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The Delaney Rating System compares performances of dogs in AKC all breed obedience competition. This system was originally devised by Kent Delaney, a highly respected obedience and breed judge. The philosophy of the Delaney Rating System is that teams placing 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.
Among teams that place, one point is earned for each dog defeated in a given 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.
Ratings published by Front & Finish® 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). Dogs must earn a minimum of four points in a given year to be listed and all ties for a given position are reported. Dogs are listed with the recognized AKC titles they received during the competition year and they may not reflect a dog’s current titles at the time of publication.
Top Four All Breed Contenders
OTCH Sunfire's What's On Tap
UDX31 OGM GN GO
OTCH Goldenloch Lay Down Your Bets UDX33 OGM RN
OTCH Tanbark's Ubetcha
OTCH Redtop You're The One
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Front & Finish® 2016 Delaney Ratings
OTCH Sunfire’s What’s On Tap UDX19 OGM GN GO & Lynn Heidinger
"Tapper is a very special dog and I’m sure Joe is smiling down.” ~ Lynn
OTCH High Times Uncharted Waters UDX15 OGM GN RA
OTCH Tanbark's Honey Of A Cheesehead UDX24 OGM GN VER RE
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Front & Finish® 2016 Open A Ratings
Eldorado's Magnum P. I. CDX BN GN GO RN TD ACT1, Flynn, will be three in June. In his short life he has gotten me through some tough times and has been the light of my life. Flynn finished his CDX in three straight trials and three straight wins!! (197.5; 198; 195.5)
He continues to amaze me with his work ethic, enthusiasm and sheer joy for life. He loves to train, which is great 'cause so do I...but he also has an off switch which is equally as important, 'cause so do I! No matter what I ask him to do, he's willing to give it a try and to do his best!
At the Clarion trail 2015, he tied in Novice with a 198, and won the run off to win the Novice class... Then had to run off later that day for HIT against Fred Hulme's Cooper, (one of the top, if not the number 1, obedience Golden's in the country at that time). To my disbelief, he won the head to head run off! What a thrill! But what really impressed me is that he was as enthusiastic and comfortable with the last run as he was for the first one which is great for a green dog!
He earned his tracking title at the Golden National in October of 2015. But I wondered , was it just a fluke? I x also entered him in the Golden Triangle tracking test, as a backup and since the test didn't fill, I decided to run him again. And again, he passed. This track was significantly more difficult. The first leg was 200 yards straight up a hill, right over a ground hog hole... he nailed it!
Our journey has just begun, Flynn and I are looking forward to having lots of fun throughout his career. I have so many people to thank for our success. Chris Browning for breeding such a wonderful dog and entrusting him to me. Gayle Geiger who mentored and encouraged us through tracking. While Fred Hulme has never worked with Flynn he taught me the basics and provided a good foundation for our obedience training. Ted Walshesky, also has never worked with Flynn, but has offered innovative training advise to help us over problem areas. And Rick Hood has worked tirelessly week in and week out to help us bring out our best. Thank you all.
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First Above All Others
Marcia Dawson & Standard SchnauzerCH Oakwood Thousand Memories UDX OM2
BN GN VER RAE3 AX AXJ OF THDN RATN
His registered name is Oakwood Thousand Memories and his call name is Kylan. My dog names had always been after composers: Maestro Copland, Maestro Mozart and Maestro Bernstein. He was to be named Maestro Bach with a call name of Sebastian. But when a month after he was born my Dad passed away, all name plans changed. My Dad had been quite an athlete and was called “Lanky” by all his sports friends. I couldn’t call this breed dog “Lan-ky” so turned it around to “Ky-lan.” Oakwood from the kennel who bred him and Thousand Memories from the many, many wonderful years spent at my parents’ summer home in the Thousand Islands in New York State. It was because of my Dad and his love of dogs that he trained and hunted with that I came to love them, too.
Kylan was shown in Rally to help us in the obedience ring. He tends to get very distracted and doesn’t settle down to the building until the second day. I’d thought that showing him in Rally, which often precedes his obedience turn, would help his attention issue because I could talk to him and remind him of his responsibility. But along the way I came to really enjoy the competitors, the judges and the challenge of the Rally courses and continued on long past my original plan.
I need to thank Linda McConnell (Oakwood Kennel) for selling me this incredibly funny, talented, smart, loyal, affectionate, personable and beautiful boy. A well-bred Standard Schnauzer can do it all and Kylan exemplifies that with titles in breed, obedience, Rally, agility, herding, Barnhunt and therapy. In our spare time Kylan is a therapy dog at the Veteran’s Hospital in Albany, NY, which is the only place where I call him “Lanky” in honor of my Dad who was a WWII veteran.
Thank you Front & Finish for this recognition. My first competition dog, a Miniature Schnauzer named Maestro Copland, won a Novice A class and was awarded a subscription to your magazine and I’ve never missed an issue since.
CH Oakwood Thousand Memories UDX OM2 BN GN VER RAE3 AX AXJ OF THDN RATN
Chindi's Schoner Von Delmar CDX RAE11 CGC
German Shorthaired Pointer
Jantra Van De Duvetorre CD PCD BN RAE CGC
CH Bertschire's Real Mccoy PCDX BN RAE11 TD DS
B Griffin/A Holsinger/
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