Update February 2019:


Announcement of Open Meeting for the DOGS NSW Members who compete in Agility.

An Open Meeting will be held on Saturday 23 February 2019 to present the DOGS NSW submission for the potential rule changes for ANKC Ltd Agility for 2021.

Meeting commences at 2pm sharp at the DOGS NSW Complex, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills, in the Rotunda.

DOGS NSW members who compete in Agility and attend the meeting are asked to bring their current membership card or online details with them.

An option to join via Zoom for regional members and those who are unable to attend has been provided.
Please register your intent to attend the meeting
here for all of the details.

Any questions, please direct them to Frankie Moore at nswagilitycommittee@gmail.com

ANKC Ltd have announced that the process for potential rule changes for ANKC Agility for 2021 are to commence now.


The potential changes are to affect the rules governing Agility Rules, Agility Games Rules and Agility Guidelines for Judges, relevant documents can be found in the files section.

The time table is as follows:
31st December, 2018 – approved revised closing date for rule change proposals from members of Dogs NSW.

28th February 2019 – closing date for proposed changes to be submitted by each state to ANKC Ltd Administrator.

June/July 2019 – ANKC Ltd Administrator to distribute copies of all proposals received to all Member Bodies.

August 2020 – National Committee Meeting

November 2020 – New rules made available.

1 January 2021 – New rules effective

So what do you need to do?

If you have a suggestion for a rule change.
1. Read the current rules to ensure that you understand what the current rules is
2. Make a written proposal for the change
3. Provide a rational efor your change.
4. Please send it through to Frankie Moore (frmoore@live.com.au) to collate.

How to make a proposal:

In a Microsoft Word Document, copy and paste the current rule, then put (NSW) at the start of your new proposal, if there is a deletion then put a strike through it, if there is additional information to be added the underline this. The changes should be in blue and then your rationale should be in red.

4.4 Vetting
Exhibits may be required to be inspected or vetted.

4.4 Vetting
(NSW) Exhibits may will be required to be inspected or vetted by a veterinarian.

RATIONALE The health and wellbeing of dogs is paramount and ensuring that dogs are vetted or inspected by a trained veterinarian prior to completing will reduce the number of injuries sustained.

If you are unsure where the rule change may occur then please title your rule change accordingly: for example Not for Competition run would fall under 9 DESCRIPTION OF TRIAL for AGILITY/JUMPING (Refer to Games rules for Games)

Files can be found here:

ANKC Agility Rules 2018
ANKC Agility games Rules 2018
ANKC Agility Rules Changes Copy



ANKC Agility / Games Rules


New ANKC Agility Rules / Games Rules effective from the 1st January 2018  





Note:  Previous versions of the rules can be seen below and on the ANKC website.

The Agility / Games rules attached to this website, show changes made (highlighted in yellow).

For unhighlighted verison log onto ANKC Website.


To View or Print click on the following:-




ANKC GAMES RULES 2016     ( Prior to Snooker Correction )


Rules for the conduct of Snooker Game - Correction by ANKC (17-02-2016)


2.12. The refusal section of the obstacle must be completed prior to a penalty for

        ‘faulting’ the obstacle. A fault will occur if an error is made on an obstacle after it

         has been successfully started. Example, if a dog fails to weave a pole after

         starting correctly, the obstacle has been faulted and is not scored. Another ‘red’

         must be attempted before continuing. In the case where the third ‘red’ has been

         attempted the dog must start the Closing Sequence. A faulted coloured obstacle

         in the Opening Sequence, fails to score for that attempt, however, the obstacle

         remains in play for additional scoring in the Opening and Closing Sequence

         unless the obstacle has been rendered unable to be performed


2.13. The dog should continue to perform the remaining parts of a faulted obstacle in

         the case of combination obstacle and long obstacles. This is primarily to ensure

         that a dog is not called off an obstacle at the risk of injury/safety or in an attempt

         to gain a time advantage. Where a dog mounts the dog walk and misses the

         colour up it has faulted the obstacle and cannot score. The dog must be taken to

         the other end of the obstacle to dismount safely. Handlers will be penalised if they

         call the dog off the dog walk regardless of their apparent purpose. All parts of a

         Combination obstacle must be completed, with or without fault.


2.14. Any performance that is considered unsafe will result in the dog and handler

        being disqualified.


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  • National Agility Committee : Clarification of Rule 4.3 - Height Card


    Reference is made to Rule 4.3 – Height Card in the updated Rules for the Conduct of Agility Trials which reads:

    4.3 Height Card
    Prior to a dog competing in a trial, an Official Height Card, signed by TWO (ANKC Ltd) Agility Judges or other persons approved by the Canine Control specifying the height or the height category of the dog must be obtained. The height of the dog is to be measured at the highest point of the withers no more than two months before that trial. The Height Card is valid for the life of the dog if they are over 2 years old or the dog is measured at the 600 Height Category. If the dog is under 2 years old a temporary height card will be issued and the dog will be required to be remeasured when the dog is 2 years of age. A permanent Height Card would then be issued.

    Any pass cards issued to the dog during the period of the temporary height card will remain valid.

    The National Agility Committee has confirmed the following interpretation which shall be binding in accordance with the rules:

    If a dog that has been measured is not 2 years old as of the 1st. of January 2018 (with the exception of dogs in the 600 height category) then it will be required to be re-measured when it reaches the age of 2 years of age.

    Tracey Barry
    December 2017





Due to the huge difference in scribing at Agility Trials, the Dogs NSW Agility Committee has put together a

How to Scribe Instructions on manually Scribing for Agility, Jumping, Gamblers and Snooker, it is recommended

that a copy be given in advance to Trial Scribe.


To View or Print click on the following:-


AGILITY and JUMPING                     GAMBLERS                       SNOOKER

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