Requirements for
Working Samoyed, Working Samoyed Excellent and Master Working Samoyed Certification

by the
Samoyed Club of America
The Samoyed Club of America's Working Samoyed Program is not governed by the Organization for the Working Samoyed but OWS does fully support the program. The guidelines provided here, which are created, maintained and administered by the Working Committee of the Samoyed Club of America, are meant to show other ways in which Samoyed owners can work with their dogs.
The Requirements for the Working Samoyed Titles have changed. Updated requirements will be provided on this site soon. In the meantime, for specific changes, please contact Donna Dannen at TundraWinds@juno.com

1.0 Purpose

1.1 To encourage Samoyed owners to provide opportunites for their dogs to work in the many ways in which Samoyeds are capable of providing physical service, and thereby enable dogs and owners to know the joy and honor of working together.

1.2 To provide certification for those Samoyeds who perform these tasks.

1.3 To thereby encourage those Samoyed owners who do not exhibit their dogs in conformation shows to work with their dogs, and by means of these activities, find benefit in taking part In the Samoyed Club of America.

1.4 To thereby encourage those Samoyed owners who do not exhibit their dogs in conformation shows to value those working traits in Samoyeds, whereby the breed merits its place In the Working Group.

1.5 To thus encourage the breeding of Samoyeds with the soundness and attitude that enable them to be workers, a role equal in importance to their roles as visual works of art and superb companions, to encourage breeding the best possible Samoyeds.

2.0 Scope

2.1 To establish criteria for earning the working titles - Working Samoyed, Working Samoyed Excellent and Master Working Samoyed(W.S., W.S.X. and W.S.X.M.).

2.2 To define those types of work and the level of work by which Samoyeds can earn these titles.

2.3 To establish the rules for certifying that the criteria have been met

2.4 To revise the criteria as needed to Improve the certification program. The criteria can be modified or corrected, or the program can be discontinued upon recommendation of a majority of the Working Dog Degree Committee, upon approval of the Samoyed Club of American Board of Directors.

2.5 The Working Dog Certification Program shall be self-supporting and there by not burden the Samoyed Club of America Certification charges shall be sufficient to pay for printing and mailing of certificates and any unforeseen costs.

2.6 The Working Dog Certification Program shall be administered by a standing committee of the SCA. It shall be the responsibility of this committee to handle all matters perfaining to the Working Dog Certification, and to regularly report, In the SCA BULLETIN, on the progress of the program. Reports shall include evaluation and statistics tical data as well as an honor roll of those completing certificates.

3.0 Types of Work for Earning Degrees

3.1 Sled Racing

3.2 Weight Pull

3.3 Packing

3.4 Sled excursion

3.5 Skijoring

3.6 Herding

3.7 Therapy

3.8 Special work, such as retrieving, search and rescue, seeing eye, hearing ear, assistance, and the like shall be considered by special application to the Working Dog Degree Committee on an individual basis.

4.0 Eligibility

4.1 The Samoyed to receive a working title from SCA shall be registered with a recognized kennel club (AKC, CKC, etc.J and owned by an SCA member at the time application for certification Is submitted.

5.0 Basic Requirements

5.1 All races, weight pulls, or herding trials used for purposes of certification shall be open to all eligible Samoyeds and shall meet requirements in this document. All of these events must be sufficiently advertised so that Samoyed owners who are not members of the organization staging the event nor of another Samoyed club, none-theless, have the reasonable opportunity to learn of the event so that they may take part In it for a nominal fee.

5.2 The dog owners have the responsibility of making sure that their dogs are sufficiently tiained and conditioned to take part in these events so that they pose no hazard to themselves or to other dogs taking part In the event. A dog which is a hazard to itself or to other dogs will be disqualified from certification. Poor sportsmanship by an owner or handler, or abuse of dogs by an owner or handler, shall also be cause for refusing certification.

5.3 The dog owner Is responsible for obtaining and returning all documents with appropriate signatures and otherwise complete all requirements for certification.

5.4 In cases where a Samoyed obtains certification by working on a team with other dogs, the other dogs do not have to be Samoyeds.

5.5 A Working Samoyed (WD) degree can be awarded to a Samoyed which has accumulated 1000 points In one or a combination of the working areas defined below.

5.6 A Working Samoyed Excellent (WSX) degree can be awarded to a Samoyed which has accumulated 1500 points in one or a combination of the working areas defined below.

5.7 If a dog has a WS degree (having earned the 1000 poInts necessary), It must earn 500 more points to achieve the WSX degree.

5.75.... New Degree less Master Working Samoyed A master working Samoyed (WSXM) degree can be awarded to a Sam which has accumulated 5000 points in a minimum of 4 categories (Including special applicationsJ with a minimum of 200 points in each of the 4 categories.

5.8....There is no time limit within which the degree must be earned. The degree may be awarded posthumously, if the proper documentation of the work accomplished during the dog's lifetime to earn the points can be established according to the criteria.

6.0 CertIfied Dogs

6.1...Any dog certified by the SCA shall be privileged to use that title in any SCA literature.

7.0 Protests

7.1.. Any person wishing to protest the eligibility of a dog or dog team, the qualification of an event for certification purposes, or protest any violation of competition rules or certification requirements, must do so immediately after the event. The protest may be verbal, but must be followed by a written statement to the race marshal or chief judge of the event within 10 days, with a copy to the Certification Committee. The committee shall notify the concerned parties of the protest in order that they may file a rebuttal. It shall be the responsibility of the certification committee to decide whether or not the protest is valid by a 213 majority vote.

8.0 Documents and Certification

8.1 Intentional falsification of documents in order to certify a dog shall be cause for withholding certification. Falsifying may Include substitution of one dog's work for that of another, forging documentation, or otherwise making false claims in order to certify a dog.

8.2 The Working Dog Award Committee shall consist of four or five SCA members, each from a different region, plus a chairperson, all of whom shall be appointed by the SCA Board of Directors.

8.3 Certification Apphcation forms may be obtained by writing to the Working Dog Committee Chairperson, whose name will be listed in the SCA BULLETIN. Completed forms shall be returned to the Committee Chairperson for review.

9.0 Officials

9.1....Judges of competitive events, who must sign forms for certification of dogs competing in those events, may be race marshals or chief timers of races, judges of weight pulls, or judges of herding trials.

10.0 Competitive Sledding Events Rules and RequIrements

10.1..The vehicle may be either a snow sled or wheeled rig.

10.2..Races shall be held under ISDRA rules, plus any amendments created by the officiating organizations; provided such amendments do not change the basic character of the ISDRA rules.

10.3....The applicant shall pay the cost of competing, plus payment to SCA for certification processing.

10.4....The team does not have to be all Samoyed.

10.5....The dog does not have to run on the same team each time.

10.6.... Competitive sledding points may be accumulated by means of a formula created by the Organization of Working Samoyeds. This formula takes into account the number of miles run, the miles per hour of the team, and the speed of the team relative to the first place finisher in each race. This system is best understood by examining the tabulation sheet on which the points for each race are calculated (Form A at the end of this document). It is not difficult to use. Lead dogs receive a bonus equal to 1.25 times the points received by team dogs for the same race. This formula succeeds in balancing the efforts of small speed-racing teams with those of large distance-racing teams and freight-racing teams. Thus, the number of points that each individual dog can accumulate depends only slightly on the number of dogs the ownerldriver is able to have on hand.

10.7.... A verification sheet, signed by either the race marshal or chief timer, must be submitted for each race (Form B at the end of this document). This same form also can serve as verification for a dog's qualification to compete In the sled dog class at the National Specialty.

11.0 Weight Pull Rules and Requirements

11.1..Competition must be under ISDRA or International Weight Pull Association or Maskan Malamute Club of America rules. The Working Dog Committee may grant exceptions to this rule on a case by case basis upon written request and explanation by applicant 11.2.... Points can be accumulated by pulling either a sled or a wheeled cart.

11.3....Points are calculated on the basis of what percentage of its own body weight the dog pulls in each competition (rules referred to above require that dogs be weighed at the beginning of each pull).

11.4.... Dogs pulling on snow receive 75 points each time they pull 10 times their own weight 112 points each time they pull 15 times their own weigh and 150 points each time they pull 20 times their own weight.

11.5....Dogs pulling a wheeled cart receive 75 points each time they pull 12 times their own weight, 112 points each time they pull 18 times their own weight, and 150 points each time they pull 23 times their own weight.

11.6.... A copy of the tabulation form at the back of this document (Form C) must be filled out for each pull and signed by the judge of that pull.

12.0 Pack Dog Rules and Requirements

12.1....Weight. The dog must carry a weight that at beginning of hike is equal to at least 25% of the dog's weight This is about the upper limit for the weight of useful gear or supplies that will fit into most dog packs. Because such items usually are food, water, or fuel, this weight should decrease as supplies are used up and are replaced in the packs with lighter, bulkier items, like clothing.

12.2....Terrain. Pack trips must be over natural terrain, such as hiking trails, unpaved roads, or cross country, where the dog has a legitimate function as a pack animal. This is in contrast to walking 150 times around a shipping center parking lot Short stretches of unnatural terrain, such as paved roads, to link natural hiking environments are permitted.

12.3....Distance. Dog will receive 25 points for packing a minimum of 5 miles. Dogs will receive 50 points for packing a minimum of 10 miles. Each increment of the total must be a minimum of S miles per day. Miles traveled per day over the minimum can be accumulated to Increments of S miles to earn 25 points. (For instance, if three hikes are taken of, say, 6, 8, and 6 miles, the miles over the minimum of S each day can be added to earn another 25 points.) The total number of points earned in this case would be 100.

12.4....Elevation Gain. Elevation gain may be substituted for distance. One mile of flat terrain is assumed to be equivalent to 1000 feet of elevation gain. (An eight mile hike with 2000 feet of elevation gain equals 10 flat miles.) Elevation gain is the difference in elevation between the highest and lowest point on the trip.

12.5....Verification. Completion of these requirements shall be recorded as follows:

  1. .....Weight - for each trip the dog's burden must be inventoried with the initial weIght recorded for each item (for example, first aid kit - 1 lb; 1 quart water - 4 lbs., etc.) The dog also needs to be weighed before the beginnIng of each trip.
  2. .....Distance
    1. The route of each trip must be indicated on a map which shows the distance.
    2. For each trip, also provide a photograph whIch shows the dog and some identifiable landmark (sign, building, natural feature) at approximately the furthest point of the trip. For trips that end at a different place than where they begin, provide a photo at the approxImate mid-point. Photos will not be returned, but may be used in the SCA BULLETIN. Waiver of the photo requirement for one or more trips can be granted by the Working Dog Committee for reasonable cause (camera broke, developer spoiled film, ran out of film). Forgetting or walking far beyond the appropriate picture site are not reasonable causes.
  3. Brief written narrative about each trip (dog's reaction, notable sights or events, interaction with other humans, etc.) though not required would be appreciated. The reason for these verification requirements is not only, or even primarily, to prove that the dog actually worked as claimed. Rather it is hoped that these reports of the dog's working accomplishments will form an accumulation of knowledge about this activity that can benefit pack dogs in the future.
  • 13.0 Excursion Sledding Rules and Regulations
  • 13.1..... Terrain. The sled must be pulled over natural terrain inaccessible to motorized vehIcles except for snowmobiles. Short stretches of unnatural terrain to link natural environments are permitted.
  • 13.2....Distance. Dog will receive points for sledding a minimum of 10 mIles per day according to the following formula. For dogs who do not run at lead for the excursion: divide the number of miles by the number of dogs on the team and multiply by 25 - number of points for each dog on the team. Dogs that run lead throughout the excursion receIve 1.25 times the points of the team dog. Each increment of the total must be a minimum average of 10 miles per day (a trip of 20 miles over two days could be 8 miles one day and 12 the next).
  • 13.3....Elevation Gain. Elevation gain maybe substituted for distance. One mile of flat terrain is assumed to be equivalent to 1000 feet of elevation gain (an eight mile hike with 2000 feet of elevation gain equals 10 flat miles). Elevation gain is the difference in elevation between the highest and lowest point on the trip.
  • 13.4....Verification. Completion of these requirements shall be recorded as follows:
    1. Distance - show the route and distance of each trip on a. Or provide a photograph which shows the team and some identifiable landmark (sign, natural feature) at approximately the furthest point of the trip. For trips that end at a different place than where they begin, provide a at the approximate mid-point Photos will not be returned. Waiver of the photo requirement for one or more trips can be granted by the Working Dog Committee for reasonable cause.
    2. Brief written narratives about each trip (dog's reaction, notable sights or events, interaction with other humans, etc.) though not required would be appreciated.
  • 14.0 Skijoring Rules and Regulations
  • 14.1.. Terrain. The skijoring excursion must be over natural terrain inaccessible to motorized vehicles except for snowmobiles. Short stretches of unnatural terrain to link natural environments are permitted.
  • 14.2.. Distance. Dogs will receive 50 points for packing a minimum of 5 miles. Each increment of the total must be a minimum of 5 miles per day. Miles traveled per day over the minimum can be accumulated to Increments of 5 miles to earn 50 points. (For instance, if three hikes are taken of, say, 6, 8, and 6 miles, the miles over the minimum of 5 each day can be added to earn another 50 points.) The total number of points earned in this case would be 200.
  • 14.3.... Elevation Gain. Elevation gain may be substituted for distance. One mile of flat terrain is assumed to be equivalent to 1000 feet of elevation gain (an eight mile hike with 2000 feet elevation gain equals 10 flat miles). Elevation gain is the difference in elevation between the highest and lowest point on the trip.
  • 14.4.... Verification Completion of these requirements shall be recorded as follows:
    1. Distance - the route of each trip must be indicated on a which shows the distance. For each trip, also provide a photograph which shows the team and some identifiable landmark (sign, building, natural feature) at approximately the furthest point on the trip. For trips that end at a different place than where they begin, provide a at the approximate mid-point. Photos will not be returned. Waiver of the photo requirement for one or more trips can be granted by the Working Dog Committee for reasonable cause.
    2. Brief written narratives about each trip (do~s reaction, notable sights or events, interaction with other humans, etc.) though not required, would be appreciated.
    It seems that competitive skijoring is not widespread enough, or uniform enough in North America, to set down a system of calculating points for this activity. The Working Dog Committee wrll accept for special consideration on an individual basis, an application for working points for a dog that has competed in skijoring races. Reference to the sled racing rules and regnlations above, might be useful to an applicant in presenting the case for recognition of this dog.

    14.5 Therapy Dog Rules and Requirements

    14.6.. A dog will be awarded 250 points for becoming registered with Therapy Dog International or any other reputable Therapy organization with similar requirements. Such registration requires:
    A. Graduation from a training club obedience class or an AKC obedience title, or AKC Good Citizenship Certificate.
    B. Good health and up-to-date immunization
    C. The dog to be at least one year of age
    D. Good grooming
    The 250 points will be awarded only if the dog has done at least 20 verified hours of therapy work

    14.7.... Verification. A copy of the registration certificate to be furnished to the Working Dog Committee.

    14.8.... Once the TDl Is achieved, each hour of therapy work in licensed nursing homes or hospitals will be awarded 5 points. 150 hours of work and the TDI certificate will earn the WS title. 250 hours or work and the TDI will earn the WSX title.

    14.9.... A verification sheet signed and dated by a nursing home or hospital administrator of the institution in which the dog has served must be submitted for each 100 hours of service.

    15.0 Herding

    15.1

    15.2.. Stock. Herding tests will be performed using stock animals only sheep, goats, or cattle - not fowl.

    15.3.. Size of arena. The arena must be appropriate for test level and activiiy.......Instinct 200 Points Total

    1. In the instinct test, the Samoyed may work in any of three established herding styles:
      1. The Samoyed may drive - move the animals forward while the handler walks nearby;
      2. The Samoyed may - circle the stock and bring it towards the handler; or
      3. The Samoyed may patrol the perimeter of an area in which the stock is held.
    2. If the Samoyed drives or fetches, a minimum of three animals are necessary for the instinct test; if the Sarnoyed prefers boundary work, ten animals are required for the test
    3. 100 Points: Preliminary Test of Herding Instinct. Instinct tests must be performed in a fenced arena at least 60'x 60' in dimension. The tester may handle the Samoyed for an inexperienced owner. To pass, the dog must show five minutes cumulative herding work within a fifteen minute test period.
    4. 100 Points: Principal Test of Herding Instinct The owner must handle his own Samoyed, showing control of the dog. The handler must be able to stop the dog before starting work and stop and recall the dog at the end of the test. The dog must show 5 minutes of sustained herding during a 15 minute test period.

    15.5 .... Fulfillment of the herding test is not a prerequisite for actual stock work pretrial and trial exercises.

    16.0 Farm or Ranch Herding Experience

    16.1.. Herding experience may substitute for 200 points toward the Working Samoyed degrees. The experience must be documented by a minimum 15 minute video-tape of the Samoyed in a stock management situation. The video-tape will be monitored and approved by the Working Samoyed Committee.

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