UKC Earth Work Hunting Program



 

Section 1. Purpose of Program. The purpose of the UKC Earth Work Hunting Program is to encourage and promote the preservation of the inherent hunting instincts of earth-working breeds. By offering Earth Working titles, UKC supports the significance of hunting to the “Total Dog.”

 

This program will provide hunters and their dogs with a series of actual hunts administered by experienced licensed Judges working toward titles granted by UKC.

 

Many UKC-affiliated clubs provide ongoing educational and training experience for hunters and their working dogs.  The United Kennel Club believes in promoting the conservation of wildlife and is committed to the Second Amendment right of our American customers, and to the right of all persons’ rights to keep and bear arms.

 

The United Kennel Club, Inc. may change rules and policies as deemed necessary.

           

Section 2. Breeds eligible for the UKC Earth Work Hunting Program

Australian Terrier

Bedlington Terrier
Border Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Cesky Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dachshunds
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier
Jagd Terrier

Lakeland Terrier
Norfolk Terrier

Norwich Terrier
Patterdale Terrier

Rat Terrier
Russell Terrier
Scottish Terrier

Sealyham Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier

Sporting Lucas Terrier

Teddy Roosevelt Terrier

Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier

 

Section 3. Dogs eligible to participate in the UKC Earth Work Hunting Program. Dog must be at least six months of age and have a permanent UKC registration number, a UKC Limited Privilege (LP) number, or a Temporary Listing (TL) number.

 

Section 4. Hunting Rules. The Judge is solely responsible for conducting and directing the cast and for reporting all misconduct to UKC. All aspects of the hunt not specifically addressed by these rules shall be left to the sole discretion of the Judge. The Judge’s decisions in the field are final.

 

4.1 Authorized hunting grounds. Hunters must only hunt on private lands where permission has been obtained from the landowner or on public lands where applicable law or regulations permit.

 

4.2. Authorized cast members. Each cast (hunting party) is limited to the Judge, one apprentice Judge (if applicable) and no more than three dog handlers.

 

4.3. Authorized number of dogs per cast. The number of dogs in a cast and the number of dogs loose in the field at one time is left to the sole discretion of the Judge. However, handlers may rotate dogs in and out of the field with the Judge’s permission. A dog may participate in more than one cast per day.

 

4.4. Requirement for locator collar and box. All dogs in the cast will be equipped with locator collars/boxes. Equipment failure may be simulated to allow a Senior Judge to evaluate the skills of an Apprentice Judge but no dogs will be hunted without this equipment.

 

4.5. Length of hunting time. The Judge will determine length of hunting time for the cast.

 

4.6. Hunting order. The hunting order of the dogs will be determined by the Judge. The Judge may allow more than one dog loose to locate active burrows at his/her discretion.

 

4.7. Spectators. Spectators may only participate with the approval of the Judge and the dog handlers. It should be noted that spectators must not, under any circumstances, bring dogs with them to the hunt field.

 

4.8. Hunting license requirements. All participants must be licensed and comply with the federal, state, and local hunting regulations. The Judge must verify each individual’s license before the start of the hunt.

 

4.9. Earth Work Evaluation Forms. Each Judge is required to bring blank UKC Earth Work Evaluation forms to a hunt. Judges may obtain forms by contacting UKC Field Operations, 100 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584. Prior to the start of each hunt, the Judge will provide each owner/handler with one form for each dog to be hunted. The owner/handler will enter:

 

·        Dog’s UKC registration/ Temporary Listing/ Limited Privilege number

·        Dog’s name

·        Breed of dog

·        Owner’s name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail address, and signature

·        The handler’s name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail address, and signature, if the dog is being handled by someone other than the owner. If the dog is handled by someone other than the owner and the owner is not present in the field, the owner’s signature is not required.

 

4.10. Requirements for passing evaluation.

 

A. Dog must enter a natural earth or rock formation, not man made (i.e., trash piles, stacked hay bales, rock walls, brush piles, drains, etc.).

 

B. Dog must enter the earth and work below ground level out of sight.

 

C. Dog must locate and work up to quarry. The dog may be assisted by the removal of an obstruction (large rock, tree roots etc.) that would have rendered the burrow otherwise impassable to a dog. The Judge has the sole discretion to determine what other assistance, if any, a handler may give his/her dog.

 

D. Reasonable verbal encouragement of a dog is allowed. The Judge has the sole discretion to determine what constitutes “reasonable verbal encouragement.”

 

E. When a burrow is approached by cast, a dog should be allowed reasonable time as determined by the Judge to enter the burrow and disappear from sight. The dog may exit and reenter an unlimited number of times as long as it is actively working the burrow. If the dog exits and fails to continue working the burrow, loses interest, or if the dog will not enter the burrow, the Judge may declare the burrow is empty/uninhabited or open for another dog to check and work. The Judge will use his/her discretion to decide whether the cast is to move on or whether other dogs in the party will be allowed to check and attempt to work that burrow.

 

F. Dog must mark the quarry by engaging the quarry, baying, growling or other responses, or by putting enough pressure on the quarry to bolt it or move it through the burrow. Dog must be close enough to the quarry that physical contact is possible between dog and quarry. It must have been obvious that the quarry’s movement resulted from close contact by the dog. Judges must understand the individual working style of the breed they are judging and judge accordingly.

 

G. Dog must either bolt, draw, or stay with the quarry until dug to.

 

H. Quarry must be visually identified as acceptable species of quarry by the Judge and be a formidable challenge to the dog.

 

I. Only one dog will be permitted in the burrow at a time. Once a dog has been released to the burrow, all other dogs must be restrained.

 

J. The primary objective is for the handler and dog to work together as a team. Members of the cast and the Judge may, at the Judge’s discretion, assist the owner in the recovery (digging out) of the dog and quarry but must not interfere or hinder in any manner with the dog that is currently working the burrow. A physically handicapped owner may bring a person to assist in the locating, digging and recovery of his/her dog.

 

K. The Judge may only award a passing evaluation to a dog that that locates and works its own quarry. No passing evaluation may be given where one dog locates the quarry and a second dog works the quarry.

 

L. It is the handler’s responsibility to maintain control of their dog at all times while above ground.

 

4.11. Completing the Earth Work Evaluation Form for dogs with passing evaluations. When a dog earns a passing evaluation, the dog’s owner/handler must give that dog’s Earth Work Evaluation Form to the Judge. The Judge must complete each dog’s form and return the original (white) copy and bottom (yellow) copy to the dog’s owner/handler. The Judge must keep the middle (pink) copy for his/her records for at least two years.

 

4.12. Excusing a dog from a hunt. The Judge must indicate “Excused for fighting” in the “Other Judge’s Comments” section of the Earth Work Evaluation Form of any dog excused for fighting. Once excused, a dog may not participate any further in any hunting activities on the day of the excusal. The Judge must keep the middle (yellow) copy, give the bottom (pink) copy to the owner/handler of the dog, and send the original (white) copy of the Evaluation Form to UKC Field Operations, 100 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584.

 

A. Judge’s authority to deal with dog fighting during a hunt. The owner/handler of a dog involved in a fight is responsible for using whatever means he/she deems necessary to break up the fight. If the owner/handler of either dog involved in a fight requests that the Judge assist in breaking up the dogs, the Judge may use whatever force he/she deems necessary to break up a dog fight.

 

B. Reporting a dog that is excused for fighting. The Judge must indicate “Excused for fighting” in the “Other Judge’s Comments” section of the Earth Work Evaluation Form of any dog excused for fighting. Once excused, a dog may not participate any further in any hunting activities on the day of the excusal. The Judge must send the original (white copy) and the bottom (yellow) copy of the Evaluation Form to UKC Field Operations, 100 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584.

 

4.13. Excusing a handler from a hunt. The Judge must excuse a handler from a hunt for any act of misconduct. The Judge may excuse a handler from a hunt for failure to follow the Judge’s instructions. The Judge has sole discretion whether or not to allow the dog of an excused handler to continue to participate in the hunt with a substitute handler. The Judge’s decision in these matters is final.

 

Section 5. UKC Earth Work Hunting Titles of Excellence and Requirements

Titles must be earned in sequence. Each new Earth Work Hunting title earned replaces the previous Earth Work Hunting title earned. The total number of quarry required for each title is cumulative and builds from the previous title.

 

5.1. Titles

 

A. Earth Working Dog I (EWDI)

1. Dog must locate and successfully work quarry two times as evidenced by two Hunting Evaluation forms completed and signed by UKC-licensed Judges.

2. These quarry may or may not be the same species of quarry.

3. Both passing evaluations may be earned under the same or two different Judges.

 

B. Earth Working Dog II (EWDII)

1. Dog must successfully accumulate 3 additional passing evaluations (A total of 5 cumulative passing evaluations).

2. Dog must successfully locate and work at least two of the acceptable species of quarry (This may or may not have been completed in a previous level).

3. Passing evaluations must be earned under at least two different Judges (These Judges may or may not be the same Judges as EWDI).

 

C. Earth Work Champion (EWCH)

1. Dog must successfully accumulate 3 additional passing evaluations (A total of 8 cumulative qualifying passing evaluations).

2. Dog must successfully locate and work at least three of the acceptable species of quarry (This may or may not have been completed in a previous level)

3. Passing evaluations must be earned under at least two different Judges. (These Judges may or may not be the same Judges as EWDI, EWDII).    

 

D. Grand Earth Work Champion (GREWCH)

1. Dog must successfully accumulate 3 additional passing evaluations (A total of 11 cumulative qualifying passing evaluations).

2. Dog must successfully locate and work a minimum of 3 of the acceptable species of quarry (This may or may not have been completed in a previous level)

3. Passing evaluations received under a minimum of three different Judges (These Judges may or may not be the same Judges as EWDI, EWDII, or EWCH.)

 

Title

Total # Passing evaluations

Minimum # Different Judges

Minimum # Different species of quarry

EWDI

2

1

1

EWDII

5

2

2

EWCH

8

2

3

GREWCH

11

3

3

 

5.2. Acceptable species of quarry. The following are acceptable species of quarry provided that they are hunted in accordance with all applicable hunting laws and regulations: red fox, gray fox, raccoon, woodchuck (groundhog), marmot, badger, opossum and such other naturally denning animals that may be considered formidable quarry at the Judge’s discretion, except that skunk is never an acceptable quarry.

 

5.3. Passing Evaluations. Each quarry has equal value meaning that a dog earns one passing evaluation for each acceptable quarry it locates and works successfully. The Judge has the sole discretion to determine whether a quarry is acceptable and whether or not the dog has earned a passing evaluation. A dog can continue to accrue passing evaluations throughout the dog’s hunting career. Passing evaluations earned by a dog remain with the dog in the event of change of ownership. Passing evaluations may only be issued by UKC-licensed Earth Working Judges and Senior Judges.

     

5.4. Applying for a title certificate. The owner of a dog eligible for an Earth Work Hunting title must submit an Application for Earth Work Hunting Title accompanied by the signed original (white) copies of the Earth Work Evaluation Forms documenting the number and types of passing evaluations required for the title in question. Title certificates will be mailed to the registered owner of a dog upon receipt of the Application, Earth Work Evaluation Forms and fee of $20.00. A dog with a Temporary Listing number may hunt and earn passing evaluations but no titles will be issued to that dog until it is permanently registered with UKC or is issued a Limited Privilege Listing number.

 

Section 6. Scheduling a hunt. Individuals wishing to hunt their dogs for the purpose of earning UKC Earth Working titles must contact a UKC-licensed earth working Judge or Senior Judge to schedule a hunt. A list of current UKC-licensed Judges and Senior Judges is available from UKC Field Operations, 100 East Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49002-5584 and on the UKC web page at  www.ukcdogs.com. All hunts conducted by UKC-licensed earth working Judges or Senior Judges are automatically licensed by UKC.

 

Section 7. Suggested Equipment

The following equipment is used for earth work. All of this equipment is not required for every hunt, nor is it practical for every member of the cast to bring all of the needed equipment into the field. The Judge and cast members must coordinate what equipment is needed and determine who will provide the equipment when scheduling a hunt date. The Judge determines what equipment will be allowed on the cast and what equipment he/she will require the members of the cast to furnish.

 

7.1 Field equipment.

§         Post hole diggers

§         5 feet to 6 feet long pry bar—such as 3/4", tempered steel, hex (6-sided bar) with one pointed end and one flattened end.

§         Long handled shovel

§         Short handled shovel

§         Hand shovel

§         Wire cutters—heavy duty

§         Snare—can be purchased from any farm supply store. It is often called a "pig catcher" or “hog catcher" 

§         Coon tongs

§         Small limb saw to saw through roots

§         A good hunting knife

§         Flashlight

 

7.2. Equipment for your terrier:

§         Locator collar, locator box designed for underground work, electrical tape and extra batteries for the collar and the box

§         Large water bottle of fresh drinking water

§         Saline solution to wash your terrier's eyes

§         High calorie supplement to give a terrier that has been working hard instant nutrition

§         First Aid kit

§         Solution to remove skunk odor

§         Phone numbers of several vets in the area

§         A cell phone with extra charged battery

§         In the winter: plenty of dog coats/sweaters, towel, large blanket.

 

7.2. Equipment for you:

§         Good water proof, insulated boots

§         Appropriate hunting/work clothing for the conditions

 

Section 8. Applying to become a licensed UKC Earth Work Hunting Judge. The responsibilities of an Earth Work Hunting Judge are many and should not be lightly undertaken.  An Earth Work Hunting Judge:

A. Is responsible for introducing novice dogs and novice owners to the world of earth work. 

 

B. Must be knowledgeable and experienced in the hunt field.

 

C. Must be knowledgeable about UKC rules and policies for the Earth Work Hunting Program.

 

D. Must be able to make rational and appropriate judgments in high stress situations. 

 

E. Must be capable of conducting casts with multiple owner/handlers and dogs. 

 

F. Must always hold a current hunt license in the state or states in which he/she hunts.

 

G. Must renew licensing status as required by UKC.

 

      8.1 Required qualifications for all UKC-licensed Judges. All applicants must:

            A. Be twenty-one years of age or over, and

 

            B. Have full mobility to hunt in all types of terrain.

 

      8.2. Required qualifications for Earth Work Hunting Judges. Applicants must either:

 

A. Hold and furnish proof of a formal Earth Working Hunting Judge’s license from the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA), the Canadian Jack Russell Terrier Association (CJRTA), or other acceptable organization that licenses earth working Judges; or

 

            B. Meet the following criteria:

 

(1) Have a minimum of two years experience in terrier earth work. Applicant should submit a brief summary of his/her hunting experience, letters of recommendation from experienced earth working Judges and hunters, or any other documentation to verify applicant’s experience.

 

(2) Have personally worked at least two dogs and a total of four different quarry. Acceptable proof shall be:

 

(a) Passing evaluations recorded on UKC Earth Work Evaluation Forms and signed by UKC-licensed Earth Working Judges/Senior Judges.

 

(b) JRTCA or CJRTA Natural Hunting Certificates, American Working Terrier Association (AWTA) Hunting Certificates or hunting certificates issued by any other organization with an equivalent earth working program.

 

(3) Have personally titled at least two dogs to an Earth Work Champion title or its equivalent in JRTCA, CJRTA, AWTA or other acceptable organization that offers earth working titles. Acceptable proof shall be copies of the title certificates or other documentation provided by those organizations.

 

8.3. Application procedure. Interested applicants may request an Earth Work Hunting Judge application package from UKC Field Operations, 100 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584. Complete the application and the open-book test on the UKC Earth Work Hunting rules. Send completed application, with proof of applicant’s qualifications, along with the completed rules test to UKC Field Operations.

 

A. Successful applicants with two years’ or more experience as a licensed earth working Judge. Applicants with two or more years experience as a Hunting Judge for JRTCA, CJRTA or other acceptable earth working organization shall be issued their Senior Judge’s license within 10 days of completed application and test.

 

B. Successful applicants with less than two years’ experience as a licensed earth working Judge. Applicants with less than two years experience as a Hunting Judge for JRTCA, CJRTA or other acceptable earth working organization shall be issued their Judge’s license within 10 days of completed application and test.

 

C. Successful applicants with no prior judging experience. Successful applicants will be issued their Apprentice Judge’s license within 10 days of receipt of completed application and test.

 

D. Unsuccessful applicants. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply after a one-year waiting period from the date applicant receives notice from UKC.

 

      8.4. Apprentice Judge. Apprentice Judges may not sign Hunting Evaluation Forms. Apprentice Judges must apprentice with UKC-licensed Senior Earth Work Hunting Judges until they receive at least two letters of recommendation indicating that the Apprentice Judge has:

 

A. Been a primary participant in multiple successful digs.

 

B. Demonstrated his/her ability to account for quarry by digging to the dog rather than bolting.

 

C. Demonstrated his/her competency with a locator box/collar and digging tools.

 

D. Demonstrated the ability to locate and retrieve a dog in the event of equipment failure.

 

E. Demonstrated his/her ability to make rational and appropriate judgments in high stress situations. 

 

F. Demonstrated knowledge of safe hunting procedures for handlers and dogs.

 

G. Demonstrated knowledge of UKC rules and policies as they apply to the Earth Work Hunting Program.

 

8.5 Judge. An Apprentice Judge who submits two letters of recommendation as described in paragraph 8.4 above shall be licensed as an Earth Work Hunting Judge eligible to sign Hunting Evaluation forms.

 

8.6. Senior Judge. A Judge who has served as an Earth Work Hunting Judge for two years may apply to be licensed as a Senior Earth Work Hunting Judge, eligible to evaluate Apprentice Judges. Successful applicants will be issued their Senior Judge’s license within 10 days of receipt of their applications. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply after a one-year waiting period from the date applicant receives notice from UKC.

 

Section 9. Reimbursement of Judge’s expenses. Persons wishing to obtain a Judge’s evaluation of their hunting dog must contact the Judge to make arrangements for the hunt. UKC Earth Work Hunting Judges donate their time because of their dedication to the preservation of earth-working instincts in dogs. Remember that Judges have families, dogs and jobs so be courteous when scheduling a hunt. Owners of dogs participating in earth working hunts are responsible for reimbursing Judges for all expenses related to the hunt. Expenses include, but are not limited to, mileage, plane fares, lodging, meals, and out-of-state hunting license as necessary. Terms of this agreement must be settled in writing and signed by the Judge and all members of the cast in advance of any hunt.

Section 10. Use of alcohol and illegal drugs at UKC-licensed events. The use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs during UKC-licensed events is prohibited.  Violators must be excused from the field for the remainder of the day by the Judge and the Judge’s decision is final.  Hunters must notify UKC in writing of any Judge who judges a UKC earth working hunt while under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs.

 

Section 11. Barring a dog for fighting. Any dog that is excused pursuant to Section 4.12 for fighting three times within a two-year period will be barred from participating in UKC events for two years from the date of the last excusal.

 

11.1. Notice to the registered owner. When three Earth Work Evaluation Forms have been received by UKC indicating a dog has been excused for fighting within a two-year period, UKC will notify the registered owner(s) of the dog by certified letter. The letter will include:

 

A. The dates the dog was excused for fighting,

 

B. The names of the Judges who submitted the Earth Work Evaluation Forms,

 

C. The UKC registration number and registered name of the dog,

 

D. The name and address(s) of the registered owner(s), and

 

E. The start and end dates of the period during which the dog is barred from participating in UKC events.

 

11.2. Returning dog’s UKC registration certificate. The owner(s) must return the dog’s UKC registration certificate to UKC Field Operations, 100 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584, not later than 30 days from the date the certified letter is received. The certificate will be stamped “BARRED FOR FIGHTING UNTIL[date two years from the date the dog was last excused for fighting]” and returned to the registered owner(s).

 

11.3. Reinstatement of the dog. At the end of the two-year period, the registered owner(s) of the dog can return the registration certificate, along with the proper fee, to the UKC Registration Department for the issuance of a new registration certificate. The dog will again be eligible to enter UKC-licensed events. Any further instance of fighting by a dog after it has been barred for fighting shall result in permanent ineligibility to participate in UKC events.

 

11.4. Penalties for failure to return dog’s registration certificate. If the owner(s) of the dog fail to send in the UKC registration certificate by the deadline indicated in the notification letter, the following additional penalties shall be imposed:

 

            A. The dog may not be transferred into new ownership,

 

B. No litters will be registered out of or by the dog in question,

 

Section 12. Misconduct & Discipline. Hunting with a UKC Earth Working Judge for the purpose of earning UKC Earth Work hunting title constitutes a UKC-licensed event.

 

12.1. Misconduct. Misconduct may be defined as conduct that is prejudicial to the interests of the sport of purebred dogs. There are two general categories of misconduct:

 

A. Wrongdoing during or associated with a UKC-licensed event. This may include, but is not limited to, threatening, assaulting or battering another individual; falsifying any event-related document; cheating or conspiring to cheat in order to improve the standing of any dog competing at an event; abusing or neglecting a dog in conjunction with an event; and any other UKC event rule infraction.

 

B. Violation of UKC rules. This may include, but is not limited to, falsification of UKC registration papers; misidentification of a dog or the parentage of a dog; non-event-related abuse or neglect of dogs; or continued failure to keep proper registration records.

 

12.2. Procedures for handling misconduct during or associated with a UKC-licensed earth working hunt.

 

A. UKC Standard of conduct. United Kennel Club events are intended to be family-oriented recreation for dog enthusiasts and their UKC-registered dogs. Accordingly, UKC expects the highest standard of conduct at these events. The following procedures apply to all cases of misconduct occurring or associated with a UKC-terrier earth working hunt, regardless of whether the misconduct is discovered during or after the hunt.

 

B. Jurisdiction. The Judge, all members of the cast, and any other persons participating in the hunt in any way, including spectators and Apprentice Judges are subject to the jurisdiction of the UKC and are therefore subject to these UKC standards of conduct and disciplinary procedures. In addition, UKC has jurisdiction over misconduct that may occur off the grounds of the hunt or outside hunt hours. This paragraph shall be interpreted as broadly as is necessary to regulate any off-grounds misconduct that is prejudicial to the interests of the sport of purebred dogs. One example of such off-grounds event-related misconduct is abuse of motel rooms by dogs or persons attending the events.

 

C. The complaint. Any person, who becomes aware of an act of event-related misconduct pertaining to anyone other than the Judge during the hours of a UKC-licensed event, must notify the Judge at any time during the hours of the event. The Judge may immediately excuse any individual from the event where there is probable cause to believe that the individual has committed an act of misconduct.  Any complaint pertaining to the Judge must be submitted to UKC in writing.  The complainant must request a Misconduct Report from UKC Field Operations, 100 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584, to complete and submit.

 

D. UKC Misconduct Report and Hearing form. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Judge shall provide the complainant with a UKC Misconduct Report and Hearing Form. The complainant must complete all of Section 1, providing the following:

·        The complainant's name;

·        The complainant's address;

·        The complainant's daytime, evening phone numbers, and email address;

·        A complete factual description of the exact conduct alleged to have occurred, including the identity of all witnesses, other persons, and dogs involved in the alleged misconduct; and,

·        The specific sections of the pertinent UKC rulebook that have allegedly been violated.

 

The Judge shall enter the names, and where known, the addresses, daytime and evening phone numbers of all witnesses and cast members in Section 2 of the Misconduct Report and Hearing Form. The Misconduct Report and Hearing Form shall be forwarded to UKC. No action will be taken on a Misconduct Report and Hearing Form unless it is signed and dated by the complainant.

 

E. Complaints against the Judge. Any person, who becomes aware of an act of event-related misconduct on the part of the Judge, or becomes aware of misconduct after the event, must notify UKC in writing. UKC staff shall forward to the complainant a Misconduct Report and Hearing Form. Complainant shall complete Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the Misconduct Report and Hearing Form. Section 1 must be filled out completely. Complainant must fill out as much of Sections 2 and 3 as he/she is able and return the form to UKC.

 

12.3. Procedures for handling misconduct not associated with a UKC-licensed event. 

 

A. UKC standard of conduct. UKC dog breeders and owners must comply with all UKC rules, regulations, and policies, as well as all local, county, state and federal government regulations for kennel operations.

 

B. Jurisdiction. All breeders who register individual dogs or litters with UKC are subject to the jurisdiction of the UKC and are therefore subject to these UKC standards of conduct and disciplinary procedures.

 

C. The complaint. A person who becomes aware of an act of misconduct not associated with an event must notify UKC in writing. The notification should include all known facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged misconduct; the date of and location where the alleged misconduct occurred; and any witnesses who may have additional knowledge of or information about the alleged misconduct.

 

12.4 Investigation, findings, and recommendations. UKC staff shall investigate all complaints of misconduct filed in accordance with this rulebook and shall report findings and recommendations to the UKC Hearing Committee.

 

12.5 Hearing committee. The UKC Hearing Committee shall consist of such department heads as shall be designated by the President of UKC. The Hearing Committee shall regularly review complaints of misconduct, along with the results of any investigations conducted by UKC staff.

 

12.6. Penalties for misconduct. If the Hearing Committee finds that misconduct has occurred, one or more of the following penalties shall be imposed:

 

A. Probation for a period up to three years. During the period of probation, the individual shall be closely monitored by UKC.  Any other instance of misconduct may result in immediate suspension or barring at the discretion of the appropriate UKC Department Head and without further due process.

 

B. Suspension. The Hearing Committee shall impose a minimum Three Hundred Dollar ($300) fine and a minimum one-year suspension for probation violations and for most other serious acts of misconduct. The period of suspension shall begin upon UKC's mailing of the notification to the respondent via certified mail (return receipt requested), but the fine must be paid by certified check or money order before the time counts toward the sentence. For example, a person may be notified on January 1 that his penalty will be a one-year suspension and a fine of three hundred dollars. This individual will be suspended as soon as notice of the penalty is mailed by UKC to the respondent, but the one-year suspension does not start until the date UKC receives payment of the fine. If a respondent waits until March 1 to pay the fine, the suspension will actually run fourteen months until midnight of February 28 the following year.

 

C. Barring. The Hearing Committee shall impose barring for an indefinite period of time for repeat instances of misconduct or for the most serious forms of misconduct, including, but not limited to, cruelty to dogs. The period of barring shall begin upon UKC's mailing of the notification to the respondent by certified mail (return receipt requested).

 

12.7. Suspension and barring. During the period of suspension or barring, a person who is suspended or barred:

 

A. May not register any dogs in his/her name (joint or individual ownership). No dog registered in the name of a suspended/barred person (joint or individual ownership) may be used for breeding and no offspring of such a dog is eligible for registration with UKC. A suspended/barred person may transfer any dogs currently registered in his/her name (joint or individual ownership), except that no dog registered in the name of a suspended/barred person, regardless of co-ownership status, may be transferred to any member of that person's family.

 

B. May not register any litters or sign any litter registrations in any capacity.

 

C. May not enter or participate in any way in any UKC-licensed event. No dog registered in the name of a suspended/barred person (joint or individual ownership) may be entered or participate in any way in any UKC-licensed event.

 

D. May not receive Championship points for any dog registered in his/her name (joint or individual ownership).

 

E. May not advertise in any UKC publication or Internet site.

 

12.8. Appeals. Any person placed on probation, suspended or barred in accordance with these rules may appeal directly, in writing, to the UKC President within 30 days of receiving notification of probation, suspension, or barring. The decision of the President is final.

 

12.9. UKC Inherent Rights and Powers. Notwithstanding anything herein, and regardless of whether these procedures are followed, under UKC's Inherent Rights and Powers, UKC reserves the right to itself and its sole judgment and discretion, to investigate any suspected misconduct and to impose such sanctions and penalties as deemed appropriate.

 

Section 13. UKC right to inspect and correct all event records. United Kennel Club, Inc. has the right to inspect all reports, scorecards and other documentation from UKC events, and to review those documents for any reason. In accordance with our Inherent Rights and Powers, UKC reserves the right to correct any errors or make any other adjustments in said documents, regardless of whether or not the documents are properly signed by Judges or club officials.

 

Section 14. Inherent Rights and Powers of UKC (Revised November 18, 1996)

 

 14.1. United Kennel Club holds and has reserved to itself certain inherent rights and powers in connection with conducting its business, registering litters, transferring ownership of dogs, licensing events, and awarding titles. These inherent rights and powers include but are not limited to the following:

 

14.2. United Kennel Club has the right to inspect all reports, scorecards and documents related to UKC events. Some, but not all, of the items subject to inspection are:

 

A. scores;

B. disqualification’s of dogs for fighting or other reasons;

C. errors by the recording person; and

D. documentation excluded for any reason.

 

UKC reserves the right to correct any mistakes found during such inspection whether or not the document has the signature of a Judge or Club Officer.

 

 14.3. UKC reserves the right to itself and in its sole judgment and discretion, to take such actions and impose such sanctions as would:

     

A .Bar an individual from entering or participating in any way in any UKC-licensed event;

 

B. Bar an individual from transferring or registering any pups or dogs in that person's name (joint or full ownership) or to any member of that person’s family,

 

C. Bar an individual from receiving Championship points for any dog registered in that person's name (joint or full ownership). 

 

14.4. By way of illustration, the following constitute some, but not all, of the situations calling for the above sanctions:

 

A Falsification or alteration of a UKC Registration Certificate, Pedigree, UKC "Easy Entry" Card or any other UKC document.

 

            B. Falsification or alteration of any reports of wins issued to UKC

 

            C. Falsification or alteration of receipts issued by UKC Judges.

 

D. Switching, wrongfully using or attempting to use a UKC Registration Certificate, Pedigree, UKC "Easy Entry" Card or any other UKC document.

 

E. Selling or attempting to sell a dog with false or incorrect UKC Registration Certificate or Pedigree.

 

G. Intimidating, threatening, or injuring a Judge, Club/Association member or official, event participant or spectator, or UKC representative.

 

The six illustrations given above are only by way of example and UKC reserves to itself its inherent right and power to impose such sanctions in any other circumstances deemed appropriate by UKC

 

14.5. Any individual who is found guilty by a court of law of a crime involving dogs will be barred from United Kennel Club for an indefinite period. A person shall be considered guilty in a criminal proceeding if they are convicted by a judge, jury, or if they enter a plea bargain or other arrangement to plea to a lesser offense, or if their case is disposed of by any form of deferred adjudication; a person shall be considered guilty in a civil proceeding if they are held responsible or liable by a judge, jury, or if a compromised settlement is reached between the parties.

 

Section 15. UKC Registration, Limited Privilege Listing, Temporary Listing.

 

15.1 UKC’s performance pedigree. United Kennel Club is the largest working dog registry in the world. It is a pedigree-based registry and issues a certified pedigree free of charge with each permanent registration. The UKC “performance” pedigree is unique in that it provides the number of puppies produced by each dog in the 3-generation pedigree, and the number and types of titles earned by those offspring. This pedigree is invaluable in planning a breeding program around hunting and conformation traits.

 

15.2. Single registration. Eligible purebred dogs may be individually registered with UKC (Single Registration).

 

15.3. Litter registration. The litters of UKC-registered sires and dams may be registered, making them eligible for permanent individual registration (Litter Registration). Litter registration is preferable since it provides the linkage to develop a useful performance pedigree.

 

15.4. Dogs with disqualifying faults. Dogs with disqualifying faults as defined in the UKC breed standard are ineligible for permanent registration.

 

15.5. Limited Privilege (LP) Listing.  Spayed/neutered purebred Terriers and Dachshunds that are otherwise ineligible for UKC registration (dog may have an incomplete pedigree or lack proof of purebred status) may still participate in UKC Terrier Hunts (and other UKC performance events for which they are eligible) using a Limited Privilege Listing number.

 

15.6. Temporary Listing (TL) Number. A  Temporary Listing number may be used to enter a dog in U.K.C. events before the dog is permanently registered with UKC or receives a Limited Privilege number. A TL number expires 60 days after it is issued. Points or legs earned during the 60-day period expire unless the dog is permanently registered with U.K.C. or issued a Limited Privilege listing on or before the 60th day. Temporary Listing numbers may be purchased and issued on the same day by calling the Dog Events Department at U.K.C. TL numbers may also be purchased on-line at https://host.securelook.com/ukcsec/tlapp.html. A Temporary Listing (TL) number may be issued to:

 

·        Any purebred dog that is eligible for registration with U.K.C.

·        Any spayed/neutered purebred dog that is ineligible for registration with U.K.C.

·        Any spayed/neutered mixed-bred dog eligible to participate in U.K.C. performance events.

 

No titles will be issued to any dog hunting under a Temporary Listing Number until the dog is permanently registered with UKC or is issued a Limited Privilege Listing number.

 

15.6. Registration forms and information. All registration forms are available at http://www.ukcdogs.com/forms.html or directly from the Registration Department, United Kennel Club, Inc., 100 E Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584, (269) 343-9020. For more information about UKC registration rules, you may order a rulebook from UKC or you may read the rules on-line at http://www.ukcdogs.com/rules/index.html.