Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Dogs must have permanent identification (chip or tattoo, I do both) in order to trial with USCA. Not sure if this is true for other breeds, but it is for GSD.
I would check again about the tattoo requirement for the 'a' stamp since Germany no longer tattoos their dogs, but uses chips only.
I still do both because I have seen chips fail or be difficult to read. Had a guy at a trial last fall with a brand new chip (can't remember if it was Avid or Homeagain) who had driven to IN from VA. The chip didn't want to read with two different universal readers. I worked on it for the club since I had my reader with me. Then I tried a trick a friend showed me running magnets over the dog and tried again. Finally the chip showed up. Most clubs are not going to spend the time and that person would have made a very long trip for nothing.
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Vala SchH3 AWD1 FH2 CGC B/HOT, SG1 Deja IPO3 AWD1 KKL1 B/HOT, SG Elena BH AD CGC B/HOT, LB (the ugly little sable) B/HOT, Donovan IPO1 TR2 AD, and gone but not forgotten, Nike SchH1 OB1 TR3 AD CGC HOT, Treue SchH3 CD CGC HOT