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AAC Newsletter November 2017



Volume 1 | Issue 1

November 2017

News from On Course

New Website

Create your Account Now!

The new AAC website has been released. Member logins from the old site will not work, so users should create a new account if they haven’t already done so. Anyone can create an account, members and non-members alike. From there, users will be able to claim their own dogs, update their contact information and all manner of things! AAC members will also have access to On Course, Board Motions, printable Rule Book and various other membership perks.

It is still a work in progress, so please be patient if you find a section that is not complete. If something doesn’t work, feel free to report it through the Help section on the top banner.


Elections and Voting




Election Open for Voting 

Regular Members can now cast their votes and choose between two candidates, each running for the positions of President and Treasurer. Voting is open from 9 am November 1, 2017, to Midnight on November 31, 2017. Read the Candidates Bios here:

To vote, simply enter your credentials (membership number and e-mail address) on the voting page. Your details will be validated and you will be directed to the selection page where you can cast your vote. If you believe that you are eligible to vote and the system declines your membership number, please contact the AAC Elections Officer at

Should you want to have a ballot mailed to you, please contact






Membership Renewals due by December 31, 2017

Current members will have received an e-mail notice advising them of the renewal date for 2018 membership. To renew online, please log in to your account, choose “manage memberships” and you will see a Renew button to the left of your name. The $25 membership fees will be added to your cart, along with the appropriate Provincial taxes. You can then check out and pay by credit card, PayPal or cheque.

Family membership has been discontinued, so there is only one kind of membership available. Each member needs to have their own login account with a unique e-mail address, so if you don't have an account, you will need to create one before renewing.

New members wishing to purchase a membership now, will have their payment credited towards the whole of 2018 and receive a bonus of two months membership for November and December 2017!



2018 V7.0 Edition

A complete revision to the rulebook is currently being proof-read. Once it has been approved and translated, the electronic online version should be available by the beginning of December.

New Jump Heights













Don’t forget that not only will the jump heights change in 2018, the cutoffs change too. Your dog will need to be re-measured before running in its first trial of 2018. it will also need a new Dog ID card. The dog ID number stays the same. Just apply for a replacement card online, free of charge.

Some clubs are offering measurement for the new heights at their trials this year. So, avoid the panic and have your dog measured ahead of time.

Wondering what your options are for your dog with the new jump heights? Check here for more information: Deciding on a height and category



Don’t forget to arrange with your Region Directors to have your jumps inspected for the new heights as soon as possible. We would like to remind clubs that these inspections need to be carried out a minimum of 3 months ahead of the trial date, in accordance with Rulebook Section 2.1

Any late or information change fees related to equipment inspection will be waived for clubs holding trials in January, February, and March

Upcoming Events







Judging Clinics


Barrie, Ontario. December 15-16, 2017

Red Barn Event Centre. Contact:


Maple Ridge, British Columbia, March 2-4 2018

Pacific Agility Clan, Contact:


Strategy to Implement AAC Jump Height Changes

Strategy to Implement AAC Jump Height Changes - The final piece of the puzzle

Deciding on a Jump Height

All dogs will be required to have had at least one new measurement for the new jump heights before they can run in competition from January 1, 2018.

Jump height choices are effectively reset on January 1, 2018. At their first competition on or after that date, the dog may compete in ANY of the heights and categories for which they are eligible with their new measurement.

Dogs that are currently in Specials or Veterans but will have a different 'Regular' height in 2018 may change back into Regulars (or Specials). Any change in height category back to Regular will not be considered their one-time move back to Regulars that normally requires the move request form to be filled out and signed by their Regional Director. Dogs over 5 and under 7 years old currently competing (on or before December 31, 2017) as a Veteran or Double-Dropped Veteran may continue to compete in that category in 2018. They do not have to go back to competing in Specials for a year when the heights and category choices are reset.

This one-time occurrence for the dog’s first trial of 2018 must be completed by September 1. 2018. Last day for movement between categories for the new jump heights will be August 31,  2018.

After this date, for any change back to Regular for their first trial of the year, competitors must complete and submit the required form to their Regional Director. This also applies to competitors who chose to run their dog in Specials for their first trial of 2018. Having competed in Specials at the new heights, the handler must fill in the “move request” form to move back to Regular. On and after September 1,  2018, competition height will be determined in the same way as if it were the dog’s first measurement and first ever trial.


  • My dog is 3 years old and currently competes as a 22” Special. He measures over 21” and he has 26 circled on his current dog ID card. He was measured for his new card and confirmed by two judges that he measures 21.5”. The height circled on his new card is 20”.

Question: Can he run as a 20” Special in 2018 as it is lower than his current 22” Specials height?

Answer: No. Dogs competing in Specials must jump one height lower than their Regular height. His Regular competition height is 20” so he would have to run in 16” Specials.

Question: Does he have to compete as a 16” Special in 2018 or can he compete at 20” Regular?

Answer: You can choose his new competition height. He may compete as a 20” Regular OR a 16” Special

Question: What if I decide to run him as a 16” Special in his first trial of 2018 and decide I don’t like him jumping 16”. Can I move him to 20” Regular at his next trial?

Answer: No, not unless you fill in a move request because the dog has already competed as a Special under the new heights..

  • My dog is 6 years old, measures 15.25” and has been competing as a 6” Double-dropped Veteran for the past year. Her Regular competition height will still be 16”. I want her to continue running as a double-dropped veteran in 2018.

Question: Will my dog have to jump higher next year? I want her to still jump 6”. Can she jump 4” instead?

Answer: No, her DDV height will be 8”. The 4” DDV height category is for dogs measuring 15” and under. However, she may continue running as a Double Dropped Veteran without having to return to Specials at the new heights. Her Veteran status can be carried over.

  • It is September 9th 2018 and my dog has just been measured to jump 12” at the new heights. I used to run him as a 10” Special last year.

Question: What height should I enter?

Answer: You should enter 8” Specials. If you wish your dog to run as a 12” Regular dog you should complete the “One time move to Regular” form which can be found on the AAC website and submit to your Regional Director

AAC Emails and Constant Contact

AAC Emails and Constant Contact

Visit this page to learn about white listing our email address so you can add us to your approved sender list!

If you are on a business, government or educational site for your email, it may be blocked by the security programs utilized by your IT Department. You may need to try an alternate email or contact your IT team.

Some email providers out and out block emails that are not whitelisted, or that they are not sure about, and these will never arrive in your inbox. You can contact your ISP directly and ask for emails to be cleared for sending to you.

Also, try adding  to your “safe sender” list in the program you use for your email. You can find instructions on always allowing a sender for some ISPs on their website, or you can contact your ISP directly to get instructions.


2018 Implementation Plan : Jump Heights - Measurement Cut-off

2018 Implementation Plan

Jump Heights – Measurement Cut-off


The February 2017 Information Release is to provide Clubs, Competitors, and Judges with details on changes to the AAC’s measurement process.  The documentation outlines how this will affect each of you, and provides detailed information needed for you to act.  Each of you will contribute in this stage of measuring the AAC dogs for competition on the new jump heights by January 1, 2018.

Links will be provided below for the following documentation and forms:


The Changes to Measurement Process document will provide detailed information on what you should select on the AAC Dog ID Application Form as it will vary depending on if your dog does not have an AAC Dog ID or your dog has/is currently competing and has a completed or partially completed AAC Dog ID Card.

Once the AAC has received a completed AAC Dog ID Application form, applicants will be emailed a downloadable AAC Dog ID card from AAC to print and take to AAC trials or AAC Re-Measurement Days for dogs to be officially measured.


Information including what you can expect to see, requirements for wickets/measuring devices, forms, instructions for 2017 and 2018 new measurements and re-measurements are outlined. 

Clubs and Trial Hosts

The Changes to Measurement Process document outlines responsibilities, inspection criteria, premium requirements, and provides information on the new forms for Re-Measurement Days, 2018 Measuring Device Inspection and Dog Measurement Forms.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Directors for assistance.  Their contact information is located at:


AAC Board


2018 Implementation Plan

Jump Heights – Measurement Cut-off

The implementation of new jump heights and dog measurement cut-offs will occur in stages throughout 2017. 

This is AAC’s tentative schedule through to the end of March 2017.

December 2016 – Release Statement of changes to be implemented by January 1, 2018 including new jump height categories and new dog measurement cut-offs.

January – Downloadable dog ID card process implemented.  NEWS

February – Release of the 2018 Re-Measurement Information Process and Forms

  • Re-Measurement Procedures
  • AAC Dog ID Application Form (Competitors)
  • Request for Re-Measurement Day Form (Clubs)
  • 2018 Measuring Device Inspection Form (For Clubs/Regional Directors)
  • Dog Measurement Form (For Clubs/Judges)

March – Equipment Inspection Procedure for 2018 including:

  • Equipment Checklists (for 2018)
  • Equipment Specification List (for 2018)

Further information and release schedules will be provided as details are finalized.

AAC Board

BoD Meeting Highlights for : December 2016

BoD Meeting Thursday, December 15, 2016

Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, December 15, 2016 . Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

  1. The following Committees are seeking representatives. Contact if interested in applying. Committee responsibilities available at: AAC/Contacts/Committees.
    • Appeals Committee – QC Representative
    • Discipline Committee – NS/NL Representative
  2. Two Regional Championships have been approved for the NS/NL Region for 2017. Competitors within the Region may attend either of the Regional Championships for the NS/NF Region.
    • Newfoundland Athletic Dog Association, Inc. will host the first Newfoundland Regional Agility Championship on June 3 or 4, 2017 at the St. John’s Southlands Park at 44A Clovelly Lane, Logy Bay, Newfoundland.
    • CAANS will host the 2017 Nova Scotia Regional Agility Championship on May 20, 2017 at the MacMillan Centre – Truro Nova Scotia, 8 Central Ave., Halifax, Nova Scotia
  3. Guides Canins have been approved to host the 2017 Quebec Regional Agility Championship on June 24-25, 2017 at the Complexe Sportif St-Lazare, 1850, rue des Loisirs, Saint-Lazare, Quebec.
  4. Rave Dog Sports was approved to sponsor a Judges Clinic April 7-9, 2017 in Nanaimo, BC.
  5. Jump heights - Dog measurement cut-offs: Implementation will be effective January 1, 2018. The official announcement is available at: AAC/NEWS
  6. Applicants applying for dog ID starting January 1, 2017 will receive an online dog ID card. They will be required to print the dog ID card, and take it with them to a trial the dog is registered in to have the card filled out when the dog is measured.
  7. Mini ( currently 10R/6S/6V) dog points required in Snooker and Gamblers reduced by 2 points. Effective: July 1, 2017
  8. The AAC's 2017 AGM will be held about Noon, Saturday March 11th, 2017 in conjunction with the K-9 Cliffhangers trial at the Agrifair Arena, Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford, BC.
  9. Mini time for a final gamble amended to always be 20% more than the Open division so it scales with complexity. Effective: July 1, 2017.

To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Seanna O'Neill at:, or fill out form on members page.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for: Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Jump Heights - Measurement Cut-offs

Over the past year the AAC began evaluating the jump heights and dog measurement cut-offs. This led to research on the effects of jump heights equal or greater than the shoulder and evaluations of what brought competitors to the activity. This included considering dog conditioning and the impact on dogs with mobility issues due to structure.

The AAC reviewed the categories of Regular, Specials, Veteran and Double Drop Veteran and agreed that they still provided for the needs of the majority of dogs as they moved through the competitive cycle from a young to aged dog in agility.

We went on to compare other North American associations with National programs to identify if there were any ideas or trends that would be of benefit to the AAC.

We considered the trends of IFCS, as we are affiliated and a National Team is sponsored to attend their World Championship annually.

After working through numerous variations, we shortened the list to three options that we thought the AAC Membership could proceed with. A survey was distributed to both AAC Membership and Clubs to garner input and identify which would be the best solution.

The results rolled in and were evaluated, and the majority of AAC selected Option 4. There were numerous comments advising that Option 4 may be the best solution but it did not address fully the smaller dog cut-offs to member satisfaction. Taking that into consideration, a good deal more work and discussion followed. We will be implementing a revised Option 4 that incorporates those concerns.

Dog’s Measured Height Regular Special Veteran/ JH Double Dropped Vet
< or = 12 inches 8 (or 12) 4 4 N/A
> 12 and < or = 15 12 (or 16) 8 8 4
> 15 and < or = 18 16 (or 20) 12 12 8
> 18 and < or = 22 20 (or 24) 16 16 12
> 22 24 20 20 16


The attached changes will be implemented no later than January 1, 2018. The AAC will provide detailed information in the next several months to address questions from the perspectives of measuring and equipment inspections. Information sheets will be distributed and will be posted to the AAC website for competitors, judges, clubs, vendors and event hosts on how the changes will impact each of you and what actions will be required.

The AAC will seek your assistance over the next year as we work to transition to the new changes as smoothly as possible.

AAC Board

BoD Meeting Highlights for: November 2016

BoD Meeting Thursday, November 17, 2016

Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, November 17, 2016.. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

  1. The following Committees are seeking representatives. Contact if interested in applying. Committee responsibilities available at: AAC/Contacts/Committees.
    • Standing Rules Committee — Ontario East Representative
    • Equipment Committee — Ontario East Representative
    • Judges Standing Advisory Committee — BC Representative
  2. All bids for 2017 have been received with a 2018 AAC Nationals bid approved for 2018 in Maxville Ontario.
  3. A survey was distributed to all AAC Clubs and Members regarding jump heights and dog measurement cut-offs.
  4. Judges are required to supply a copy of courses to Trial Secretaries 1-2 days prior to trial so an alternate judge can fill in if necessary. Motion 161105. Effective January 1, 2017,.
  5. Cindy Swiney was appointed as Interim Course Approver Coordinator.

To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved),  email Jennifer Laird, or fill out form on members page.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for: Thursday, December 15, 2016

BoD Meeting Highlights for: October 2016

AAC Board of Directors – October 2016 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)

Highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Full motions will be published on the AAC web site (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

  •  Micro mini SCT revision.  Motion 161010.  Effective Jul 1, 2017
  •  The following Committees are seeking representatives.  Contact if interested in applying.  Committee responsibilities available at:
  • Membership Committee – Prairie Representative
  • Standing Rules Committee – Ontario East Representative
  • Equipment Committee – Ontario East Representative
  • Judges Standing Advisory Committee – BC Representative
  • Discipline Committee – BC Vancouver Island Representative
  • The NSC is requesting bids for the 2017 Regionals from the following Regions:  QC and NS/NL.
  • Equipment revisions include: 
  • Double Bar Jump description amendment. Effective Immediately.          Motion 161007.
  • T weave pole base removal.  Grandfathered until club’s next inspection, otherwise effective January 1, 2018.
  • Jump rails and planks no longer optional replacements for jump poles effective July 1, 2017.
  • The AAC National Team has fundraising projects underway through National Team Members.  Also, auditing of the National Team Only Training Area is available at:    In addition, the National Team Management Group is working on revising the selection criteria’s point schedule for the 2017-2018 team.
  • The Board continues to work on jump height and dog measurement cut-offs.

To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Jennifer Laird at

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2016.