S.A. Trialing Info
- Dog measuring
may take place at scheduled A.A.C. meetings, held at DogsSA, Kilburn
but please note that the usual process and requirements ( outlined below
** ) will apply;
or at Mock trials,
such as the one at the Agility Dog Club at West Beach on February 20th
N.B it will always be easier to plan for the number of dogs to be
measured if contact is made in advance
alternatively, competitors are
reminded that Height cards for Agility and Obedience/Rally are now
and you may choose
to arrange to have dogs measured through the Obedience
Advisory Committee instead... see:
In order to be measured, a dog must be
registered with the Canine Association of South Australia (
and the person
submitting the application for measurement
must be a financial member of
person named on the dog's registration.
If your dog has a pedigree
certificate still in the name of the breeder, you
have the option of transferring the
dog's name to yours (with the
breeder's signed consent from the back of that certificate) or the breeder must
agree to sign all documents relating to the dog, including all entry forms for
you may need to discuss these options with the breeder.
If your dog is a cross-breed, or was sold to you without 'papers' ( has
no pedigree registration certificate )
category includes all rescue dogs, it will be registered with DogsSA as
an 'Associate', for which they
need to have been
de-sexed and microchipped, with documentation to
that effect to accompany the height
The DogsSA web-site is not
easily navigated by newcomers, but all necessary information and appropriate
forms are available under 'Downloads'
using the search
text box provided.
To register a
dog that hasn't previously been issued with a pedigree certificate,
key in 'Associate Register' then submit the
completed form with the relevant fee to :
Cromwell Road, Kilburn,
or P.O. Box 844, Prospect
East, S.A. 5082 .
( Key in 'Scale of charges' to the search bar as
above to determine the appropriate fes due.)
You can submit your membership
application and your dog's registration application forms
and fees at the same time . The DogsSA office is usually very prompt in
responding to correspondence. Using the information
and a copy of the certificate they issue,
you can then complete the
Height Measurement protocol form
following its instructions.
Agility & Jumping Rules, effective Jan.1st, 2018
4.3 Height Card Prior to a dog
competing in a trial, an Official Height Card must be obtained, signed by
TWO ANKC Agility Judges or other persons approved by the Canine
Control, specifying the height, or the
height category of the
dog. The height of the dog is to be measured at the
highest point of the withers,
no more than two months before the dog's
The Height Card is valid for the life of the dog if they
over 2 years of age when measured, or if it measures at 545 mm or
for the 600 Height Category.
If the dog being measured is under 2 years old, and not measured as
being a '600' dog,
a temporary height
card will be issued and the dog will need to be re-measured as soon as
can be arranged after its 2nd
birthday, at which time a permanent Height Card will be issued.
The dog's owner will be responsible for noting the dog's birthday and
complying with this requirement.
measuring 545 mm or over ('600' dogs) before the age of 2 years need
not be re-measured.
If you require a height card for Agility,
please contact Brian Fielder to arrange a time and place.
of dogs will NOT take place without prior arrangement.
Dogs will not be measured without first being registered with
as their height is recorded against their registration number ( bring this with you ).
The person applying for the measurement must be a financial member of
Measuring will also take place at country trials,
but an indication of numbers in advance would be appreciated.
Want To Go Trialling : What Do I
do Now ?
Please prepare for the measuring procedure by training your dog to stand
still to be measured:
this will save you and your dog distress, and the judges time.
Jump uprights or bars can be used as props for this, getting the dog used
to standing while the bars
are moved close to and touch its body, and lowered to rest on its back.
The official measuring 'stick'
is a stainless steel frame which stands on the ground, with a horizontal
bar that slides up/down to rest lightly on
the dog's shoulders to get a reading, which involves two
judges whom the
dog may not know, standing
or crouching up-close to see the stick's calibration.
Many dogs, even
those who are experienced
with a 'Stand-for-exam' exercise for Obedience or
Conformation, find this
very un-nerving, which makes
it difficult to take an accurate measurement.
The photos below give an indication of the measuring stick and its effect
on an otherwise laid-back dog.
from the Height Card protocol :
Any dog that in the opinion of the measurers cannot stand steadily
and thus guarantee an accurate measurement
will not be
and any dog that has not been measured cannot compete.
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