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WSD
Working Single Dog

Vehicle will be a conventional push bike or scooter or wheeled rig or skis. Should the vehicle be a conventional push bike the chain must be removed or disabled in such a manner as to prevent any drive to the bike's wheels.

To be considered each race must be an open single dog bike' race as being currently run by various clubs in New Zealand.

Certification can be achieved by the following method.

RACING

The dog must qualify in four different races.
Dog must complete the course of each race considered. The minimum number of dogs competing in each race is five.

(1) The dog must complete the race in an acceptable speed as determined by the Working Sub-Committee. Under normal conditions this shall be 4.0 minutes for each one kilometre (e.g. a four-kilometre race would need to be completed in 16 minutes). Under conditions of extreme weather or terrain, the Working Sub-Committee may accept a higher time per kilometre.

(2) Or the dog must complete the race in the top third of the competition.

The minimum required distance for each sprint race will be 2.5 kilometres and the maximum distance will be 8 kilometres.

All documentation must be certified by a Race Official of each event.

Subject to the above requirements, to qualify a dog must accumulate a minimum of 20 kilometres over at least four races.




WLD & WLDX
Working Lead Dog - WLD

Dog must run single lead on a team consisting of 3 dogs minimum'.
Dog does not have to lead the same team on each race
The Working Lead Dog requirements are the same as those for Working Team Dog.

Working Lead Dog Excellence - WLDX

As for WTDX but the dog must run single lead. In the event of two or more teams on the same excursion, then the dog must run in the lead team for at least 66% of the distance.



WTD & WTDX
Working Team Dog - WTD

Vehicle may be snow sled or wheeled rig. Team does not have to be all Malamute. Dog does not have to run on the same team each time. Certification may be achieved by the following methods.

METHOD 1
RACING

Dog must qualify in three different races. The minimum number of teams competing in each race is three. Races must be under ISDRA rules or the rules must be approved by the Working Sub-Committee. Dog must complete the course of each race considered. Each heat may count as a race so long as it meets the above requirements:

(1) The team must complete the race at a speed of 15 kph for sprint races and 12 kph for freight races or cross-country races. Under conditions of extreme weather or terrain, the Committee may accept a higher time per kilometer
(2) OR the team must complete the race in the top third of the competition

Sprint races will be those up to a distance of 12km, Cross-country races will be those of a greater distance than 12 km.
(1) Under conditions of extreme weather or terrain, the Committee may accept a slower average time.
(2) OR the team must complete the race in the top third of the competition.

Freight races will be a minimum of 8km with a minimum of 50kg for a two dog team inclusive of rig with an additional weight of 15kg for each dog added to the team above two dogs.

The minimum required distance for each race will be 5 km, or 2 km for each dog on the team, whichever is the greater.

All documentation must be certified by a race official for each event.

Subject to the above requirements, to qualify a dog must:
(1) Accumulate a minimum of40 kilometres over at least three races.
(2) Or, complete a race of 40 kilometres or longer.

METHOD 2
EXCURSION

Dog must accumulate a minimum of 64 sledding excursion kilometres. Dog must pull the sled vehicle a minimum of 16 kilometres per excursion. An impartial witness must sign the form to be sent to the Working Dog Sub-Committee verifying distances and dog completing.

METHOD 3:
COMBINATION RACING AND EXCURSION

One of two 16 kilometre or longer races may count towards the total of 64 excursion kilometres.


Working Team Dog Excellence - WTDX

The dog must have covered at least 200 kms in a team of not less than 3 dogs, either by excursion or racing. Each event/outing must be at least 30 kms. In the event of a race in stages or heats, each heat or stage must be at least 12 kms, with a rest period not exceeding 4 hours between each stage. The team is to be fully self sufficient and carry all necessary food and equipment for each outing, excepting when the conditions of a stage race have the team returning to one point, then the team must carry freight equal to that required by the NZFSS Rules. Times and speeds are the same as for the WTD award.




WWPD & WWPDX
Working WeightPull Dog - WWPD

A dog must qualify in 4 separate events.

Dogs must be weighed before each event.

On a natural surface such as snow, dirt or grass the weight pulled must equal or exceed 8 times the dog's body weight.

On an artificial surface such as concrete, tarmac or carpet the weight pulled must equal or exceed 12 times the dog's body weight.

To qualify, the event must be held under ISDRA, AMCA or IWPA rules.


Working WeightPull Dog Excellence - WWPDX

The dog must pull at least 15 times his bodyweight on three occasions under the same conditions that apply to the WWPD award.




WPD
Working Pack Dog - WPD

Dog must carry a daily initial weight equal to a minimum of 30% of the dog's weight. This weight shall not decrease except by normal consumption of items such as food and water.

Packing trips must be done on natural terrain such as biking trails or cross-country.
Qualification may be obtained by either:

OPTION 1
Dog must pack a minimum of 48 km. A minimum of one trip must include an overnight camp out.
Each trip must be a minimum or 16 km, or with an overnight campout a minimum of 8 km in and 8 km out.

OPTION 2
Dog must pack a minimum of 64 kms. Each trip must be a minimum of 16 km per day.

Elevation gain may be substituted for distance in the following manner, 300 metres of elevation is equivalent to 1.5 kilometres of flat terrain. Elevation gain will be figured as the difference between the highest and lowest points of the trip.

Packing requirements shall he spread out over a minimum of 2 trips.
An impartial witness must sign the form to be sent to the Working Sub-Committee verifying proof of distances, weight of pack, and dog competing.

On non-club organised trips, the impartial witness can be a person who is also going for certification provided this person is first authorised by the Working Sub-Committee. When planning a solo packing trip contact the Working Sub-Committee for ways of verifying proof of your trip.



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