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Becky Woodruff

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Exhibitor Tip - The "Good Luck" Start
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:30:59 PM »
NADAC places extreme value on the safety of the team, both dogs and handlers.  The Good Luck start – besides being a friendly way to prepare you for your run – serves the primary purpose of letting you know when the course is clear and you are allowed to start.  The judge is watching the previous run and ensuring that the finishing dog is leashed and under control before releasing your team to run.  Please remember to keep your leash on your dog until given the “Good Luck” signal by the judge.

Submitted by:  NADAC Judge James Bell, Floresville, TX
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Re: Exhibitor Tip - The "Good Luck" Start
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 01:10:09 PM »
Thanks Becky. Just out of curiosity, if the dog is unleashed prior to the "good luck" signal is this an automatic disqualification?

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Re: Exhibitor Tip - The "Good Luck" Start
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 11:42:37 AM »
It would not be an "automatic" elimination, unless in the judge's opinion he/she felt there was more than just an "oops moment" going on.
For example, if an exhibitor had already been reminded but continued to remove the leash or if it appeared that training the start line was going on.

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Re: Exhibitor Tip - The "Good Luck" Start
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2014, 11:47:49 AM »
Thanks Becky. Just out of curiosity, if the dog is unleashed prior to the "good luck" signal is this an automatic disqualification?

Joe

One would hope that the judge would warn the competitor the first time and if it happened a second time, then they would be eliminated.

Judges never want to eliminate anyone!  If it is possible to give a warning first, that would be the first line of choice.  If the judge felt that the handler was intentionally not trying to follow guidelines, then they might be forced to call an elimination.

We want all to have a great experience in the ring, but must set guidelines to ensure as safe of an environment as possible.

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