AKC AGILITY NEWS ...

Fix and Go (FNG) and For Exhibition Only (FEO)

by kittybradley1

On January 1, 2020 AKC will allow For Exhibition Only (FEO) and Fix and Go On (FNG).

And people are excited about this!

Please refer to the Regulations for Agility Trials and Agility Course Test (appendix A, blue book, dated August 1, 2019). Also reference previous information posted to this blog on September 4th, 2019

Following is a summary that you should use for your judges briefing to exhibitors and the timer & scribes. Consider printing a copy that you can post.

Here is a PDF of this summary:

FEOFNG-Briefing for Blog 1219

We have updated that hand signal cheat sheet that the scribe can reference showing all the signals. Print extra copies and give your scribe a copy. Here is a PDF, it's also in the resource files in this blog:

Scribe Signals Sheet

 

FEO: For Exhibition Only (FAST and T2B)

Include in Exhibitor Briefing of FEO:

  • Exhibitor MUST state FEO prior to running, and may not use more than Standard Course Time.
  • Exhibitor can use a toy- no toys that make noise are allowed and the toy MUST remain in hand- cannot use anything that rolls freely
  • Exhibitor can touch/pet dog and /or touch equipment
  • Exhibitor may train any piece of equipment as many times as they want

Include in Timer and Scribe Briefing of FEO for FAST and Time 2 Beat Classes:

  • Judge states FEO to scribe
  • Scribe writes FEO-E and NT on the scribe sheet
  • Timer instructed to start time when exhibitor starts their first lead out

Judges Duties in FEO:

  • Judge must keep a count of each dog that runs FEO and include it in their judge’s report.
    • There will be a section added to report for trials after January 1, 2020
  • Judge MUST monitor the entire run and stop (whistle) the run at any time they deem necessary (ex: harsh treatment of the dog, dog leaves the ring or is unresponsive).

Questions?

  • What do I need to do as an exhibitor to enter FEO?
    • Must enter T2B or FAST at a club that is offering FEO
    • Announce FEO at the start of your run
  • Can an exhibitor enter their dog at any height?
    • If an exhibitor wants to run their dog at a height that is different than what the dog is eligible to run, the exhibitor must do it at the time of entry. An exhibitor CANNOT change their jump height the day of the trial. If the dog is entered at a height that it is not eligible, they MUST run FEO.
  • This is a one-year pilot program

 

 FNG - Fix and Go On

 Include in All Exhibitor Briefings

  • FNG is signaled with crossed arms.
  • A handler may choose to fix a start line.
    • A Fix and Go On will be signaled by the judge (with crossed arms) when the handler LEADS OUT past the first obstacle for the SECOND TIME.  The time will start at that point.
  • Exhibitor can repeat an obstacle, dropped bar or any sequence that did not meet their criteria. This can ONLY be done once during the course.
  • Exhibitor can touch/pet dog and /or touch equipment

After FNG is signaled, the judge WILL monitor the rest of the run and stop (whistle) at any time they deem necessary (ex: harsh treatment of the dog, dog leaves the ring or is unresponsive)

  • If an exhibitor chooses to correct a contact, dropped bar, missed weave entry etc. and the dog drops the bar, misses the contact, or misses the weave entry again, can they repeat the obstacle until they get it right?
    • No ONLY ONE repeat is allowed.
  • How does FNG work for the weaves?
    • The exhibitor is still allowed three tries to complete the weaves.
    • If the exhibitor fails the weaves three times and attempts a fourth time, the judge will signal FNG.
  • Exhibitors can reset any dropped single bar, spread and/or specialty jump if they want that jump to be their fix and go on.

Include in Timer and Scribe briefings for ALL classes

  • FNG is signaled with crossed arms.
  • TIMER-Once judge signals FNG the timer looks at time
    • Timer presses horn or blows whistle when the times listed below are reached.
      • 60 seconds for all standard classes
      • 45 seconds for all Jumpers classes
      • For T2B and FAST dog is dismissed at the sound of the horn or whistle is blown at the appropriate time.
  • FNG at the start line
    • A handler may choose to fix a start line. This is not to be confused with a handler who runs with their dog after their initial return.
    • A Fix and Go On will be signaled by the judge when the handler LEADS OUT past the first obstacle for the SECOND TIME.
  • What if the judge signals FNG and the timer notices the time is past the required time for STD (60secs) or JWW (45secs)?
    • The timer will blow their whistle or push the horn button.
    • The exhibitor will be allowed to “complete their fix”. If they are close to finishing the course (seventy five percent of the way) the judge shall allow the exhibitor to complete the course. If the exhibitor is less than seventy five percent from finishing the course, the judge will whistle and ask the exhibitor to leave the ring.
  • SCRIBE- writes FNG, then E and NT on scribe sheet

QUESTIONS?

  • This is a One-year pilot
  • Think of FNG it as ONE free whistle for training in the ring (page 49, allow #8-exception- no harsh correction allowed. It is still a whistle). It is allowed for only ONE incident that would normally be whistled.
  • Can the exhibitor gently lead the dog by the collar to re-attempt and obstacle?
    • Yes, if the dog does not look distressed and/or resist.
  • If a dog gets stuck on a contact and must be gently guided over the obstacle is that considered a FNG?
    • Yes, the judge will signal FNG and the exhibitor can complete the course if the timer has not signaled that time has expired.
  • What if an exhibitor purposely pets their dog on the course, a contact obstacle, or after performing an obstacle correctly to positively reinforce a behavior?
    • The judge will signal FNG. Just remember, the exhibitor can only do this one time during the course.