GSD League - Working Branch

Rules

The current rules are suspended pending an update.

The previous rules are available below for reference only.

Issue 1, 16 June 2016

Preliminary Notes:

i. The ‘German Shepherd Dog League – Working Dog Group’ shall be referred to as the ‘GSDL-WDG’.
ii. The ‘GSDL-WDG National Executive Committee’ will be referred to as ‘the GSDL-WDG Committee’.

A.         Mission Statement and Declaration

A1.      The GSDL-WDG’s principle aim is the training and testing of German Shepherd Dogs to the requirements of the WUSV breed standard. It is a primary goal of the GSDL-WDG to promote healthy German Shepherd Dogs with correct working temperaments. Another aim is the promotion of IPO / schutzhund dog sport in Great Britain; therefore other breeds are also invited to attain qualifications and compete in relevant competitions.

A2.     Although the GSDL-WDG is self-governing and free to form its own rules and regulations, no rule or regulation should contradict or compromise the Rules and Regulations of the German Shepherd Dog League of Great Britain.

B.         General
B1.      It is the primary objective of the GSDL-WDG to ensure that training, events and competition are conducted with the maximum safety to all persons concerned. Failure to comply with any of the safety rules may result in immediate suspension pending disciplinary action. (See disciplinary code)

B2.     GSDL-WDG Branch Clubs are free to form their own constitution and rules, however no item or rule should contradict or compromise the Rules of the German Shepherd Dog League of Great Britain or the Rules of the GSDL-WDG. Failure to comply may result in immediate suspension pending disciplinary action. (See disciplinary code)

B3.     The Committee of the GSDL-WDG shall be made up of 9 people to be elected annually on a rotational basis at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the GSDL-WDG (See section D).

B4.     The GSDL-WDG AGM will be held during the month of February each year and any agenda items must be received at least 21 days before the AGM date by the General Secretary and the agenda issued to each of the affiliated GSDL-WDG Branch Club secretaries and posted on the GSDL-WDG website at least 14 days before the AGM date. All agenda items must be detailed, proposed and seconded by current GSDL-WDG members.

B5.      Only GSDL-WDG members with a full membership (see section C4), who are fully paid up by the 31st of December will be entitled to vote on matters presented at the AGM.

C.         Membership
C1.      Application for and renewal of membership to the GSDL-WDG will be in ALL cases through an affiliated GSDL-WDG Branch Club, with the appropriate completed application form and payments forwarded to the GSDL-WDG Membership Secretary.

C2.     New members must obtain final approval of membership from two members of the GSDL-WDG Committee.
C3.     Memberships may be refused when the GSDL-WDG Committee feel that membership of an individual may not be in the best interests of the GSDL-WDG.

C4.     There are four (4) types of membership available.

  • Single membership entitling the member to vote at the annual meeting.
  • Family membership entitling one of the members to vote at the annual meeting (up to four family members with the children’s maximum age 18), the person casting the vote must be at least 16.
  • Joint membership entitling two votes at the annual meeting.
  • Single OAP membership entitling the member to vote at the annual meeting

C5.      Membership subscription shall be as follows:

  • Single membership – £45
  • Joint membership – £56
  • Family membership – £60
  • OAP membership – £40

Associate membership

a.        Associate membership of the GSDL-WDG is only available for fully paid up members of the GSDL.

b.       Associate members may obtain GSDL-WDG performance record books and may enter GSDL-WDG trials to obtain AD and/or BH titles.

c.       Associate members do not have the right to vote at the annual general meeting

d.       Associate members can upgrade to full GSDL-WDG membership by following the procedure outlined in rule C1 to rule C4

e.         Associate membership subscription shall be – £15

D.        GSDL-WDG Committee

D1.      The GSDL-WDG Committee shall manage the day to day affairs of the GSDL-WDG, and shall comprise of nine GSDL-WDG members and be voted for on a rotation basis (three members stepping down each year and offering themselves for re-election if they so wish).

  • A maximum of 2 members from any one club can be on the National Committee at the same time.

D2.     Voting for the GSDL-WDG Committee shall take place at the Annual General Meeting of the GSDL-WDG.

D3.     On completion of voting the following Officers shall be appointed from within and by the elected GSDL-WDG Committee:

  • Chairman
  • Vice Chairman
  • General Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Secretary

D4.     The GSDL-WDG Committee shall have the right to appoint non executive members to fulfil specific roles on an as and when required basis.

D5.     The GSDL-WDG Committee will meet at least twice a year at properly convened meetings with a detailed agenda for which items will need to be received by the General Secretary at least 14 days prior to the agreed meeting dates. Extraordinary Committee Meetings will be held when considered necessary by a majority of Committee members.

D6.     Anyone seeking election for a vacant position on the GSDL-WDG Committee must have been a GSDL-WDG member for three years consecutively and be proposed and seconded by current GSDL-WDG members.
D7.     Voting for the vacant GSDL-WDG Committee positions will be by secret ballot.

  • Members may vote for between one (1) and up to and including the number of vacant committee positions (usually 3).

D8.     The duties of the GSDL-WDG Committee shall be to manage the GSDL-WDG’s affairs at GSDL-WDG and Club level properly and diligently. Without prejudice to these duties, they should be mindful of the following:

  • The property of the GSDL-WDG shall be vested in the Executive Committee and property at Branch Club level shall be vested in the Club Committee.
  • The GSDL-WDG Committee may appoint such of its members as it from time to time thinks fit to constitute a Sub-Committee(s) or Working Party(s) to exercise such of the powers of the GSDL-WDG Committee may decide.
  • The GSDL-WDG Committee in respect of National events and the Branch Club Committee in respect of Branch Club events shall decide upon the value and nature of prizes to be offered at competitions or club events and may make regulations for their conduct according to any applicable WUSV or GSDL regulation.
  • The GSDL-WDG Committee shall prepare and/or review at regular intervals of not more than twelve months, a list of persons who are official representatives of the GSDL-WDG Committee, Club Committees, Sub-Committees and also approved Judges, Helpers and Tracklayers.
  • The GSDL-WDG Committee will allocate an agreed sum of money to the organising Clubs of the National, International, and WUSV / FCI qualification events. Any shortfall/profit made by the organising Branch Club shall be borne by that Club.

E.         GSDL-WDG Branch Club Affiliation

E1.      New Branch Club Affiliation Proposals

E1(a)  If four or more individuals wish to form a GSDL-WDG Branch Club, they must seek approval from the GSDL-WDG Committee. Initial application shall be in writing using the appropriate club affiliation form to the GSDL-WDG General Secretary, in order that it may be included on the next GSDL-WDG Committee meeting agenda. The application MUST include:

  • The proposed name of the club.
  • The details of the officers (chairman, secretary, treasurer and club trainer)
    NOTE: The proposed club trainer should be sufficiently experienced in the training of at least two disciplines within IPO / Schutzhund.
  • The location of the training ground, training times and any equipment.
  • Give an undertaking to abide by the Rules of the GSDL-WDG, GSDL, as well as Kennel Club regulations.
  • Provide contact details (i.e. Telephone number, address and e-mail address)

E1(b)  Upon approval by the GSDL-WDG Committee, the new Club will be subject to a six month probationary period. The Affiliation Fee must be paid immediately, together with the Affiliation application form. Following a 12 month period the club shall be reviewed to assess its growth and its general performance.

E1(c) Upon approval by the GSDL-WDG Committee, the new Club must complete the required Kennel Club Branch Club registration form. The form shall be supplied by and must be returned to the GSDL-WDG General Secretary who shall forward it to the Kennel Club for approval.
E1(d) During the probationary period the Branch Club will be visited by a GSDL-WDG judge or apprentice judge / committee member, and a report submitted to the GSDL-WDG Committee from which the decision will be made regarding final acceptance of the Branch Club. The visiting judge / apprentice judge / committee member shall claim reasonable expenses from the club for the visit.

E1(e)  New clubs will not be permitted to hold trials during their probationary period.
E1(f)   The first trial that the new Branch Club holds MUST be judged by a GSDL-WDG judge.

E2.     GSDL-WDG Branch Club Affiliation – General

E2(a)  It is strongly recommended that each GSDL-WDG Branch Club should hold at least one event / trial per annum with a GSDL-WDG judge.
E2(b)  Renewal of Affiliation is on an annual basis. The Affiliation application and required fees MUST be tendered by 31st December of each year. The amount of the affiliation fee to be decided at the previous AGM.

F.         Training

F1.       Each GSDL-WDG Branch Club shall appoint at least one Club Trainer to be responsible for the training activities conducted by that GSDL-WDG Branch Club. Each individual GSDL-WDG Branch Club may determine how to make such appointment. Final approval will be a matter for the GSDL-WDG Committee and they may require any person to satisfy them that he/she is sufficiently responsible to oversee protection training.

F2.      Before dogs are allowed to participate or train in any aspect of the Sport, they must be of good physical fitness and free from infectious diseases. Dogs must be approved by the relevant Club Trainer as being suitable for the sport.

F3.      Only fully paid-up GSDL-WDG Members are entitled to train their dog(s) at GSDL-WDG Branch Clubs.
F4.      It is ultimately the responsibility of the handler to ensure that the dog remains fit, healthy and free from any ailments or infectious diseases.

F5.       It is recommended that all dogs have the hips and elbows X-rayed and scored by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) or WUSV Member equivalent.

F6.      All members must agree as a condition of membership to comply with the directives of the relevant Club Trainer during the training of protection work. It is the responsibility of the Club Trainers to ensure that all participants’ working dogs show a suitable commitment to all three phases of the sport.

F7.      Protection training should only be carried out on private property where the general public can reasonably be denied access.

F8.      It is the responsibility of the officers of the GSDL-WDG Branch Club and, in particular, the trainers and helpers of the GSDL-WDG Branch Club, to ensure that the correct equipment is used and that protective clothing, where applicable, is worn throughout training. This will specifically include suitable protection for Helpers training the protection phase of IPO / Schutzhund as well as use of the competition type sleeve fitted with a bite-bar

G.        Judges

G1.      Applicants to become GSDL-WDG Apprentice Judges must meet the following qualifying criteria :

  • A minimum of three years consecutive membership of the GSDL-WDG.
  • Shall have trained and qualified one dog from BH to schutzhund 3 / IPO3 and another dog from BH to Schutzhund 1/ IPO1

G2.     If the Apprentice Judge application is accepted by the GSDL-WDG Committee, the Apprentice Judge will be required to carry out the following:

  • A minimum of five (5) apprenticeships under the supervision of SV recognized GSDL-WDG judges or SV recognized foreign judges
  • A minimum of three (3) apprenticeships  under the supervision of foreign judges from any internationally recognised association.
  • No more than two (2) apprenticeships with the same judge shall count towards the total.
  • Apprenticeships must be carried out with at least five (5) different judges.
  • A minimum of fifty (50) IPO dogs shall be judged. BH or single phase entries do not count towards this total.
  • Final apprenticeship must be with an approved WUSV Teaching Judge with that judge confirming to the GSDL-WDG Committee the suitability or otherwise of that Apprentice Judge

G3.     Maintenance of Judging practice is paramount and any judge not officiating at a trial for two calendar years shall be required to carry out a further apprenticeship with an approved WUSV teaching judge (with the report submitted to the GSDL-WDG Committee) in order to maintain active status on the Judges list.

G4.     Non renewal of membership to the GSDL-WDG will preclude entry on the active Judges list.

G5.     Maintenance of the active Judges list will be by the Events Co-ordinator who will inform the Webmaster for inclusion onto the GSDL-WDG website.

G6.     It is recommended that the GSDL-WDG Judges and Apprentice Judges set up a Judges Panel to meet annually in order to discuss rule changes etc. to be passed down to the membership. A Chairperson to be appointed annually.

H.        Helpers and Tracklayers

H1.    Qualification as a helper is possible at the following events

  • The annual helper licensing event
  • Any major trial (i.e. qualifier / nationals), in this case prior arrangements must be made with the trial secretary and the Events co-ordinator or Helper co-ordinator in good time
  • A license can be given for ‘short work only’ or for both ‘long’ and ‘short’ work (full license)
    In both cases the applicant must:
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Work with minimum two dogs (can be provided by the applicants own club), one of which must be capable of a IPO3 round
  • Complete a simple fitness test and answer questions on the helper rules
  • Prove membership of the GSDL-WDG
  • The minimum assessors to be in both cases:
  • Two fully qualified Judges (GSDL-WDG)

H2.    Maintenance of the helper licence.

All helpers except ‘C’ (Life) helpers, must attend the helper licensing event at least every 3 years to maintain their licence.
In the interim period the helper license will be maintained as follows:
During a trial the judge will evaluate performance by a pre agreed method and submit the report to the Events Co-ordinator or Helper co-ordinator where subject to satisfactory performance licensing will be upheld. If the evaluation is less than satisfactory the helper will be asked to attend the next licensing event where he will be reassessed, in the meantime the helper will be suspended from the helper list.

‘C’ (Life) grade helpers will only be required to attend the helper licensing if they receive a less than satisfactory report from a judge following a trial.

Helpers must be fully paid up members of the GSDL-WDG by the end of March to maintain their licensed status.

H3.    ‘A’ grade helpers
Helpers who wish to be considered for selection for the Nationals or the following years WUSV / FCI qualification trials, must attend the annual helper licensing event.
To be considered for the following seasons major trials helpers must:

  • Attend the licensing event and work dogs they do not train on a regular basis
  • Complete a fitness test and answer questions on the helper rules
  • Show proof of working at least 10 dogs at club trials

H4.    Inclusion on the ‘A’ grade helper list will be for one (1) year only, as it is important that these helpers are both fit, capable and wanting to participate in the major trials of the coming season.

H5.      ‘A’ grade helpers can be licensed for ‘short work only’ or for both ‘long’ and ‘short’ work (full license).

H6.    The helpers for the Nationals and the following seasons WUSV / FCI qualifiers will be picked at the annual licensing by the assessors. At the licensing event the assessors will publicly announce the helpers to be used at the National and the specific events for the forthcoming year bearing in mind fairness by rotation (if more than the required amount are licensed consideration to the number of previous events will be considered and logistically according to the cost/whereabouts of the proceeding years trials.)

H7.     Helpers must be at least 18 years of age in order to participate in a major trial.

H8.    The GSDL-WDG committee will have the final decision in the case of any necessary changes to the helpers picked for the major events.

H9.    All helpers who wish to participate in the training and/or licensing must bring with them at least one dog which can be used.

H10. The National Committee should appoint an individual member who with details on the website and through notification by the General Secretary will be the contact point for clubs requiring helper training assistance on an ad lib basis (Comment that person should have sufficient background in the sport to be able to request help from the more experienced helpers some who may not be licensed grade A) The appointed person will also be responsible for the record keeping of helpers and the organising of the licensing and other training events.

H11. B’ Grade helpers

‘B’ grade helpers can work dogs in all club trials, but not in major events.

‘B’ grade helpers must re-license at least every three (3) years

H12. ‘C’ Grade helpers

There shall be two (2) types of ‘C’ grade license, both types are only allowed to work dogs in their own clubs trials, they will not be allowed to work dogs in any other club trial nor in major events.

‘C’ (Life) helpers will be allowed to work dogs in koerungs and at the British Sieger.

‘C’ grade helpers must re-license at least every three (3) years.

‘C (Life) helpers do not need to re-license, but they must previously have been ‘A’ grade helpers and they must have at least 10 years’ experience as a licensed helper. To obtain a ‘C (Life)’ helper license, the helper must apply to the Committee.

H13. Tracklayer Licensing

Licensing is defined as two separate grades.

H14.  Grade A

Must have laid a minimum of 10 IPO2 or IPO3 tracks at club trial events and received a recommendation from a GSDL-WDG judge to be upgraded from B to A

H15. Grade B

Must with a written application from their club, contact a GSDL-WDG judge and arrange to be licensed. This can be done at a club, trial or a prearranged meeting.
They will then lay a number of IPO3 tracks overseen by the GSDL-WDG judge and then re-walk the track with the judge indicating corners and articles were appropriate.
The club must then advise the National Events Coordinator of the grading and the member be added to the association’s tracklayer list.

H16. Tracklayers’ minimum age limits to be:

  • Grade ‘A’ – 18 years.
  • Grade ‘B’ – 14 years.

J.          CLUB TRIALS

J1.       GSDL-WDG trials must be held in compliance with WUSV/FCI and GSDL-WDG rules.

  • All GSDL-WDG trials will be judged by the 2012 rulebook (United Schutzhund clubs of America version) from the 1st of March 2012.
  • The GSDL-WDG will not be offering the SPr1-3 titles.

J2.      Before dogs are allowed to participate or train in any aspect of the Sport, they must be of good physical fitness and free from infectious ailments, be approved by the relevant Club Trainer as being suitable for the sport. The handler must be a member of a recognized SchH / IPO association and provide evidence of same, in instances of participants taking part who are not members of the GSDL-WDG, a 50% premium on top of the advertised entry fee may be charged.
J3.      Dogs entered for competition MUST be tattooed or micro-chipped (it will be the owner/handlers responsibility to provide a suitable microchip scanner in this instance). It is the Trial Manager’s responsibility to ensure compliance.

J4.      Training on the Trials Helpers on the Trials field during the period of the Trial is at the discretion of the Trials Manager or the Judge.

J5.       Training on the Trials field at ALL events will be controlled by the Trials Manager and dogs will be allowed only with a loose fitting chain collar.

J6.      Only fully paid up members (see rule C4) of the GSDL-WDG or member of any other WUSV/FCI member club will be eligible to enter GSDL-WDG trials. It is not necessary for spectators at Trials or Seminars to be members of the GSD League of Great Britain.

J7.       Non GSDL-WDG handlers may enter although they may be subject to an entry fee increased by 50% of the advertised entry fee.

J8.      Helpers must not wear hats when working in Trials.

J9.      Helpers must not wear metal studded footwear when working in Trials.

J10.   Only GSDL-WDG licensed Helpers or foreign Helpers who are qualified by experience or qualification from a IPO organisation shall be used at any trial with their respective status recognised.

J11.    Only GSDL-WDG licensed Tracklayers or foreign Tracklayers who are qualified by experience or qualification from a IPO organisation shall be used at any trial with their respective status recognised.

J12.   The GSDL-WDG Events Co-ordinator shall be responsible for confirming the current status of all visiting foreign Judges and helpers before they are allowed to participate in GSDL-WDG Trials.

J13.   In the event a club wishes to use a non GSDL-WDG helper or tracklayer, he or she must be approved by the GSDL-WDG committee.

J14.   Prior to the Trial start time and in order to comply with the WUSV regulations, handlers must present all relevant documents (i.e. GSD League of Great Britain Performance Record book or equivalent from any other WUSV/FCI member club) to the Trial Secretary.

J15.    GSDL-WDG members, who are owners of imported dogs and wishing to compete in any GSDL-WDG trial, must first acquire and present a GSDL Performance Record Book.

J16.   Any GSDL-WDG Branch Club hosting a Club event will have the right to refuse entry to any individual in accordance with KC RULE 42.

J17.   The hosting club must notify all other clubs secretaries by either mail or email of the upcoming trial at least 28 days prior to the closing date.

K.        GSDL-WDG Championships

K1.      The GSDL-WDG Championship event is to be held on the 3rd week in October whenever possible and will be restricted to German Shepherd Dogs. This Championship trial is open to GSDL-WDG members ONLY.

K2.     The selection of the Judge shall be the responsibility of the GSDL-WDG Committee. A GSDL-WDG Judge must be used every other year (i.e. 2015, 2017, 2019 etc.) if available.

K3.     The venue for the event should be a stadium of the correct size and capability in an area considered by the GSDL-WDG Committee to be central to the rest of Great Britain.

K4.     The selection of Helpers shall be made from the ‘A’ grade Helpers list following the helper licensing event . In certain circumstances one foreign ‘A’ grade helper may be used.

K5.     The selection of Tracklayers shall be made by the GSDL-WDG Committee from the GSDL-WDG ‘’A’ grade Tracklayers list.

K6.     The GSDL-WDG Championships shall be restricted to 20 dogs; preference shall be given to dogs in the following order:

  • The previous year’s winner, if entered
  • The top five (5) qualified German Shepherd Dogs belonging to GSDL WDG Members from each of the GSDL-WDG’s WUSV Qualification trials in the same season.
  • The highest average scoring dogs from the previous 12 months. This average shall be based on two (2) qualifying scores at IPO3 level from GSDL- WDG trials (only one on home ground ), one of which must have been judged by a SV recognized judge or have been obtained at the Qualifiers or the last GSDL-WDG Championship trial.
  • The highest scoring dogs which have only qualified at IPO3 level in one (1) GSDL-WDG  trial in the previous 12 months.
  • The highest scoring dogs which have only qualified at IPO3 level in one (1) internationally recognized trial in the previous 12 months.

K6(a)        There shall be three (3) reserves included in the catalogues, in the event of any withdrawals the reserve(s) will be given the opportunity to compete in order of merit.

K7.     In the event of a tie, the dog with the highest points score in Phase ‘C’ shall take precedence. Should there still be a tie, the highest points score in Phase ‘B’ shall prevail.

K8.     Only GSDL WDG members who have been resident in Great Britain or Ireland for at least 6 months shall be eligible for the title NATIONAL CHAMPION. The title shall pass to the next dog in line in the event the winner is ineligible.

K9.     Imported qualified dogs must have competed and qualified at two (2) trials at IPO3 level, with the same handler before becoming eligible for entry.

K10.  Dogs with a change of handler must have competed and qualified with the current handler at one (1) GSDL-WDG trial at IPO3 level, before becoming eligible for entry.

L.         WUSV / FCI World Championships

L1.       The GSDL-WDG committee will discuss changes to the qualification criteria for the WUSV World Championships and the FCI World Championships and publish them on the GSDL-WDG website as soon as possible, but at the latest after the AGM. The qualifying criteria shall be effective upon publication.

Selection Trial Management Procedures and Team Selection Criteria:

L2.     Handlers must be fully paid up members of the GSDL-WDG at least four (4) months before the time of entry and either be a British citizen or have resided and paid taxes in Great Britain for a minimum of three years to be eligible for entrance into the GSDL-WDG’s WUSV / FCI Team.

L3.      Only GSDL-WDG members handling pedigree German Shepherd Dogs registered with The Kennel Club and tattooed or micro chipped shall be eligible to enter the Qualification Trials for a place on the GSDL-WDG’s WUSV Team.

L4.      The GSDL’s FCI Team Selection will only be open to those breeds recognised by the FCI as suitable for the sport and the dog must be registered with the appropriate country or breed associations (See the FCI Website for a list of recognised breeds) and tattooed or micro chipped.

L5.      The GSDL All-Breeds Championship will be open to ALL breeds.

L6.      Imported, qualified dogs must have competed and qualified at two (2) GSDL-WDG trials at IPO3 level, with the current handler before becoming eligible for entry.

L7.     Dogs with a change of handler must have competed and qualified with the current handler at one (1) GSDL-WDG trial at IPO3 level, before becoming eligible for entry.

L8.     As far as is possible, GSDL-WDG WUSV Team Qualification Trials must be held on a neutral, full size field, a stadium is to be preferred.

  • Priority will be given to clubs that have access to a stadium with a full sized field.
  • In the event of a Qualification trial being held on a club ground, the judge will be selected by the GSDL-WDG Committee.

L9.   The selection of the judge shall be the responsibility of the host club (see L7 for exceptions). However the judge must be a SV recognized judge and the GSDL-WDG Committee have final approval. The Judge must be made aware, that it is a qualifying event for the selection of a World Championship team and asked to judge accordingly.

L10.      Helpers will be allocated from the ‘A’ grade list following the helper licensing event and Tracklayers must be selected from the GSDL-WDG Grade ‘A’ list . Suitably licensed Helpers / tracklayers from another WUSV Organisation may be used.

L11.   The GSDL-WDG’s WUSV / FCI Team Captain or Vice – Captain (alternate years) will be approved by the GSDL-WDG Committee.

L12.    Non GSDL-WDG members / handlers can enter provided that there are less than twenty GSDL-WDG members’ dogs meeting the criteria in competing for a place in the British WUSV / FCI Teams. The entry fee for non GSDL-WDG handlers will be 50% more than the advertised entry fee. The entry criteria will be highest single qualification score from the previous January at any internationally recognized trial.

WUSV World Championships

L13. The GSDL dogs for the GSDL/BAGSD Joint Selection trial shall be selected as follows:

  • The top three (3) qualified dogs from the GSDL Nationals the previous year.
  • The top three (3) qualified GSDs from the All breeds National in the same year.
  • In the event of any dog finishing in the top three in both trials, the next place will go the dog from either event which finished in 4th place with the highest score, followed by the dog in 4th place with the lowest score, then the dog in 5th place with the highest score etc. until up to 6 dogs have been found.
  • The top 4 highest IPO3 scoring dogs from any away GSDL trials judges by a GSDL and/or SV judge since the previous Joint Selection trial. The score can be from any away GSDL trial, incl. the previous year’s Nationals, the All Breeds Nationals and GSDL club trials.
  • Dogs going forward to the Joint Selection trial from an away club trial must have scored at least 250 points with a minimum of 80 points in each phase.
  • All dogs entering the Joint Selection trial must have BVA and/or SV hips and elbows scores.

L14.     If there are more than 10 places available to GSDL dogs in the GSDL/BAGSD Joint WUSV Selection trial, the extra available places will be offered following the same principle as above.

L15.    In the event of a tie, the dog with the highest points score in Phase ‘C’ shall take precedence. Should there still be a tie, the highest points score in Phase ‘B’ shall prevail.

FCI World Championships

L16.   There will be one (1) FCI Qualification trial held each year, this trial may be integrated with the All Breeds Championships and / or one of the WUSV Selection trials.

L17.   The FCI Qualification Trial shall be restricted to dogs competing at IPO3 level. Preference will be given to the twenty dogs with the highest single IPO3 score obtained at:

  • GSDL-WDG events judged by SV recognized Judges since 1st January of the previous year or the previous year’s Qualifiers / Nationals .

Followed by:

  • Scores obtained at internationally recognized events since 1st January of the previous year. The competitor must send proof in the form of a photocopy of the scorebook to the National Co-ordinator if they wish to be included on the list with a non GSDL-WDG score.

Followed by:

  • The dogs with the single highest  IPO2 score obtained at GSDL-WDG events judged by SV recognized Judges.

Followed by:

  • Scores obtained at internationally recognized events. The competitor must send proof in the form of a photocopy of the scorebook to the National Co-ordinator if they wish to be included on the list with a non GSDL-WDG score.

In the event of a trial being oversubscribed a 2nd judge can be used. There shall be three (3) reserves included in the catalogues, in the event of any withdrawals the reserve(s) will be given the opportunity to compete in order of merit.

L18.    The top two (2) or three (3) handlers (alternate years, in accordance with the current GSDL/BAGSD/Kennel Club agreement) shall qualify for the GSDL places on FCI world championship team.

  • Only dogs that have obtained a qualifying score will be offered a place on the FCI Team.

M.       The GSDL All-Breed Championship Trial Management

M1.     The Trial will whenever possible be held in March/April each year and may be integrated with the WUSV / FCI team selection.

M2.    The selection of the Judge shall be the responsibility of the GSDL-WDG. Preference should be given to a GSDL-WDG Judge but should one not be available, a foreign judge from an acknowledged working dog organisation may be invited. The judge must be made aware that it is a qualifying event for the selection of the GSDL-WDG’s FCI World Championship Team and asked to judge accordingly.

M3.    Helpers and Tracklayers must be selected from the GSDL-WDG Grade ‘A’ lists or be suitably licensed from another WUSV Organization.

M4.    The Trial shall be restricted to qualified IPO3 Dogs. In the event of the event being oversubscribed a 2nd GSDL-WDG judge should be used, otherwise the twenty dogs with the highest single score obtained at

  • GSDL-WDG events judged by SV recognized Judges since 1st January of the previous year or the previous year’s Qualifiers / Nationals

Followed by:

  • Scores obtained at internationally recognized events since 1st January of the previous year. The competitor must send proof in the form of a photocopy of the scorebook to the National Co-ordinator if they wish to be included on the list with a non GSDL-WDG score.
    will be eligible. There shall be three (3) reserves included in the catalogues, in the event of any withdrawals the reserve(s) will be given the opportunity to compete in order of merit.

M5.    Imported qualified dogs must have competed and qualified at two (2) trials at IPO3 level, with the same handler before becoming eligible for entry.

M6.   Dogs with a change of handler must have competed and qualified with the current handler at one (1) GSDL-WDG trial at IPO3 level, before becoming eligible for entry.

M7.    Only dogs registered with The appropriate country or breed associations are eligible for entry.

M8.    Handlers must be fully paid up members of a GSDL-WDG at time of entry.

M9.    Only GSDL WDG members who have been resident in Great Britain or Ireland for at least 6 months shall be eligible for the title NATIONAL ALL BREEDS CHAMPION. The title shall pass to the next dog in line in the event the winner is ineligible.

M10.    Foreign handlers may enter provided that there are less than twenty GSDL-WDG members meeting the entry criteria.

N.        WUSV Universal Sieger

N1.      Handlers must be fully paid up members of the GSDL-WDG before the time of entry and either be a British citizen or have resided and paid taxes in Great Britain for a minimum of three years to be eligible.

N2.     Only GSDL-WDG members handling pedigree German Shepherd Dogs registered with The Kennel Club and tattooed or micro chipped shall be eligible for a place on the GSDL-WDG’s Universal Sieger Team.

N3.     All dogs wishing to participate in the Universal Sieger must fulfil all the entry requirements posted by the hosting country.

N4.     The Dog/handler team must have qualified IPO3 at one (1) GSDL-WDG event judged by a SV recognized Judge since 1st January of the previous year, the current years qualifiers or the previous year’s Qualifiers / Nationals .

N5.     If more dogs than there are available spaces wish to participate, preference will be given to the dogs with the highest point score from the above mentioned trials.

O.        Sponsorships

O1.      The GSDL-WDG will primarily sponsor the teams participating in the WUSV World Championship and the FCI IPO World Championship. The amount of sponsorship will be discussed by the committee on a year to year basis and will depend also on the amount of sponsorship obtained from external sources.

O2.    A limited sponsorship (currently £100) will be available to GSDL-WDG members competing in other recognized world level events. To qualify for this sponsorship the following criteria must be met:

  • In the case of an international World level IPO competition, the team requesting sponsorship must qualify IPO3 at the All Breeds Nationals the same year or the Nationals the previous year.
  • In the case of the FCI IPO-FH World Championships, the team requesting sponsorship must have qualified FH1 or FH2 under a GSDL SV recognized judge  at a GSDL-WDG trial, obtaining a minimum grade of SG (90 points)

P.         Revenue

P1.       The GSDL-WDG Membership Fee should be reviewed annually. The GSDL-WDG Membership Fee will become the property and funds of the GSDL-WDG.

Q.        Winding Up

Q1.      The procedure for winding up the GSDL-WDG or a GSDL-WDG Branch Club shall be by way of a properly convened Special General Meeting.

Q2.     If the GSDL-WDG or any of its Branch Clubs cease to exist, any property or profits of the GSDL-WDG or Branch Club concerned shall be dealt with or disposed of as the members attending the Special General Meeting convened specifically for that purpose think fit.

R.        Accounting

R1.      An account shall be opened in the name of the Club at such a bank as the GSDL-WDG Treasurer or GSDL-WDG Branch Club Treasurer may decide and only the signatures of any two of its GSDL-WDG Committee or GSDL-WDG Branch Club officers shall operate such accounts. Accounts and records shall be kept by each Treasurer and shall be made available for inspection annually or at every official meeting.

R2.     The Treasurer of the GSDL-WDG Committee shall be responsible for producing an Annual Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet in respect of the GSDL-WDG at the Annual General Meeting.

S.         Discipline

S1.       Any member who shall be suspended by the GSDL, WUSV, Kennel Club and / or FCI shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the GSDL-WDG.

S2.      Disciplinary measures will be as per the Disciplinary Code of Conduct

T.         Insurance

T1.       A public liability insurance, will be maintained at all times.

GSDL WDG Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure

This document refers to Section 13.2 of the Constitution of the GSDL Working Dog Group and is a procedural appendix thereto.

The Complaint & Disciplinary Panel is to be made up of a permanent 4 person panel (unless directly involved in a complaint or due to conflict of interest), sourced from any Branch Club, (preferably Branch Club officers.) and 2 GSDL Working Dog Group officers, (the Chairman and the Secretary preferable unless directly involved in a complaint or due to conflict of interest).

All minutes to be taken by the GSDL Working Dog Group Secretary (or the national officer appointed as secretary for the complaint) and agreed by the panel.

The 2 officers will not be voting members of the panel. Exceptions to this rule are:

  1. In the case of a split decision the Chairperson has the deciding vote.
  2. Should a member of the panel be required to withdraw due to being directly involved in a complaint or due to conflict of interest the GSDL Working Dog Group Secretary (or the national officer appointed as secretary for the complaint) would become a voting member. Where more than one panel member is required to withdraw then an extra person/persons can be co-opted onto the panel by the GSDL Working Dog Group Chairman
  3. All members of the panel are required to withdraw from the panel if there is a conflict of interest Failure to disclose any conflict or any direct involvement in any complaint will be a disciplinary offence punishable by a mandatory six-month suspension from the , GSDL Working Dog Group, including club-training rights

The Complaint

The complaint must be given to the trial organiser/club committee at the time of the incident (in person) and in writing to the GSDL Working Dog Group within 7 days of the incident.

The written complaint must be accompanied with a £50.00 fee, refundable if the complaint is upheld. Where a complainant wishes to remain anonymous, no disciplinary action can be taken to protect members from spurious complaints.

There are two routes the panel can take, informal or formal.

Wherever possible the informal route should be considered as the first course of action.

When faced with a potential disciplinary matter, the panel must carry out a full investigation before taking any action.

They must consider:

  • What the alleged breach of discipline is
  • The surrounding circumstances
  • The consequences of the breach
  • The person’s history and disciplinary record
  • The evidence of witnesses
  • Any other evidence that can shed light on the situation
  • Any previous incidents that relate to this one
  • Any mitigating circumstances eg health or domestic problems, or provocation.

Once the panel has taken these factors into account, review the evidence to determine whether:

  • There is a case to answer
  • There is an alternative to disciplinary action – eg, an informal resolution
  • The complaint is serious enough to require a disciplinary hearing

It may be better to deal with minor cases of misconduct by informal discussions, rather than through the disciplinary procedure.

If this route is taken all conversations with persons accused of any minor misconduct must be confirmed by letter, detailing the complaint and the fact that they are accepting an informal warning, a copy must be signed by the national secretary(or the national officer appointed as secretary for the complaint) and any person concerned.

If the situation justifies informal discussions:

  • highlight the problem to the person
  • explain what needs to be done to improve conduct or behaviour
  • outline how future conduct or behaviour will be reviewed and over what period.
  • outline what further action may occur if the person fails to improve their conduct or performance.

Any person accused of a minor infringement of GSDL Working Dog Group rules has the right not to accept an informal warning and ask for a formal hearing.

For certain serious offences the panel may need to suspend a person whilst a full investigation takes place.

The panel must prepare carefully for a disciplinary hearing:

  • Carry out a full investigation
  • Make sure you have all relevant facts and documents (including details of any past disciplinary action taken against the person including informal warnings) are available for the hearing.
  • Arrange a suitable time, date and venue for the hearing.
  • Inform the person in plenty of time so they can prepare their case and consult any representatives (minimum two weeks).
  • Give them details of the complaint the, procedure to be followed the need for them to attend disciplinary hearing, their right to be accompanied at the hearing by a representative or friend, their right to delay the hearing by up to seven days if their chosen representative cannot attend, and the text of any witness statements if heavy reliance is to be placed on them.
  • Inform any witnesses who may need to attend.
  • Obtain witness statements from any witnesses unable to attend the hearing.
  • Where necessary delay the hearing for witnesses to be available.
  • In cases where a person may be expelled or suspended from the GSDL Working Dog Group, all persons involved eg complainants/witnesses and accused are required to attend. (Where the accused person is thought to be deliberately delaying a hearing the hearing can be held without them providing they have been informed via registered / hand delivered letter that the hearing will go forward without them present.
  • Extensive note of any hearing must be taken

When holding a disciplinary hearing;

  • Introduce everyone present and explain why they are there
  • explain that the reason for the hearing is to consider whether disciplinary action Should be taken against the person
  • explain how the hearing will be conducted
  • describe the exact nature of the complaint and go through the evidence
  • allow the person to see any statements made by witnesses if they have not already seen them
  • give the person a chance to state their case and to respond to any allegations made
  • ensure that you get all the facts relating to the complaint and take note of any special circumstances
  • summarise the main points made by both parties and highlight any issues that need to be investigated further
  • adjourn to consider your decision
  • reconvene to let the person know of your decision and ensure that they are clear about what is likely to happen next

Following a disciplinary hearing, the panel should inform the person as soon as possible in writing of:

  • The result of the hearing
  • The reasoning behind the decision
  • The consequences of repeating the offence and what specific improvement is required, if any
  • How long the warning is going to remain in force
  • The likely consequences of repetition of the misconduct

Some reasons why there should be a hearing;

  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Health and safety
  • bullying
  • Drunkenness or drug abuse
  • fighting
  • Theft
  • Animal abuse
  • Animal cruelty
  • Damage to property

Mileage expenses are to be paid to all panel members and to witnesses, where required to attend.

Mileage expenses are to be paid to any person accused of an offence and required to attend such a hearing where that person is found to be innocent of an offence.

The Kennel Club shall be the final Court of Appeal in all matters of dispute between the GSDL Working Dog Group and its Members the GSDL Working Dog Group’s affairs and management, no matter in what manner arising. On a point of law legal opinion may be sought.

Any member who shall be suspended under The Kennel Club Rule A24j (4) and/or disqualified under The Kennel Club Rule A42j (8) shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the Society for the duration of suspension and/or disqualification. If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the committee of the society, be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the society, the committee of the society may, at a meeting, the notice convening which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the Society shall be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him. Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to the accused member, giving particulars of the complaint and advising him/her of the place, date and hour of the meeting that he may attend and offer an explanation. If at that meeting a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, his name shall be forthwith erased from the list of members, and he shall thereupon cease for all purposes to be a member of the society, except that he may within two calendar months from the date of such meeting appeal to the Kennel Club upon and subject to such conditions as The Kennel Club may impose”
If a Member is expelled for discreditable conduct in connection with dogs, dog shows or trials, the matter must be reported to The Kennel Club within seven days and particulars supplied as required.

The German Shepherd Dog League of Great Britain Working Dog Group (GSDL)

Any publication, in whole or part, of the contents of this document without the expressed written permission of the GSDL Working Dog Group National Council is prohibited