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Update on CARO Elections 2022

Posted August 2, 2022

Hope you are all doing well! Your Election Committee is hard at work preparing the next steps of these elections. We have received all your nominations and would like to announce the following people will be joining the board on October 1, 2022, by acclamation:
Verlaine Murphy as Treasurer
Marjory Bird as Chairperson
Kimberly Masiak as the Regional Director of the Prairies
Vania Richardson as the Regional Director of Ontario
Julia Schwark as the Regional Director of the Western provinces
Chantelle Charlebois as the Regional Director of the Eastern provinces
We officially have an election for the position of Executive Member At Large, since Barb Burgess and Emma Bell were both nominated for the position!
You will soon receive an email from CARO with the instructions for voting to select our next Executive Member At Large.
Congratulations to all acclaimed people, let's send them a warm welcome!
Maria Adams and Alexandra McGowan, your election committee

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.

Welcome Verlaine Murphy as CARO Treasurer

July 1, 2022
The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Verlaine Murphy to the position of Treasurer! Verlaine is located in BC. 🙂
Verlaine has hit the ground running and is already an integral member of the BOD. She can be reached at
Our thanks going out to all three CARO members who came forward to fill the Treasurer role until the election cycle!
Rally On!
Maggie on behalf of the BOD

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.


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.

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:



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



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!

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.