AKC Obedience

News for our Obedience Judges & Clubs


Due to the ongoing developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) the American Kennel Club obedience and rally departments are extending the use of this amendment to the Obedience Regulations and AKC Rally Regulations through June 30, 2020.

The Obedience and Rally Departments are adjusting the assignment limitations for judges, effective for trials scheduled through April 30, 2020. As more judges are restricted in their travel, we hope that this change will be helpful. If a club needs to replace a judge, AKC will waive the 30-day and 100-mile rule to the judge’s assignment limitations. Clubs must still submit their request to change the judge and receive AKC approval.

Judge changes during this time period will be considered as an emergency basis as stated in the Obedience Regulations and Judges Guidelines and the AKC Rally Regulations and Judges Guidelines. We will review any future need for this change at the end of April.

The American Kennel Club is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We encourage all staff, judges and exhibitors to follow the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control’s recommendations to maintain proper hand, respiratory and personal hygiene, practice social distancing and be mindful of any and all travel restrictions/guidelines.

Please contact our department if we can be of any assistance — (919) 816-3575.


Pamela Manton
Director of Obedience, Rally & Tracking