The Agility Association of Canada (AAC) is the largest agility association in Canada. AAC offers a range of agility levels and events for different skill levels.
The AAC is a member of the International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS), and works closely with other agility organizations around the world to promote the sport and ensure consistency in rules and standards.
This post focuses on the Gamblers Class: obstacles used, levels, and possible titles.
The objective of AAC Gamblers is to "demonstrate the handler's strategy and the dog's ability to work at a distance from the handler."
Gamblers is split into two portions: opening period and closing period.
The objective of the opening period is to accumulate as many points as possible by completing each obstacle up to two times within the allotted time (40 seconds). The opening may contain "mini gambles" that can be completed at a distance for extra points.
During the closing period contains the "gamble" which must be completed at a distance within the allowed time. The time for the closing varies and is set by the judge. Veteran category and junior handlers get 20% more time to the regular / special category. Additional 2 seconds is added for Regular and Special mini division dogs.
Earn minimum number of points in the opening period
Regular & Special
Veteran & Junior Handler
Perform final gamble sequence with no faults and within the time allowed
POTENTIAL OBSTACLES AND POINTS
Number on Course
Spread jumps, tunnels, tire, chute, 6 weave poles, wall jump
Required, two or three
"Judge's obstacle of choice"
Optional, one only
12 consecutive weave poles OR the dog walk
Required, one only
Final gamble obstacles CANNOT be performed in order during the opening period.
14 - 18 ft
2 Q's under 2 different judges
18 - 20 ft
3 Q's under 2 different judges
# OF Q's
# OF JUDGES
Agility Dog of Canada (ADC)
Advanced Agility Dog of Canada (AADC)
Masters Gamblers Dog of Canada (MGDC)
3 Advanced Gamblers Q's under 2 different judges