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2022 Station Sign Collection and MGH2022 Handbook available

Posted April 18, 2022

Hello Everyone!

We are pleased to report that the 2022 Station Sign Collection has been posted to the website and can be found here:

In addition, the first two components of MGH2022, the General Information section and the Competitor's Corner, have also been posted. At this time the document has been posted as a draft. It can be found here:

The full and final version, adding in the Judge's Handbook and the Trial Guide, will be posted as soon as possible.
Thanking everyone for your patience and support as we work to complete this brand new MGH!

All the best
Maggie on behalf of your BOD


Changes to the Board of Directors

Posted April 12, 2022

Hello Everyone!
The BOD is pleased to announce the following updates:

Barb Burgess has completed her term as Treasurer. Please join us in thanking Barb for her excellent service! Barb continues in the roll of Data Entry and Trial Secretary for the virtual trials. Thank you Barb!

Judy Miller continues in her role as Vice-Chair following an uncontested election. CARO is very fortunate to have Judy continuing with us. She has been a part of CARO from the beginning and has so much to offer! Thank you Judy!
Chantelle Charlebois of Casselman, Ontario has been appointed to the role of Director for Eastern Canada (Quebec and the Maritime Provinces)! This role has been vacant for some time and we are thrilled that Chantelle has committed to speaking for and promoting CARO in this area. Thank you Chantelle!
A huge thank you going out to all three of these amazing ladies for their service!

CARO continues to search for a Bookkeeper and someone to fill the Executive position of Treasurer on the Board. Please contact us as with any questions. Together we can continue to make CARO the fantastic organization that it is!

All the best,
Maggie on behalf of the BOD

Spring Virtual Trial Premium

Posted April 6, 2022

The premium for the virtual trial can be downloaded here.

Good luck to all competitors!

Nominations open for executive positions

Posted February 8, 2022
Dear CARO Members:
The Canadian Association of Rally Obedience is seeking nominations for the positions checked below.
Vice Chairperson
Who can nominate? Anyone is able to submit a nomination for the Executive or Board of Directors.

Who can hold office? Professional Members over the age of 18 are eligible to hold a position on the Executive or Board of Directors.
Who can vote? All regular and professional members in good standing and with voting privileges are eligible to vote (Adults are defined as 18 years of age or older.) If you would like to vote, be sure to check that you have renewed your membership!
The purpose of this is to ascertain whether members are interested in running for a position or if they wish to nominate another member.
Position Descriptions may be found here:
Two nomination forms are attached to this message:
Form A: Acceptance of Nomination - If you are interested in a position, are a professional member of the Association, and have someone to nominate you (or someone to second your own nomination)
Form B: Nomination - Alternatively, you may nominate another person. They must be a professional member of the Association and must accept your nomination.
Please send completed forms to Julia Schwark Please clearly indicate “CARO Election Nomination” in the subject line.

New Facebook Page

The BOD is pleased to announce that a new Facebook page has been created for CARO. You can find it here. Please head on over and give it a like.
Within the new CARO Facebook page are three groups. One each for CARO members, judges and trial officials. If you are a member of CARO, please request to join the CARO Members group and get updates ahead of the general public! For any judges or trial officials who are not already in the dedicated groups for them, please ask to join the relevant group.
Going forward the BOD will share all news updates via the new page and its groups. We look forward to seeing you there!
Your BOD

Competitor Trial Results

CARO competitors will have one year from the date of a trial to address any errors and/or omissions in their trial results entered in the database. This will be effective July 1, 2022 to tie in to the release of the MGH. Until you have verified your results online, you should always keep your scoresheets.
Members can check their records by logging into the database and viewing their dog's results.
Non-members can check their results by going to the Trials tab on the website and selecting Results. You can then search for the trial you attended.
If a non-member becomes a member, they will be able to access any results prior to becoming a member by logging into the database. If you are checking your records and notice an error or omission, please contact Barb Burgess at


Trial Results

Since there was never a formal rule regarding trial results, the Board has voted in the requirement that trial hosts and judges be required to keep trial results for a period of 1 year from the date of the trial.

2022 Virtual Trials

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2022 virtual trials!
Spring Virtual Trial will run April 29 to May 10, 2022
Fall Virtual Trial will run September 30 to October 11, 2022
Premiums will be posted here and in the CARO Facebook group as we get closer to each trial date.


Ontario Director Update

Posted December 28, 2021

The Board of Directors received, with sincere regret the resignation of Lilian Cook as Ontario Director effective December 18, 2021. We support Lilian in her decision and want to thank her for her commitment and valuable contributions throughout the years. The Board has appointed Maggie Bird as Ontario Director

New Working Class Titles

CARO has new Working Class titles. You can now earn a title in an individual exercise at the Expert level. There are also Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honours titles. These titles have been approved to be retroactive.  

If your dog has earned a title(s), please email Barb Burgess at with your dog’s name, CARO number and the title(s) that were earned.

CARO Working Class – Individual

CWI(# of ind titles)   i.e. if they earn Individual titles for W1, W3, W10 it would read: “CWI3”.  The 5th Individual Title would earn CWXI.  Qs beyond CWXI would be towards the Bronze title.                

3 Passes in Expert for a single WC exercise under at least 2 different judges earns one Individual Working title for that exercise. 

CARO Working Class – Bronze Individual

CWB(# of bronze ind titles)    i.e. if they earn Bronze for W2, W3, W6, W10 it would read: “CWB4”.  

8 Passes in Expert for a single WC exercise under at least 2 different judges earns one Bronze Individual Working title for that exercise. 

CARO Working Class –Silver Individual

CWS(# of silver ind titles)

13 Passes in Expert for a single WC exercise under at least 2 different judges earns one Silver Individual Working title for that exercise.

CARO Working Class – Gold Individual

CWG(# of gold ind titles)

18 Passes in Expert for a single WC exercise under at least 2 different judges earns one Gold Individual Working title for that exercise.

Once a dog earns their Honours title for a level, they do not continue to earn individual titles at that level.  For example, once they earn their Bronze Honours (CWBH), they do not earn CWB6-10.  Any Qs beyond CWBH would be earned towards the Silver Individual title.

CARO Working Class – Bronze Honours


5 Individual Bronze Titles

CARO Working Class – Silver Honours


6 Individual Silver Titles

CARO Working Class – Gold Honours


7 Individual Gold Titles

CARO Working Class – Honours Champion


10 Individual Gold Titles



WORKING CLASS - Elimination of Subdivisions

In Working Class, we have eliminated Subdivision I and II. There are now just the ten exercises.
With the elimination of Subdivision I and II, the titles would be:
3 qualifying scores under two different judges in any 5 exercises in Rookie will earn the CWRI title
3 qualifying scores under two different judges in remaining 5 exercises in Rookie will earn the CWRII title
3 qualifying scores under two different judges in any 5 exercises in Elite will earn the CWTI title
3 qualifying scores under two different judges in remaining 5 exercises in Elite will earn the CWTII title
3 qualifying scores under two different judges in any 5 exercises in Expert will earn the CWXI title
3 qualifying scores under two different judges in remaining 5 exercises in Expert will earn the CWRCh (Working Champion) title
The initial title in each level is still for 5 exercises; it just isn’t exercises 1 to 5 anymore. The second title for each level is still for all 10 exercises. Titles already earned are still meaningful and consistent with the new system.
If these changes mean you have now earned a title, please email with your Dog Name, Dog #, and the title you have earned.

Fall Virtual Trial Information

Posted August 31, 2021
The board of directors is pleased to announce the information for the next virtual trial!
Entries Open from September 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm PDT (8:00 pm EDT) to September 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT or when full
We have provided a fillable pdf entry form and the trial premium.  
Courses will be available for download on September 22, 2021 by 8:00am PDT (11am EDT)
Trial will run from September 22, 2021 to October 4, 2021.
Videos must be submitted to the judge by 11:59 pm PDT on October 4, 2021.
Questions should be directed to

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… 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.

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 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'.    

Course Approvals

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 Immediately

Posted March 15, 2021

The following rule changes are effective immediately:



**************Attention **************

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 ( 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:



·       World Health Organization

·       Public Health Canada

Infection Prevention and Control Canada



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.

Survey Responses

The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone that participated in the first CARO survey!

Here are the full results, unedited (with the exception of removing email addresses).  
We look forward to what these ideas and suggestions hold for the future!

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:

1. Fixed up the barrel racing for ALL levels
2. Removed the slide for WPT
3. Added in the new Versatility signs into the list for the legend
4. Moved the Moving Side Step Left symbol into the Versatility Excellent section
5. Added Halt-Side Step Left - Halt symbol into the Versatility section.

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.