Mission & Policy

Statements

  • To promote the GSD as a working animal and be dedicated to the Sport of IGP.

  • To stress the importance of responsible dog ownership through training, education and hosting of seminars, workshops and trials.

  • To promote excellence in working trials and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound GSDs by responsible members of WGSDCA.

  • To promote responsible dog ownership and encourage Member Clubs to put in place programs to that effect.

  • To promote the training and trialing of Dogsport (IGP) activities.

  • To promote the awareness, development and advancement of Dogsport (IGP) within the community.

  • To collect, verify and publish, or otherwise distribute, information pertaining to Dogsport (IGP) activities.

  • To act as a spokesperson on all IGP dogsport related activities on a National basis on behalf of Member Clubs.

  • To abide by the FCI IGP Rules and Regulations and the SV Rules and Regulations for GSD Breed standard.

Responsible dog ownership

  1. A member of WGSDCA shall not knowingly or recklessly misrepresent WGSDCA or WGSDCA Member Clubs

  2. A member shall display good sportsmanship and conduct at all times so as to reflect credit upon themselves, the WGSDCA and WGSDCA Member Clubs

  3. Members shall strive to improve their knowledge of training, trialing, care, welfare and betterment of dogs

  4. Members shall ensure that dogs under their control are properly housed, fed, watered, exercised and controlled

  5. A member shall ensure that their dog(s) are not a danger or nuisance to the community.

Judge's Code of Practice and Conduct

  1. A Judge shall act with professional decorum at trials, events, seminars or in public places

  2. A Judge shall be the custodians of the FCI Trial Rules.

  3. A Judge shall not judge dogs that are in his/her ownership or are in his/her possession, or dogs whose owners reside with him/her, or dogs tht are owned by another person of the same household.

  4. A Judge shall not act prejudicial to the best interest of the IPO sport or WGSDCA

  5. A Judge shall present himself/herself in attire that is acceptable, appropriate and comfortable for each judging assignment.

Education

Through Member Clubs and Office Bearers, WGSDCA Inc promotes education to GSD dog owners, breeders, judges and the general public.

Animal Cruelty

The WGSDCA and its Member Clubs support legislation to prevent any form of cruelty to animals and will exercise all diligence to discover and report to the appropriate bodies any instance of suspected cruelty to canines.

Any WGSDCA member convicted of a charge of animal cruelty to a dog shall have the membership reviewed by the WGSDCA Board of Management.

Competitive Activities

The WGSDCA promotes the GSD as a working animal. We believe that IGP sport competition provides a valuable outlet for the meeting of GSDs need for physical and mental stimulation while providing opportunities and encouragement for owners to socialise and train their dogs. 

We promote responsible dog ownership. Dogs should be humanely trained and only healthy and fit dogs should compete in the various disciplines of the Sport of IGP.

Dog Aggression

An aggressive dog is defined as a dog that initiates aggression toward another dog or person.

The following is WGSDCA policy for dog aggression toward dogs and/or people:

First Offense

  • Immediate dismissal from the trial with all scores and ratings deleted and the following notation made in the scorebook: Dimissed due to aggression

  • The WGSDCA Board of Management and Director of Judges shall be informed of the incident

  • No later than one (1) day after the event, shall the officiating judge file a report describing the incident and actions taken. This report shall then be distributed to all WGSDCA judges.

Second Offense

  • Immediate dismissal from the trial with all scores and ratings deleted and the following notation made in the scorebook: Dimissed due to aggression

  • Suspension of the dog from all WGSDCA-sanctioned events and/or activities for one (1) year

  • Surrender the scorebook for the dog to the Administrator of Records for the duration of the suspension

  • The WGSDCA Board of Management and Director of Judges shall be informed of the incident

  • No later than one (1) day after the event, shall the officiating judge file a report describing the incident and actions taken. This report shall then be distributed to all WGSDCA judges.

Third Offense

  • Banishment of the dog from all WGSDCA-sanctioned events and/or activities for life

  • Suspension of the handler from all WGSDCA-sanctioned events and/or activities for one (1) year

  • Destruction of WGSDCA scorebook for the dog.

  • The WGSDCA Board of Management and Director of Judges shall be informed of the incident

  • No later than one (1) day after the event, shall the officiating judge file a report describing the incident and actions taken. This report shall then be distributed to all WGSDCA judges.

  • The information shall be published on WGSDCA website

The officiating judge at an event where an incident occurs is the sole arbiter of any and all decision made concerning faulty temperament and the actions that dictate any of the policy described above.

If a dog bite incident is sufficiently severe or there is reason for the Director of Judges to believe that the dog represents a significant menace to the public, the Director of Judges may request the Board of Management to upgrade the offense to a second or third offense level.

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