Licensed WGSDCA Trial & Teacher Helpers
The WGSDCA Helper Seminars
The purpose of the WGSDCA Helper Program is to educate helpers and increase the number of Trial Helpers who can correctly and safely execute the Part C Exercises performed at WGSDCA Working Trial Events.
The Seminars will include topics such as, but not limited to, appropriate testing of dogs in Trial events; safety, and being in control and selflessness by a Trial Helper; development of understanding the temperament and drives of the dogs being assessed at a Trial event; and the importance of the Helper’s role in assisting the Judge to evaluate the dogs entered in an event.
Attendance at a least 3 WGSDCA Helper Seminars is a prerequisite for a Helper License Evaluation request.
Helper Seminars are different from WGSDCA Helper Workshops. Helper Workshops DO NOT count towards a potential Helper License.
Who and by Whom
The Helper Seminars hosted by a WGSDCA Club. They are run by a Teaching Helper(s) and may also involve an international Guest Trial Teaching Helper, subject to WGSDCA BOM approval.
You may participate as a spectator or as an active participant - in which case you should expect to be asked to organise a suitable dog. The hosting Club should not be expected to provide a suitable number of dogs for a Helper Seminar.
A Participation Certificate including name, affiliation, date, hosting Club and signed by Teacher Helper must be provided to all participants.
For further information please contact Director of Helpers on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WGSDCA Helper Evaluation Test
A WGSDCA Club must submit a Notification Authorization request to the WGSDCA Office (by email).
Helper Evaluations serve as a vital instrument to meet the objectives of the IGP Trial Helper Curriculum. Helper Evaluation Tests assess a Helper's attainment, or lack thereof, of the skills necessary to correctly and safely perform the sleeve-work at WGSDCA working trials. The Evaluation Test is part of the education process. It tests the helpers and provide them with an opportunity to receive constructive comments about their performance during simulated trial conditions.
Helper Evaluation Tests are presided over by a WGSDCA recognised judge and/or Teaching Helper.
Helper Evaluation Tests are open to individuals fulfilling the following prerequisites:
Subscribe to individual WGSDCA membership and a member of a WGSDCA Club Affiliate;
Minimum age of 18 years;
Provide a General Health certificate from a GP, and;
Provide proof of attending at least 3 WGSDCA Helper Seminars.