Standards Committee voted in its June 14, 1997 meeting that Members must obtain
BoD approval in order for any activities, other than scheduled training
sessions, to qualify towards meeting the 50% training attendance requirement.
This new procedure/mandate is to take effect at the beginning of the third
quarter 1997. These guidelines define procedures the Members should use to
ensure that their request can be appropriately reviewed by the BoD.
Members will submit their requests for training substitutions to the D-E
President in writing or by email. It is recommended that requests be submitted
as soon as possible after the substituting activity takes place. However,
requests may be submitted at any time before the end of the training quarter.
Approved training substitutes will be applied only towards the same training
quarter in which they occurred.
Each request will include the following information:
Date of scheduled training session
which is being "substituted" by the alternative activity. This
would generally be the training session following a D-E sponsored activity.
Date that the alternative activity
of the alternative activity. Descriptions should demonstrate what kind of
searching/training took place. These do not have to be lengthy. Some
Wilderness search at (location)
involving (xx) hours in the field searching for a lost child (or hunter,
alzheimers, suicide, etc).
Water search at (location)
involving (xx) hours searching from a boat (or walking along the
Demo at (location) for (xx) hours.
Involved motivational training while demonstrating handler and subject
runaways. (Other examples: demonstrated/reinforced the
find/indication/refind sequence; strengthened dog's socialization among
crowds of adults/children; practiced dog obedience while handler spoke
with the audience, etc).
Subject for a (40/160) acre
evaluation at (location). Walked along for portion (xx hours) of
evaluation and observed the effectiveness of strategy/tactics (and/or
observed the evaluatee team's handler/dog skills; and/or practiced map
& compass, land navigation, etc.).
Attended (MSO, GSAR, etc.) course
sponsored by (ASRC, DEM, etc.) at (location) for (xx) hours.
on all requests will be made by the BoD within two weeks after the request
is submitted or at the end of the quarter (whichever is soonest). The
Training Director will inform the member
of the BoD decision.