"Dogs On Course in North America, LLC (DOCNA) recognizes today¡¯s agility enthusiast
as a versatile competitor that challenges the bounds of success by training for
and competing in multiple agility venues and dog sports other than agility. This
competitor chooses the classes and division or level that allows them to challenge
their abilities and develop their skills at their own pace, and meet their goals."
So how did the Dogs On Course in North America, LLC (DOCNA) agility venue start?
Because we enjoy agility, my wife and I have competed in multiple venues like USDAA,
CPE, NADAC, and AKC. We believe by having competed in all the venues, we have had
the opportunity to see, hear and listen to what we believe
today¡¯s agility enthusiast wants in agility, and in doing so we believe we have
put together an agility organization that addresses these needs.
Based on what we have seen and heard, we believe that there is the need for an agility
venue that offers something to all levels of dogs and handlers, from the very competitive,
to the more casual weekend warrior, to the dog that is getting older to the junior
handler; a place where a veteran dog is not forced to jump a lower height (they
may have a BIG dog and not want to jump lower heights but want the extra time afforded
veteran competitors); a place where a veteran dog has the ability to compete with
dogs closer to its own age and a division to move into as it gets even older.
We saw the need for an agility venue where you could go as a family and play on
courses that had challenge and flow with course times that were fair but not a give
away; a venue where rules didn¡¯t change today, tomorrow and the day after; a venue
that offers the opportunity and fun of planning your own course in Traditional Gamblers,
and the ability to run courses that a 12 year old Yorkie or a 5 yr old Border Collie,
or very young or competitive dogs will all achieve success on.
In DOCNA, the owners cannot receive top ten awards, or be an award earning competitor
at our championships. Our participation at trials and championships in running the
courses will be in seeing how DOCNA judges are doing in providing great courses
that flow and challenge the handler to develop their agility skills.
So why should you, the COMPETITOR, give DOGS ON COURSE IN NORTH AMERICA, LLC (DOCNA)
the opportunity to have you as a customer? I¡¯m feeling a little like David Letterman...
TOP TEN reasons to try DOCNA:
10. It¡¯s FUN, it¡¯s NEW and competitors should have a say how they spend their agility
9. DOCNA will listen to its competitors. We have a rule committee
that will oversee any changes as well as plans to solicit input from competitors
prior to making any changes! "Dogs On Course in North America, LLC will support
an open line of communication for any proposed changes. This communication will
involve solicitation and consideration of feedback and explanation of decisions."
8. We have a web presence that includes a competitor results
database right from the start.
7. NO Table, Rational Teeter Calls, a documented and published TRAINING in the
Ring policy, Weather Condition Course Time Adjustments.
6. Start at your level of achievement... Grandfathering in of level
and points from other organizations (a simple form to fill out)
5. DOCNA is a place where everyone can play gamblers because
there are 2 types; Traditional Gamblers and Strategic Time Gamble, one is a distance
challenge, the other a gamble of time management.
4. Jumpers with NO TUNNELS, because it¡¯s called Jumpers. It will
be a class where large dogs don¡¯t have to squeeze into tunnels that steal their
time and little dogs have fair course times.
3. Our courses will be flowing, but also have both tight and distance handling
challenges; Course times that are fair for all dogs, from little to
big, but are not so loose as to make qualifying under time a non-challenge.
2. a place where people who love the idea of planning their own course with
the challenges of either time, distance or handling can be found in
Traditional Gamblers, Strategic Time Gamble and Snakes ¡®N Ladders; a place where
Trigility brings all three agility events into play in one, Jumpers, Standard and
...and the number one reason to try DOCNA...Drum role...
1. We have divisions for everyone - a competition division that
has doubles, triples, higher jump heights, and tighter times geared toward the very
competitive exhibitors, a select division that lowers the jump height for those
that wish to go easier on their dog, we have two veterans divisions, one for dogs
over 10, and a Jr. Handler program.
How do I register dogs with DOCNA?
In order to compete in Dogs On Course in North America, LLC events, you must register
your dog. The cost is $10/dog. The process for getting a registration number is
to register as a member online and then register the dogs online. Competitors receive
their registration numbers within a few minutes via email. Additionally, there is
also a dog registration form available on the website at
http://www.docna.com/dog_registration.aspx for download for those that do
not have computer access to register online.
Do I have to start at the beginning?
NO! DOCNA has Grandfathering in of Levels and Awards (forms available
Grandfathering in Experience Levels
It will be admissible until at least February 1, 2012 to enter dogs at a higher level
than Beginner in some
titling events based on their qualifications in
other agility venues. After February 1, 2008, all new Dogs On Course in North America,
LLC competitors will be required to start a dog at the Beginner level in all titling
events and work their way up. (see rules at http://www.docna.com
for complete requirements.)
Grandfathering in of Points/Clean Runs/Qualifying Scores towards DOCNA Merit of
Until February 1, 2008, Competitors may choose to grandfather in undesignated points/clean
runs/qualifying scores from a number of agility associations towards Dogs On Course
in North America, LLC Merit of Excellence Awards. (see rules at
http://www.docna.com for complete requirements).
What type of events does DOCNA have?
Standard Agility Event - Standard Agility will challenge the handler /dog
team with both work away sections and close proximity handling challenges. The handler/dog
team must demonstrate the ability of the team to perform a variety of obstacles
on the course while working as a smooth functioning team. All obstacles must be
performed without fault and the team must meet the Standard Course Time requirements
of the division and level.
Jumpers - Jumpers is an opportunity for the dog and handler team to maneuver
through a course of jumps at a very fast pace. The only obstacles on a Jumpers Course
are JUMPS. Jumpers Courses will challenge the handler /dog team and have both work
away sections and close proximity handling challenges.
Traditional Gamblers - Traditional Gamble is an event that allows the handler/dog
team to plan their own course, obtaining points along the way for completing obstacles
up to 2 times each successfully for the specified opening period of time. At the
end of the point accumulation period, the dog must successfully complete a work
away challenge (gamble) at the required distance for level and division, and then
stop the clock for time. The handler/dog team must be successful in both parts of
this event to qualify.
Strategic Time Gamble - Strategic Time Gamble is an event that allows the
handler/dog team to plan their own course, obtaining points along the way for completing
obstacles up to 2 times each successfully. There are two (2) parts to this event,
a point accumulation period (opening) and a strategic gamble period (closing); the
handler plans a course that will allow the dog to cross the finish line at as close
to maximum time without going over. The handler/dog team must be successful in both
parts of this event in order to qualify.
Snakes N' Ladders - Snakes N¡¯ ladders is a strategic game that has tunnels,
contact equipment, 1 set of 10-12 weaves, and 2 sets of 5-6 weave poles (3 sets
of 5-6 weaves at the beginner level). The handler strategically plans their course,
with the goal being to complete all the contact and weave obstacles and cross the
finish line as quickly as possible.
Trigility - Trigility is a team strategy game that tests the agility ability
of the 3 members of the team to complete 3 types of agility on a regular agility
course. The goal is to complete all 3 courses in the shortest amount of time and
to have one team member successfully complete a mini gamble test.
North America Challenge Event ¡§C Championship Qualifiers - The North America
Challenge Event will be the standard for qualification into future championships.
This is a special agility run that is scored under the same rules and SCT as Standard
Agility. North America Challenge Events will be more technically challenging courses.
Each course will include 1 set of 10-12 weaves and may include an additional set
of 5-6 weaves for all levels. In addition, courses may include the performance of
4 contact obstacles, multiple side changes, and additional discriminations.
On behalf of DOGS ON COURSE IN NORTH AMERICA, LLC (DOCNA), we¡¯d like to thank you
for taking the time to learn about DOCNA. We would love to see you on course.
Jim & Mary Kay Mills
Dogs On Course in North America, LLC (DOCNA) 02/21/07
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