a Committee of
                                       Height Cards
                           Competitors must have their dog measured prior to entering their first trial.
                       Please take note of the protocol authorized April 2014 which remains current


                     In this document the term 'AAC' refers to the Agility Advisory Committee of S.A.
         ( you're currently on their web-site ) and the term 'nominated person' currently refers to
           Vanessa Loughlin
                       by email :  [email protected]

                      In her absence, another member of the A.A.C. will be nominated to undertake any
                scheduled height assessments, and that person's name and contact details listed below





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  •                        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 interchangeable,
     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 ( DogsSA )
         and the person
    submitting the application for measurement must be a  financial member of DogsSA and be the
         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 competition :
         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 )
         which 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
         registration form. ( below)
          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, S.A. 5064
                                                   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 processing and
                       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.


             Ref. 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 first trial. The Height Card is valid for the life of the dog if they
               are over 2 years of age when measured, or if it measures at 545 mm or taller for the 600 Height Category.

                  N.B:  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.
                        Dogs 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.

                            by phone :  0403 317763          email address:    [email protected]

                                               Measuring of dogs will NOT take place without prior arrangement. 

    Dogs will not be measured without first being registered with DogsSA
                              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 DogsSA.

                                                            Measuring will also take place at country trials,
                                             but an indication of numbers in advance would be appreciated
        I 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 measured.
                                                     and any dog that has not been measured cannot compete.


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