Mail In Dog Club
Rules and Guidelines 2010

Governing NMWHC
Free model dog photo shows open to the public are held
once month, Febuary through October

General Rules:

LABELING YOUR PHOTOS:

Information should either typed or printed legibly on the back of the photo is required as follows:

  1. The Entry's Name Breed, Gender, Age
  2. Mold Information (OF or CM/AR, etc)
  3. The Division Letter (if required) and The Class Numbers
  4. The Entrant's Full Name AND Address
  5. Any Description or Additional Information such as breed registry if not AKC
  6. Optional information is suggested as follows:
    The neater your photo back, the less likely your photo may be mis-sorted or miss a class.   You might try a small sticker that is the same for very one of your entrys like a small flower, star, etc to help judges resort your photos.  Neatness counts!   Make sure your labels are clear and legible.

 Here is an example of a correctly labeled photo-back:

 

Panic Bound

German Shepherd

Puppy Dog - Senior Puppy (8 mo. old)

 

 

Class #:  33

 

Suzy Creamcheese

1969 Dog Run Road

Dog Leg, USA, 11769

 

   

Note - Panic Bound is learning to wear a collar and walk on a leash.


HOW TO ENTER INFORMATION:

  1. Please pre-sort your entries by Class, Group or Division.   Use folders or plastic baggies.   It is advised to put the total number of photos down on the outsid baggie label so judges can be sure they get all your photos back to you.
  2. Photos should also be presorted by Conformation and Performance Shows, divisions and classes.
  3. Be Sure To Include LSASE with Adequate Postage!  It is suggested that you use manilla or Priority mailers.   Judges may choose to email the results so it is suggested that you put loose stamps in your packet and not affix them to them the mailer.
  4. Postage Dues will be held until reimbursement is made.   The judge will mail out a post card notifying you of the postage owed or may choose to contact you via email if you have internet access, please help out by weighing your envelopes beforehand.
  5. You may enter only one photo per dog per class in conformation and performance unless two photos are necessary to tell a story. You would then tape the two photos together and fold them over onto each other.   If your photo does not qualify under the story rule and you have more than one view of your model, choose the one you like the best and enter that one photo.  Do not tape a head study shot entry to a conformation photo.
  6. Don’t make the judge guess what class your dog is in – print clearly and legibly to make sure your dog gets entered in the correct class.
  7. Cross-entering the same photo in different divisions is not permitted -- separate, clearly labeled photos are required for each class entered. If a photo is labeled with more than one class number, it will be judged only in the first class written on the label. (it is helpful to judges to mark "Adult" or "Puppy" along with dog's age).  The only exception is when one photo has mutiple dogs of the same breed.   For example a sire, and a puppy dog and a puppy bitch.   That one photo may be entered in all three genders of the same breed.   A second photo however would have to be entered in the stud dog class.
  8. If you would like confirmation that your entry arrived to the Judge, we suggest including a self-addressed stamped post card with your entry if you don't have email.   Otherwise place your email address in your entry packet or check the Model Dog Message Board for judge's updates to entrys recevied at Model Dogs Message Group  It is advised that you join this message group for up to the minute updates.
  9. Breeds for these shows are to follow the AKC Breed Guidelines at: AKC Breed Guidelines  unless specified by owner on the photo back.
  10. There is no entry fee for this show.

CONFORMATION CLASSES EXPLAINED:

These classes are judged using AKC breed standards unless noted on your photo back that you are showing under the rules of another organization (such as UKC, CKC, or FCI, for example).

JUDGING CONFORMATION CRITERIA:

  1. Correct structural anatomy/conformation
  2. Breed type
  3. Realism
  4. Presentation
  5. Photo quality
Props (leads, show ring barriers, handlers, judges, etc.) are allowed but not required.

Each breed is divided into the following four classes:

  • Open (Adult) Dog - for male dogs 12 months of age or older
  • Open (Adult) Bitch - for female dogs 12 months of age or older
  • Puppy Dog - for male dogs under the age of 12 months
  • Puppy Bitch - for female dogs under the age of 12 months

Judging is a follows.   First the BREEDS.  Go through the classes in numerical order of each breed listed.   Sort all photos in each breed class by gender and age; adult dog, adult bitch, puppy dog, puppy bitch then judge classes.  Classes should be placed first through fourth in adult dog, adult bitch, puppy dog & puppy bitch.  Select one dog as BEST OF BREED (BOB) or BEST OF VARIETY (BOV) from the four first place winners; and one dog as BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX (BOS) from the other first place winners of the opposite sex from BOB.   Depending on the number of dogs in the entry, you may also select a number of winners of AWARDS OF MERIT.  Repeat this procedure for each breed.   The "Others" class is also judged in the same manner.  A puppy may be Best of Breed.  *NOTE: The Others Classes are for all dogs both AKC registered not listed above and all dogs recognized by other sanctions or associations.   After all breeds have been judged, (BOB) Best of Breed or (BOV) & Best of Variety 1st place winners will advance to the Group Competition.   For the Group Competition the judge must place the Group their choice for 1st thru 4th.   These are be listed right after each Group Results in the Show (EX: Herding Group 1st - 2nd - 3rd - 4th) THe 1st Place Group Dog is Considered the BIS.   In the case of IKC Conformation all 9 Groups are placed 1st thru 4th.   After judging the Wild Canine Group there should be now be Nine Group 1st Place Winners that advance into the final round of competition, BEST IN SHOW.   These are then judged for the final single placing of BEST IN SHOW.   At no time is gender to be considered as an award title.

The judge may pul out any number of dogs up to ten for their Judge Off to name the Final Group 4. These dogs may be listed to show the entrant's what were the top BOB dogs the judge used to chose their final Group 4. A Best Adult Dog, Best Adult Bitch, Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy Bitch may also be named at teh judge's decretion.

*NOTE:
The Others Classes are for all dogs both AKC registered not listed above and all dogs recognized by other sanctions or associations.   Other Classes are for breeds list in the Foundation Stock Service.   Reference to these dogs are at FSS

CONFORMATION TERMINOLOGY:
BEST OF BREED (BOB): The dog selected or the award made by a judge to that dog chosen as the best representative of the Breed. Similarly, Best of Variety (BOV) is the same award given to the best representative of a Variety exhibited that day (see VARIETY). In either case, those dogs selected BOB and those selected BOV each advance to their groups.
BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX (BOS): The dog selected as the best in competition of the opposite sex of the BOB or BOV winner. This dog does not advance.
BEST OF VARIETY: A division of a breed based on coat, color, or size. For example, Dachshund (coat: smooth, longhaired, wirehaired); Collies (coat: Rough, Smooth), Labrador (color: yellow, chocolate, black) for IKC purposes required BOV judged classes are shown on the premium with a (v) after the first thru last class of that Variety.
AWARD OF MERIT: At the discretion of the judge, an additional award made to outstanding entries that are not judged to be either BOB/BOV or BOS. These AOM will earn the dog additional points and/or awards.
BEST IN SHOW (BIS): The award or the dog selected from among the seven finalists as the best dog among all entries.

Conformation Champion Titles:

  • Conformation Champion. 150 points in (CH places in front of dog’s name)
  • Superior Conformation Champion. 250 points in (SP CH places in front of dog’s name)
  • Premier Conformation Champion. 500 points in (PR CH places in front of dog’s name)
  • Supreme Conformation Champion. 1000 points in (SUP CH places in front of dog’s name)
  • Dogs are inducted into the Hall of Fame of each club after acheiving each of these titles.

BREEDER'S CLASSES:
Photos in these classes may not be entered in other classes. Each photo must be labeled with only one class number. Photos may n ot cross enter into conformation or performance. Breeding Division Brace is judged on similarity of both dogs. Markings and structure/conformation alike. It is open to either both puppies or both adults but not one puppy and one adult. Entry may be of mixed genders. Entry must have both dogs in the same photo.

Irish Brace is judged on two different dogs that are unlike but from the same Group. It is open to either both puppies or both adults but not one puppy and one adult. Entry may be of mixed genders but always of the same group. An example would be a Harrier and a Foxhound, or a Powderpuff Chinese Crested and a Smoothcoat Chinese Crested, or a Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever. An irish brace may also consist of two dogs that are of the same breed but of different colors. The term comes from the hunting man of lesser means who could not afford matching dogs. Entry must have both dogs in the same photo.

Stud Dog and Brood Bitch are judged on the quality of the offspring and the merits that the parent as transferred to the offspring. Litter is judged on the overall quality and appeal of the group. Family is judged on the overall quality and appeal of the group plus the merits that the parents have transferred to each puppy. Entry must have all parent and puppy or puppies in the same photo.

Breeder's Champion Titles:

  • Breeders Champion. 150 points in (BR places in back of dog’s name)
  • Superior Breeders Champion. 250 points in (BRSP places in back of dog’s name)
  • Premier Breeders Champion. 500 points in (BRPR places in back of dog’s name)
  • Supreme Breeders Champion. 1000 points in (BRSUP places in back of dog’s name)
  • Dogs are inducted into the Hall of Fame of each club after acheiving each of these titles.

Headstudy Division: Headstudy is judged on the quality and breed type of the head and neck of the entry. Entry should not have any other part of the body in the photo frame.

Headstudy Champion Titles:

  • Headstudy Champion. 150 points in (HD places in back of dog’s name)
  • Superior Headstudy Champion. 250 points in (HDSP places in back of dog’s name)
  • Premier Headstudy Champion. 500 points in (HDPR places in back of dog’s name)
  • Supreme Headstudy Champion. 1000 points in (HDSUP places in back of dog’s name)
  • Dogs are inducted into the Hall of Fame of each club after acheiving each of these titles.

POINTS SCHEDULE FOR TITLE ACHIEVEMENT IN
CONFORMATION, BREEDERS AND HEADSTUDY

Class Points are determined by the number of entries in that dog's gender and age class on down to 4th place.
Best of Breed: Is determined by the number of total entries in the entire class.
Best Opposite Sex: Is determined by the one half of the number of total entries in the entire class
Best of Variety: 6 points
Best of Division: 6 points
Best In Group - 1st in Group: 20 points
2nd in Group: 15 points
3rd in Group: 10 points
4th in Group: 5 points
Best In Show (IKC): 25 points *Best (Grand Champion) AD, AB, PD, PB: 10 points
*Reserve Best (Reserve Champion) AD, AB, PD, PB: 5 points
*1 to 10 Listing of BOBs: 10 to 1 points in order of listing

PERFORMANCE CLASSES OVERVIEW:

Judging Performance Criteria:


  1. Correct, qualifying performance according to the rules and regulations of the stated event.
  2. Realistic footing, background, and equipment
  3. Realistic dog
  4. Presentation (dog and props in the proper position for the class).
  5. Photo quality.

These classes are judged using AKC guidelines – if you are showing under another organization’s rules, reference the organization and define the event on your photo back. Dogs are not required to be of conformation championship “show” quality. Each photo may be entered in only one class (no cross-entering permitted).

Each class must be split by gender and all classes are placed 1st through 4th.   Take each division and choose a BID (Best in Division - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) All BID 1st winners advance to TIP Awards - TOP PERFORMANCE DOG, TOP PERFORMANCE BITCH, TOP PERFORMANCE TEAM. A TOP ACTIVITY PUPPY & TOP WILD CANINE ACTIVITY may also be named in IKC Performance.   These titles will then advance to the BIP Award (Best in Performance) TIP are also placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th . From TIP 1st place winners the judge will place one dog BIP.   For IKC Wild Canine may not show in any other division but Wild Canine. Any dogs entered as a team must appear the same photo.

Performance classes are judged using AKC guidelines – if you are showing under another organization’s rules, reference the organization and define the event.

Although in the real dog world genders are not divided in model dogs they are divided by adult dog and adult bitch in all divisions. This is to allow for more chances of awards and titles to be earned as our hobby grows.   Puppies are allow to show in the divisions that AKC allows them to enter BUT those puppies that choose to show in open performance may not cross enter into the Puppy Activities Division in clubs that offer that division.

Explanation of your dog’s performance is not required but is strongly encouraged.   Otherwise the judge will be forced to guess as to what your dog is supposed to be doing.

Basic props and/or equipment are required in most all of the performance classes.   A suitable collar, for example, is mandatory in Canine Good Citizen, Rally, and Obedience classes. It is advised to make reference dog’s collar is obscured by long hair around the neck.   Suitable collars are optional in AKC agility, but proper obstacles or equipment are necessary in depicting agility scenes.   Suitable collars are the types of collars allowed in the regulations.  

Handlers, judges, ring stewards, prop dogs, ring equipment, etc. may be helpful in many classes but are not necessarily required (again, check the regulations of the event you are entering).

It is suggested that you reference and document all “Other” performance classes.

PERFORMANCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

NOTE: Classes may or may not be offered in every club. Check the club you are interested in showing in to sure the class is on the premium.

All the AKC Rule Book Links for the various performances listed below are here: AKC Rules and Regulations

Canine Good Citizen Division
Canine Good Citizen are not competitions, but pass/fail tests. They have some things that are not included in the other events like accepting a stranger, being groomed, behaving around another dog, etc.   The exercises are performed with the dog on leash wearing either a flat buckled collar or a slip training collar, no pinch collars or gentle leaders are allowed.   At no time can the dog show any aggression toward the owner or evaluators and must be under control (no jumping up or pulling on the leash).  Complete Rules are at: CGC

Rally Division
Dogs must wear a collar.   The collar may be of a buckle, slip or martingale type.   Buckle collars with the buckle made of metal or plastic with or without a tongue must be used.   Slip collars of an appropriate single length of leather, fabric or chain with two (2) rings, one (1) on each end are acceptable.   Martingale collars may be of any combination of chain, fabric or leather.   Collars made of leather, fabric or chain, may be of any color, decorations may be stamped into the leather or fabric.   Dog’s name and/or title may not be on the collar.   Special training collars (prong or spikes on the inside or outside, electronic collars) or collars that are either too tight or so large that they hang down unreasonably in front of the dogs, are not permitted.   There shall not be anything hanging from the collars.

Rally is judged under AKC standard.   You will find documentation at AKC Rally

Dog Obedience Leash, Collar and Other Rules for Novice, Open and Utility
SECTION 16 Use of Leash - All dogs shall be kept on leash except when in the obedience ring or exercise ring.   Dogs should be brought into the ring and taken out of the ring on leash.   Dogs may be kept on leash in the ring when brought in to receive awards, and when waiting in the ring before and after the Group exercises.   The leash shall be left on the judge's table or other designated place, between the individual exercises, and during all exercises except the Heel on Leash and Group exercises.   The leash must be of fabric or leather and, in the Novice classes, need be only of sufficient length to provide adequate slack in the Heel on Leash exercise.

SECTION 17 Collars - Dogs in the obedience ring must wear a collar.   The collar may be of a buckle, slip or martingale type.   Buckle collars with the buckle made of metal or plastic with or without a tongue must be used.   Slip collars of an appropriate single length of leather, fabric or chain with two (2) rings, one (1) on each end are acceptable.   Martingale collars may be of any combination of chain, fabric or leather.   Collars made of leather, fabric or chain, may be of any color, decorations may be stamped into the leather or fabric.   Dog’s name and/or title may not be on the collar.   Special training collars (prong or spikes on the inside or outside, electronic collars) or collars that are either too tight or so large that they hang down unreasonably in front of the dogs, are not permitted.   There shall not be anything hanging from the collars.

SECTION 18 Heel Position - The Heel position as used in these Regulations, whether the dog is sitting, standing, lying down, or moving at heel, means that the dog shall be straight in line with the direction in which the handler is facing, at the side of the handler's left leg without crowding, permitting the handler freedom of motion at all times.   The area from the dog's head to shoulder shall be in line with the handler's left hip.

Obedience is judged under AKC standard.   You will find documentation at AKC Obedience

Novice Obedience Division - open to all dogs over 6 months old. - CD title awarded when dog has earned 50 points amount of points in any of the Novice Obedience.   In Figure 8 entrant should note that either Two People or Two Cones are required by the rules but the photo angle can depict only one cone or one person and still be a legal entry.   In Stand For Exam, AKC regulations require the handler to stand (approximately) 6 feet away from the dog during the exam.   This does not preclude using a handler during other judged portions of the exercise, nor does it preclude using a judge figure in addition to or instead of a handler figure.

Obedience Open Division - prerequisite: CD title. open to all dogs over 6 months old. The CDX title will be awarded when dog has earned 150 of points in any of the Open Obedience classes.   In Figure 8 entrant should note that either Two People or Two Cones are required by the rules but the photo angle can depict only one cone or one person and still be a legal entry.  The recall exercise uses the entire length of the ring.   The dog is usually dropped somewhere around the halfway mark of the ring.   Considering the minimum ring size of 30 x 40 feet (indoor) or 40 x 50 feet (outdoor), the dropped dog would be approximately 10 to 15 feet (or more) from the handler if used.   Other portions of the exercise such as the handler in the picture (the front, finish, or dog moving to these positions may also be entered.

Obedience Utility Division - prerequisite: CDX title. open to all dogs over 6 months old. The UD title would be awarded when dog has earned 150 points in any of the Utility classes

Tracking Division
Tracking is a part of police, military, and search and rescue work. It is also a competitive sport on its own, with all breeds able to participate. Dogs entered in Tracking classes must have correct harness and leash. Background and footing, tracking flags, handler, judge, and/or articles may be helpful but are not required.
Getting started with AKC Tracking Rules
AKC Tracking Rules
Dogs earn points separate from the Performance Championship Title. A TD Title requires 50 points. Upon earning 50 points a TD title maybe added to your photoback and a certificate will be mailed out to you.

Agility Division
All Agility Classes are judged under 3 major agility organizations: AKC, USDAA, and NADAC. Agility entries require an agility obstacle. AKC allows collars at the discretion of the entrant. If you are showing in other organizations (such as USDAA, NADAC, or UKC), be sure to check the organizations’ rules for specific regulations on collars, obstacles, etc. Rules are at: NADAC    AKC Agility    and for USDAA   USDAA and NADAC let any dog compete regardless of pedigree. The basic rules and equipment for each are similar. USDAA & NADAC prohibit collars, AN - Agility Novice title awarded when dog has earned 50 points amount of points in any of the Novice. AI - Agility Intermediate title will be awarded when dog has earned 100 of points in any of the Open Agility classes. AA - Agility Advanced - title will be awarded when dog has earned 150 of points in any of the Open Agility classes. ACH - Agility Champion title will be awarded when dog has earned 150 of points in any of the Open Agility classes.

Basic Obedience Division
Most of the classes are self expanatory.   Breed Conformation or Handling (Showmanship) Class - At real dog shows, they have Handling classes for Juniors that are basically like a showmanship class at a horse show. Entries are required to have a handler doll and need the correct set-up not just a dog standing there. Collar and leash required as well.

Companion Dog Division
Childhood Companion or Lap Dog - Self-explanatory, but needs people in picture.

Companion Service - Dogs helping with chores around the house.   Pick up laundry, trash, bring you a beer or soda, turn out the lights; now your dog gets to earn his biscuit.

Backpacking - Hiking with your dog in a leisure activity.

Historical Task or Event - Salukis laying around with King Tut, Mastiffs guarding Ceasar, Irish Wolfhounds hunting wolves, Chows & Pekinese hanging out in the Forbidden City, Malamutes mushing the mail to Anchorage, generic dogs camped out with the Plains tribes, etc.

Movie, Television, Circus, or Other Stage Performance - Your dog stands in as Toto, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Eddie, or dresses up and does circus tricks.

Realistic Tricks and Games - Dog must be shown playing with a prop or "doing" a trick, such as shaking hands, etc.

Service & Working Dog Division
Guard or Police or Military Dog - For dogs actually working for the police or military. Judged under DVG Rules. Must show an eager, intelligent readiness. The correct props are required.

Seeing Eye/Hearing/Therapy/Service - Must have a harness, appropriate props, or be shown assisting a handicapped person.

Search and Rescue - Judged under DVG Rules. Dog must display an active/searching attitude. Outdoor background in rough terrain with props. DVG Documentation

Schutzhund or Ring Sport - Schutzhund (translates as protection dog) is a sport popular in Europe and the US.  The breed registries for some of the working dogs in Europe will not let you breed a dog unless it has a working title, and the most common one is the Schutzhund.  It consists of a tracking test, obedience test, and protection test all in one day, a three-event-day if you will.   Ring sport has similar exercises, except they do not require tracking. Dogs could be doing any of the exercises of the sport.  Reference for these classes at Schutzhund or French Ring Sport

Fun & Sport Division
Frisbee or Flyball or Scent Hurdles - judged on rules for North American Flyball Association
International Disc Dog Handlers' Association (IDDHA)

Water Competitions - Dock Diving, Aqua Launch, Water Rescue, Boat/Net Work - As seen on TV, Dock Diving is becoming a popular event.  There are also tests for dogs to do water work that they are bred for.   Newfoundlands have water rescue tests, and Portuguese Water Dogs were bred to help fishermen string nets between boats and set out buoys.  Dock Dog Page

Transporting - Sledding, Carting, and Weight-Pulling are specific transportation activities.  Carting competitions have tests similar to some of the driving events for horses.   Sleddog (Mushing) Page   Bernese Mountain Dog Club - Carting   General Carting Page

Musical Freestyle - Dressage has musical freestyle, and so do dogs.   Handlers dress in costume (and sometimes the dogs too) and do a routine to music with a theme.  Example: Hat and tails on the handler with bow tie on the dog dancing to New York, New York. Musical Freestyle Page

K9 Dressage - Dressage done using specific movement at set postitions on a dressage field not unlike horse dressage except handler is on the ground next to the dog. See Reference at K 9 Dressage Web Page

Racing - Calcutta style races seen at fairgrounds and fun shows open to all breeds such as Jack Russel or Border Collies.  Entries race usually a straight line from one handler to the second handler with their favorite toy or treat as the prize.

Stock & Ranch Work Division
Livestock Guardian - Must he shown guarding a flock, stock, or herd of animals, poultry, etc.  Reference for Livestock Guardian

Herding Division
Herding - Must show a herding attitude, pose or capability. Outdoor pix with animals required. AKC rule takes precedence with any herding breed association as a secondary rule.
AKC Herding Web Page
AKC List of Eligible Breeds
AKC Herding Trail/Test Rules
Multiple Herding Breed Associations Links

Dogs competing in herding will also receive a separate title awards: HS Herding-Started Level (50 points), HI Herding-Intermediate Level - (100 points), HX Herding-Advanced Level - (150 points) and for Herding Champion: HCH (250 points) Upon completing each level you may add these letters to your photo back with HCH in front of the name.

Hunting Division
Sporting dogs are those that hunt birds: setters, pointers, spaniels, retrievers. Also known as Gun Dogs. Scent hounds and terriers hunt game that is usually considered varmints: Fox, rats, mice, raccoons, rabbits, otters, etc. They find game by using their nose, and either tree the game, or go to ground. This group includes Foxhounds, Coonhounds, Beagles, Harriers, Bassett Hounds, Otter Hounds, as well as most of the tougher terriers such as Jack (Parson) Russells, Cairns, Border Terriers, etc. Sight hounds hunt by using their keen vision and great speed. Afghans, Salukis, Whippets, Greyhounds, belong in this group. Field backgrounds and correct equipment are required in these classes. Reference for these classes can be found at:
AKC Retriever Hunting Test
AKC Spaniel Hunting Test
AKC Pointers Hunting Test
AKC Lure Coursing

Puppy Activities Division
Activities classes are are various types of fun things that puppies of all ages can participate in. Activities classes are not divided by age or sex in this section; the word “dog” in this section refers to both sexes. Mixed, Non-Show-Quality, and Wild Canines as well as purebreds may enter these classes.

Note on your photo label exactly what your pup is doing in the picture. Photos of your puppy performing “sit”, “down”, “stay” or “come” do not belong in the Tricks & Games class. Tricks, for example, would be rolling over, shaking hands, or sitting up, just to name a few. Games might include tug-of-war or playing ball.

Canine Good Citizen entries require appropriate collar, leash, and props.

No “choke” collars, “spike” collars, or other types of special training collars are allowed in the Activities classes. Puppies may wear buckle collars only.

Activities classes are judged on 1) realistic depiction of the stated activity, 2) correct performance, 3) pup in proper position, 4) appropriate background, footing, and props, and 5) photo quality. Classes are placed 1st through 4th. The 1st place winner in each class will compete for the Best in Activities award.

Performance Champion 50 points in Performance Classes (PCH) placed in back of name.

How to Earn Title Achievements Dogs achieving these titles will earn the right to add those titles to their name.

POINTS SCHEDULE FOR PERFORMANCE TITLE ACHIEVEMENT

Points are determined by the number of entries in that dog's gender and age class on down to 4th place.
Best of Division: 6 points
Award of Merit: 5 points
Best In Group - 1st in Group: 20 points
2nd in Group: 15 points
3rd in Group: 10 points
4th in Group: 5 points
Best In Performance: 15 points
Top Performance Dog/Bitch/Puppy: 10 points
Top Performance Team: 10 points

JUDGES ETHCICS AND RULES:

Any reputable person who is in good standing may apply for approval to judge of any of the clubs. If a judge is not familiar with these breeds and activities, it is expected that he or she will have available printed or electronic reference material to familiarize him/herself with the groups’ breed standards and performance events. Judges are expected to be impartial, and to have a genuine interest in real and model dogs and organized dog competitions. Judges must provide a phone number and email address to the club president.

Time limits, scheduling, and show results: When volunteering to judge a show, please plan ahead and try to schedule a month when you will have plenty of time to complete your assignment. Avoid scheduling conflicts by limiting the number of shows you volunteer to judge during the month.

Judges may not begin judging the photos before the scheduled show date. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to insure that entries arrive on time, and judges are not required to re-judge any missed classes. However, it is the individual judge’s decision whether to allow and/or judge late arrivals.

Results of the show may be typed or hand-written, and must be completed and mailed back (along with photographs) to entrants no later than 2 weeks after the scheduled show date. For entrants with internet access, results may be sent via email or posted on the Yahoo Model Dog list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/modeldogs/. Judges must make sure that entrants without internet access receive a printed paper copy of the show results.

A copy of the results must be provided to the club president. The club president will keep a record of points earned by each dog entered.

It is important to return photos in a timely manner so that entrants will receive them in time to mail their photos to the next judge. If you are unable to complete your judging within 2 weeks, please inform the club president and/or the Model Dog Yahoo Group, and be prepared to send the pictures and return envelopes to the next month’s judge (if entrants so desire) at your own expense. As a judge, you must also send each entrant a copy of the results at your own expense. (Results may be sent via email or posted on the Yahoo Model Dog list.)

Emergency Substitutions: If an emergency situation prevents you from judging your assigned show, notify the club president as soon as possible. A substitute judge, if available, will be assigned to fill in for you. The club president must announce the judging change, along with the address for the replacement judge, by mail, email, and/or on the Model Dog message group as soon as possible.

Return envelopes: If any entrant fails to include a self-addressed, properly stamped envelope, judges may contact the entrant by mail, email, or via the Yahoo message group to let the entrant know that they need to send you a return envelope. (Loose stamps may be included with the self-addressed envelope if necessary). Judges are neither required nor encouraged to pay return postage for exhibitors.

Conflict of interest: Judges are presumed to be honest, competent and dedicated. Nevertheless, in order to avoid the appearance of impropriety, judges may not exhibit his/her own dogs at any show at which he/she is officiating, nor are they allowed to judge at any show where a member of his or her household or immediate family is exhibiting.

Handling photographs: Entrants have a considerable amount of time, energy, and money invested in their show photos – judges are expected to handle entrants’ photographs with the utmost care. Do not eat, drink, or smoke while judging. Do not allow pets or young children help you judge or handle the photographs. Judges will be held responsible for replacing the entrants’ pictures if damaged.

Judging the Photos: You are responsible for your own interpretation of the breed standards and the performance rules in effect during your judging assignment. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask the club president. You may also discuss the rules with any other club’s president and/or other knowledgeable person.

Always judge dogs solely on the basis of their appearance as they are presented in the photographs on show day. Give absolutely no consideration to what a dog's quality may have been if photographed from a different angle, or what a dog's condition might have been if it not been damaged by breakage or paint rubs.

All classes are placed 1st – 4th. Judges are not allowed to deviate from the classlist but may use their own discretion to split any large AKC Performance classes if they choose to do so, or to designate Awards of Merit for dogs of exceptional quality in any class or finals.

Recording Results:

Note your name as the judge, along with the date of the show. List all of the entrants’ names, along with the initials you used for each one. Record the class name and number, and the number of photos entered in the breed and in each class. Record your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place dogs in each class, along with the Best of Breed (BOB) and Best Opposite Sex (BOS). Here is an example of some show results:

Class 4. Chihuahua (Smooth) (18) Dogs (6) 1. & BOB Shortstuff's Lil' Bow Wow (sg) 2. Chili Macho (cj) 3. Shortstuff's Tyger Dreams (sg) 4. SS Rowdy Tyger (sg) Bitches (8) 1. Smarty Jacopa (cj) 2. Shortstuff's Summer Skye (sg) 3. Shortstuff's Tough Love (sg) 4. SW Drop the Chalupa (cs) Puppy Dogs (3) 1. Shortstuff's Lil Max(sg) 2. Shortstufs Sierra Sands (sg) 3. Pocketful Tico (ls) Puppy Bitches (3) 1. & BOS SS Rowdy Maxine (sg) 2. SW Miss Sensational (cs) 3. SS Fatal Attraction (sg)

The breed of each dog must be recorded when judging Performance/Activity classes.

Withholding awards: If a judge disqualifies a dog at any show, he or she shall make a note (only on the owner’s and the pointkeeper’s copy of the results), giving his/her reasons for such disqualification. In computing the championship points for a breed, said dog shall not be considered as having been present at the show. Placement may be withheld if a photo is not labeled correctly or if the information is incomplete or illegible. Dogs may be disqualified if the standard for their breed lists disqualifying faults exhibited by that dog, or if they are shown performing an exercise in a non-qualifying manner or without required equipment and/or collars. Dogs that are entered in the wrong class may be moved to the correct class at the discretion of the judge.

Judge’s decisions are final. A judge's decision shall be final in all cases. Full discretionary power is given to the judge to withhold any, or all, placements for want of merit. After a class has once been judged in accordance with the rules and regulations, exhibitors may ask the judge questions, but the class shall not be rejudged nor the results changed. If any typographical or gender division errors have been made by the judge, these may be corrected by the pointkeeper at the time of recording results.

Judges’ critiques and comments: Critiques and comments are allowed but not required. Some exhibitors will appreciate critiques and comments, others will not. Positive comments and constructive criticism can be very helpful and are not prohibited, but judges are expected to be courteous and tactful when making comments, either privately or publicly, keeping in mind that a perfectly innocent comment or suggestion can be misconstrued, causing hard feelings and complaints. Judges should be prepared to answer questions regarding their placements and their comments / critiques.

Judges are prohibited from writing anything on any entrant’s photographs. Judges are also prohibited from attaching labels or tape to any entrant’s photographs. If you must make a comment or think there is an error in the label information, write your corrections on a separate piece of paper, not on the photo or the label.


OTHER MODEL DOG KENNEL CLUB RULES

1. White Boxers and white Doberman Pinchers are only spilt by color and judged by AKC Standards. Breeding white Boxers and White Dobermans can cause physical defects so the president does not agree with the practice of their breeding but for this club they have their own class.

2. "Figure 8" in obedience class, cones can be used instead of dolls handlers.(Section C #33)

3. Doll handlers do not have to be in scale the model dog. This rule includes any props used for performance classes.

4. Puppies must have a handler for certain performance classes. This "person" can either be in camera range or out of camera range.

5. Frisbee/disc as a sport. Starting in 2010, +Entries not following the official rules may be declared as training photos and will not be placed. A Disc (Section C- class #17a) is required to be in the picture. Entries without a disc in the picture will be disqualified. Arena setting and handler are optional but strongly suggested. The dog has to be off leash. A collar is optional. There are two classes offered, non action dog and action dog. For rules go to: Flying Disc Dog Open (FDDO) & US Disc Dog (USDD) (These rules are from the online model dog hobby website but also apply to this club)


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