Rule update - effective immediately
Working level will no longer have any pre-requisites.
Information about the 2018 AGM is being updated on the AGM page under Trials. You may also click here to be taken directly to the information.
Membership information on CARO website
Change to Judging Requirements
Effective immediately the judging requirement for judging Novice, Advanced, and Excellent Team has changed to:
A minimum of 10 teams in a minimum of 2 rounds of any combination of Novice, Advanced and Excellent.
Wording clarifications for Sign 43
Please note the additional clarification within the rule changes to Sign 43:
The team comes to a halt and the dog sits in heel position at the Station sign.
The 5’ line should be indicated by markers on either side of the path of travel so that it does not interfere with the handler or It may be tape or other markers.
There is currently an upload issue so the publication for Sign 43 in the publications has not been updated to include the 2 items listed.
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.
Gold & Master Supreme Titles
As per the July motion that was passed by the board: Versatility Excellent C stream qualifying scores now count towards Gold and Master Supreme titles.
If you believe you should have a title based on this new clarification, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Change to Team Titles
It will no longer be required for a handler/dog pair to achieve their individual title before entering the team ring at any level. The rule still stands that the team rounds may not be entered concurrently.
For example: a handler/dog pair achieve their Novice Team title, they can now go directly into Advanced Team without first achieving their individual Advanced title.
A handler/dog pair may not enter both Novice Team and Advanced Team at the same trial in hopes that they will acheive their Novice Team title. The CNT must be achieved prior to entering Advanced, and so forth.
Change to Sign 43
Halt Call Front While Running:
There are changes to the criteria of Sign 43 that will be EFFECTIVE August 1, 2017. Please see the document in Publications for details.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
Change to the Requirements for the Rally Event Ring
Omitted from the Brace document
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)