Rating System Information

Front & Finish® publishes ratings of dog and handler teams competing in AKC obedience, rally, and agility. Individual ratings are tabulated across given competition years and are based either on scores or placements obtained within given classes.  As tabulation can not be completed until the end of a given competition year, our breakdowns are titled according to the year they were earned and not according to the year they were published.

 

All Front & Finish® rankings are published in reports that list the top ten dogs ranking highest across all breeds (Top Ten All Breed), the top ten dogs ranking highest within their respective groups (Top Ten By Group), and the top ten dogs ranking highest by breed (Top Ten By Breed). All dogs tying for a given position (1st through 10th) are listed.  

 

In 2013 Front & Finish® unexpectedly lost the services of the individuals tabulating our data.  As a result we were not able to publish results from the 2012 competition year.  Late in 2013, David Pluth of Chaska, MN volunteered to develop a new system which could reinstate our ability to produce these reports for the fancy.  Dave's efforts are monumental in our eyes, as he not only developed a new tabulation system with excellence, he accomplished the feat in record time.  Due to Dave's dedicated efforts, we were able to begin publishing the 2013 ratings earlier than ever before.

 

Due to improvements in the new tabulation system, we have refined some of the paramaters by which we publish our breakdowns.  Because there are some minor changes we have created this resource in our website to inform the fancy.  Specific details about each rating system will follow below as they are published in Front & Finish®.  Please continue to check back here as information is updated.

 

 

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Delaney System


The Delaney Rating System compares performances of dogs in AKC all breed obedience competition. This system was originally devised by Mr. Kent Delaney, a highly respected obedience and breed judge.  The philosophy of the Delaney Rating System is that placing dog/handler teams in each class are the best performers and comparisons of teams should only include these participants.  Therefore this system only ranks dogs that place first through fourth in Open and Utility classes.  Novice class dogs are not included in this system but are ranked separately in the Front & Finish® Novice Ratings.

 

Among teams that place, one point is earned for each dog defeated in the class.  For example in a class of twenty competing teams the first place winner would earn 19 points as it defeated this number of other dogs.  The team in second place would receive 18 points, the third place team would earn 17 points, and the fourth place team would earn16 points.  After points in each class are determined they are compiled across a given competition year.

 

 

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First & Foremost System


The First & Foremost Rating System compares performances of dogs in AKC obedience all breed competition. The philosophy of the First & Foremost Rating System is that all qualifying teams in each obedience class are deserving of recognition based upon their scores. As such, all teams that earn qualifying scores of 170 or more in Open and Utility classes are eligible to be ranked.  Novice class dogs are not included in this system but are ranked separately in the Front & Finish® Novice Ratings.  Points are awarded by comparing a team’s score in each class to a point table (below) designed to take variances of judging into account. After points in each class are determined they are compiled across a given competition year.

 

First & Foremost Point Schedule

Score = Points

200 = 8 Points

198-199.5 = 7 Points

195-197.5 = 6 Points

190-194.5 = 5 Points

185-189.5 = 4 Points

180-184.5 = 3 Points

175-179.5 = 2 Points

170-174.5 = 1 Points

 

 

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Novice Ratings

 

The Front & Finish® Novice Ratings rank dogs in AKC all breed obedience competition that earn qualifying scores of 170 or more points in Novice A and B classes during a given competition year. Points are awarded based on the dog’s score according to our First & Foremost® point table (see aforementioned First & Foremost Point Schedule) which helps to account for variances in scores awarded by different judges. After points in each class are determined they are compiled across a given competition year. 

 

 

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High Combined Listing

The Front & Finish® High Combined Listing recognizes all dogs and handlers acquiring at least one high combined award at an AKC obedience trial during a given competition year. The high combined award means that the dog and handler earned the highest total combined score from the open and utility classes at a given trial. This listing ranks all teams starting with the most high combined awards received. All dogs tying for a given position are listed.

 

 

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High In Trial Listing

The Front & Finish® High In Trial Listing recognizes all dogs and handlers acquiring at least one high in trial award at an AKC obedience trial during a given competition year. The high in trial award means that the dog and handler earned the highest total score from any class at a given trial. This listing ranks all teams starting with the most high in trial awards received. All dogs tying for a given position are listed.

 

Oct 2014 Issue Now Available.

 

Obedience HIT Listing

Dave Pluth

Heyday Of Changes

Bob Self

Dogs Are Problem Solvers
Connie Cleveland
Playing By The Rules

Catherine Zinsky

Doggedly Obedient

Marilyn Miller

A Common Bond

Deb Neufeld

The Rally Station

Lyn Kalinoski

On Track

Sandy McMillan

A Foray

Janice Gunn

Kirby

Karen Thompson

 

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