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Uncle Earl's Rules


Handler Rules

1. One handler per dog. Only the designated handler is allowed to give any
commands to the dog or try to manipulate hog movement. For instance trying
to make the hog move or trying to make him stop. If an elderly, youth, or
injured handler needs help leading the dog that is perfectly ok the extra
person isnít allowed to do anything but watch and stand still after releasing
the dog. In the youth bay the adult canít coach the youth on what to do after
the run starts. Itís the youths job to compete and they will do so on their own.
If a handler breaks this rule they will be disqualified on that run no matter
if itís in a bay off or not.

2. Handler will have to stay in the designated area specified before each
event starts. If a handler breaks this rule they will be disqualified on
that run no matter if itís in a bay off or not.

3. Handler may not come in contact with their dog once itís been released.
If a handler breaks this rule they will be disqualified on that run no matter
if itís in a bay off or not.

4. If a dog is injured during the run bad enough that it needs attention,
the run will be scratched and the dog tended to immediately.


Competiton Rules

1. The dog must never lose eye contact with the hog. For example, looking away or
looping out will both be .1 of a point deduction for each instance the dog does it.
If the hog causes the dog to lose eye contact it will not be deducted.

2. The dog is expected to contain (hold the hog at bay) the hog the entire
run. For example if the hog is moving the dog must stop it and once the hog
is stopped the dog must be within 5' of the hog. Moving includes all
movements running or walking in any direction no matter if the hog is
looking at the dog or not. Each instance the dog fails to maintain control
of the hog it will be docked .1 of a point.

3.The dog can not be over aggressive. Meaning if the hog is stationary the
dog should not touch it no matter the location of the hog in relation to the fence.
The dog will be docked .1 point for each instance of over aggression.

4.The dog is expected to bark the entire time. In the event of the dog not
barking longer than 5 seconds it will be docked .1 of a point. this will
include the first 5 seconds of the bay. So if the dog does not bark within
the 5 seconds of being turned loose that is a deduction. (Dog does not have
to bark while stopping the hog).

5. If a dog holds the hog for 5 seconds after the hog stops it will be deemed
a catch and the dog will be disqualified. If the count starts and the hog
starts running again the count will not stop until the dog lets go or it is
disqualified. (Initially The count will not start until the hog stops).

6. There will only be one handler per dog. Whom ever is talking to the dog
at the beginning is the only one allowed to talk the entire run (one for
each dog). Any additional instructions from another handler will result in
a disqualification. More than one handler (per dog) trying to get the hogs
attention will also result in a dq. So if it's a two dog event two people
can get the hogs attention and talk to the dogs but no more than two.

7. Handler may not come in contact with their dog once itís been released.
If a handler breaks this rule they will be disqualified on that run no matter
if itís in a bay off or not.

8. Each pen reserves the right to contain the handler to a designated area
of the pen. Size of area may vary due to the different pen sizes. Handlers
may not leave designated area. If a handler breaks this rule they will be
disqualified on that run no matter if itís in a bay off or not.


General Rules

1. 5 judge rule.

2. No catch dogs.

3. No dogs in heat allowed to compete or near arena.

4. All dogs must be listed, no buying empty entry spots.

5. If a dog is injured at the trial, he must be substituted with your own dog, or
the run is forfeited.

6. The running order will be computer generated.

7. If your dog catches in any event, a break stick may be used.

8. No visibly pregnant dogs allowed to compete.

9. All dogs must carry proof of current state-required vaccination.

10. Judgeís decision are final, no protesting will be tolerated.

11. 1/10 point scoring system will be used.

12. Dogs must be on a leash before entering and exiting the gate.

13. Only the owner/handler listed on entry can make any decisions for each dog entered.