Virtual Titling FAQ

Below is a list of general, rally, and obedience questions that are most asked. If you don’t find your answer here please contact the Virtual Titling Clerk.

General FAQ
Dogs will need to have an ASCA individual registration, LEP number or an ASCA Q Tracking number (Non-ASCA registered Aussies and Other Breeds). QT information can be found at: QT Application. Any dog, otherwise eligible to compete in an ASCA obedience and rally trial, pursuant to ASCA Dog Show Rules and Regulations, is eligible to compete for a virtual title.
The virtual class shall be for dogs not less than six months of age.  Dogs with titles at any level in the traditional ASCA Rally or Obedience program are eligible to enter the Virtual class.  The owner or any other person may handle dogs in this class. To enter the Virtual Advanced Rally class, you must have a Virtual Rally Novice title.
No. The virtual program is a stand-alone program. Scores and titles earned virtually are not interchangeable with scores and titles earned in a in person/regular trial.
The entry form can be found here: Entry Form
Or click the link to the form on the right side of this page in the menu.
You do need to pick three different courses for each area you are titling in. When you fill out the entry form, you will be asked, what course are you doing. Then just make sure you have the correct link for the correct course you completed. We will take care of making sure you have three different judges, judge you for each title.
Yes. You may submit multiple entries of different courses on the same day, for the same dog.
The cost per entry per dog is $25 for either Rally or Obedience.
No bait, treats, toys, or other rewards are allowed on the course or within 10 feet of the ring area. The presence of food, toys, or any training aid (including unauthorized collars and leashes) in the ring area will result in a non-qualifying score.
Yes. The Virtual Titling Program is a separate program. Earning a novice title does not disqualify you from entering ‘A’ classes if you are otherwise eligible to compete in them.
It takes three qualifying scores from different courses and different judges. We will make sure different judges view your runs.
Once the dog earns the title, the following abbreviations will go after the dog’s name:

Virtual Beginner Novice Obedience – VBN
Virtual Companion Dog (Obedience Novice) – VCD
Virtual Rally Novice – VRN
Virtual Rally Advanced – VRA

The video must be clear, not blurry. Minimum required resolution is 720p HD. The video must be continuous with no pauses or edits. The video must show the team entering the ring area and setting up for the first exercise, starting approximately at least 3-5 seconds before the first exercise begins. It must continue, uninterrupted, until the team exits the ring area under control, ending approximately 10 seconds after the final exercise is finished. The video must contain audio. Background noise is to be expected but do not add music or narration. The judge must be able to hear what is going on in the ring. Set the camera in landscape/normal mode. If the handler or dog are not in full view for the entire video, judges will not award a qualifying score.
Each video is reviewed by an approved ASCA obedience or rally judge. The main differences are that you are responsible for setting up the ring according to the ring layout, capturing a clear video performance, and submitting the entry form correctly. Each qualifying score counts as a leg towards the title. You are not competing against anyone.
Virtual judging will follow the existing judging criteria for the normal rally/obedience classes. All judges are certified ASCA judges.
Rally FAQ
Signs can be found on the ASCA website, here. 
No, there is only one class for Virtual Rally Novice.
No, each course map has a required camera location identified on the map.  You may either use a stationary camera or a second person to video tape your performance.  You may want to video a walk through and replay it to make sure all exercise performances will be visible on the video. Videos must include the team approaching the ring area and setting up at the Start/Heeling and conduct sign and must continue with no break in the video until after the team completes the course, including the stay exercise and leaves the ring area with the dog remaining under control.  Please see the Instructions Page for more details regarding videotaping.
A standard size ring for ASCA Rally is 40 feet x 50 feet.  For the purposes of Virtual Rally, the ring size can be reduced as long as there is room for all exercises to be performed correctly and sufficient space can be given to each exercise to ensure safety and flow requirements are met.
The stay exercise will be considered finished once you have returned around your dog to heel position and you pause.  Once you have paused, you may leave the ring area with your dog under control.
No, a full set of ring equipment as described in Chapter 1.15 of the ASCA Rally Rulebook is not required for Virtual Rally. You may use sign holders for the signs or lay them on the ground.  Cones like the ones described in Chapter 1.15 can be substituted using milk jugs, buckets or other similarly sized items.
All exercises in the Virtual Rally Novice class are judged on leash.  The leash must be six feet long and must be made of fabric or leather.  See Chapter 2.16 in the ASCA Rally Rulebook for further details regarding leashes.
Dogs in the Virtual Rally ring must wear a collar.  The collar may be a buckle, slip, toggle or martingale type.  Harnesses, prong collars, E-collars, gentle leaders, and other specialized training collars are not allowed.  See Chapter 2.17 in the ASCA Rally Rulebook for further details regarding collars.
A dog will be eligible to move to the Virtual Rally Advanced class when written notification has been received from the ASCA Business Office that it has completed the requirements for Virtual Rally Novice title.
Virtual Rally Novice courses will have 16 stations (Finish not included) with a minimum of three and a maximum of six stationary exercises, and a minimum of three Novice only signs per course.  Each sign will have a 10-point value except for star stations, which will have a 20-point value.  The total number of points per course will be 200.  All Virtual Rally Novice courses will require the Start/Heeling and Conduct station and one Stay exercise, either a sit or a down.
Obedience FAQ
Refer to the 2020 ASCA Obedience Rules and Regulations available online here. General guidelines will answer a lot of questions. Section 8 addresses the Beginner Novice Optional Titling Class (VBN). Section 3 addresses the Novice Class (VCD).

The same criteria will be required for the VBN and VCD titles with appropriate social distancing guidelines in place. A complete list of rule modifications for competing virtually at the bottom of this page.

No. The VBN and VCD titles are stand-alone titles and do not qualify toward any other title or designation.
You may talk to your dog only when allowed under the rules for the Beginner Novice and Novice class.
If your dog shows aggression toward the person examining them, the person should not continue with the exam. Any signs of aggression by a dog during a video will result in a non-qualifying score.
Yes. The ring may be set up in a yard, park, training building or anywhere that is relatively flat and free of trees or buildings that would obstruct the view from the designated camera position.
Ring size may vary somewhat but should be as close to 40’ x 50’ as possible. Figure eight posts can be fashioned from chairs, cones, pylons, buckets or any upright item and should be 8 feet apart. In accordance with COVID-19 Related Guidelines for ASCA Sanctioned Events, social distancing should be observed in performing the Sit or Stand for Exam and Figure 8 exercises.
No. Signs may be downloaded and printed from any obedience venue, computer generated or hand drawn.

No. You may memorize it, as long as you perform the turns and changes of pace as indicated on the ring layout.  You may also choose to have someone else call the pattern as a judge would, again, keeping the pattern the same as in the ring layout.  Optionally, you may print and use the Beginner Novice heeling signs to help indicate changes of pace and turns.

Yes. The camera angle must be as indicated on the ring layout. A consistent camera angle for each participant allows for more consistent judging. You may need to move the camera back in order to capture the entire ring in the camera frame.

Rule Modifications for Virtual Beginner Novice

8.1-8.4 to be replaced by:

  • The Virtual Beginner Novice Class shall be for all dogs not less than six (6) months of age.
  • A qualifying score in the Virtual Beginner Novice class shall be the same as defined in these regulations by Chapter 1 Section 10: Qualifying Score.
  • Scores and titles shall not be applicable to Honor Dog recognition, Merit standings, Finals standings Hall of Fame, or BN titles.
  • ASCA will issue a virtual Beginner Novice certificate to a dog with an ASCA registration, LEP number or an ASCA Q-Tracker number and will permit the use of V-BN after its name, when it has received three qualifying scores awarded by at least two judges. ASCA will provide four V-BN course options and a dog must receive a qualifying score on three distinct course options to earn the V-BN title.

8.6 Heel on Leash modifications:

  • Signs for this exercise can be hand drawn, computer generated or downloaded at https://asca.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bnsigns.pdf.  They can be placed in holders or laid flat on the ground or floor.
  • An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Forward” and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position.

8.8 Figure Eight modifications:

  • No human posts will be used.  The Figure Eight will be done around inanimate objects placed eight feet apart as described in the ring layout. Both halts should take place after one full figure of 8 in the approximate center of the posts.
  • An assistant familiar with calling the figure eight commands may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Forward,” “Halt” and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position.

8.10 Sit for Exam modifications:

  • There must be an assistant to examine the dog. During the pandemic social distancing guidelines should be followed. If the assistant is not from the handler’s household, instead of approaching the dog directly from the front they should start from a location six feet from the handler and approach the dog from an angle.
  • An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Sit your dog and leave when you are ready,” “Back to your dog,” and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own.

8.12 Sit Stay – Handler Walks a T-Pattern modifications:

  • An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Sit your dog,” “Leave your dog,” and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position.

8.14 Recall modifications:

  • An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Leave your dog,” “Call your dog,” and “Exercise finished.” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position.

Rule Modifications for Virtual Novice (Obedience Companion Dog)

3.1-3.2 to be replaced by:

  • The Virtual Novice class shall be for dogs not less than six (6) months of age that have not earned the CD title from any registry. The Novice B class shall be for dogs not less than six (6) month of age that do not qualify for Novice A.   A qualifying score in the Virtual Novice class shall be the same as defined in these regulations by Chapter 1 Section 10: Qualifying Score.
  • Scores and titles shall not be applicable to Honor Dog recognition, Merit standings, Finals standings, Hall of Fame, or CD titles.
  • ASCA will issue a Virtual Novice certificate to a dog with an ASCA registration, LEP number or an ASCA Q-Tracker number and will permit the use of V-CD after its name when it has received three qualifying scores awarded by at least two judges. ASCA will provide four V-CD course options and a dog must receive a qualifying score on three distinct course options to earn the V-CD title.

3.5 Heel on Leash  and 3.9 Heel Free modifications:

  • The handler may memorize the heeling pattern and perform it as shown on the course diagram or an assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?,” “Forward,” “Right Turn,” “Left Turn,” “About Turn,” “Fast,” “Slow,” “Normal,” “Halt” and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position.
  • Another option is to use signs for this exercise, which can be hand-drawn, computer-generated or downloaded at https://asca.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/bnsigns.pdf.  They can be placed in holders or laid flat on the ground or floor.

3.5 Figure Eight modifications:

  • No human posts will be used.  The Figure Eight will be done around inanimate objects placed eight feet apart as described in the ring layout. Both halts should take place after one full figure of 8 in the approximate center of the posts.
  • An assistant familiar with calling the figure eight commands may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Forward,” “Halt” and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position.
  • Following the Figure 8 exercise, the handler should remove the leash and place it on a chair or table near the entrance/exit of the ring area.

3.7 Stand for Exam modifications:

  • There must be an assistant to examine the dog. During the pandemic social distancing guidelines should be followed. If the assistant is not from the handler’s household, instead of approaching the dog directly from the front they should start from a location six feet from the handler and approach the dog from an angle.
  • An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Stand your dog and leave when you are ready,” “Back to your dog,” and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own.

3.10 Recall modifications:

  • An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Leave your dog”, “Call your dog”, “Finish”, and “Exercise finished.” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position, pausing for a least one second before giving each command or signal to the dog.

3.12 Sit Stay – Get Your Leash modifications:

  • The handler and dog will set up at least 30 feet from and facing the leash location. An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?,” “Sit your dog,” “Leave your dog and get your leash,” “Back to your dog,” and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position, pausing for at least one second after picking up the leash before returning to the dog.
  • An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?”, “Sit your dog,” “Leave your dog,” “Back to your dog”, and “Exercise finished” or the handler may proceed on their own from a halt with the dog sitting in heel position.

3.14 and 3.15 Group Exercises modifications:

  • As this is a virtual program with dogs performing individually, group exercises will not be done.  However, the Long Sit and Long Down must still be performed as described.
  • Following the Sit Stay – Get your Leash exercise the handler may choose to go directly to perform the Long Sit and Long Down or the team may exit the ring, in which case the video should be paused once they leave the ring. The video should start again when the team reenters the ring for the stay exercises and end after the team leaves the ring the second time.
  • Handlers also have the option of performing the Long Sit and Long Down before the other five exercises. In this case, they may choose to go directly from the stays to the start of the Heel on Leash or the team may exit the ring, in which case the video should be paused once they leave the ring. The video should start again when the team reenters the ring for the five preliminary exercises.
  • An assistant may provide the judge’s orders “Are you ready?,” “Sit your dog” or “Down your dog,” “Leave your dog,” “Back to your dog,” and “Exercise finished” for each of the one minute exercises or the handler may proceed on their own.
  • An assistant or the handler shall time each stay from the moment the handler leaves the dog to the moment they start back toward the dog at the end of each of the exercises.
  • At the end of the minute, the handler should pause for at least one second before returning to the dog.