Hunting Dog Competition Guidelines

The Utah – Drathaar Org Code of Conduct

Hunting Dog Competition

Hunting Dog Competition

Every breed has a written standard that describes what the head of a particular breed should look like, its body, forelegs, hind legs, tail placement, etc. In other words, the breed standards describe what a perfect specimen of a breed should look like, from head to toe. The judge compares the dog that he is judging with a perfect specimen according to his interpretation of the standard. The judge’s interpretation of the standard can vary, and that is why a dog that has won at a previous show may not win at the following show under another judge. This makes dog shows more interesting. In addition to the dog’s conformation, the judge also looks at his movement, which must not be faulty. He makes the dog gait away from him to see the action of the hindquarters; across the ring, to see if his movement has sufficient drive and power and towards him to see the action of the front legs. Temperament is also taken into account. A dog that is nervous and shies away from the judge or one that tries to bite him is penalized. For the dog to give of his best in the ring, he must be handled well, and classes are held by the Utah Drathaar Hunting Dogs Organisation in show handling. Bad handling can ruin the chances of a good dog.

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct has been developed to set out the Utah Drathaar Organisation (“UDO”) expectations for all those taking part in or attending events under its jurisdiction along with general guidelines on the use of social media.

Why do we need this Code?
We are all under intense scrutiny regarding the pedigree dog world and dog breeding. The advice and guidance offered in this document are not meant to penalize or cause difficulty but are there for the protection of all of us and particularly the dog – unity and co- operation is, therefore, vital.

What we expect from you
As with all sports, the UDO expects all exhibitors and competitors to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and to ensure that their dogs are properly taken care of throughout the period of the event and do not become a nuisance to other dogs or other attendees. Below are the minimum expectations which should be followed. These are not exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the relevant regulations, rules and by-laws of the UDO. Any breach of these provisions may be referred to the Governing Council for disciplinary action under the M&A or to respective Committees by the relevant regulations, rules and by- laws.


The hunting dog and the owner

The dog and the owner looking at the competition

Conduct – participants have a duty both to their dogs and to others to make UDO related events friendly and welcoming, and are expected to be co-operative and above all create a safe environment for all to enjoy their time at licensed events.
Sportsmanship – participants should conduct themselves at all times in an appropriate fashion and should display decorum, good manners and respect towards other participants, show officials and to the judges.
Participants should only communicate with a judge after judging has taken place and do so in a polite and professional manner.
Abusive, aggressive, or hostile behavior towards anyone at any UDO related event– in particular, the judge, other participants, event management or other officials – will not be tolerated under any circumstances (further information appears later in this publication regarding harassment).
Interference with any dog, while it is being judged, is prohibited.
Smoking is not permitted while exhibiting or while a dog is under test or in breach of the law.
Mobile phones and other similar electronic devices should be turned off while exhibiting or while a dog is under test.
Participants are responsible for their good being, and for the well-being of those under their care. Not all dogs are friendly or approachable. Do not allow your children to approach or touch any dogs unless you have the permission of the owner for them to do so. Be aware of where your children are, and what they are doing, at all times. Take special care around benching areas where dogs may react to an unexpected approach.


An example of a very good dog competition

In shows, all dogs must be of the correct temperament to enable the judge to examine the exhibit, independently of the exhibitor’s assistance.
Sparring between dogs is discouraged.
The UDO may disqualify any participant whose dog is deemed not to be under control.
Dogs are not permitted to wear muzzles of any kind while being judged.
Use of Social Media must be permitted by the UDO Council


A Zero Tolerance Approach. No-one should be subject to intimidation or made to feel threatened, alarmed or distressed or put in fear of reprisal. Harassment is a criminal offense. To that end, the UDO has adopted a zero tolerance towards all type of harassment activity, which includes causing alarm, distress and anxiety and fear of physical violence or other threat, offensive statements, verbal abuse, and threats.

Conduct may include speech, gestures, signals, body language, obstruction and so on. As such behavior may involve a criminal offense, the police may be involved, and it may be that the UDO will defer any action pending the outcome of such investigation and prosecution.

It goes without saying that the UDO expects courtesy and co-operation to be shown towards all judges, officials, staff, and organizers at any UDO related licensed event. While the pressures and tensions which arise at a competitive level are understood, any harassment, including aggression or abuse towards those who are simply undertaking their jobs for the benefit and interest of the exhibitor/competitor and the audience and ultimately the dog itself, cannot be tolerated.