2018 F&F Dog Trainer's Survey
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1a. U. S. Region
Please indicate the region of the United States in which you live.
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2. Your Dogs
How many dogs do you currently own?
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How many dogs do you currently enter in shows and trials?
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What AKC group or groups do the dogs you currently own belong to?
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Over the past twelve months, how many dogs did you compete with in OBEDIENCE EVENTS that were regulated by the AKC?
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Over the past twelve months, how many dogs did you compete with in OBEDIENCE EVENTS that WERE NOT regulated by the AKC?
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Over the past twelve months, how many dogs did you compete with in RALLY EVENTS that were regulated by the AKC?
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Over the past twelve months, how many dogs did you compete with in RALLY EVENTS that WERE NOT regulated by the AKC?
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Over the past twelve months, please estimate how much you spent for the care and upkeep of all dogs you own.
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Over the past twelve months, please estimate how much you spent on entry fees and associated costs to train and show all of the dogs you own.
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Companion Dog (CD) title or higher?
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title or higher?
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Utility Dog (UD) title or higher?
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) title or higher?
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Obedience Championship (OTCh) title?
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Rally Novice (RN) title?
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Rally Intermediate (RI) title?
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Rally Advanced (RA) title?
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How many separate dogs have you trained to an AKC Rally Excellent (RE) title?
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How many separate "dogs" have you trained to an AKC Rally Master (RM) title?
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How many separate "dogs" have you trained to an AKC Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) title?
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How many separate "dogs" have you trained to an AKC Rally Champion (RACH) title?
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3. Front & Finish Magazine
How much experience do you have reading "digitally-based" online magazines?
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How much do you enjoy reading "digitally-based" online magazines?
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Please indicate your subscription affiliation with Front & Finish.
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3a. Front & Finish Magazine
Which Front & Finish® Ratings are of most interest to you?
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Do you have any ideas about an article, a series, or an exhibitor we should highlight in Front & Finish?
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Do you write an independent blog that is published on the Internet?
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3b. Front & Finish Magazine
Please enter your blog's URL address if you would like us to include a link to it on our website.
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3c. Front & Finish Magazine
Have you experienced many difficulties logging in to the Front & Finish website when you want to access your issues?
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Front & Finish Magazine is published in standard "PDF" file format. Would you prefer to read it in an animated "flipping page" format?
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Do you find it hard to navigate and read the current "PDF" format of Front & Finish Magazine.
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A newer technology in online magazine publication is known as "Web Based Magazine" format. These publications do not look anything like traditional magazines, as they appear more similar to website pages. The advantage of Web Based Magazines is that they are much easier to read since text in each issue "reflows" to the size of the device you are using. Would you like F&F offer this type of format to make articles easier to read?
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4. Your Dog Training Activities
Please mark all of the following organizations whose Obedience and/or Rally events & trials you would typically enter.
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Approximately how many years have you participated in Obedience activites?
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Approximately how many years have you participated in Rally activites?
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Approximately how many years have you participated in Agility activites?
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Over the past 12 months, which statement best describes your use of Facebook?
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Over the past 12 months, which statement best describes your use of Twitter?
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Over the past 12 months, approximately how close to your residence was the nearest AKC Obedience or Rally trial that you entered or attended?
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Over the past 12 months, what was the farthest distance you traveled to attend an AKC Obedience or Rally trial that you entered or attended?
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Have you ever acted as a chairperson or secretary for an Obedience or Rally trial?
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Have you ever acted as a steward for an Obedience or Rally trial?
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Have you ever held a "non-stewarding" committee position (trophy chair, judging panel committee, set-up personnel, etc.) to assist your club in hosting an Obedience or Rally trial?
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4a. Your Dog Training Activities
Do you think the sport would benefit from regional "Let's Talk Obedience Seminars" to discuss current trends occurring in Obedience and Rally?
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If we decide to hold "Let's Talk Obedience Seminars", would you like us to notify you at the email address you entered at the beginning of this survey?
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4b. Your Dog Training Activities
Do you belong to at least one Obedience Training Club that is affiliated with the American Kennel Club (AKC)?
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4c. Your Dog Training Activities
Which statement below describes your participation level in this club?
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How many total members would you estimate are in this club?
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How many members in this club would you estimate actively participate in Obedience?
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How many members in this club would you estimate actively participate in Rally?
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How many members in this club would you estimate actively participate in Agility?
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Have you instructed any Puppy or General Household Obedience Training Classes for this club?
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Have you instructed any Basic or Advanced Obedience Training Classes for this club?
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Have you instructed any Basic or Advanced Rally Training Classes for this club?
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Have you instructed any Basic or Advanced Agility Training Classes for this club?
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Please mark all additional organizations or events that your club supports beyond the AKC.
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4d. Your Dog Training Activities
Which statement below describes your participation with an individual trainer or privately owned training facility?
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4e. Your Dog Training Activities
At how many privately owned Obedience training schools or facilities do you currently train?
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Which statement below currently describes your participation level with this private training facility?
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Approximately how many total individuals would you say participate in this organization?
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How many individuals in this organization would you estimate actively participate in Obedience?
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How many individuals in this organization would you estimate actively participate in Rally?
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How many individuals in this organization would you estimate actively participate in Agility?
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Have you instructed any Puppy or General Household Obedience Training Classes for this organization?
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Have you instructed any Basic or Advanced Obedience Training Classes for this organization?
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Have you instructed any Basic or Advanced Rally Training Classes for this organization?
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Have you instructed any Basic or Advanced Agility Training Classes for this organization?
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Please mark all groups and events that this organization supports through its training and educational programs.
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4f. Your Dog Training Activites
Do you own a dog training facility?
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Do you own a dog boarding facility?
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Do you own a dog grooming facility?
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Have you ever trained your dog at a PetSmart store?
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5. Your Training Practices
How frequently do you train your dog?
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What is the average length of time "per session" that you typically train your dog.
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Please indicate the training methodologies you typically utilize.
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6. AKC Obedience
Do you believe that the number of exhibitors competing at AKC Obedience Trials is diminishing?
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Do you believe that the AKC should be doing more to promote "Dog Obedience Training" to the general public?
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Do you believe that the AKC should be doing more to promote "Dog Obedience Competition" as a worthy avocation to the general public?
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Over the next ten years, what do you predict will happen to growth trends at AKC Obedience Trials?
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Please mark all of the AKC Preferred and/or Optional Obedience Titling Classes that you have entered.
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7. AKC Rally
Do you believe that the number of exhibitors at AKC Rally Trials is diminishing?
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Do you believe that the AKC should be doing more to promote Rally competition to the general public?
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Over the next ten years, what do you predict will happen to growth trends at AKC Rally Trials?
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Please mark all of the AKC Rally Classes that you have entered.
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8. AKC Obedience Representatives
Have you ever been aware that an AKC Obedience Representative was present at an Obedience or Rally Trial you were attending?
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8a. AKC Obedience Representatives
Please select your AKC Judging status below.
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8b. AKC Obedience Representatives
Do you feel that the AKC Obedience Representatives act as advocates for exhibitors at Obedience and Rally Trials?
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Do you feel AKC Obedience Representatives should do more to welcome and interact with New Exhibitors at Obedience and Rally trials?
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Do you think that the AKC Obedience Representatives help improve Effective Judging Procedures in the ring?
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Do you believe that AKC Obedience Representatives help improve Equitable Scoring across different judges officiating at Obedience and Rally Trials?
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Overall, do you believe that support from AKC Representatives has made you a better judge?
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Referring to the most recent AKC Obedience Advisory Committee and subsequent regulation changes that occurred May 1, 2018, do you believe the AKC adequately sought input from Obedience Judges regarding their opinions and preferences?
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Referring to the most recent AKC Obedience Advisory Committee and subsequent regulation changes that occurred May 1, 2018, do you believe the AKC "should have" sought more input from Obedience Judges regarding their opinions and preferences?
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8c. AKC Obedience Representatives
Do you feel that the AKC Obedience Representatives act as advocates for exhibitors at Obedience and Rally Trials?
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Do you feel AKC Obedience Representatives should do more to welcome and interact with New Exhibitors at Obedience and Rally trials?
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Do you think that the AKC Obedience Representatives help improve Effective Judging Procedures in the ring?
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Do you believe that AKC Obedience Representatives help improve Equitable Scoring across different judges officiating at Rally Trials?
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Overall, do you believe that support from AKC Representatives has made you a better judge?
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8d. AKC Obedience Representatives
Do you feel that the AKC Obedience Representatives act as advocates for exhibitors at Obedience and Rally trials?
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Do you feel AKC Obedience Representatives should do more to welcome and interact with New Exhibitors at Obedience and Rally trials?
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Do you think that the AKC Obedience Representatives help improve effective judging procedures in the ring?
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Do you believe that AKC Obedience Representatives help improve equitable scoring across different judges officiating at trials?
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Referring to the most recent AKC Obedience Advisory Committee and subsequent regulation changes that occurred May 1, 2018, do you believe the AKC adequately sought input from obedience exhibitors regarding their opinions and preferences?
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Referring to the most recent AKC Obedience Advisory Committee and subsequent regulation changes that occurred May 1, 2018, do you believe the AKC "should have" sought more input from obedience exhibitors regarding their opinions and preferences?
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9. AKC Obedience & Rally Judges
Overall, do you believe AKC Obedience Judges score all competing exhibitors impartially?
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Do you believe AKC Obedience Judges as a whole score all breeds equitably?
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Do you select which AKC trials you will enter based on the judging panel offered?
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Are there AKC Obedience Judges under whom you will not enter?
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10. AKC Group Exercises
In general, do you believe teaching a dog to stay is an important skill for it to learn and perform reliably?
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When taking your dog(s) to an Obedience or Rally Trial, do you worry there is a substantial risk they might become involved in a dog fight when moving around outside the ring?
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Are you concerned that reducing the difficulty of Group Exercises in the ring might lead to more behavioral problems between dogs outside the ring?
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11. AKC Novice Class
Before the most recent AKC Regulation changes (occurring May 1, 2018), did you feel that the "Novice Group" exercises were a risk to the safety of dogs in the ring?
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Referring to the most recent AKC Obedience Regulation changes (effective May 1, 2018), which statement reflects how you feel about changes that were made to the Novice Group exercises?
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12. AKC Open Class
Before the most recent AKC Regulation changes (occurring May 1, 2018), did you feel that the Open Class group exercises were a risk to the safety of dogs in the ring?
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Referring to the most recent AKC Obedience Regulation changes (effective May 1, 2018), which statement reflects how you feel about changes that were made to the Open Group exercises?
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Referring to the most recent AKC Obedience Regulation changes (effective May 1, 2018), please select the statement that best represents your opinion regarding the new Command Discrimination exercise.
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Do you feel that the landing and sharp turn on the AKC Broad Jump exercise causes harm to your dog's shoulders and joints?
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Should the AKC broad jump exercise remain the same, be changed, or eliminated?
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12. AKC Utility Class
In December of 2015 the AKC changed the Utility scent discrimination exercise. The new changes require the judge to ask exhibitors if they are ready before taking each article. Additional penalties were also implemented during this portion of the exercise. Do you feel this was an effective change?
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