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