Working Dog Program (WDP)

1. Purpose

The Chinook Owners Association Working Dog Program (WDP) was initiated (02/20/09) to encourage owners to work with their dogs in the pursuits for which they were intended and provide certification to those dogs in those pursuits. The WDP should reflect the Chinook Breed Standard to encourage the conformation, temperament, and working ability of the Chinook dog and encourage the breeding of better dogs.

2. Programs

The Working Dog Program is divided into three main groups:

The first two groups, Draft and Temperament, have Novice, Advanced, and Excellent levels of performance. The Novice level is designed for the inexperienced dog handler as an easy introduction and should not be beyond the means of any sound Chinook. Those who successfully complete the Novice level will receive a Certificate of Recognition. Dogs completing the requirements for Advanced and Excellent levels of the Draft Group are awarded titles for their achievements.

A. Draft Group

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This first group includes several activities in which Chinooks may earn titles: Sledding (both lead and team dog certifications), skijoring, backpacking, carting, and weight pull.  Sledding includes rigging, bikejoring, scootering, etc. The COA awards titles for Advanced and Excellent achievement in this group.


Experience Level

Award

Sledding

Skijoring

Novice

Certificate

Novice Sled Dog
Requirements Document
Application Form

Novice Skijor Dog
Requirements Document
Application Form

Advanced

Title + Certificate

Working Lead Dog (WLD)
Requirements Document
Application Form

Working Team Dog (WTD)
Requirements Document
Application Form

Working Skijor Dog (WSD)
Requirements Document
Application Form

Excellent

Title + Certificate

Working Lead Dog Excellent (WLDX)
Requirements Document
Application Form

Working Team Dog Excellent (WTDX)
Requirements Document
Application Form

Working Skijor Dog Excellent (WSDX)
Requirements Document
Application Form

 

Experience Level

Award

Backpack

Carting

Weight Pull

Novice

Certificate

Novice Pack Dog
Requirements Document
Application Form
Weight Verification Form

Novice Carting Dog
Requirements Document
Application Form

Novice Weight Pull Dog
Requirements Document
Application Form

Advanced

Title + Certificate

Working Pack Dog (WPD)
Requirements Document
Application Form
Weight Verification Form

Working Carting Dog (WCD)
Requirements Document
Application Form

Working Weight Pull Dog (WWD)
Requirements Document
Application Form

Excellent

Title + Certificate

Working Pack Dog Excellent (WPDX)
Requirements Document
Application Form
Weight Verification Form

Working Carting Dog Excellent (WCDX)
Requirements Document
Application Form

Working Weight Pull Dog Excellent (WWDX)
Requirements Document
Application Form

B. Temperament Group

The second group is designed to recognize those Chinooks who are actively making a contribution to the community. This special area of awards recognizes dogs that are working with people in such areas as therapy, education, and assistance. Search and rescue trained dogs and guide dogs may also qualify for these awards.

Experience Level

COA Temperament Group Award

Novice

Friendly Paws

Advanced

Diplomat

Excellent

Ambassador

C. Titled Events Group

The final group recognizes the accomplishments of Chinooks in some of the many organized working dog events (Agility, Conformation, Dock Jumping, Obedience, or Rally Obedience). Dogs awarded titles by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in any performance events are eligible. The UKCs rules and regulations govern all titles. A complete rulebook listing all titles offered with all requirements is available from the UKC (www.UKCDogs.com).

Chinooks earning titles in other venues with recognized national organizations are also eligible.  For example, herding titles from the American Herding Breeds Association and other recognized groups, nosework titles from the National Association of Canine Nosework, etc. are eligible.  Titles from other recognized organizations will be considered on an individual basis.

D. Titles of Merit

These titles are awarded by the Chinook Owners Association to recognize those Chinooks who have made a considerable contribution to the breed. The COA reserves its highest recognition for dogs that prove their well-rounded abilities in all three of these Groups. Participation and achievement in these three groups can lead to further recognition for Chinooks through three very distinctive Titles of Merit. The Titles of Merit are:

Working Chinook (COA-WC) - to earn this title a dog must have :
1 Draft Group Title + Friendly Paws Award + 1 Titled Events Group Title

Working Chinook Excellent (COA-WCX) - to earn this title a dog must have :
COA-WC Title + 1 Additional Draft Group Title + Diplomat Award + 1 Additional Titled Events Group Title

Total Working Chinook (COA-TWC) - to earn this title a dog must have :
COA-WCX Title + Total of 3 Draft Group Titles including at least 1 Excellent + Ambassador Award + Total of 3 Titled Events Group titles

3. Working Dog Program Committee

The WDP Committee shall consist of the WDP Committee Chair and Co-Chair, and up to three other COA members in good standing with the approval of the COA Board. The Chairs are encouraged to include Committee members who have a background in the variety of activities offered through the WDP and who live in diverse parts of the country.

Because the WDP is new to the COA, the program will remain open and flexible for the first five years of implementation. After five years, the entire WDP shall be reviewed and finalized. COA members shall be notified in a timely manner of all changes made to the WDP at that time.

4. Documents and Processing

All completed forms and documentation shall be returned to the Committee Chair. Since the composition of the committee is subject to change over time, please contact the WDP Committee to receive up-to-date instructions on where to send forms and payments. The Chair shall be responsible for placing the completed applications before the Committee for review monthly. The Committee shall give due process to all applicants in a timely manner and will judge each application on its merit. A nominal fee of $5.00 will be charged to cover printing and mailing of the certificate for each title/award earned in the Draft and Temperament Groups. Checks should be payable to Chinook Owners Association, or the fee may be paid using the COAs paypal account.  Paypal instructions are included on the COA website. The Chinook Owners Association will be honored to present the Titles of Merit to the recipients and will be responsible for providing suitable plaques.

5. Eligibility

All Chinooks participating in the WDP must be registered with the UKC or with the COA CrossBreeding Program. A UKC LP registration number is also permitted. Membership in the Chinook Owners Association is not required to participate.

6. Certified and Titled Dogs

Any owner of a dog receiving Draft Group Advanced or Excellent level titles or Titles of Merit shall be privileged to use the title in any COA literature or otherwise display the title publicly.

7. Protests

Any person intending to protest the eligibility of a dog team, the qualification of an event for certification purposes, or contest any violation of race rules or certification requirements, must do so immediately following the conclusion of the event. The protest may be verbal but must be followed by a written statement to the race marshal or chief judge of the event within 10 days, with a copy also sent to the Working Dog Program Committee Chair. The Committee shall notify the concerned parties of the protest in order that a rebuttal may be filed. It shall be the responsibility of the Working Dog Program Committee to decide whether or not the protest is valid by a majority vote. All decisions may be appealed to the COA Executive Board within 30 days of notification of the decision made by the WDP Committee.

8. Safety and First Aid

Backcountry trips and excursions, sledding, carting, and other working pursuits can be difficult and even dangerous if participants, both dog and human, are not in good physical condition and have the minimum of a basic knowledge of safety and survival. Participants are strongly encouraged to file a trip plan with someone local with planned route and date/times as a precaution.  In addition, they are encouraged to carry a first aid kit for both themselves and their dogs and have basic understanding of its use. To help ensure that dog(s) are not put at risk, owners are responsible for preparing their dogs both mentally and physically for the work intended. The Chinook Owners Association will not be held responsible for any accidents or injuries to persons or dogs participating in the pursuit of certification through the Working Dog Program.

Questions? Please contact the WDP Committee