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

                     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
Helen Irving-Rodgers 
                       by email :

                      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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  •       alternatively, competitors are reminded that Height cards for Agility and Obedience/Rally are interchangeable,
          and you may choose to arrange to have dogs measured  through the Obedience Advisory Committee instead...
             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
                   4.3. Height Card Prior to a dog competing in a trial for the first time, an Official Height Card, signed by TWO
              (ANKC) Agility Judges or other persons approved by the Canine Control specifying the height or the height category
             of the dog must be obtained.
            The height of the dog is to be measured at the highest point of the withers no more than two months before that trial.
            The Height Card is valid for the life of the dog if they are over 2 years old, or the dog is measured at the 600 Height Category.
             If the dog is under 2 years old a temporary height card will be issued and the dog will be required to be re-measured when the
             dog is 2 years of age. A permanent Height Card would then be issued.
             Any qualification cards issued to the dog during the period of the temporary height card will remain
             The dog's owner will be responsible for noting the dog's birthday and complying with this requirement.
             Dogs measuring 545 mm or over (i.e: '600' dogs) before the age of 2 years need not be re-measured.
                                                          ** If you require a height card for Agility,

                       please contact Helen Irving-Rodgers to arrange a time and place to suit.

                                        email address:

                                               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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