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Agility is a sport that is designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations. It is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork. Dog and handlers negotiate an obstacle course racing against the clock.

Agility is one of the fastest growing dog sports in the United States and the fastest growing event at the AKC.
Dogs of all sizes can compete in agility, the dogs all run the same course with adjustments in the expected time and jump height.

Cocker spaniels are one of the most popular breeds competing in AKC agility.



TOP 20 AGILITY COCKERS IN 2016

1. MACH27 Tell-Tail’s Mad About You MXF, TQX, T2B John Schuchman
2. MACH14 Skiboo's Bar-Bax’s Jumpin' Waves Vivian Hudson
3. MACH7 Tell-Tail's Some Like It Hot MXF, T2B Barbara Schuchman
4. MACH17 Bar-Bax's Sight To Sea Vivian Hudson
5. MACH10 Bar-Bax's Born To Make Waves T2B Vivian Hudson
6. MACH15 Dezwins Special Blend CD, RAE, OF, T2B4 Joanne Dzenkowski
7. MACH3 Saratoga's Fire In The Hole CD, RE, OF, T2B, CGC  Stacie Baumbarger 
8. MACH11 Tagaboo's Secret Squirrel XF, T2B                      Felicia Mazur
9. MACH8 Buttonwood's Cupid Strikes Again XF, T2B2, CGC Ruth Houseman
10. MACH13 Tagaboo's Windwhisper Kiss RN, XF, T2B Felicia Mazur
11. MACH7 Nosowea's N' Dezwin's Special Forces BN, RAE2, OJP, OF, NFP, T2B2 Joanne Dzenkowski
12. MACH4 Miss Myra Kytra XF, T2B2 Tammy Fairbanks
13. MACH5 Whirlwind's Princess Marjorie Helena PAD, PJD, TQX, T2B8 Joanne Halvorson
14. MACH7 Every Moment Agility CD, RE, MXF Paula Buchma
15. MACH11 Livingstone's Moonlit Fireside Fender XF Mike Erickson
16. MACH Tell-Tail's Tri-Power Shifter NF Mike Erickson
17. MACH6 Whirlwyn Downunder Kylee Mae OF, T2B Lisa Krueger
18. MACH Detor's Fearless T2B Cathy Cox
19. MACH3 Dunmorr's Nauti Zizi Z MXF Debi Zavadil
20. MACH4 Cocoas S'More Gallo RN, XF, T2B2, CGC Darlene A Galloway

 

 

Results from the 2016 Cocker Spaniel National Specialty Agility Trial
July 21-24, 2016   St. Louis, MO 

The AJ Award - MACH Saratoga's Fire In The Hole CD, RA "Raylan" and Stacie Baumbarger 

The Bailey Award - MACH12 Tagaboo's Windwhisper Kiss RN, XF, T2B  "Kisse" and Felicia Mazur

The Brookie Preferred Award - CH MACH2 Bar-Bax's Why Not Chinquapin TD, NF, MXP, MJP, T2B "Notty" and Jane Mohr 

High In Trial - MACH Saratoga's Fire In The Hole CD, RA "Raylan" and Stacie Baumbarger 

High Scoring Champion - CH Tell-Tail's Secret Mission RN, MX, MXJ  "Callen" and Stacie Baumbrger 

High Scoring Field Titled - CH Skiboo's Dazzling Censation JH, MX, MXJ, WDX  "Dazzle" and Jeanne Grim 

High Scoring Tracking Titled - MACH Skiboo's All In The Grand Scheme TD, MXF, T2B3 "Scheme" and Jane Mohr 

High Scoring Veteran - MACH10 Tagaboo's Secret Squirrel XF, T2B "Squirrel" and Felicia Mazur 

High Scoring Obedience Titled - MACH Saratoga's Fire In The Hole CD, RA "Raylan" and Stacie Baumbarger

High Scoring ILP/PAL - MACH10 Tagaboo's Secret Squirrel XF, T2B "Squirrel" and Felicia Mazur

High Scoring Rally Titled - MACH Saratoga's Fire In The Hole CD, RA "Raylan" and Stacie Baumbarger

 

 

Results from the 2014 Cocker Spaniel National Specialty Agility Trial
July 17-20, 2014   St. Louis, MO

The AJ Award - K-Line's Parti Like A Rock Star AX, AXJ  "Pink" and Carolyn Hess

The Bailey Award - MACH11 Tell-Tail's All Riled Up RN, MXF, TQX, T2B  "Riley" and Barbara Schuchman

High Combined - K-Line's Parti Like A Rock Star AX, AXJ  "Pink" and Carolyn Hess

High Scoring Standard - K-Line's Parti Like A Rock Star AX, AXJ  "Pink" and Carolyn Hess

High Scoring Jumpers - K-Line's Parti Like A Rock Star AX, AXJ  "Pink" and Carolyn Hess

High Scoring Champion - CH MACH3 Skiboo's One Night Censation CD, RN, JH, WDX  "Squirt" and Jeanne Grim

High Scoring Field Titled - CH MACH3 Skiboo's One Night Censation CD, RN, JH, WDX  "Squirt" and Jeanne Grim

High Scoring Tracking Titled - Eklund's Toby VCD1, RA, MX, MXJ, OF  "Toby" and Jill Walquist

High Scoring Veteran - MACH4 Livingstone's Moonlit Fireside Fender OF  "Fender" and Mike Erickson

High Scoring Obedience Titled -Eklund's Toby VCD1, RA, MX, MXJ, OF  "Toby" and Jill Walquist

 

Results from the 2012 Cocker Spaniel National Specialty Agility Trial
July 19-21, 2012   St. Louis, MO

AJ Award Winner - "Kisse", owned by Felicia Mazur & Bailey Award Winner -
"Brooke", owned by Vivian Hudson

The AJ Award - MACH2 Tagaboo's Windwhisper Kiss RN, XF  "Kisse" and Felicia Mazur

The Bailey Award - MACH8 Anastasia My Satilla Bar-Bax  "Brooke" and Vivian Hudson

High Combined - MACH Whirlwyn Spring Breeze CD, RA, NF  "Breeze" and Nancy Wagner

High Scoring Standard - MACH Whirlwyn Spring Breeze CD, RA, NF  "Breeze" and Nancy Wagner

High Scoring Jumpers - MACH Whirlwyn Spring Breeze CD, RA, NF  "Breeze" and Nancy Wagner

High Scoring Champion - CH Kapewood's I'm Here For The Party TD, MX, MXJ, XF  "Taylor" and Shawna Buckley

High Scoring Field Titled - Mommie's Mollie Mae CD, SH  "Mollie" and Kay Bennett

High Scoring Tracking Titled - CH Agunt's Legolas Of Westhaven VCD, OA, AXJ  "Legolas" and Carol Rives

High Scoring Veteran - MACH8 Anastasia My Satilla Bar-Bax  "Brooke" and Vivian Hudson

High Scoring w/ILP/PAL - MACH2 Tagaboo's Secret Squirrel XF "Squirrel"  and Felicia Mazur

 

Results from the 2011 Cocker Spaniel National Specialty Agility Trial
July 21-22, 2011   Sturbridge, MA

The AJ Award - MACH2 Lady Lucy Arwen Blackmoor NF  "Lucy" and Rita Berardino

The Bailey Award - MACH3 Oreo Punkie RN, XF "Oreo" and Stephanie Pickerill

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

High Combined - MACH2 Lady Lucy Arwen Blackmoor NF  "Lucy" and Rita Berardino

High Scoring Standard - MACH2 Lady Lucy Arwen Blackmoor NF  "Lucy" and Rita Berardino

High Scoring Jumpers - MACH2 Lady Lucy Arwen Blackmoor NF  "Lucy" and Rita Berardino

High Scoring Champion -  CH Brandys N Hitrails Dare Eye "Kate" and Kathleen Szakacs

High Scoring Obedience Titled - Every Moment Agility CD, RE, MX, MXJ, MXF  "Ema" and Paula Buchma

High Scoring Veteran - MACH Skyrocket's August Thunder XF  "Auggie" and Tom O'Brien

High Scoring w/ILP/PAL - MACH Tagaboo's Secret Squirrel XF  "Squirrel" and Felicia Mazur

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

High Combined - MACH4 Sanibelle "Sandi" NF  "Sandi" and Rita Berardino

High Scoring Standard - Tagaboo's Secret Squirrel MX, MXJ, XF  "Squirrel" and Felicia Mazur

High Scoring Jumpers - MACH3 Oreo Punkie RN, XF "Oreo" and Stephanie Pickerill

High Scoring Obedience Titled - Every Moment Agility CD, RE, MX, MXJ, MXF  "Ema" and Paula Buchma

High Scoring Tracking Titled - Glenarden's Close To Meihardt RA, TD, MX, MXJ  "Rosey" and Colleen Keough

High Scoring Veteran - MACH2 Buttonwood's I Love Lucy AXP, AJP  "Lucy" and Martie Gurney

High Scoring w/ILP/PAL - Downtown Fast Freddy Brown NA, OAJ, NF  "Fred" and Patty Beaman

Results from the 2010 Cocker Spaniel National Specialty Agility Trial
July 9-11, 2010   Richmond, VA

The AJ Award - MACH2 Lady Lucy Arwen Blackmoor NF  "Lucy" and Rita Berardino

The Bailey Award - CH MACH3 Skiboo's One Censational Night CD, RE  "Millie" and Jeanne Grim

High Combined - MACH2 Lady Lucy Arwen Blackmoor NF  "Lucy" and Rita Berardino

High Scoring Standard - MACH2 Tell-Tail's Tri N Catch Me  "Robbie" and Irene Barrie

High Scoring Jumpers - CH Bar-Bax's Life's A Dance CD, RN, MX, MXJ, NF  "Disco" and Becky Cembrowicz

High Scoring Champion - CH MACH Ka-Ron's The Sky's The Limit RN, XF  "Skylar" and Barb Artim

High Scoring Field Titled - MACH Skyrocket's Spot On Snakeyes JH, OF   "Dice" and Melissa Frye

High Scoring Tracking Titled - Barrett Rio VCD1, RN, OA, AXJ, NAP, NJP, NF, NFP  "Barrett" and Bernita Koepfer

High Scoring Veteran - MACH4 Tallymark's Totally Sweet RN, NF  "Darcy" and Felicia Mazur

High Scoring w/ILP/PAL - Max  "Max"  Eric and Judith Webb

Tracking

FIRST VST COCKER SPANIEL

The first cocker to earn a VST (variable surface tracking) title was
CH Kapewood's Con Man CD, TD, VST, OA, AXJ.
Conner owned and handled by Carolee Douglas earned this title on October 17, 2010 at the University of New Mexico campus.

Variable surface tracking tests require the dog to follow human scent while adapting to changing scenting conditions.

The dog must track on at least 3 different surfaces including 2 which are devoid of vegetation, such as asphalt, concrete, gravel, sand or mulch. The scent of the track is between 3 hours and 5 hours old. The dog must find 4 articles (one leather, one plastic, one metal and one fabric). The track must include at least 4 turns with one turn being a 90 degree turn on an area devoid of vegetation for 30 yards on either side of the turn.

The track is laid utilizing buildings and the diverse scenting conditions created by being in close proximity to such buildings. Tracks can also include other structures such as fences, breezeways, ramps, stairs, bridges, roofed parking garages and courtyards. 

The intent of the Variable Surface Tracking stresses that dogs will be able to handle the diffusion of scent created by these structures. Many VST tests are held on college campuses.

A dog that earns all three tracking titles - TD, TDX and VST will become a Champion Tracker and can use the letters CT preceding the name of the dog.


TRACKING BASICS

TrackingDue to their background as hunting dogs, expected to find game through their sense of smell, Cockers are naturals at the sport of tracking. In tracking, a dog must follow the path walked by the tracklayer anywhere from 30 minutes to 5 hours before, depending on the level of the track. There are 3 titles offered by AKC, in increasing order of difficulty.

  • Tracking Dog – TD
  • Tracking Dog Excellent – TDX
  • Variable Surface Tracking – VST

The length of the tracks, type of cover, obstacles and age are different for each level and a dog, which earns all 3 titles, has the right to have CT (Champion Tracker) placed before its name.

PDF fileA Beginner's Guide to Tracking is available on the AKC website.

Recommended Reading:


Tracking Book Tracking Dog, Theory & Methods. (2nd edition). Glen R. Johnson.
Published by Arner Publications, Rome, NY, c1977. ISBN 0-914124-04-8

This book is the standard for anyone interested in training dogs to track. Included in the book is the Tracking Trainers Handbook, a great reference for working in the field. Glen R. Johnson brought his many years of experience and innovation to write was has become the "bible" of trackers everywhere. His experience ranged from military dog work, to detection of toxic pipeline leaks using dogs.


Tracking Book Tracking From the Ground Up. Sandy Ganz & Susan Boyd.
Published by Show-Me Publications, St. Louis, MO, c1992.

The all-inclusive tracking program from the most elementary T.D. lessons through Sandy and Sue's highly acclaimed T.D.X. methods. Based on the authors' 40 years of combined experience as handlers and instructors. This book, a first of its kind, includes step-by-step instruction in track laying, puppy training, alternative training methods, and test preparation. The proven 8-week tracking program is easy to read and practical. Motivational techniques, problem solving, and proper handling, are stressed from the first day of tracking through single-flag starts, multiple articles, cross-tracks, and obstacles.


Tracking Book Practical Tracking for Practically Anyone. Julie Hogan & Donna Thompson,
Published by George Morgan, Charlotte, NC, c1995.

This how-to manual for trackers includes certification, what to expect at a test, scent theory, variable surface tracking, and sources of equipment. Not much on VST, but gives an idea of what it's about. "What to expect at the test" is great. Avoid those "first test" jitters.

(Shirley Hunsaker contributed Material for this page.)

Obedience

 

Obedience is another performance sport in which cockers can excel. The merry disposition dictated in the standard makes them happy workers, although it does also lend itself to creativity. Their desire to be with people makes them natural heelers, and their hunting instinct aids in their retrieving skills and scent discrimination work. Their joy of life that they show while workers can draw a crowd whenever a cocker is in the obedience ring.

Obedience competition consists of three levels, with the skills required increasing in difficulty with each level. The levels and titles are:

  • Novice - Companion Dog (CD)
  • Open - Companion Dog Excellent (CDX)
  • Utility - Utility Dog (UD)

Once a dog has earned the UD, it may continue to show to earn the following titles:

  • Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) - requires 10 shows where the dog has qualified in both the Open B and Utility B classes.
  • Obedience Trial Champion (OTCh) - requires 3 first places, 1 from Utility B, 1 from Open B, and the third from either class, and 100 points. Points are based on the number of dogs competing in the classes, and are awarded for 1st through 4th place wins.

In 2013, AKC has expanded the Obedience classes to include many more levels of competition. The new classes are optional title classes which means a dog does not need to complete these titles to move to the next level. Many people use these classes for training a dog to go to the next level or just to have fun with their dog. The new titles are:

  • Beginner Novice (BN)
  • Graduate Novice (GN)
  • Graduate Open (GO)
  • Versatility (VER)
  • Pre-Novice (PCD)
  • Pre-Open (PCDX)
  • Pre-Utility (PUTD)
In addition to these new titles, AKC also allows the UDX title to be numbered based on how many times the dog earns 10 UDX legs.
If a dog continues to compete after earning a UD title, it can also earn points toward an Obedience Master (OM) or Obedience Grand Master title (OGM). The master title program was developed to recognize dogs with consistently high scores in obedience.
 
More information about obedience can be found on the AKC website.

 

TOP 5 OBEDIENCE COCKERS IN 2016

1. Rowlett's Sakura Hime UDX RE Stella & Jonathan Rowlett
2. Log Cabin Skip'N Black Stones UDX2 OM2 VER RAE MHA WD Jan & Danny Epting
3. OTCH Reesha's Tedbear Magic VCD2 UDX3 OM6 RE MX MXJ Debra Lewis
4. Gazon One Enchanted Evening UDX2 OM2  VER Sheryl Juhl
5tie. Gazon Jasper Oboy UD Donna Blunt
5tie. MACH3 PACH3 Brookwood Chocolate Brownie UDX VER MXP7 MJP8 PAX3 TQX CGC Mary Ellen & Marquis Whittington

 

OTCH Cocker Spaniels
Researched by Jeanne Grim,
ASC Website Obedience Consultant

  • CH OTCH Mar Lee’s Folly O’Blarney UD,
    SB461925, Dog, Wh: 10/21/1973, Color: Red, Breeder/Owner: Mary Lee Whiting
  • OTCH Lady Mara, Can CDX, SC,
    SC149045, Bitch, Wh: 11/21/1976 Color: Red/White, Title Earned March 6, 1983, Owner: Cindy Strong or Cindy Brick
  • CH OTCH Mar Lee’s Jopa O’Blarney UD,
    SC565557, Dog, Wh:8/28/1978, Color: Red (OTCH Mar Lee’s Folly O’Blarney UD ex Sham-O-Jet’s Key To Blarney CDX) Breeder/Owner: Mary Lee Whiting
  • OTCH Em’s Bakers Bartered Goods UD,
    SC418959, Bitch, Wh: 2/22/1978, Color: Red/White, Owner: Bonnie Baker
  • OTCH Daisy Girl X TD,
    SD754524, Bitch, Wh: 1/6/1983, Color: Buff, Owner: Gail Workman
  • OTCH Flip-Of-The-Coin’s Black Magic UDX,
    SE145797, Bitch, Wh: 3/31/1984, Color: Black, (CH Meri-Knol’s Satan of Sarchell ex CH Meri-Knol’s Moon Maiden) Title Earned: Jan 1993, Breeder: Patricia Frisone, Owner: Mary L Michon
  • OTCH Ambers Good Golly Miss Molly UDX,
    SF554546, Bitch, Wh: 3/3/1989, Color: Ascob (Gale's Go For Broke ex Emma Goldman Westmatt) Breeder: Karen E. West, Owner: Susan & Jerry Westover
  • OTCH Heartstone Black Skimmer UDX MX MXJ
    SF878840, Bitch, Wh: 2/4/1990, Color: Black (CH Bobwin's Sir Black Ash ex Heartstone Abbra Kadabbra CD) Title Earned: February 1995, Breeder: Becky Willis & Linda Gallant, Owner: Barbara Dressel
  • CH OTCH Mar Lee’s Tainer O’Blarney UDX,
    SM80601301, Dog, Wh: 8/1/1990, Color: Buff (CH Arow’s Homesteader ex Mar Lee’s Tali-An O’Blarney UD) Breeder/ Owner: Mary Lee Whiting
  • OTCH Knight’s Little Kelly Girl VCD1, UDX, TDX, JH, OA,
    SN26063301, Bitch, Wh: 6/3/1995, Color: Ascob, Title Earned: March 20, 1999, Owner: Gail Workman
  • OTCH Kay's Sassy Sheba, UDX,
    I.L.P.85232. Bitch, Wh: 1/15/1997. Color: Black, Owner: Kay Carr, Title Earned January 7, 2005
  • OTCH Reesha's Tedbear Magic VCD2, UDX3, OM5, RE, MX, MXJ
    I.L.P. 157275. Bitch, Wh: 3/23/2006. Color: Red, Owner: Debra Lewis, Title Earned September 5, 2016


Wirehaven`s Roderic Tertius CD, CDX, UD (1946-1959)
Wirehaven's Roderic Tertius CD, CDX, UD (1946-1959)
Sire: CH My Own Roderic, Dam: Wirehaven's Hidden Lore CD,
Breeder: J. B. Kimes, Owner: Dorothy Grover Boyds MD
photo from Bucklodge Kennels (ASC Archives)

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