Triathlon, Agility & Tracking

TRIATHLON RULES

 The triathlon will be comprised of competition in three areas:  1) Conformation, 2) Standard Agility, 3) Obedience or Rally.

  • Dogs must be entered in regular classes for Obedience or Rally and Standard Agility.
  • Dogs will compete at the levels they are eligible for and additional points will be awarded for upper level classes. 
  • Teams participating in the Triathlon can choose to compete in either Rally or Obedience.  However, scores will be adjusted to allow for the significant difference in level of difficulty and skills required between Rally and Obedience. For teams competing in both Rally and Obedience, the highest score earned will be counted. 
  • The same team of dog and handler must complete all three phases of the competition, with no exceptions. The handler must be a registered owner of the dog, or a member of the immediate family of a registered owner of the dog. To be eligible to participate, dogs must compete in a regular Standard Agility class, a regular Obedience class or a Rally class. Dogs will also compete in Triathlon Conformation.  Placements will be determined by the total points earned and calculated as follows: 

Conformation

  • Dogs will be judged according to the AKC standard, with the exception that spayed and neutered dogs may compete in Triathlon conformation.
  • A judge will be appointed by the National Show Committee with the approval of the ABA Board.
  • A total of 100 possible conformation points may be awarded by the judge, with dogs to be scored and placed according to points awarded. 
  • Any dog disqualified by the judge will receive no score.

Obedience

  • Novice: Score divided by 2*
  • Open: Score + 20 divided by 2*
  • Utility: Score + 40 divided by 2*

For dogs competing in both Open and Utility, the highest score earned will be used; for dogs competing in obedience and rally, the highest score will be used.

Rally

  • Novice: Score multiplied by .4
  • Advanced: Score multiplied by .55
  • Excellent: Score multiplied by .65

For dogs competing in both Excellent and Advanced, the highest score earned will be used; for dogs competing in both obedience and rally, the highest score will be used.

Standard Agility – Regular and Preferred Jump Heights

  • Novice: Score
  • Open: Score + 10
  • Excellent: Score + 20

Faults scored as follows: 

  • Failure (F) = 10 points 
  • Refusals/run outs (R) = 5 points;
  • Wrong course (W) = 5 points
  • Excusal (E) = No score (eliminating in ring, judge determines dog is out of control, leaving ring, course not completed)
  • Time faults = 1 pt per second

Notes

For Rally and Agility, a maximum score of 100** is possible. Obedience has a maximum score of 200**, so the score is divided by 2. (**Before Triathlon adjustments for levels).

There is a significant difference in difficulty between Rally and Obedience competition. Rally competition does not require the same skills as obedience (i.e., In Rally, handlers may talk/encourage/praise dogs, give multiple commands, retry exercises, and complete only a short sit or down stay exercise on lead. In Obedience, dogs work without multiple commands, encouragement/praise during exercises, exercises are not retried, dogs complete much longer sit and down stays off lead in a row of other dogs across the ring from their handlers.) So while a choice is given to compete in Rally or Obedience for the Triathlon, scores must be adjusted to reflect the level of difficulty for each.

LAN – 6/15/2009

AKC Tracking

AKC tracking events are the competition form of canine search and rescue. These Tracking events provide training for dogs and their handlers to meet some human needs for tracking and finding lost humans or other animals, as well as, demonstrating the extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess.

We’ve all seen movies with dogs following the trail of an escapee through swamps. The AKC’s Tracking Tests allow dogs to demonstrate their natural ability to recognize and follow human scent. This vigorous outdoor activity is great for canine athletes. Unlike Agility and Obedience events that require a dog to qualify three times, a dog only needs to complete one track successfully to earn each title.

We’ve all seen movies with dogs following the trail of an escapee through swamps. The AKC’s Tracking Tests allow dogs to demonstrate their natural ability to recognize and follow human scent. This vigorous outdoor activity is great for canine athletes. Unlike Agility and Obedience events that require a dog to qualify three times, a dog only needs to complete one track successfully to earn each title.

Tracking Dog (TD)

A dog earns a TD by following a track 440 to 500 yards long with three to five changes of direction. The track is laid by a human tracklayer and is “aged” 30 minutes to two hours before the dog begins scenting. The goal is to use the scented track to locate an article left at the end of the trail by the tracklayer. The owner follows the dog on a long leash and can encourage the dog during the tracking test.

Tracking Dog Urban (TDU)

The features of the Tracking Dog Urban (TDU) test are the dog’s ability to follow a track laid by a person under a variety of scenting conditions in an urban environment and to find the articles dropped by that person.

Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX)

The TDX is earned by following an “older” track (three to five hours) that is also longer (800 to 1,000 yard) and has five to seven directional changes with the additional challenge of human cross tracks.

Variable Surface Tracking (VST)

In the real world, dogs track through urban settings, as well as through wilderness. A VST dog has demonstrated this ability by following a three- to five-hour-old track that may take him down a street, through a building and other areas devoid of vegetation.

Champion Tracker (CT)

A dog that has successfully completed all three tracking titles (TD, TDX and VST) earns the prestigious title of Champion Tracker.

Owners who do tracking with their dogs find joy in seeing the dogs at work using their innate scenting skills. If you and your dog like the outdoors, try tracking!

 

The Agility Awards Point System:

Awards are made to the bullmastiff/owner teams earning the top five highest point totals based on agility scores and placements. To be eligible for the awards, the owner must be an ABA member and the agility award application must be completed and submitted to the awards chairperson. Points are earned for qualifying scores attained for the year (January 1 through December 31) with additional points awarded for placements.

 

Point schedule for agility scores and placements: Points by Class Level

Standard and JWW (Regular & Preferred)

Score Novice Open Excellent
85 – 89 3 6 9
90 – 94 5 8 11
95 – 99 7 10 13
100 9 12 15
Additional Points for Placement in Class

Standard and JWW (Regular & Preferred)

Placement Points
First Place 4
Second Place 3
Third Place 2
Fourth Place 1