pace FB  nose in food bowl KO knocko/jump Discretionary - LOA Lack of attention 1 – 5 point F flow 1 – 5 point HC 1 – 5 point Inside 6ft line 1 – 5

5 pointsNCC not completed/correctly   OPS Dog and handler on opposite side of cone or sign. FP failure of handler to pivot  LJ leash jerk or pop            LT Lure with treat pink only          

10pointsDE/L dog off lead entering or leaving ring LOC lossofcontrol

         NRrecall  NJ no jump NT no tunnel II incorrect item  JA judges assist not pink

20 pointsME Missed Exercise  TD touching dog to prompt ELIM elimination in ring


The trial on the 26th April saw our first Championship awards of the year completed.
Congratulations to Ann and Ella, Anne and Sapphire and Liz and Mist. 
Two new schedules are added for the 14th June and 5th July. Entries are limited on the 14th June as we only have three judges available, so please enter without delay.
Dates for August Trials are Sunday 9th and Friday 21st. 
Well done on all your hard work, the results are reflecting the improvement with your dogs. Lovely to see!

It is becoming more and more difficult to find available weekends, so you will see some additional items in the list of dates for April.
I am hoping to announce soon another Mini trial date in June.

The updated results for the Championship are posted. Amazing!

April  2015 

New dates   Trial  5th July, 2015

No  classes  Wednesday 4th March

Schedules for the forthcoming trials are posted on the events page.
Updates to the Championship awards are posted on the 2015 page.
Class info updated. 

APDT Policy on Half Check Collars

Half check collars are so named because they can of course be used in a similar way to a full choke chain. It is most definitely against the UK APDT policy to use ANY collar to jerk, pull or choke a dog.

Half check collars are also known as martingale or combination/combi collars. They are preferred by some owners of heavy coated dogs because it is felt that this collar does not break up and mark the neck coat as much as a standard flat collar. These collars are also sometimes preferred for safety by the owners of narrow headed dogs such as sight hounds or rough collies, especially those who may panic, put on the brakes, quickly back out of their flat collar, leaving a distraught owner holding collar and lead while their dog in full flight becomes a speck in the distance. Owners may also for one reason or another find it difficult to manage buckled or clip on collars so find it more practical to slip this style of collar on and off over their dog’s head.

The APDT has no issue with members using half check collars for these reasons, provided they are fitted correctly and not used to jerk and copy the action of a full choke chain in any way. They should be fitted so that when tightened the two rings actually meet around the dog’s neck, with sufficient space for two fingers to be slipped against the neck, under the collar in exactly the same way as a flat collar would be fitted. This ensures that the Half Check collar cannot be used as a choke collar when the lead tightens.

However, if fitted so that the two rings do not meet Half check collars can of course be used to copy the unpleasant and painful action of a full choke chain. Unfortunately some unenlightened trainers and owners still use the collar with the intention to jerk, choke and intimidate dogs. To make matters worse it has recently become fashionable again to fit collars which slip, tight up behind the dog’s ears. This disgusting practice seen by some as a ‘miracle’ which stops dogs from pulling, does so because when the lead tightens the collar causes extreme pain to the TMJ’s (hinges of the jaws) and the pressure points at the base of the skull. The UK APDT does not endorse methods of training which cause pain and discomfort so would take seriously a complaint against a member using this collar contrary to our Code of Practice and ethic of Kind, Fair, Effective training.

APDT Policy on Slip Leads

Unless used correctly, and at the correct times, slip-leads are essentially the same as choke-chains, and carry similar risks and dangers.

It should be borne in mind that slip-leads are for emergency purposes only, (and dog sports such as Gundog and Agility) but it is essential that they should always be loose, and used only by dogs which can sit or walk beside their handler correctly.

A slip lead should never be used to train a dog to walk correctly on a lead


Although I am not an APDT qualified trainer, I strongly believe in these principles.

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