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From AKC Event Operations

March 2017 Barker


Event Operations would like to take this opportunity to update your club on changes in the sport including items recently passed by the Board of Directors.

NOHS Asterisk

Analysis was done on the number of dogs awarded Best of Breed [BOB] and National Owner Handled Series [NOHS] Best of Breed [BOBOH] at the same event the two years prior [2014 & 2015] to the asterisk being in the judges book and the first year [2016] of the asterisk being in the judges book. This analysis proved that the number of dogs winning both BOB and BOBOH awards within a breed/variety has remained unchanged over the past three years. This indicates that the asterisk has not influenced the judges’ decision to “split the awards”. Furthermore, the addition of the asterisk in the judges book has improved the administration of the NOHS program. There is less confusion in awarding the BOBOH and who should be considered for that award now that the judge can reference their judges book regarding eligibility.


Event Operations is excited to announce the release of the 2017 edition of the SHOW MANUAL. Clubs can download this manual or have it printed at their local printing facility.


To improve the event application process we have added a cover page to the APPLICATION for SHOW/TRIAL form The form is used to apply for Conformation, Obedience, Junior Showmanship, Sweepstakes, and 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy competition. The new cover page details the required pages based on the competition[s] being offered. Please pay special attention to the limited amount of information required for a standalone Sweepstakes.


The AKC Board of Directors approved a new sport, AKC Scent Work, at their February 2017 meeting. AKC Scent Work is a sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent and communicate to the handler that the scent has been found. Scent Work is a positive challenging activity that allows dogs the opportunity to use their strongest natural sense in a way that is fun, engaging, and that builds and strengthens a foundation of trust between the handler and dog. The official lunch is October 1, 2017. Clubs interested in holding AKC Scent work trials and exhibitors interesting in participating can find the Regulations and have questions regarding this new sport should be sent to ScentWork@akc.org

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