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UKC Elite Shed Dog Series: Changes Announced For Season Three!

DOY and YOY Summary Of Changes

August 5, 2019

Source: Todd Kellam
Email: tkellam@ukcdogs.com

At the beginning of any new program change is inevitable. There are small things that might have been missed at inception, clarifications that need to be addressed and increased opportunities to offer any new program. Eventually the need for change will be less necessary. At UKC we do not take program changes lightly and try to error on the side of caution as opposed to changing things all the time. Based on the input received from interested clubs we have finalized changes that will be put in place for the third season of the Elite Shed Dog Series. We have divided these changes into three sections and will announce and discuss them individually in the coming weeks. First up for discussion will be changes to the Dog Of The Year and Youth Of The Year programs, presented by Bone Clone.

While we are certainly proud of the deserving winners of these awards in seasons one and two, we believe we have come up with a format that addresses some of the program concerns of winners and non-winners alike. For that reason, we will be running under a new format for DOY and YOY honors. The new format is neither a benefit nor a detriment to those individuals who attend the highest number of ESDS events throughout the season.

DOY Summary:

Dogs must be nominated each season to be eligible to participate for Dog Of The Year. A dog may be nominated at any time during the competition year. A dog may only be nominated one time per year. Nominated dogs will receive a nomination booklet with a nomination number unique to each individual dog. The cost to nominate a dog is $10 (Coupon for free stick of Bone Clone included). Nomination can only be made through United Kennel Club by contacting the office or by purchasing a Nomination Booklet online. Coming soon! If a nomination booklet is lost, a duplicate may be issued by United Kennel Club for an additional fee.

Each nomination booklet contains eight (8) event tickets. A dog must use all event tickets to be eligible for Dog Of The Year honors. A ticket may be used at any event (one per event) per the discretion of the owner or handler. An event ticket for a qualifying run must be turned in to the host club before the first dog has run at the start of the event. Once a ticket is submitted it may not be rescinded.
The points structure has changed as follows:
1st 1 point per dog participating in class
2nd- .75 point per dog participating in class
3rd- .5 point per dog participating in class
4th- .25 point per dog participating in class
Pass - .1 point per dog participating in class
Fail 0 points awarded

YOY Summary:

Youth handlers must be nominated each season to be eligible to participate for Youth Handler Of The Year. Youth handlers may be nominated at any time during the competition year. A youth handler may only be nominated one time per year. Nominated youth handlers will receive a nomination booklet with a nomination number unique to each youth handler. There is no fee to nominate a youth handler. Nomination can only be made through United Kennel Club by contacting the office or by purchasing a Nomination Booklet online. Coming soon! If a nomination booklet is lost, a duplicate may be issued by United Kennel Club for an additional fee.

Each nomination booklet contains six (6) event tickets. A youth handler must use all event tickets to be eligible for Youth Handler Of The Year honors. A ticket may be used at any event (one per event) per the discretion of the youth handler. An event ticket for a qualifying run must be turned in to the host club before the first dog has run at the start of the event. Once a ticket is submitted it may not be rescinded.

The points structure has changed as follows:
1st 10 points per dog participating in class
2nd- 7.5 points per dog participating in class
3rd- 5 points per dog participating in class
4th- 2.5 points per dog participating in class
Pass - 1 point per dog participating in class
Fail 0 points awarded

Soon to follow will be changes to the Championship Title Structure of ESDS. Stay tuned!

A Kalamazoo, Michigan-based company founded in 1898, United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. Celebrating the unique Total Dog philosophy, UKC events highlight the instincts and heritage of dogs that look and perform equally well, as more than 60 percent of its annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. United Kennel Club prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events, welcoming both purebred dogs and dogs of unknown ancestry.

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