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Nosework Comes to the United Kennel Club!
Posted on 01/02/2014 in Dog Events.

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News Release
Nosework Comes to the United Kennel Club!
Questions should be directed to performance@ukcdogs.com

January 2, 2014 – The United Kennel Club is very happy to bring you this much anticipated announcement. The UKC Dog Events Department will be officially licensing UKC Nosework events beginning January 1, 2015.

At this time the United Kennel Club Dog Events Department is diligently working with Karen Shivers and Andrew Ramsey to finalize the program. Announcements regarding the final rules and titling structure will be published as they are completed. Please continue to watch the UKC website and social media pages for the most up to date information.

Current Nosework events, seminars and workshops are still being conducted by the United Nosework Association. The UKC will not be offering any events for Nosework until 2015, but will, however, be starting the process to license UKC Nosework clubs immediately and begin the Official approval process as of March 1.

If your club wishes to host licensed Nosework events, you may begin the licensing procedure at this time. Existing UKC clubs must request in writing to add Nosework to the types of events for which they are currently licensed and must meet all of the minimum criteria for approval. Requests may be emailed to clubs@ukcdogs.com. All requests from existing UKC clubs to add a Nosework license must be made by a current Club Officer on file with UKC.

Requirements for potential Nosework Clubs within the Continental United States (48 States).
    · It is required that a Nosework Club have a minimum of 10 working members.
    · At least five (5) of the ten (10) members must have and be able to document prior Nosework experience and/or involvement such as attending seminars and workshops or attending training classes geared toward scent recognition.

Requirements for potential Nosework Clubs in AK, HI, PR and all Foreign Countries.
    · It is recommended that a Nosework Club have a minimum of 6 members to apply, but clubs in these locations may apply with a minimum of 3 working members.
    · At least three (3) of the six (6) members must have and be able to document prior Nosework experience and/or involvement such as attending seminars and workshops or attending training classes geared toward scent recognition.

*These requirements will apply only to potential clubs that meet this geographical criteria. There will be no exceptions to the minimum requirements necessary to apply to become a Nosework Club or to add a Nosework licence for any group within the Continental United States (48 States).

If your group is not yet a UKC club and would like to become one in order to host Nosework events the following steps must be submitted for approval first.

All Clubs will need to provide proof of the proper equipment for approval:
    · Scent/odor kit/all scents and odors
    · Scent Containers - plastic or metal sealed container with air holes to allow scent to be released into the area. Scent containers may be magnetic or have magnets attached to them. The club will be required to have a minimum of 25 scent containers.

Beginning March 1, 2014, Applications for Nosework Certifying Officials and Hide Officials may be submitted to UKC, Dog Events Dept. for approval.

List of requirements for Certifying Officials:

    · Certifying Officials. A certifying official will be in charge of the hides, they will also be required to hold an “Officials briefing” for all hides and elements that day. Certifying officials will be the official in charge of the Handlers briefing. They will be monitoring all elements of the UN1-5 Trials and are required for all individual element trials except container trials. If a club is hosting an individual element trial they will only need to hire a certifying official, and they will not be required to hire a hide official.

Requirements for application of certifying officials. Any of the following will be considered for certifying officials:

· Already approved NW judge through NACSW, or United States NW Association, or the United Nosework Association.
Trained or handled a dog to a NW3 title.
Trained and handled dog(s) for a police department, military, or privately owned company in detection work.
Trains and provides detection dogs to police departments, military, or privately owned companies.
Trained and handled dogs for search and rescue
Pass a written exam over rules and procedures

List of requirements for Hide Officials:

    · Hide officials. Hide officials will be the individuals overseeing an individual element of a UN1-5 trial. These officials are also eligible to officiate for Pre-Trial classes, and all levels of container trials. A hide official will be the individual responsible for scoring an element at a UN1-5 trial. This person will have to be capable of recognizing when a dog has identified the scent, recognize the alert behavior and compare the demonstrated behavior to the behavior as provided on the score sheet for each dog. It is also the responsibility of the hide official to know when a fault shall be assessed in all instances. Wind direction and other detailed information must be covered by the certifying official in the officials’ briefing each day for each trial. Following are the requirements for application, any of the following will be considered for hide officials.

          · Nosework Instructors for all levels
          · Tracking Judges
          · Trained and handled a dog to a TDX and/or VST or equivalent title
          · Trained and handled a dog to a UD title in any organization
          · Licensed as a Schutzhund, French Ring, or Mondioring judge.
          · Trained and handled a dog to a SchH1, Ring 1, or MR1
          · Pass a written exam over rules and procedures

Beginning July 1, 2014, UKC will begin grandfathering Nosework titles that have already been earned through United Nosework Association trials. To have your title grandfathered in you will be required to submit a copy of your dog’s title certificate and the UKC Grandfathered Nosework Title Issue Application. UKC will in turn add the title to your dog’s record and issue a UKC title certificate.

The United Nosework Association is still the governing body of this program until further notice. All questions regarding judging or holding events in this interim period should be directed to Karen Shivers or Andrew Ramsey via the United Nosework Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/255675937883102/.

We look forward to bringing you Nosework as a UKC titling event! We appreciate your support and enthusiasm for this new program and we thank you for your patience as we finalize the details.

Established in 1898 the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of it 15,500 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website. Phone: (269) 343-9020; www.ukcdogs.com