Berks County Dog Training Club Member
Matches are held the second Thursday of every month. The cost for members is $1 per entry.
Handlers and dogs may enter to compete or for exhibition only (FEO). Mixed breed dogs are
participants: Please steward for the 2 dogs following you in the ring.
Note to Judges: Prior to judging your
class, you may show only one entry. Additional entries may be shown after you have
The club gives out annual Member Match awards at the February Awards Banquet
for qualifiers in Pre-Novice and Novice. In order to qualify, you must have
shown your dog in at least five matches during the previous calendar year.
Your top three scores are averaged and prizes are awarded for First through
MEMBER MATCH RULES
As approved 2015
1. All dogs not in the ring must be leashed, crated, or in a car.
2. Dogs will not be allowed in the rings until they are judged. When a
ring is finished, normal training may be allowed with the approval of
the Member Match Committee.
3. All handlers will be responsible for the conduct of their dogs at all
4. Handlers will clean up after their dogs and properly dispose of all
5. The Member Match Committee will select at least four judges,if
available. Sites, match dates and the time will appear in the
newsletter. May and September matches are to be held a half hour earlier
6. Entries will be taken 15 minutes before the match starts and until 45
minutes after it begins.
7. The purpose of our Match Shows is to simulate actual AKC Obedience
Trials, in order to give the dog and handler experience under those
conditions. Unlike an actual trial, corrections are permitted and
8. Infractions of the ground rules will be reported to the Board of
9. The Member Match Committee reserves the right to cancel a match in
the event of extreme weather.
10. Member Match rules are to be printed in the newsletter yearly.
11. There will be 4 rings(1 for each class).
12. Member Match is not considered training. It is not part of the
13. Associate members may show at an unlimited amount of matches.
Non-training members are eligible for prizes at matches but not year end
1. Both purebred and mixed breeds may compete. Members will be eligible
to compete for monthly and year end awards in Beginner Novice A and
Novice A only. Beginner Novice A and Novice A are for competition. All
other classes are F.E.O
2. Non training members may show at Member Matches. They are eligible
for awards and trophies at individual matches, but not eligible for year
3. Non members may participate in the Member Matches F.E.O. They are
ineligible for awards and trophies. Non members may show in 2 Member
Matches, then they must either join the club or stop showing in Member
4. F.E.O.- means For Exhibition Only. A dog is entered F.E.O. in a class
when they are not ready to show in that class, when the handler intends
to give additional signals, or when the dog has already earned the
degree in that class. Dogs that are entered F.E.O. do not get a score
unless asked for by handler. When using a prong collar, food or any
training aid, you must show F.E.O.
5. There will be one judge assigned to each of the classes if possible,
except Graduate Novice. The first available ,qualified and willing judge
shall judge Graduate Novice. Judges may show one entry before they begin
judging. Any subsequent entries must be shown after they finish judging
6. There will be a trophy given for first place in Beginner Novice A and
Novice A. There must be two or more dogs showing in a class to receive a
trophy. There will also be ribbons awarded for the four highest
qualifying scores in Novice A. Also four ribbons to the four highest
scores in Beginner Novice A.
7. Once a third leg is earned, you may continue to show in the "A"
classes for sixty days. After that time dog and handler must enter the
"B" class. After completion of title, a dog may continue to show in
Novice B until a qualifying score in open A is earned. A dog may
continue to show in Open B and Utility B indefinitely. This rule is
effective for third legs obtained in any recognized registry (AKC,UKC,AMBOR,
ect.) Handlers are requested to inform the committee in a timely fashion
upon completion of a degree. Failure to do so may result in
ineligibility for that calendar years awards. Also you may show in
Beginner Novice A for sixty days after a title is earned. After that you
move to Beginner Novice B until a qualifying score in Novice A is
8. Due to time constraints at our matches, the only instance where an
individual dog may show in more than one class is in Open B and Utility
A or B.
9. There is no age limit to participate in Member Match.
The classes will be:
Beginner Novice A: If you have never earned an obedience title on
a dog you may compete in Beginner Novice A. Only your first dog may
compete in this class. Your second or subsequent dog may not compete for
Beginner Novice B: This class is for any handler who earned a
Beginner Novice A or any other obedience titles.
Novice A: This class is for a handler who has NOT obtained a CD
on any dog. A handler may compete with more than one dog until one dog
has earned a CD, then the second or subsequent dog must compete in
Novice B: This class is for anyone who earned a CD on a dog.
Graduate Novice: This class is for a dog that has NOT earned a
Open A: This class is for a dog that has NOT earned a CDX.
Open B: This class is for a dog that has earned a CDX. A dog may
show in this class indefinitely.
Utility A: This class is for a dog that has NOT earned a UD.
Utility B: This class is for a dog that has earned a UD. A dog
may show in this class indefinitely.
Yearly Trophy Rules
1. Yearly trophies will be awarded at the Annual Awards Banquet.
2. Dogs must show in a minimum of four shows a year to be eligible for
any yearly trophy. If a dog leaves for any reason before group
exercises, they are not given credit for showing in the match.It is not
necessary for the dog to show in the same class for the five shows. 3.
An average of the three highest qualifying scores within a class will
determine a dog's yearly average for that class. Trophies will be
awarded to the four highest averages in Beginner Novice A & Novice A.
Qualifying scores are required for all yearly trophies. No dog may
receive a trophy in both Beginner Novice A and Novice A. In these cases
the class which the highest placement occurs will be awarded.
4. No dog and handler shall be eligible to receive the same class trophy
more than two years in succession. A handler may continue to show
indefinitely in one class with the understanding that they are
ineligible for monthly or yearly class awards ( as specified in the
Member Match Rules #1). The handler, however may receive the same trophy
with another dog.
5. The match show chairman shall be responsible for compiling the scores
to determine awards and will keep a record of yearly awards presented
for two (2) preceding years to assure accuracy in awarding trophies.