June 2021 Virtual Trial Wrap
Posted June 24, 2021 on behalf of Barb Burgess, Treasurer
CARO’s 2nd Virtual Trial has wrapped up. Big thanks to our judges - Sheila Gibbons, Nicole Wiebe, Ayoka Bubar, Julia Sc, Patricia Hunt, Debby DaCosta, Sarah-Jane Brenner-Petti, Sarah Hughes and Kelly Ladouceur - for reviewing so many videos and providing their comments and advice. I will endeavour to get the results input and certificates sent out by the end of July. And thank you to all of you who entered and had fun with your dogs!!
For those who had challenges with the entry forms, building courses, getting your dog to focus in new environments, recording and uploading videos; you are now on the clock…..you have 3 months to practice and iron out the kinks. The next CARO virtual trial will run September 22 to October 4, 2021. Stay tuned for details over the summer.
Posted May 25, 2021
Yesterday, the Board of Directors received, with sincere regret the resignation of Judy Miller as Course Approver effective May 24, 2021. The Board takes this opportunity to appreciate the commitment and invaluable contributions made by Judy Miller over the years.
While the Board finds a replacement please forward all courses for approval to the Board of Directors.
Rule Changes - effective September 1, 2021
Posted May 25, 2021
The following rule changes are effective September 1, 2021
1. That the number of stations in novice become 15 -20 and that the course time remain 3 - 4 minutes at the judge's discretion.
2. That Weave Once (1) be allowed to be included in all Rally Obedience levels. Effective September 1, 2021
3. That an orange sign for send over jump (EXCELLENT) be created so that it can be used on the right in Versatility Excellent. As this is an EXCELLENT sign, the send area will be the distance 6' x 10'.
Rule Change - Effective Immediately
Posted May 25, 2021
The maximum time allowed for a Novice Team course is 3-4 minutes depending on the number of stationary stations and at the discretion of the Judge.
Rule Changes - Effective Immediately
Posted March 15, 2021
The following rule changes are effective immediately:
- Right side heeling is no longer acceptable except as required in the Versatility levels. The exception is if this is required to mitigate a disability, in which case, a request for modification must be submitted
- Teams may enter Advanced C immediately after completing the Advanced Title. An excellent title is no longer required to compete in Advanced C Stream.
- A sit that occurs during slow, or 270 and 360 degree turn signs will be scored as an NQ
ATTENTION - PHISHING SCAM
Attention judges, members, and competitors:
It has come to our attention that someone is contacting members either by email or text requesting gift cards or credit card information. Please do not respond to these requests. Please advise the BOD (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email if you receive such a request from CARO. Thank you and stay safe!
The board has been monitoring the progression of the COVID-19 virus and would like to send out the following announcement.
Due to our large demographics we recommend you refer to the local guidelines from the health officials since our country has varying degrees of infection.
Hosts will be responsible to determine whether they should continue with an event. We recommend hosts offer competitors the ability to cancel their entries and provide either a refund or a credit toward a future event, however the handling of this situation will be left to the host club.
Should a host decide to cancel an event due to COVID-19, CARO will offer a credit for your application fees to go against a future trial. No refunds will be offered at this time.
We encourage host clubs to hire a judge locally where possible to avoid travel. Judges are permitted to cancel their judging assignment due to concern over COVID-19 when cancelation is directly related to bans on travel made by their employers. No one can afford a 14 day quarantine. If you cannot find a local judge then the host will have to consider canceling or postponing the event.
As we move closer to the AGM we will make an announcement on how we intend to proceed. The Board of Directors will make an announcement at a later date.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 please consider the following:
Wash your hands often throughout the day. Do not touch your face with your hands.
Do not ask anyone to hold your dog, leash or collar.
Do not ask people to use your phone to record your run, transfer at a distance using airdrop or some other means.
If you feel unwell, don’t attend!
If you have travelled within 14 days please consider not attending.
Have lots of paper towels, soap and hand sanitizer available in the washrooms and around the event.
Apply social distancing protocols to decrease the likelihood of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Social distancing measures include avoiding large gatherings and minimizing close personal contact with individuals.
World Health Organization Update
As you may have heard, (WHO) has declared COVID-19 virus an international pandemic. Note this announcement applies to the international community as a whole, and different regions around the world may face different levels of threat.
For ongoing updates and news related to COVID-19, please access the websites below:
Welcome to our Document Management Volunteer
The board would like to welcome Sherrie Gourlie, who will be taking on the document management volunteer role. Sherrie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. Thank you for volunteering and welcome to the team!
Change to effective date of Working Level exercise
The change to Expert Designed Retrieve ONLY in Working will be moved to be effective January 1, 2020.
The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone that participated in the first CARO survey!
New Course Design Template
A new template for course design has been uploaded to the site. Find it here. The following are the changes that have been made:
As an added note: newer versions of PowerPoint / Windows have restored the more intuitive rotate and move for the symbols.
Rule Clarification - Physical Praise in Working Level
The following is for immediate implementation:
Addition: Upon completion of an exercise, whether successful or not, the owner may choose to briefly pet or touch the dog as a reward. If the owner touches the dog mid exercise (for example, after the dog completes one cone in Round the Clock), the judge shall tell the competitor to “move on” to the next attempt at the exercise or to the next exercise after the second attempt, or in Expert.
Physical praise is allowed as the teams move between exercises, for example, in the form of hand targeting.
Touching the dog to put it into a position (Sit, Down, Stand), or guiding the dog between exercises by the collar is considered to be a physical correction and will result in an NQ. This will result in the loss of all Passes already accumulated in the round.
Form for Tracking Rally-O Titles
Thank you to Barb Burgess, who created a pdf form to use to track your Q's and titles through all the various levels of CARO Rally-O. The form can be found here. Alternatively just click the "Dogs" link at the top of the page to also get to the new form.