6A course for aspirant Obedience Judges will be run in 2024 by DOGS ACT.

Applications for a place on the Obedience Judges course should be submitted to DOGS ACT by close of business on Monday 5 February 2024 on the approved application form which can be downloaded from the DOGS ACT website or obtained from the DOGS ACT Office during advertised opening hours.

There is a course fee of $65 which should be paid at the time of submission of the application form.

The course is expected to commence in the week beginning 4 March 2024 and finish in late October/early November with written theory and practical examinations, or earlier depending upon the progress of the aspirant.

The course will cover the CCD, Novice, Open, UD and UDX classes. A combined CCD and Novice course will be offered.

Before attending course lectures or undertaking practical training sessions, aspirants for the CCD or combined CCD/Novice courses may be required to undertake a preliminary written theory examination covering the Dogs ACT Rules and Regulations and the general requirements of the ANKC Rules for the Conduct of Obedience Trials.

Details of the course syllabus and timetable will be issued to approved applicants.

To be accepted on the course, applicants must:

(i)       have been a member of either DOGS ACT or another Member Body of the ANKC for at least three (3) years prior to the application and be a current financial member of DOGS ACT.

(ii)      be a least eighteen (18) years of age.

(iii)     be a resident of the ACT.

(iv)     be able to demonstrate skills and experience in instructing in Obedience at a Dogs ACT affiliated Club or at a Club affiliated with another Member Body and/or active participation in Obedience trials including as a steward, organizer or other official and/or have experience in related club or training activities, whether in Obedience or another related ANKC discipline in the two (2) years prior to the application.

(v)      for the CCD course, have personally trained and trialed a dog to its CCD or higher title.

for the Novice course, have personally trained and trialed a dog to its Novice or higher title.

for the Open course, hold an ANKC Novice Judge’s licence and have personally trained and trialed a dog to its Open or higher title.

for the UD course, hold an ANKC Open Judge’s licence and have personally trained and trialed a dog in the Utility ring on at least three (3) occasions.

for the UDX course, hold an ANKC Utility Dog Judge’s licence.

Note: Dogs ACT may, at its absolute discretion, refuse to accept an application from a person who meets the above criteria if it considers that the person is not otherwise suitable to be approved as a judge. Aspirants not admitted to the course will receive a full refund.