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Rally Obedience Rulebook Update

Some additions and clarifications applied to the UKC Rally Obedience rules

November 11, 2021

Department: All-Breed Sports

The 2021 Rally Rulebook has been recently updated with some additions and clarifications.

Please take some time to read over this edition. If you have previously accessed the rulebook, you may want to refresh your browser or clear your cache, so that you receive the updated version. The new version will have the original effective January 1, 2020, date as well as the *Revised November 11, 2021 update listed on the front cover.

Included in the back of the rulebook on page 89 is an insert detailing all the updates and changes so they can be easily accessed. All current updates or changes will be in bold and/or italics. All previous changes within the rulebook have been changed to regular print.

The following is an overview of the updates and changes. This rulebook is effective January 2, 2022.

  • Clarification on scheduling classes and entry limits. New Table added with times for classes.
  • Clarification for handler who asks to be excused from the ring during a performance.
  • Clarification on Exercises 205, 409, 410, and 418
  • Added that qualifying ribbons are no longer mandatory and are optional for any trial.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We can be contacted by email at or you can directly contact Program Manager Karen Shivers at

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