FEO runs are offered at the discretion of the hosting club. CARO does not collect fees for these runs, and the judge is not required to score the runs. The club may charge whatever fee they wish. Clubs may determine the rules for their FEO runs, with the exceptions that: dogs must have a Novice title in order to run off leash in the ring and all dogs must enter and exit the ring on leash and under control.
New Versatility Sign
A new start sign is available for use in Versatilty classes. The orange start sign will help competitors remember they are starting the course with their dog on the right-hand side. The sign may be downloaded on the Signs page. Thanks to Anthea Young MIller for the suggestion!
Stand for Exam
Please see this document for the changes to the Stand for Exam. The rule is effective July 1, 2017
Teleconferencing at the AGM
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be available via teleconferencing for the first time.
All members and interested parties are invited to participate on:
Saturday May 6th, 2017
6:30pm PST / 7:30 MST / 9:30 EST
To join, please dial: 1-866-261-6767
Participant Code: 85078963#
Please take a moment to review last years AGM minutes and last years financials (to be available soon) in the member's portion of the website.
Congratulations to Barb Burgess who was elected to continue as treasurer. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and thank you to the two nominees.
AGM, trial and Seminar information
**UPDATED** Seminar information now added
Information about the 2017 AGM trial, AGM and judge's seminar is now available at:
Regional Director Election Results
The executive would like to formally congratulate and welcome our 2 new regional directors to the CARO board:
Patricia Hunt for Ontario
Natasha Matthews for Manitoba/Saskatchewan (Prairies)
No nominations were received for the Western or Eastern Director positions. If you are interested, please contact a member of the Executive.
Minor Change to Score Sheets
Please note there has been a minor change to the Score Sheets - the change is to correct the bottom portion where deductions are listed for scoring recues in the various levels. The new forms are up on the Trial Forms page.
Summary of Rule Changes
There is now a PDF file on the Rules - Publications page. This file is a summary of the rule changes from 2015. A new Master Handbook will not be printed for 2016.
Constitution & Bylaws
The NEW Constitution & Bylaws has been approved by a majority vote of 92.86%. The new documents are available here.
Email Safe List
Please ensure that you have whitelisted the address email@example.com in your email program so that you receive any emails sent to you as a member of CARO.
There are only two ways to apply for a trial date:
Complete the form manually and mail to the Trial Approver with the appropriate payment.
Complete the online application form and submit payment through PayPal.
Any applications received in any other manner will be returned (for example - submitting an application manually and paying separately through PayPal).
There has been one reported incident of a dog biting a judge. Effective immediately the following rules comes into effect.
The safety of our judges is paramount and to that end, effective immediately, judges have the right to refuse to examine a dog if the judge feels uncomfortable doing the examination.
A new form has been uploaded to the web site which MUST be completed and sent with the trial results to the CARO office whether or not any incident has occured at a trial. Trial secretaries will be advised of the form.
Effective immediately the rules for Shadow Judging for the Versatility levels are changed to:
Must shadow judge under an approved CARO judge for four (4) courses from the Versatility and/or Versatility Excellent and/or Versatility Team to a total of 10 dogs.
Change to the Requirements for the Rally Event Ring
Omitted from the Brace document
Handlers working with the dog on the Right side will perform the sidestep by moving to the Left away from the dog.
Changes - Judging of the Brace Class
Allotted time for Novice is 5 minutes all other levels have 4 minutes.
Twelve inches (12”) extra spacing will be added between cones for the weave once, figure 8 and spiral exercises. Additional space may be added at the judge's discretion. (Brace Class)