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Rally station signs now available in french

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the rally station signs are now available in french!

BOD opening available for East Director role

The Board is looking for a dynamic team player from Quebec or the Atlantic provinces to fill the East Director role. Interested parties are requested to email the Board at by March 31st, 2023.

This volunteer role will both represent the region and lead the Bilingualism at CARO project. Interested parties must be a professional member of CARO, be available for monthly meetings via Zoom and regular email exchanges. Should an interested party from the region not be found, the BOD will open the call to interested parties from other regions to represent Quebec and the Maritime provinces.

Appointment of Chantelle Charlebois to Vice-Chair

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that East Director, Chantelle Charlebois, has been appointed to the position of Vice-Chairperson until the next scheduled election for this position in 2024.

As a part of this position, Chantelle will be managing the onboarding of new Judges. Those who are interested in becoming a CARO judge may contact Chantelle at


The Annual General Meeting is almost upon us. It's a great time to be part of a growing and vital organization. Come out meet your Board , find out what has been going on, and bring your ideas for CARO's future.
WHEN? Sunday March 19th, 2023
HOW?  The meeting will be held virtually via zoom. You can join us via mobile/computer OR on the phone!!! If you don't already have zoom, download it ahead of time.  To receive a copy of the zoom invitation please email
WHAT? The standard agenda is in the bylaws and the minutes from last year will shortly be posted to the website.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Resignation of Judy Miller as Vice-Chair

Resignation of Judy Miller as Vice-Chair

The Board of Directors has received with deep regret the resignation of Judy Miller from the role of Vice-Chair of the Board. We wish to take this opportunity to recognize the incredible contribution that Judy has made in so many capacities over the many years that she served on the BOD.
Judy has been a part of CARO since the beginning. She has supported and mentored many new board members, helped to manage changes, led various initiatives including the production and distribution of the station sign packages for the MGH2022, participated in the development of the manuals, anchored many an AGM and helped to develop the vision for CARO's future. 
Judy was also the third person to become a CARO judge and is currently the longest standing Judge in the association.  She went on to develop and run the judges certification program as it now stands. She dedicated herself to mentoring judges from across the country.  For many years she was also the only course approver for trials.  Outside of the BOD she is also a Rally and Scent instructor who is committed to ongoing learning for both herself and her students.
The BOD is very grateful for Judy's longstanding commitment to excellence in CARO and wishes her the very best!
February 19th, 2023

Updated Virtual Trial Dates

Please note the virtual trial dates have been adjusted slightly to allow an additional weekend to be available for in-person trials.

The new VT trial dates are as follows.

Spring 2023 - May 14-26, 2023

Fall 2023 – October 2-15, 2023

Spring 2024 – May 11-24, 2024

Fall 2024 – October 1-14, 2024

Membership renewal 2023

CARO would like to remind everyone that it is time to renew their Membership.

NOTE:  Dog registrations are for life and do not need to be renewed.

If you have already renewed THANK YOU!

Memberships:  Judges, professional and regular members who wish to maintain voting privileges must renew annually.

All memberships expire at the end of the calendar year.  Any new memberships processed from October thru December are automatically applied to 2023.

Professional & Regular Memberships not renewed before March will lose voting privileges as per the bylaws.

Judges not renewed by December 31st will have to pay a reinstatement fee of $15.

As a member of the Canadian Association of Rally Obedience, you will: 

·         Be able to access your dog’s records online
·         Receive a discount on Dog Registration
·         Types of Memberships:

To renew your membership here:

Thank you for your support of CARO.  We look forward to a great 2023!

Extension of the Fall 2022 CARO Virtual Trial

October 5th, 2022
To all Fall 2022 CARO Virtual Trial participants.
Due to the corrections required to some of the course maps the trial has been extended by 4 days to a closing time of  11:59pm PDT Oct. 14th, 2022.  
All other rules and requirements for the trial remain the same.    
The CARO BOD would like to thank all participants for their support and understanding, and our Judges for making themselves available to continue judging!
Rally on!
CARO Board of Directors

Election Results BOD 2022

August 28th, 2022
Hello Everyone!
The BOD is pleased to announce the results of the 2022 Board of Directors election process for the Executive at Large position.
The successful candidate was Barb Burgess!
As of October 1, the CARO BOD will be:
  • Maggie Bird - Chair
  • Judy Miller - Vice-Chair
  • Verlaine Murphy - Treasurer
  • Jeanne Shaw - Secretary
  • Barb Burgess - Executive at Large
  • Chantelle Charlebois - Eastern Canada
  • Vania Boulet-Richardson - Ontario
  • Kimberly Masiak - The Prairies
  • Julia Schwark - Western Canada
Please join us in thanking Debby DaCosta and Emma Bell for their wonderful service to CARO as Chair and Exec at Large over the past three years. Their dedication and contributions have been greatly appreciated by the entire community!
The BOD would also like to thank Maria Adams and Alexandra McGowan for their time and efforts as the 2022 CARO Election Committee.
Rally on!
The BOD.


Fall 2022 CARO Virtual Trial

August 28th, 2022
CARO is pleased to present the premium list for the Fall 2022 CARO Virtual Trial! Click here for the premium.
Questions can be posted to the CARO Competitors Corner facebook group or emailed to A Q&A session will be held on September 1. Details to be sent out shortly.

Mobile Site

July 9, 2022

The Mobile Site is not functioning well at this point.

REMINDER that you can access the MAIN CARO webpage from a link at the bottom of the menu on the mobile site.

It says 'Visit Full Site'

and is right above the link to the French translation.

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.


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.

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.