Pointing Dog Field Trial GPS Announcement
December 15, 2021
Source: Todd Kellam
Effective January 1, 2022, the UKC Pointing Dog Program will permit the use of GPS recovery collars at all UKC licensed pointing dog field trials per the discretion of the host club. If a club elects to allow participants to use GPS recovery collars during an event, the guidelines for Electronic Retrieval and Communication Devices at Recognized Field Trials, established by Field Dog Stud Book and American Field, updated August 31, 2021, must be strictly adhered to.
United Kennel Club offers the above change to the rules solely in the name of safety to our performance canines. At a time when the use of this technology is so readily available and prevalent in our performance dog community, it would be a disservice to the safety of dogs to not afford host clubs and trial participants this opportunity. An upcoming revision to the Official UKC Pointing Dog Rulebook will reflect this change.
Guided by the belief that dogs make a difference by being the best partner a human can have in the field, on the job, or in a competition event, UKC is a community for people and dogs to pursue excellence together. Founded in 1898, UKC has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of Dogs That Do More, and their owners, by providing essential resources to help owners and breeders make informed decisions. The dog-human bond is celebrated through family-friendly programs highlighting the instincts and heritage of purebred and mixed-breed dogs alike at over 15,000 licensed events annually.