The United Kennel Club gathered its Agility Advisory Council in October and made the first revisions in several years to UKC’s agility program.

Starting January 1, 2018, UKC will no longer include the chute (closed tunnel) on their courses. In addition, some changes have been made in the performance of pause obstacles. “The sit and/or down for the Pause box and Pause table has been removed. The dog does not have to remain stationary on the obstacle and time begins when all four feet are on the table or inside the box,” according to an announcement on ukcdogs.com.

Another change affects the use of weave poles in course design. Judges will have the option to use sets of 6, 9, or 12.

In the future, the Agility Advisory Council will revise the UKC agility rules and introduce new titles and classes, as well as work with UKC in matters of judge education and helping host clubs “maximize their resources” to host UKC agility trials, according to ukcdogs.com. Their work is planned to carry through 2019.

For more information, visit “UKC Agility Rules Revisions for 2018 and Beyond”  and “UKC Agility Rules Revisions, Summary of Changes”. You can also see the rules with current amendments here.