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Know Your Dog's Voice/Call Your Own Dog
Posted on 09/09/2013 in Full Circle.

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Know Your Dog’s Voice/Call Your Own Dog
Q: On the first turnout of the hunt, and after the first three minutes expired, a dog opens and is immediately declared struck by Handler A. Handler B tells the judge that the dog opening is his dog. Shortly thereafter, a second dog opens. Now Handler B acknowledges that he struck the wrong dog and that the second dog opening was, in fact, his. The judge then awarded first strike to Handler B’s dog and second strike for Handler A’s dog. Shouldn’t Handler A have at least received a warning for striking the wrong dog?
A: This is a great question because the result in the field, and the correct result, are sometimes two different things. By that I mean that we find, on many occasions, only half of this scenario is actually scored in the field, and the other half is disregarded. Meaning the handler striking the wrong dog is usually minused, when it is determined to have been the case. Yet the handler of the dog that actually opened is not charged for a rule infraction when his dog was not struck on or before the third bark, after the first three minutes of the hunt. Nevertheless, it looks like both infractions were disregarded.

First, giving a warning to Handler A is not an option provided within the rules. However, it’s a fairly easy scenario to score by turning over the scorecard and finding the rules that apply. Let’s start by addressing three specific applicable rules as follows:
1) Rule 8. HANDLERS. It is the handler’s duty to know their dog’s voice. It goes on to state; they must tell the judge when their dog strikes. In other words, it is the handler’s responsibility to declare the dog struck when it opens. Nowhere in the rules will you find exceptions to this except for when a dog opens within the first three minutes of your hunt.
2) Rule 4(e). POINTS WILL BE MINUS. When handler strikes the wrong dog, they are to receive the called position minused.
3) Rule 6(c). DOGS WILL BE SCRATCHED. If handler fails to strike his dog on or before the third bark, after the first three minutes of the hunt (this rule to be rigidly enforced).

In breaking down this scenario, we have two situations.
1) It was determined that Handler A called the wrong dog. Result: Rule 4(e) applies and his dog is awarded 100 strike points and minused. Should this handler call the wrong dog struck again at any time during the hunt, it would result in a scratch per Rule 6(n).
2) Handler B failed to call his dog struck on or before the third bark, after the first three minutes of the hunt. The fact that Handler A jumped in and claimed it to be his dog plays no part. Rule 6(c) does not allow for any exception. Matter of fact it states (this rule to be rigidly enforced). Result: The dog is scratched.

So you see why this scenario is a great reminder of how important it is for handlers to know their dog’s voice, and that they have the confidence to call their dog when it opens, regardless of someone else calling it. If it is determined that a handler calls the wrong dog, then they’ve got minus coming. More importantly, if it’s determined that a handler did not call their dog within the allotted number of barks allowed, their hunt can come to an end very quickly.

Scoring Check Points After a Loss
Q: The dogs are all struck in and go into a check. Each dog is minused 20 points. They never recover the check and no dog is awarded a recovery. The track is considered a loss and all dogs are minused 50 strike points. The question is; does each dog retain their 20 minus on check in addition to the 50 minus?
A: No they would not. Each dog retains its minused check points only in the event a recovery is awarded. If a recovery is not awarded and the track is considered a loss then you would draw a line through the 20 check points and award each dog 50 minus points only.

Handler Notes for the Hunting Beagle World Championship
With the World Championship just around the corner here are some notes and reminders relative to the event.
• Your entry must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 6, 2013.
• It is not necessary to bring or show your Confirmation Form at the entry desk.
• You must have the dog’s Easy Entry™ Card or Registration Certificate when confirming the entry.
• The deadline to confirm Round 1a entries is 6:30 a.m.
• If you are hunting in Round 1b, then your entry will not be confirmed in the morning with Round 1a entries. UKC will start confirming Round 1b entries soon after noon on Friday. The deadline for confirming Round 1b is 2 p.m.
• Entry refunds are not issued, in the event the dog cannot or does not participate. Exception: A refund is issued for a deceased entry, providing UKC is notified prior to the event.
• You may substitute another dog for a female that is in season or a dog that has deceased. A veterinarian’s slip is needed to replace any sick or injured entries. Note: Any substitution must also be qualified for the World Championship and be owned or co-owned by the same owner as the original entry.
• The Bench Show will be held on Friday, opposed to Saturday as in years past. The show will be held between Round 1a and Round 1b. The official deadline for the show will be posted early on Friday morning.
• Make sure that your dog is in good health. Don’t be the owner of an event’s poster dog, according to the antis.
• Check the World Championship ad elsewhere in this magazine for a list of area hotels.
• Bring your good hound, a good attitude and be prepared for a great time!

Full Circle Sneak Peak
Next month’s article will feature the Official Ballot for any proposed rule changes relative to the UKC Hunting Beagle format. The Rules Committee, consisting of UKC Field Reps, two representatives of the National Hunting Beagle Association and two members of an outside Advisory Committee, will meet on the last weekend in September to review, discuss and vote on those proposals on the Official Ballot. The results of those proposals will be published in the November Issue of COONHOUND BLOODLINES and American Beagler.