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BOARD OF DIRECTORS July 9 ­ 10, 2007 The Board convened on Monday, July 9, 2007 at 9:12 a.m., following the meetings of the Board Committees. All Directors, except for Mr. Sprung, were present, as were the Executive Secretary, the Chief Operating Officer, and the Assistant Executive Secretary. The Board reviewed the minutes of the May 7 ­ 8, 2007 meeting. Upon motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Mr. Merriam, the minutes, copies of which were made available to all Directors, were adopted (unanimously). Following a motion by Mr. Gladstone, seconded by Dr. Garvin, it was VOTED (unanimously) to continue David Keene on the Board until the March 2008 Annual Meeting, in accordance with ARTICLE VII, SECTION 3 of the AKC Bylaws. Mr. Keene then joined the meeting. Chairman's Report The Chairman, Mr. Menaker, reported that the President, Mr. Sprung, was recovering well from surgery and expected to be back in the office in a week. There was an EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss sensitive business matters. The Board then returned to the regular meeting with nothing reported out of the Executive Session. President's Report The Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Lyons, gave a status report on previous action items assigned to the Staff. Mr. Lyons reported that for the first five months of 2007, the total number of events was up 6.68% and the number of entries was up 1.98%. All-Breed events were up 3.13%. The largest increases were in Agility, with entries up 9.5%, and Rally, with entries up 10.45%. Bred-by-Exhibitor Medallions David Roberts, AKC staff, was present for this portion of the meeting. The Board reviewed a report on the Bred-by-Exhibitor medallion program, which began on May 1, 1996. Since its inception the program has been well received by the fancy. Currently, an average of 2,426 BBE medallions are awarded annually. Management had reviewed requests to have points earned from other classes count towards a medallion. However, as no more than two or three such requests are received each year, as compared to the number of medallions awarded, no change is being proposed. Legal Report Michael Swick, General Counsel, was present for this portion of the meeting. The Board reviewed litigation and trial board statistics since 1993. Financial Report James Stevens, Chief Financial Officer, gave a report: Revenues for the month of June 2007 totaled $5.4 million, which were 3% lower than last year. Total registration revenues of $2.7 million were 4% below last year. Total operating expenses of $5.4 million were 7% above 2006. This generated an operating surplus of $15,000 for the month of June.

Investments produced an unrealized gain of $518,000 in the month of June. In contrast, June 2006 reflected unrealized investment losses of $423,000 due to a difficult month in the stock market last June. This resulted in a net surplus for the month of $533,000 vs. $144,000 in 2006. On a year-to-date basis, the net surplus for the first half of this year was $7 million vs. $4.7 million in 2006. Dog registrations totaled 445,531 for the first six months of this year, which was a 4.3% decrease from last year. Litter registrations for the same period were 201,406, which were 5.7% below 2006. PR & PUBLIC AFFAIRS Noreen Baxter, Daisy Okas, Gail Miller and Lisa Peterson, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting. Club Placement of Classified Advertising Based on a Board request, the Communications and Marketing departments presented a plan to encourage AKC clubs to proactively promote both the AKC brand and AKC breeder referral through paid advertising (both display and classified). The program would provide clubs with a turnkey kit that would include an array of ads that they could choose from and customize, as well as a media plan (recommendations for where to place the ads). The Board directed staff to develop the plan further and to report back to the Board. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY'S REPORT North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) has requested that its organization be added to the list of domestic registries with pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration. Upon motion by Mr. Marden, seconded by Ms. Scully, it was VOTED (unanimously) to add NAVHDA to the list of domestic registries with pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration with the following caveats: pedigrees will only be accepted for dogs whelped in Canada if the Canadian Kennel Club concurs. Pedigrees will not be accepted for NAVHDA Irish Setters, until AKC hears further from the Irish Setter Club of America. Term Limits for the Board of Directors The Board reviewed a proposal from the Bayou Kennel Club (BKC) to amend the AKC Bylaws. BKC proposes to delete the third paragraph of ARTICLE VII, SECTION 1 of the AKC Bylaws which reads as follows: "No person shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms on the Board. A Board member who has served more than half a term on the Board is considered to have served a full term. This section does not preclude reelection of any delegate to the Board of Directors after a one year (or greater) hiatus from Directorship." Following a motion by Mr. Menaker, seconded by Mr. Goodman, it was VOTED (unanimously) to take no action and to refer the matter to the Delegates with no Board recommendation. Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 7, Section 1 The Board reviewed a proposal to amend the Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 7, Section 1, submitted by the Terry-All Kennel Club. The proposal is to incorporate the Judging

Conflict of Interest policy into Chapter 7, Section 1 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows. This will be discussed further at a future Board meeting. AKC Bylaws ARTICLE VI, SECTION 5 Based on Board discussion, the Staff presented a proposed amendment to the AKC Bylaws ARTICLE VI, SECTION 5. It would create a provision to allow for the removal of a Delegate or the disapproval of a Delegate candidate who was determined to have stolen funds from an AKC club. This will be discussed further at the August 2007 Board meeting. Dog Show Group Realignment The Board reviewed a staff report on the possible realignment of the Dog Show Variety Groups. This will be discussed further at the August 2007 Board meeting. Nominating Committee The Board discussed that the Nominating Committee for the March 2008 annual elections must be appointed by August 15, and the Nominating Committee's report must be received no later than October 15, 2007. The Kennel Club of Taiwan The Board reviewed a request from the Kennel Club of Taiwan (KCT) to be placed on the list of organizations with pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration. The KCT meets all of AKC's criteria. This may be voted on at the August 2007 Board meeting. David Roberts and Mari-Beth O'Neill, AKC Staff, were present for this portion of the meeting. Dogue de Bordeaux The Board reviewed a petition from the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America seeking full AKC registration; acceptance into the AKC Stud Book and eligibility to compete in the Working Group. The Board did have a number of reservations with some of the wording in the breed standard and Staff will be contacting the club concerning that. Icelandic Sheepdog The Board reviewed a Staff recommendation to move the Icelandic Sheepdog into the Miscellaneous Class. This will be discussed at the August 2007 Board meeting. FSS Parent Club Selection Staff advised that the Foundation Stock Service Committee has selected the National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association (NEMDA) as the AKC Parent Club for the breed. Delegate Meeting Sites The Board discussed possible sites for future Delegate meetings. JUDGING OPERATIONS Darrel Hayes and Peter Gaeta, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference. The Appeals Committee (Mrs. Schaefer, Chair, Ms. Scully, and Dr. Newman) were not present. Mr. Troy Dargin The Board reviewed a staff report, concerning alleged unverifiable representations on a judging application submitted by Troy Dargin. He averred that he assisted a professional handler over an extended period, while the handler indicated that he worked for her for only

three weekends. It was VOTED that a staff recommendation for disciplinary action not be approved. Ms. Pamela Scharr The Board reviewed a staff report that Pamela Scharr judged and awarded Best of Breed at a National Specialty show to a dog handled by a professional handler, with whom she had a business relationship. It was VOTED to suspend Ms. Scharr's judging privileges for six months, effective August 10, 2007, and to fine her $500. Mr. William Young The Board reviewed a staff report that as a result of a 1999 Municipal code violation, Mr. William Young was ordered to remove a dog operation from his premises. He thereafter placed three dogs with a laboratory for a "flea experiment." It was VOTED to suspend Mr. Young's privileges to apply for breeds for two years, effective August 10, 2007. Judging Privileges There was a discussion on what constitutes "judging privileges" and what a judge, whose judging privileges have been suspended may or may not do. Staff is to report back to the Board with its opinion on this. COONHOUND EVENTS Steve Fielder, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference. Disallowing Bitches in Season in Coonhound Bench Shows The Board reviewed a proposal to add a new Section 7 to Chapter 6, Bench Show of the Regulations for AKC Coonhound Bench Shows, Field Trials, Nite Hunts, and Water Races which would prohibit bitches in season from competing in Coonhound bench shows. This will be discussed further at the August 2007 Board meeting. Business and Operations Jasey Day, Connie Pearcy, David Roberts Robin Stansell and Bobby Birdsong, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference. FEE INCREASES Event Service Fees Event Service and Recording Fees only subsidize a small portion of the cost of administering AKC Events. While agreeing that some increase was fully warranted and necessary in order for AKC to maintain its level of service, the Board discussed how to keep any increase to a minimum. This will be considered further in August, with a possible vote to increase the Event Service fee. Event Application Fees The Board considered a Management proposal concerning event application fees. Based upon concerns that the fee increases, effective for events held after January 1, 2008, will create more of a hardship for events with smaller entries, there was discussion on reducing the increase. This will be considered in August with a possible vote. Registration-Related Fees

The Board considered a management proposal to increase The Lease of Bitch, Open Registration, and Certificate Transfer fees effective October 1, 2007. This will be considered further at the August 2007 meeting.

Delegates Upon a motion by Mr. Merriam, seconded by Mr. Goodman, it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve the Delegate credentials of the following persons, whose credentials have been published in two consecutive issues of the AKC GAZETTE: Art Boger, Chandler, NC to represent Wolverine Beagle Club Robert E. Bostrom, Overbrook, KS to represent Topeka Kennel Club Barry D. Cavanna, Pleasant Hill, CA to represent Contra Costa County Kennel Club Cheryl Crompton, Mishawaka, IN to represent Michiana Kennel Club Mary Alice Eschweiler, Hartland, WI to represent Waukesha Kennel Club Mark Grigalunas, New York, NY to represent American Brussels Griffon Association Michael E. Harman, Roseland, VA to represent Komondor Club of America Dr. J. A. Humphrey, Leicester, NC to represent Ohio Valley Beagle Club Jack G. Smith, Fallbrook, CA to represent Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California Monica Henderson Stoner, Edgewood, NM to represent Saluki Club of America Dr. Davies reported that the Delegate credentials of the following persons are to be published in the July and August issues of the AKC GAZETTE: John J. Gangloff. Greensboro, NC to represent Carolina Dog Training Club Dr. Stephen Lawrence, Stafford Springs, CT to represent Classic Toy Dog Club of Western Massachusetts Scott A. Rohrbach, Boyerstown, PA to represent Pocono Beagle Club

Barbara Shaw, Denison, TX to represent Greater Collin Kennel Club Sally L. Villas, San Lorenzo, CA to represent American Shih Tzu Club Sherry E. Wallis, Houston, TX to represent Akita Club of America Linda D. Witousky, Conway, SC to represent Myrtle Beach Kennel Club Central Indiana Kennel Club Following a motion by Ms. Scully, seconded by Dr. Davies, it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve the membership application of the Central Indiana Kennel Club. This application will be VOTED on at the September 2007 Delegate meeting. PERFORMANCE EVENTS Bill Speck and Doug Ljungren, AKC Staff, participated via video conference for this portion of the meeting. AKC Pointing Breed Hunt Test Regulations The Board reviewed recommended changes to the current AKC Pointing Breed Hunt Test Regulations, which were submitted by the Pointing Breed Hunting Test Advisory Committee. Changes include clarifications of current regulations, administrative changes to reword or reformat specific regulations and 5 major rules changes. Full text of all changes is to be found in the Addendum to these minutes. This will be discussed further at the August 2007 Board meeting. Proposed Major Rules changes are as follows: 1) The addition of Judges Eligibility requirements to Chapter 1, Section 6. The revised section would read as follows (revisions underlined): Section 6. Judges' Eligibility and Approval. Anyone in good standing with The American Kennel Club may be approved to judge a Hunting Test subject to the qualification requirements in force at the time. · In order to Apprentice Judge (after 1/1/08): · Must attend one AKC Pointing Breed Hunt Test Seminar. · Must handle a dog to at least one qualifying leg at the level to be judged or higher. · · · · · In order to be an approved Judge (applies to new judges after 1/1/08): Must apprentice judge twice at the level to be judged or higher. Must pass an AKC Hunting Test written test. Must handle a dog to at least three qualifying legs at the level to be judged or higher. Approved pointing breed field trial judges are exempt from the "handled in three qualifying legs" requirement, but must still apprentice judge twice and pass the written test prior to judging pointing breed hunt tests.

In order to Maintain Judging Eligibility (applies to all judges): · By 12/31/2009 ­ all judges must have attended a seminar or passed a written test within the last 5 years of the date of the assignment. Judges Panel Qualifications (after 1/1/08): · The proposed judges of each level must have a combined record of having judged at least 8 previous licensed tests, with at least 4 assignments at the same test level or higher. 2) Changes to Chapter 3, Section 3 ­ to allow for the use of ATVs for bird planting and to require birds to be released on the Back Course. (Revisions underlined). Section 3. Birds. Birds should, if possible, be released in natural cover rather than in artificially created cover. They should not be placed in holes nor in such cover as will impede their ability to fly or run. Birds may be rocked or dizzied but not to such an extent as to affect their ability to fly. Game Stewards and bird planters should wear gloves and should not hold birds against their bodies. In all test levels, a minimum of two birds shall be released for each brace, either before the start of, or during the running of each brace. In a Test run on a single course without a bird field, the birds must be released at suitable places along the course. Whenever a bird field is used (either alone or with a course), the minimum of two birds per brace must be released in the bird field. Regardless of which course or bird field option might be used, it is mandatory to plant the back course and to maintain a consistent number of birds both there and in the bird field throughout the event. Birds may be liberated from horseback and/or All Terrain Vehicles on the back course, as long as it can be done without interference to the working dogs. With the exception of ATV's, motorized vehicles are prohibited. ATV's may be used for the sole purpose of liberating birds on course. ATV's must meet all applicable state and federal government requirements. ATV's are not allowed in bird fields, but may be driven around their perimeters. 3) Chapter 4, Section 1 ­ to require that Junior Hunting Dogs must point 50% of the birds found. (Revisions underlined) Section 1. Junior Hunting Test. A Junior hunting dog must show a keen desire to hunt, be bold and independent, have a fast, yet attractive, manner of hunting, and demonstrate not only intelligence in seeking objectives, but also the ability to find game. A Junior hunting dog must establish point on at least fifty (50) percent of the birds it encounters, but no additional credit shall be given for steadiness to wing and shot. If the handler is within reasonable gun range of a bird which has been flushed after a point, a blank cartridge must be fired by the handler. Junior hunting dogs must hold point until the handler gets within normal gunshot range. This requirement should be tempered by practical considerations such as the dogs distance from the handler when it finds a bird. Junior hunting dogs must also show reasonable obedience to their handler's commands.

4) Addition of a new paragraph (H) to Chapter 5, Section 1, paragraph 1, to allow tracking collars in pointing breed hunting tests at the club's discretion. (Revisions underlined) New Paragraph (H): The use of tracking collars at recognized hunting tests are at the sole discretion of the host club. The hunting test premium list shall state if tracking collars are allowed. If the premium list does not specifically state tracking collars are allowed, they are then prohibited. 5) Addition to Chapter 5, Section 2 - Instructions and Test Requirement for Junior Hunting test to highlight the idea that a dog must search for the bird and if it fails to do so, it should be scored very low in its hunting ability. (Revisions underlined) Section 2. Instructions and Test Requirements for Junior Hunting Test. (1) HUNTING: A dog is scored from "0" to "10" on the basis of whether or not it evidences a keen desire to hunt, boldness and independence, and a fast, yet useful pattern of running. A dog that lacks independence to the extent that it seldom leaves its handler's side, needs constant direction as to where to hunt or is directed into a bird(s) has not demonstrated adequate hunting ability and cannot receive a qualifying score. Meeting adjourned Monday, July 9, 2007 at 5:35 p.m. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Meeting reconvened Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 7:55 a.m. All Directors, except for Mr. Sprung, were present, as were the Executive Secretary, the Chief Operating Officer, and the Assistant Executive Secretary. English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association The Board reviewed a request received from Delegate David Hopkins, on behalf of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association. ESSFTA is asking whether the AKC Board would consider it reasonable for the ESSFTA to levy a fee of up to $3.00 per entry at English Springer Spaniel field trials as a condition of obtaining Parent Club consent for the event. The monies raised from this levy would be placed in an income producing fund and used for the purchase of land that would become a permanent site for their National Championships as well as other field trials in the future. Additional monies are expected to be raised by various fund raising projects, as well as gifts from participants in Spaniel field events. While the Board had no problems with voluntary compliance, it did not wish to set the precedent of permitting Parent Clubs to establish such conditions for event approval. Following a motion by Mr. Goodman, seconded by Mr. Merriam, it was VOTED (affirmative: Mr. Merriam, Mr. Goodman, Dr. Haines, Dr. Newman, Mrs. Schaefer, Mrs. Strand, Mr. Keene, Dr. Garvin, Dr. Davies; opposed: Mr. Menaker, Mr. Marden, Ms. Scully, Mr. Gladstone) to not consider the matter further. FSS Breeds to Compete in Performance Events Staff advised the Board that, based on the Board modified requirements for Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®) breeds to compete in AKC Performance Events, eleven FSS Breed Clubs/Organizations responded to the Special Services staff, advising they would like to compete in AKC Performance Events effective January 1, 2008. Breeds and event participation are as follows: Herding Events Club Breed American Belgian Laekenois Assoc. Belgian Laekenois Appenzell Mountain Dog Club of Am. Appenzeller Sennenhunde

. American Mudi Association American Boerboel Club, Inc. Hungarian Pumi Club of America Spanish Water Dog Club, Inc. Spanish Water Dog Club of America

Mudi South African Boerboel Pumi Spanish Water Dog

Lure Coursing Events Club Breed American Azawakh Association Azawakh Portuguese Podengo Club of Portuguese Podengo America The Association of Thai Ridgeback Thai Ridgeback Owners & Fanciers Hunting Tests Club Breed Portuguese Pointer Club of Am. Portuguese Pointer

Test Pointing Breeds

Breeders Department Ron Rella and Daphna Straus, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting. Staff advised the Board of the following: The summer issue of AKC Breeder has been published. The AKC and CHF held their 11th symposium at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul on May 19-20, 2007. There were more than 40 attendees from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Oregon. More than 60 percent of the attendees had not attended this kind of conference before. The program itself was well received, with 88 percent reporting that their expectations were met or exceeded. UPCOMING AKC/CHF SYMPOSIA · August 4-5, 2007, in Knoxville, TN · August 11-12, 2007, in Springfield, MO The Board discussed future sponsorship opportunities for the Symposia. COMPLIANCE Tom Sharp and Jack Norton, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference. Fee to File a Complaint pursuant to The Charter and Bylaws Based on a Board request, Staff presented an analysis of the aggregate cost of preparing and presenting complaints filed pursuant to Article XII, Section 1, of the Charter and Bylaws of the American Kennel Club to the Board of Directors. Additionally, Staff was requested to make a recommendation regarding the current $10 fee for filing a complaint, which has been in place for many decades. Based on the cost analysis, Staff recommends that the Board of Directors raise the current deposit for filing a complaint pursuant to Article XII, Section 1, of the Charter and Bylaws of the American Kennel Club to $200. This will be discussed further at the August 2007 Board meeting. Chapter 11, Section 8 of Rules Applying to Dog Shows,

Based on a request from the Board of Directors, staff presented a clarification concerning AKC's change in appearance by artificial means policy. Specifically, how do AKC's current rules, policies, and procedures differ if the change in appearance is done by a "physical" alteration or a "chemical" alteration? Staff's opinion is that Chapter 11, Section 8, of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows, and AKC's amplification of the rule, is sufficient to conclude that a change in appearance occurs regardless if the change is achieved by a "physical" alteration or a "chemical" alteration. Staff was directed to prepare an expanded interpretation of Chapter 11, Section 8, for Board review. Ms. Amy Reinhold (Troy, OH) Action was taken by the Delaware Ohio Kennel Club for conduct in connection with its April 14, 2007 agility trial. Specifically, Ms. Reinhold was charged with failure to control a dog at an event. The Staff Event Committee reviewed the report, found it in order and set the penalty at a reprimand and $200 fine. (Dalmatian) Ms. Patricia Richey (Dellroy, OH) Action was taken by the Atlanta Kennel Club for conduct in connection with its conformation event. Specifically, Ms. Richey was charged with neglect at or/in connection with an event by an individual. The Staff Event Committee reviewed the committee's report, found it in order, and set the penalty at a three-month suspension of all AKC privileges and a $500 fine, effective April 14, 2007. (Whippet, English Setter) Ms. Elizabeth Cates (Jonesborough, TN) Action was taken by the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America for conduct in connection with its April 28, 2007 conformation event. Specifically, Ms. Cates was charged with whelping dogs at an event and disregarding published club regulations. The Staff Event Committee reviewed the committee's report, found it in order, and set the penalty at a three-month suspension from all AKC privileges and a $500 fine, effective May 14, 2007. (Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Labrador Retriever) Ms. Fay Reid (Bay City, MI) Action was taken by the Grand Rapids Agility Club for conduct in connection with its May 5, 2007 event. Specifically, Ms. Reid was charged with failure to properly control a dog at an event. The Staff Event Committee reviewed the committee's report, found it in order, and set the penalty at a reprimand and a $200 fine. (Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever) Mr. Philip Milici (Rochester, NY) Action was taken by the Pioneer Beagle Club for conduct in connection with its May 20, 2007 trial. Specifically, Mr. Milici was charged with inappropriate public criticism of a judge, not disruptive, but demonstrating a lack of sportsmanship. The Staff Event Committee reviewed the committee's report, found it in order, and set the penalty at one-month event suspension and a $200 fine, effective May 22, 2007. (Beagle) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Dr. Hugh Cole, Candler, NC, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for violation of the AKC's record keeping requirements, pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 7, of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline. (Australian Terrier & Chihuahua) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Monnie Day, Deland, FL, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed

a $2000 fine for violation of the AKC's record keeping and dog identification requirements, pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 7, of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline. (Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, & Boston Terrier) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Vera Smith, Asheboro, NC, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective May 7, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for violation of the AKC's record keeping and dog identification requirements, pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 7, of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Brenda Moncrieff, Pine Grove, PA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for violation of the AKC's record keeping and dog identification requirements, pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 7, of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Evan Moncrieff, Pine Grove, PA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for violation of the AKC's record keeping and dog identification requirements, pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 7, of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Brian Waite, Reynoldsville, PA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for violation of the AKC's record keeping and dog identification requirements, pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 7, of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Maribeth Waite, Reynoldsville, PA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for violation of the AKC's record keeping and dog identification requirements, pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 7, of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Mary Aline Wittmer, Squaw Valley, CA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make her dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Poodle & Labrador Retriever) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Kathleen Downing, Johnsburg, IL, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective May 7, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make her dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Bichon Frise, Maltese, & Cairn Terrier) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Lisa Ellis, Rusk, TX, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make her dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Chihuahua, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, & Dachshund) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. William Glover, Jacksonville, FL, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective April 9, 2007, and

imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make his dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Valerie Holt, Graceville, FL, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make her dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Shih Tzu & Giant Schnauzer) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. James D. Holtkamp, Kirksville, MO, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make his dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Linda Kapala, Irwin, IA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make her dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Yorkshire Terrier & Labrador Retriever) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. William Kapala, Irwin, IA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make his dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Yorkshire Terrier) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Cynthia Keller, Chambersburg, PA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective May 7, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make her dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Timothy Keller, Chambersburg, PA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective May 7, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make his dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Dianne Kienlen, Snowflake, AZ, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make her dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (Siberian Husky) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Victoria C. Smith, Ghent, NY, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for refusal to make her dogs and records available for inspection when requested. (German Shepherd Dog & Shih Tzu) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Anthony Andiorio, Keystone Heights, FL, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective May 7, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club, based on his forfeiting his dogs to the Clay County Animal Control Division, in the State of Florida, due to poor living conditions. (Multiple Breeds)

The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Sue Bergantz Cole, Candler, NC, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for conduct prejudicial to the sport of purebred dogs and The American Kennel Club based on her being found guilty of Cruelty to Animals in the General Court of Justice, Buncombe County, State of North Carolina, and for violation of the AKC's record keeping requirements, pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 7, of the Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline. (Australian Terrier, Scottish Terrier, & Chihuahua) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Gaillynn Cornell, Cadillac, MI, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club, based on her being found guilty of AnimalsAbandoning/Cruelty in the 84th Judicial District Court, State of Michigan. (Cocker Spaniel) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Philip Hollingsworth, Fairhope, AL, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club, based on his plea of guilty to Cruelty to Animals in the Municipal Court of Fairhope, Alabama. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Amanda Keith, Travelers Rest, SC, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective May 7, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club, based on her plea of guilty to Cruelty to Animals in the Highlands Summary Court, State of South Carolina. (German Shepherd Dog) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Lori Rogers, Ossian, IN, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club, based on her plea of guilty to Neglect of Animals in the Wells Superior Court, State of Indiana. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Jeffrey Darrell Worley, Lauderhill, FL, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club, based on his plea of guilty to Keeping Animals Without Proper Care and Failure to Provide Care of Animals in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Orange. (Pomeranian) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Beverly Millette, Yuba City, CA, from all AKC privileges for six months, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $500 fine for having submitted or caused to be submitted two litter registration applications that she knew, should have known, or had a duty to know, contained false certifications (a DNA exclusion). (Brittany, Lakeland Terrier & Australian Terrier) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Jeannie Armstrong, Balm, FL, from AKC registration privileges for one year, effective June 18, 2007, and

imposed a $1000 fine for signing AKC documents on behalf of another without filing a properly completed Power of Attorney form. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Marla Satterfield, El Reno, OK, from all AKC privileges for one year, effective May 7, 2007, and imposed a $1000 fine for non-compliance with AKC's Care and Conditions Policy (unacceptable conditions, dogs and/or facility). (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Betty J. Curb, Mulkeytown, IL, from all AKC privileges for an additional six months, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $500 fine for having submitted or caused to be submitted three litter registration applications that she knew, should have known, or had a duty to know, contained false certifications (a DNA exclusion). (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Hilda Aho, Silt, CO, from all AKC privileges for six months, effective March 23, 2007, and imposed a $500 fine for having submitted or caused to be submitted two litter registration applications that she knew, should have known, or had a duty to know contained false certifications (a DNA exclusion). (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Beryl Olson, Ethel, WA, from all AKC privileges for six months, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $500 fine for having submitted or caused to be submitted two litter registration applications that he knew, should have known, or had a duty to know contained false certifications (a DNA exclusion). (Pekingese) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Amanda Hermann, Meriden, KS, from all AKC privileges for an additional six months, effective May 7, 2007, and imposed a $500 fine for having submitted or caused to be submitted three litter registration applications that she knew, should have known, or had a duty to know contained false certifications (a DNA exclusion). (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Wayne Dodson, Thomasville, GA, from AKC event privileges for one month, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $200 fine for mailing derogatory, unsportsmanlike comments to two Retriever Field Trial judges. (Labrador Retriever) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Susan Griffin, New Albany, IN, from AKC registration privileges for one year, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $1000 fine for submission of a certificate of transfer, a litter registration, an online litter registration, and nine individual dog registration applications containing a false certification as to the signatures of the recorded co-owners. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Todd Howard, Fallbrook, CA, from all AKC privileges for ten years, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for non-compliance with AKC's record keeping and dog identification requirements, and failure to complete proper chain of registration. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Paige Johnson, Shippensburg, PA, from AKC registration privileges for one year, effective August 14, 2006, and imposed a $500 fine for her submission of a false complaint concerning an

application containing a false certification as to her signature. (Shetland Sheepdog, German Shorthaired Pointer, & Pomeranian) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. Rick Morgan, Pineville, LA, from AKC registration privileges for six months, effective May 18, 2007, and imposed a $500 fine for his submission of an individual dog registration application containing a false certification as to the signature of the owner. (Chihuahua & Yorkshire Terrier) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Mr. David Riley II, Madison, MS, from AKC event privileges for two years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $2000 fine for entering/exhibiting an altered dog (permanent alteration). (Beagle) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Judy Sage, Lackawanna, NY, from AKC event privileges for five years, effective June 11, 2007, and imposed a $1000 fine for altering the scribe sheet of her dog at the Onondaga Kennel Association's September 29, 2006 Agility Trial. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Ann Silver, Holdrege, NE, from AKC registration privileges for one year, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $1000 fine for her submission of two dog registration applications and two certificates of transfer containing a false certification as to the signature of a recorded co-owner. (Multiple Breeds) The AKC's Management Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ms. Beverly Yocum, Lake Havasu City, AZ, from AKC registration privileges for six months, effective July 9, 2007, and imposed a $500 fine for her submission of an online litter application that contained a false certification as to the written authority of the recorded owners of the sire. (Lhasa Apso) During the month of May, the registrations of 115 litters were canceled, resulting in the cancellation of 146 registered dogs and rendering 321 dogs, members of these litters, ineligible for registration. 111 of these litters were canceled as a result of the DNA Parentage Evaluation and 4 were canceled as a result of impure breeding. In addition, as a result of the DNA Profiling Program, the registrations of 201 litters were corrected, resulting in the correction of 311 registered dogs and maintaining the eligibility for registration of 537dogs, members of these litters. CONFORMATION EVENTS Bred-By-Exhibitor Recognition Darrel Hayes, Robin Stansell, and Bobby Birdsong, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting by video conference. Upon motion by Mr. Goodman, seconded by Dr. Davies, it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve the following initiatives effective January, 2008: · Recognize Silver Level Breeders who have earned five BBE medallions with a new unique medallion. · Recognize Gold Level Breeders who have earned ten BBE medallions with a new unique medallion. · Recognize Gold and Silver Breeders on the AKC website.

· Include the Gold and Silver Breeders in the pool of those considered for AKC Breeder of the Year competition if all other criteria are met. Black Russian Terrier Standard Revision The Board reviewed a number of proposed changes to the Black Russian Terrier breed standard. The Board has a number of reservations and questions it wished addressed by the Parent Club before the amended standard was sent to the club membership for a vote. The specifics will be relayed to the club. Yorkshire Terrier Standard Revision The Board reviewed the results of the balloting of the membership of the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America (YTCA) for a breed standard revision to the Disqualification portion of the standard. Upon motion by Mr. Gladstone, seconded by Ms. Scully, it was VOTED (unanimously) to accept the proposed revisions to the Yorkshire Terrier breed standard effective October 1, 2007. Disqualification: Any solid color or combination of colors other than blue and tan as described above. Any white markings other than a small white spot on the forechest that does not exceed 1 inch at its longest dimension. Amateur Class - Rules Applying to Dog Shows, Chapter 3, Section 6 In response to a Strategic Plan action item to encourage participation in the sport, Staff presented the Board with a proposal to replace the Novice Class with an Amateur OwnerHandler Class. This will be considered further at the August meeting. Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 14, Section 5 The Board reviewed a request from the Dog Show Rules Committee for a change to Rules Applying to Dog Shows, Chapter 14, Section 5. The Bench Show Committee's responsibility to provide suitable equipment is addressed in Rules Applying to Dog Shows, Chapter 14, Section 5. The Board had a number of questions, which Staff was to relay to the Dog Show Rules Committee. Tracking Disqualified and Excused Dogs Based on a Board directive, Staff provided the Board of Directors with data on the number of disqualifications and excusals at Conformation and Companion events. Exhibitor Convenience Issues Related to Superintendents The Board discussed suggestions concerning the judging schedule to address with the Dog Show Superintendents Association (DSSA), in order to improve the convenience of exhibitors. COMPANION EVENTS Curt Curtis, Pamela Manaton, and Tommi Powell, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting by video conference. Obedience Business Case Based on a Strategic Plan tactic to increase participation in AKC Events, the staff developed an Obedience Business Case to address the decline in Obedience entries. Phase I of the proposal includes: 1) Introducing of a new Obedience Master Title 2) Convert Graduate Novice, Graduate Open, and Versatility to titling classes.

3) Introducing new non-regular Wild Card classes. 4) Introducing Regional National Obedience Invitational Qualifying Events 5) Change to the Fee Structure Upon motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Ms. Scully, it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve the Phase I proposals of this plan effective January 2009, and to approve all the changes to the Obedience Regulations that are required in order to implement this plan. (The applicable Obedience Regulations are listed in the addendum to these minutes with changes underlined.) Obedience Regulations Chapter 4, Section 11 The Board reviewed a list of eleven breeds that have requested lowering their breed's jump height requirement in AKC Obedience. Current regulations require obedience high jumps to be set at the nearest multiple of 2 inches based on the full height of the dog at its withers. (A dog measured at 20 inches at the withers would be required to jump a 20inch high jump. A dog measured at 25 ½ inches would be required to jump a 26-inch high jump.) This request is consistent with similar breed adjustments already approved for obedience. The breeds are as follows: Breed Caucasian Mountain Dog Argentine Dogo Thai Ridgeback Bergamasco Borzoi Estrela Mountain Dog Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen Kooikerhondje Lagotto Romagnolo Otterhound Portuguese Podengo This will be voted on at the August 2007 Board meeting. Rally Regulations Judges' Guidelines ­ Chapter 1, Section 1 ­ Assignment Limitations The Board reviewed a requested change to Rally Regulations Judges' Guidelines Chapter 1, Section 1. The request is to eliminate the rally judging assignment conflict faced by group clubs and all-breed clubs by bringing the Rally Regulations in line with the current Obedience Regulations. Staff recommends the Board of Directors change the Rally Regulations by adopting the following requested language: "Breed specialty rally assignments or group shows are not in conflict with an assignment to judge the same class(es) at an all-breed rally trial." This will be discussed further at the August 2007 Board meeting. Index for Rally Regulations Based on a request from the AKC Board of Directors at the May Board meeting, Staff developed and presented an index for the January 1, 2008 Rally Regulations.

Clubs Holding Agility and Number of Events Based on a request from the AKC Board of Directors, Staff supplied agility event information for 2005 and 2006. In 2005, there were 1,812 agility events held with 680,743 entries. The total number of clubs holding the maximum number of agility events in 2005 is twenty-three. In 2006, there were 1,956 agility events held with 745,894 entries. The total number of clubs holding the maximum number of agility events in 2006 is thirty-four. NEW BUSINESS Group Realignment There was a workshop session to discuss the subject of Group Realignment. While no firm proposal has been made, there has been some fact-finding and there will be an evening workshop on the subject at the Parent Club Conference. Territory There was a discussion on problems with the current situation of show territories. This led to a review of AKC's current criteria for new clubs. The consensus was that, in view of the number of clubs and shows, the criteria should be more stringent. This will be discussed further at a future meeting. VOTED to adjourn Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Noon. Adjourned A true record: Attest: _____________________________________ James P. Crowley, Executive Secretary

ADDENDUM TO THE JULY 9 - 10, 2007 AKC BOARD MEETING MINUTES Items that may come to the Board for a VOTE in August 2007: · 2008 Nominating Committee appointment. · Kennel Club of Taiwan (KCT) approval. · Icelandic Sheepdog to compete in the Miscellaneous Class. · Amendments to Chapter 7, Section 1 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows to incorporate the AKC Judging Conflict of Interest Policy. · Chapter 6, Section 7 of the Regulations for AKC Coonhound Bench Shows, Field Trials, Nite Hunts, and Water Races to prohibit bitches in season. · An Amateur/Owner/Handler Class. · Changes to the current AKC Pointing Breed Hunt Test Regulations. · Fee to file a complaint pursuant to the Charter and Bylaws to be raised. · Registration Fee for Leases, Transfers, and Open Registration. · Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 14, Section 5 re: responsibility for providing suitable equipment. · Obedience Regulations Chapter 4, Section 11 ­ Jump Heights. · A Bylaw amendment to provide for the removal of a Delegate who steals funds from an AKC club. · A reduction in Event application fees. · An increase in the Event Recording fees. Items that will continue to be discussed by the Board in August 2007 and beyond: · Selection of a site for the June 2008 Delegate Meeting. · Mixed-Breed participation in AKC events. · Dog Show Group Realignment.

ATTACHMENT B CHAPTER 8 12 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS NATIONAL OBEDIENCE CHAMPION

[Chapter changed from 8 to 12] Section 1. Dogs that May Compete. A National Obedience Championship will be awarded annually to the dog that wins the National Obedience Invitational. The winner of the event shall be entitled to be designated National Obedience Champion of ________ (year). To be invited to participate, each dog must be ranked in the top 25 dogs by number of OTCH points, ranked in the top three of their respective breeds by OTCH points, or qualify for competition through an AKC Regional Competition. If the total number of dogs accepting the invitation to be present at the event is less than 125 dogs, invitations shall be extended to a reserve list selected by ratio of dogs qualified by OTCH points in that breed to the number of dogs entered in that breed. The National Obedience Invitational competition shall comprise a varied combination of Open and Utility exercises performed as described in these Regulations. The winner of the event shall be entitled to be designated National Obedience Champion NOC of ________ (year) and will permit the use of the letters NOC preceding the name of each dog that meets the requirements. Breeds of dogs recognized by AKC from foreign countries whose registries are accepted by AKC may be invited to compete in the National Obedience Invitational. Section 2. AKC Regional Competitions. The American Kennel Club will identify yearly the events/shows to be regional qualifying events for the next year. Events will be selected based on criteria established by the American Kennel Club Companion Events Department. Regions will be based on divisions currently established for Conformation by the American Kennel Club. The only exception will be the division containing Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, which will be combined as one Division, with separate qualification criteria to be set. For all Divisions, the top four dogs based on the qualification criteria as established by the Companion Events Department will be invited to attend the American Kennel Club National Obedience Event. The qualification time period for regional competitors will be from July 1 to June 30 for qualification to attend the National Obedience Invitational following the June 30 cut off date. For events to be identified as AKC Regional Obedience competitions: *1. The Selected Division event(s) must have Obedience Trials over three consecutive days. Only three consecutive Obedience Trials will be recognized as the Regional Trial. (Each Division will only have one Regional competition per year.) *2. Previous shows for trials at the events must have a minimum of 80-plus entries (this may vary by region). *3. If there are no events that meet the given requirements in a region, the Events Selection Committee can select a smaller show or allow another region to have two events. * Criteria for Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico may vary. To qualify dogs must: · Have a UD title. · Compete in both Open B and Utility B in all three of the shows identified as an AKC Regional Competition. · Have a cumulative score obtained from the dog's participation in Open and Utility at the Regional Competition. · Be ranked from highest to lowest based on their cumulative score with 1,200 points being a perfect score. · Qualify by cumulative score as one of the top four at one Regional Competition for an invitation to the National Obedience Invitational. Once a dog qualifies for the National Obedience Invitational at a regional event, any placement received at subsequent regional competitions by the same dog will not be considered for additional invitations.

Invitations will be awarded to the next highest scoring dog in competition until all 4 of the region placements are awarded. Effective July 1, 2008

CHAPTER 6 9 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS OBEDIENCE TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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CHAPTER 7 10 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS UTILITY DOG EXCELLENT

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CHAPTER 9 13 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS VERSATILE CHAMPION DOG

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CHAPTER 10 14 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS NON-REGULAR CLASSES

[Chapter changed from 10 to 14]] Section 1. Ribbons and Prizes. A qualifying score will not be required to earn ribbons or prizes in any non-regular class. Section 2. Brace Class. The Brace Class will be for two dogs of the same breed that are eligible under these Regulations and capable of performing the Novice exercises. The dogs need not be owned by the same person but will be handled by one handler. Dogs may be shown unattached or coupled (the coupling device will not be less than 6 inches in overall length). Whichever method is used will be continued throughout all exercises. A separate official entry form will be completed in full for each dog entered. Exercises, performances and judging will be as in the Novice Class. The brace should work in unison at all times. Either or both dogs in a brace may be entered in another class or classes. Section 3. Veterans Class. The Veterans Class will be for dogs that have an obedience title and are at least 7 years old on the date of the trial. The exercises will be performed and judged as in the Novice Class. Dogs may be entered in another class or classes. At breed specialty trials, the minimum age requirement for the Veterans Class may be set by the breed Parent Club, in which case the age will be stated in the premium list. Section 4. Team Class. This class will be for teams of any four dogs that are eligible under these Regulations. Five dogs may be entered, one to be considered an alternate for which no entry fee will be required. However, the same four dogs will perform all exercises. Dogs may be handled by the owner or any other person, need not be entered in another class at the same trial, and need not have obedience titles. A separate official entry form will be completed in full for each dog entered. There will be two judges, one of whom will call orders while the other scores the teams' performance. The teams will be judged one at a time, except for the Group Exercises, which will be done with no more than four teams (16 dogs) in the ring. The dogs on a team will perform the exercises simultaneously and will be judged as specified for the Novice Class, except that a Drop on Recall will be used in place of the Recall exercise. In all exercises except the Drop on Recall, the teams have the option of executing the judge's orders on the team captain's repeat of the command. In the Figure Eight portion of the Heel on Leash exercise, five stewards will be used. The stewards will stand 8 feet apart in a straight line. Each handler with the dog sitting in heel position will stand about equidistant from each of two stewards with all members of the team facing the same direction. On orders

from the judge, the team will perform the Figure Eight, each handler starting around the steward on their left and circling only the two stewards between whom they had been standing. In the Drop on Recall exercise, the handlers will leave their dogs simultaneously on order of the judge. The dogs will be called or signaled in, one at a time, on a separate order from the judge to each handler. Handlers will, without any additional order from the judge, command or signal their dogs to drop at a spot midway between the line of dogs and the handlers. Each dog will remain in the down position until all four have been called and dropped. The judge will give the order to call the dogs, which will be called or signaled simultaneously. The finish will be done in unison on order from the judge. Section 5. Team Class, Scoring. Individual dogs' scores will be based on the performance of the dogs and handlers individually plus team precision and coordination. Each dog and handler will be scored against the customary maximum for a team total of 800 available points. Individual dogs' scores need not be recorded. The exercises and maximum scores: 1. Heel on Leash 160 points 2. Stand for Examination 120 points 3. Heel Free 160 points 4. Drop on Recall 120 points 5. Long Sit 120 points 6. Long Down 120 points Maximum Total Score 800 points Section 6. Pre-Novice Class. The Pre-Novice Class shall be for dogs that have not received a third qualifying score in a Novice Class prior to the closing of the trial. The owner or any other person may handle dogs in this class. Owners may enter more than one dog in this class. However, if a person has handled more than one dog in the first four exercises, that person must provide a handler for the additional dog in the same Group Exercise. All exercises will be scored as in the Novice Class, except the dogs will perform all exercises on leash, which should be 6 feet in length. The exercises, maximum scores and order of judging: 1. Heel on Leash 45 points 2. Figure Eight 25 points 3. Stand for Examination 30 points 4. Recall 40 points 5. Long Sit 30 points 6. Long Down 30 points Maximum Total Score 200 points Section 7. Wild Card Novice. The Wild Card Novice class is for any dog that is capable of performing the Novice exercises and that is eligible under the Obedience Regulations to compete in AKC events. No title is required to enter and handlers may enter more than one dog. Dogs in this class may be handled by the owner or any other person, and may be entered in another class or classes. The Novice exercises will be performed and judged as in the regular Novice class, except that verbal praise during the exercises is to be encouraged and not penalized. (Good, yes, nice, super, great, atta boy, are some examples of praise that would be allowed.) Handlers may give additional commands, but they will be penalized accordingly. Each handler may choose to select one exercise as a wild card. The Exhibitor would have the option of performing the selected wild card exercise, but would receive the full point value regardless of how the dog performed. When checking in, the handler must inform the steward or judge which exercise will be used as a wild card. The exercises will be performed in the same order as the regular Novice class. The point values for the exercises, scoring, and maximum total points are the same as the regular Novice class. Section 8. Wild Card Open. The Wild Card Open class is for any dog capable of performing the Open exercises and that is eligible under the Obedience Regulations to compete in AKC events. No title is required to enter and handlers may enter more than one dog. Dogs in this class may be handled by the owner or any other person, and may be entered in another class or classes. The Open exercises will be performed and judged as in the regular Open A class, except that verbal praise during the exercises is to be encouraged and not penalized. (Good, yes, nice, super, great, atta boy, are some examples of praise that would be allowed.) Handlers

may give additional commands, but they will be penalized accordingly. Each handler may choose to select one exercise as a wild card. The Exhibitor would have the option of performing the selected wild card exercise, but would receive the full point value regardless of how the dog performed. When checking in, the handler must inform the steward or judge which exercise will be used as a wild card. The exercises will be performed in the same order as in the regular Open A class. The point values for the exercises, scoring, and maximum total points are the same as in the regular Open class. Section 9. Wild Card Utility. The Wild Card Utility class is for any dog that is capable of performing the Utility exercises and that is eligible under the Obedience Regulations to compete in AKC events. No title is required to enter and handlers may enter more than one dog compete in AKC events. No title is required to enter, and handlers may enter more than one dog. Dogs in this class may be handled by the owner or any other person, and may be entered in another class or classes. The Utility exercises will be performed and judged as in the regular Utility A class, except that verbal praise during the exercises is to be encouraged and not penalized. (Good, yes, nice, super, great, atta boy, are some examples of praise that would be allowed.) Handlers may give additional commands, but they will be penalized accordingly. Each handler may choose to select one exercise as a wild card. . The Exhibitor would have the option of performing the selected wild card exercise, but would receive the full point value regardless of how the dog performed. When checking in, the handler must inform the steward or judge which exercise will be used as a wild card. The exercises will be performed in the same order as in the regular Utility A class. The point values for the exercises, scoring, and maximum total points are the same as in the regular Utility class. Handlers are allowed to praise their dogs during the performance of all Utility exercises except the signal exercise.

CHAPTER 6 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS GRADUATE NOVICE CLASS

Section 1. Graduate Novice Class. The Graduate Novice class shall be for dogs that have not won a Graduate Novice title (GN). The Graduate Novice class is an optional class that may be offered by clubs at obedience events. Judges for this class must be approved to judge novice or higher classes. The owner or any other person may handle dogs in this class. A person may enter more than one dog in this class. However, if a person has handled more than one dog in the first five exercises, that person must provide a handler for the additional dog in the same Long Down Group Exercise. If eligible as defined in these Regulations, dogs entered in Graduate Novice may also be entered in any other obedience classes. Judging will be as in the regular classes. The exercises, maximum scores and order of judging: 1. Heel On Leash & Figure Eight 40 points 2. Drop on Recall 40 points 3. Dumbbell Recall 30 points 4. Recall Over High Jump 30 points 5. Recall Over Broad Jump 30 points 6. Long Down 30 points Maximum Total Score 200 points Section 2. Graduate Novice Title. The letters GN may be added after the name of each dog that has been certified by three different judges to have received qualifying scores in Graduate Novice Classes at three licensed or member obedience trials. That dog will receive a Graduate Novice certificate from the AKC. Section 3. Heel On Leash and Figure Eight. The exercise and scoring will be executed in the same manner as the Novice Heel on Leash and Figure Eight, except that the Figure Eight will be done off leash. Section 4. Drop on Recall. The exercise and scoring will be executed in the same manner as Open Drop on Recall except that the handler may give the command and/or signal to drop the dog. Section 5. Dumbbell Recall. This exercise will be performed like the Novice Recall but with the dog holding the dumbbell. In addition to the Novice Recall, the dog will promptly take, hold, and deliver the dumbbell when commanded.

The judge's orders are: "Give your dog the dumbbell," "Leave your dog," "Call your dog," "Take it," and "Finish." The handler will stand with the dog sitting in the heel position in a place designated by the judge. When the judge orders, "Give your dog the dumbbell," the handler will present the dumbbell with one command. The dog must accept it readily and hold it. When the judge orders, the handler may give the command and/or signal to stay and will walk forward to the other end of the ring and turn to face the dog. On the judge's order or signal, the handler will command or signal the dog to come. The dog must come directly at a brisk trot or gallop. When the dog is sitting in front of the handler, the judge will order, "Take it," and the handler will give a command and take the dumbbell. The finish will be done as in the Novice Recall. All appropriate penalties of the Novice Recall and Open Retrieve on Flat shall apply. Section 6. Recall Over High Jump. The principal features of the exercise are that the dog stay until directed to jump, clear the jump on a single command or signal, and immediately return to sit in front of the handler. Orders are: "Leave your dog," "Call your dog," and "Finish." The handler will stand with the dog sitting in the heel position at least 8 feet from the jump. When the judge orders, "Leave your dog," the handler will give the command and/or signal to stay, go at least 8 feet beyond the other side of the high jump, and turn and face the dog as in the Novice Recall. On the judge's order, the handler will give the command or signal to jump. The dog must clear the high jump without touching it and, without any further command or signal, immediately sit in front of the handler and finish as in the Novice Recall. All penalties in the Novice Recall will apply. The height of the jump will be required as it is for the Open Retrieve over High Jump exercise as designated in these Regulations Section 7. Recall Over Broad Jump. The principal features of the exercise are the same as in the Recall over High Jump exercise. The handler will stand with the dog sitting in the heel position at least 8 feet from the jump, facing the lowest hurdle. When the judge orders, "Leave your dog," the handler will give the command and/or signal to stay, go at least 8 feet beyond the last hurdle, and turn and face the dog as in the Novice Recall. All penalties in the Novice Recall will apply. The distance of the jump will be the same as in the Open Classes. Section 8. Long Down. The Long Down exercise will be performed and scored as in the Open Group Exercise except that the judge will order the handlers to return after three minutes.

CHAPTER 7 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS GRADUATE OPEN CLASS

Section 1. Graduate Open Class. The Graduate Open Class will be for dogs that have not won the GO title. The Graduate Open class is an optional class that may be offered by clubs at obedience events. Judges for this class must be approved to judge open or higher classes. The owner or any other person may handle dogs in this class. If eligible as defined in these Regulations, dogs entered in Graduate Open may also be entered in any other obedience class. The exercises, maximum scores and order of judging: Signal Exercise 40 points Scent Discrimination 30 points Directed Retrieve 30 points Moving Stand and Examination 30 points Go Out 30 points Directed Jumping 40 points Maximum Total Score 200 points Section 2. Graduate Open Title. The letters GO may be added after the name of each dog that has been certified by three different judges to have received qualifying scores in the Graduate Open class at three licensed or member obedience trials. That dog will receive a Graduate Open certificate from the AKC. Section 3. Signal Exercise. The exercise and scoring will be the same as in the Utility Signal exercise except that leaving the dog will be from 10 to 20 feet and the handler may give the command and/or signal on the judge's order to stand and the judge's signals to stay, down, sit, come, and finish.

Section 4. Scent Discrimination. The exercise and scoring will be the same as in the Utility Scent Discrimination exercise except that there will only be four articles (two leather and two metal), the handler and dog will remain facing the articles, and only one article will be retrieved. It is the handler's discretion as to which article is retrieved. Section 5. Directed Retrieve. The exercise and scoring will be performed as the Utility Directed Retrieve exercise except that no center glove is used. Section 6. Moving Stand and Examination. The exercise and scoring will be the same as in the Utility Moving Stand and Examination except that the handler may pause or hesitate when giving the command and/or signal to stand. Section 7. Go Out. The principal features of this exercise are that the dog goes away from the handler to the opposite end of the ring stop as directed. The orders are: "Send your dog" and "Return to your dog." The handler will stand in the approximate center of the ring between the jumps facing the unobstructed end of the ring. The judge will order, "Send your dog," and the handler will command and/or signal the dog to go forward at a brisk trot or gallop to a point about 20 feet past the jumps in the approximate center of the ring. When the dog reaches this point, the handler will give a command to sit. The dog must stop and sit with its attention on the handler, but it need not sit squarely. The judge will then order the handler, "Return to your dog," and the handler will return to the heel position. Section 8. Directed Jumping. The principal features of this exercise are that the dog stay where left, jump as directed, and return to the handler as in the Novice Recall. The orders are: "Leave your dog," "Bar," "High," and "Finish." The handler will stand with the dog sitting in the heel position at the unobstructed end and in the center of the ring. The judge will order "Leave your dog," and the handler will walk to the far end of the ring and turn to face the dog. The judge will order either "Bar" or "High" for the jump, and the handler will command and/or signal the dog to return to the handler over that designated jump. While the dog is in midair, the handler may turn to face the dog as it returns. The dog will sit in front of the handler and, on order from the judge, finish as in the Novice Recall. The dog will be sent over only one jump and the same jump will be used for all dogs as designated by the judge at the start of the class.

CHAPTER 8 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS VERSATILITY CLASS

Section 1. Versatility Class. The Versatility class will be for all dogs. The Versatility class is an optional class that may be offered by clubs at obedience events. Judges for this class must be approved to judge utility or higher classes. Owners may enter more than one dog. Dogs in this class may be handled by the owner or any other person and may be entered in another class or classes. Six exercises will be performed: two each from the Novice, Open, and Utility classes. There will be no Group Exercises. The exercises will be performed and judged as in the regular classes. For the purpose of this class, Scent Discrimination Articles Number 1 and Number 2 will be considered as a single Utility exercise. The exercises to be performed by each dog will be determined by the handler drawing one of a set of cards listing combinations of the six exercises totaling 200 points. The trial-giving clubs will furnish these cards. Each handler will provide a dumbbell, Scent Discrimination articles and Directed Retrieve gloves. Novice exercise No. 1 25 points Novice exercise No. 2 25 points Open exercise No. 1 35 points Open exercise No. 2 35 points Utility exercise No. 1 40 points Utility exercise No. 2 40 points Maximum Total Score 200 points Section 3. Versatility Title. The letters VER may be added after the name of each dog that has been certified by three different judges to have received qualifying scores in the Versatility Class at three licensed or member obedience trials. That dog will receive a Versatility certificate from the AKC. Dogs who have obtained the Versatility title (VER) may continue to compete in the Versatility class.

CHAPTER 11

OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS OBEDIENCE MASTER TITLE AND GRAND MASTER TITLE

Section 1. Dogs that May Compete. Obedience Master title and Obedience Grand Master title points will be recorded for dogs that have earned the Utility Dog title. When a dog earns an Obedience Master title, it may continue to compete and earn points until it is awarded an Obedience Grand Master title. Section 2. Master Title and Grand Master Title Points. Obedience Master Points will be recorded for those dogs earning a score of 190 or better in Open B or Utility B Class, according to the schedule of points established by the AKC Board of Directors. To Acquire an Obedience Master Title. Dogs will be required to earn a total of 200 points, based on the points awarded for scores of 190 or better from the Open B or Utility B class as listed in the below point schedule. For a title to be earned 30% of the points earned (60 points) must come from the Open B Class and 30% of the points (60 points) must come from the Utility B Class, the remaining 40% of the points earned (80 points) can come from the Open B or Utility B class, for the total of 200 points. When a dog earns a total of 200 points based on the below point schedule (Section 3), it will be awarded an Obedience Master title. Obedience Master titles will be awarded for 9 levels and upon completion of the 10th level, a dog will be awarded an Obedience Grand Master title. Points accumulated in excess of the 200 points required for each level will be applied towards the next level of award if available. Only one title for Obedience Grand Master will be awarded. Upon being awarded an Obedience Master Title or the Grand Master title, dogs will be permitted to display the title of Obedience Master (OM-#) or OGM after their names. Section 3. Point Schedule. Dog's Score 190 190.5 191 191.5 192 192.5 193 193.5 194 194.5 195 195.5 196 196.5 197 197.5 198 198.5 199 199.5 200 Points Awarded 6

6 6 6

9 9 9 9 9 9 12 12 12 12 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

Succession of Obedience Master Titles OM1 OM2 OM3 OM4 OM5 OM6 Obedience Master 1 Obedience Master 2 Obedience Master 3 Obedience Master 4 Obedience Master 5 Obedience Master 6

OM7 OM8 OM9 OGM

Obedience Master 7 Obedience Master 8 Obedience Master 9 OBEDIENCE GRAND MASTER

CHAPTER 1 OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS GENERAL REGULATIONS

Section 22. Highest Scoring Dog in the Regular Classes and the Dog with the Highest Combined Score in Open B and Utility. The dog receiving the highest qualifying score in the regular classes will be awarded the ribbons and any prizes offered for these placements after the announcement of final scores of the last regular class to be judged. The dog receiving the highest combined score in Open B and Utility may be awarded the ribbon and any prizes offered for this placement after Open B and Utility Classes have been judged and after the announcement of those final scores. The superintendent or show or trial secretary will mark the catalog to identify the dogs receiving these awards. In the case of a tie between dogs eligible for either of the above awards, each dog will be tested again, individually, by performing the entire Novice Heel Free exercise. The judge for a run-off will be designated by the Event Committee from among the judges of the obedience trial. When a run-off has been completed, the judge will record the results on a special sheet that identifies the dogs taking part in the run-off by catalog number, class and breed. When the judge has marked and signed the sheet, it will be turned over to the superintendent or show or trial secretary who will mark the catalog accordingly and forward the sheet to the AKC as part of the records of the trial. Scores from the optional titling and the non-regular obedience classes are not eligible for High In Trial from the regular obedience classes. All changes effective January 1, 2009.

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