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My friend was supposed to run his dog in a HT this weekend in SE Missouri. Business is requiring him to be out of town. I am running my dog at the same event. Is it possible this late in the game to add another handler to your dog? The event is a AKC hunt test. If possible he wants to add me so I can run his dog and avoid losing the two days of entry fees.
 

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You can run the dog, don't have to add your name to Entry Express, just let the marshall know when you check in so that when they go looking for you they will know who to ask for.
 

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There is nothing in the HT regs about who can or cannot handle a dog other than the prescriptions against family or spouse handling a dog under a related judge. The only thing recorded is the dog. The handler is irrelevant according to my dog.
 

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Is it possible this late in the game to add another handler to your dog? The event is a AKC hunt test.
It should not be a problem however you need to inform the Chairperson/ Committee of a the change for AKC recording purposes.

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You have a nice question that has caused confusuion at various events however the answer is easy. Hunt Tests are different than field trials where at a HT you are working againest a standard. The handler need not be listed on the premieun. Your very question was asked at a recent Advanced judges seminar and the answer straight from the AKC spokemans mouth was who handles the dog in an event is not important and as an example he indicated there could be a different handler for each of the 3 series.

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Only issue would be if both dogs are running the same stake, and there are multiple flights and you want to keep the two dogs in the same flight. If that is the case, the easiest thing is to have your friend contact the test secretary (contact info should be in the EE premium) and let them know you will be handling the dog. Just keeps the logistics simpler!
 

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You have a nice question that has caused confusuion at various events however the answer is easy. Hunt Tests are different than field trials where at a HT you are working againest a standard. The handler need not be listed on the premieun. Your very question was asked at a recent Advanced judges seminar and the answer straight from the AKC spokemans mouth was who handles the dog in an event is not important and as an example he indicated there could be a different handler for each of the 3 series.

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I find it odd that the AKC spokesperson would still claim that the handler is not important given the recent changes in AKC HT judge eligibility requiring handler experience.

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It is the clubs that are responsible for making sure that the judges meet the handling qualifications, not AKC.
 

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branching off,
as the original question is answered.
What do you all think of the folk that add fictional handlers to their entries?
Like Jean-Luc Picard or Dennis Rodman are really going to be handling your dog!
Isn't there an AKC rule or guideline saying the information you put down on your entry must be factual?
I do think that is a rule. May a event secretary reject an entry because of this goofiness????
 
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The AKC person who said that it is not important to know who the handler is in hunt tests forgot that there are Junior Handlers sometimes and they have to be noted as handling in the catalog by the Hunt Test Secretary who marks the officially signed catalog he/she sends to AKC following the hunt test.

This is in addition to sending AKC the official Junior Handler Certificate which is filled out and then signed by both judges of the stake in which the junior handler handled.

I just did this as HT Secretary for a hunt test held last weekend in which there were two junior handlers who handled in 4 different stakes. They passed all 4 -- quite an accomplishment ! The one who passed 3 out of 3 stakes (one Senior, two Junior) was only 11 years old.

Helen
 
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