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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-16-2010, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Obedience Trial/Bitch In Heat Question

Question to you more experienced OB folks.

I know under the rules, bitches in heat cannot participate in a trial.

Here is my dilemma.... There is a UKC obedience trial coming up at the end of March and I was planning to enter Raven for a UCD. The weekend is scheduled in such a way that there are enough trials and judges to earn the full title in one day, provided things go well. I planned to enter in all 4 trials, allowing for the 3 legs needed and 1 extra insurance leg.

Problem is, Raven is due in heat any time now. Which means if she doesn't get a move on and get it over with soon, she would be in heat during the trial and thus not allowed to participate. But the trial has a pre-entry deadline in 2 weeks, after which no entries will be accepted. And, I contacted the club hosting the trial to inquire about this, and was told that if I sent in entries to beat the deadline, and then she came into heat afterwards and couldn't trial, they would NOT refund my entry fees.

Is that normal for a club to not refund entry fees if the dog becomes ineligible due to a heat cycle?

I'd really like to trial her that weekend as this is the only UKC obedience trial currently scheduled somewhere near me in 2010. But I'm not exactly thrilled with the idea of coughing up $100 in entry fees knowing there is a good possibility she may come into heat and I'll be out of luck.

They did tell me that if Raven came into heat I could substitute a different dog for her if I wanted to, but I'm not too keen on taking one of Tim's dogs into a venue that is new to both of us and trialing it, and he will be out of state that weekend so he couldn't take my place.

What would you do in this case?


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I have no advice as I have no intact females, but I do know people who have intact females and have never received refunds for females going into heat. I got a UKC refund once because I changed my mind about a show but this was before the pre-entry deadline and the secretary from the host club agreed to give me a refund, less the CC processing fee, and it was also a show that allowed DOS entries (no deadline, just a pre-entry discounted price). So, the only question I can answer is that yes, it is unfortunately typical that they don't offer refunds for bitches in heat, especially after the entry deadline.
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Not very helpful, but in AKC, the club in question can offer a refund for bitches in heat or not. I have often seen that they will offer a partial refund, but you need a vet confirmation I think. That costs as much as the entry fee anyway, or pretty much.

So, I am not sure what to tell you.

I have NEVER heard of subbing one dog for another on an AKC show. I mean you dog's name and numbers are there, to sub another they would have to make a change. I just have never heard of them doing that.

I feel your pain though. Entries close on March 2 or 3 for a show at the end of March. I am working with Babsy, who has pulled a muscle, and may not be ready. She went into heat in November, so if her leg is ok, then she can show -- probably. Heidi who was due to whelp in the beginning of January but missed. She SHOULD go into heat in April, unless she is early. And the baby, Joy who is not ready yet, but is six months old NOW. in the end of March she MAY be having her first heat.

I have two weeks to decide who to enter.

I really do love having bitches, BUT....

In August I showed Milla and Ninja days before their first birthday. My friends dog was going for his UD at the evening show (first day of a three day show). He was so interested in Milla. He went into the ring and saw her and just blew his owner off completely.

I looked at Milla and thought NO WAY. There had been no blood. She had qualified that morning, and that evening, and I brought her the next day and got her title. The next day she went into heat.

I heard that applying a bit of vanilla can mask the attractiveness....
Would that be considered cheating???

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Thanks for the feedback, ladies!
I just looked it up in the rulebook, and according to the official rules they have to give at least a 50% refund if I provide a vet certificate saying she came into heat after the entry deadline. So maybe the club representative who answers their emails isn't aware of that rule?


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They're probably aware of it, but people generally just take the loss of entries, because as Lies said, getting the certificate can cost just as much.

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Don't ya just LOVE the "girls"??!!...and of course, IF you had a "breeding" possibly in the planned stage......she would be on a "slow boat to china"...no rush......ALL the time in the world!! YEP!....LOVE THE GIRLS!
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Yeah, girls are a trip. And Robin you are so right about how their evil little brains work. Can pretty much be guaranteed they'll come into heat at the most inconvenient time, whether it be early or late, especially if a breeding is planned!

Nice that in the other 2 venues we participate in, SchH and SDA, bitches in heat aren't an issue. You'll sometimes get dirty looks and a cold shoulder with a bitch in heat, but you get to trial. The no bitches in heat at rally and OB is sort of a pain in the butt.


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They're probably aware of it, but people generally just take the loss of entries, because as Lies said, getting the certificate can cost just as much.
Well, I emailed the club a cut/paste copy of the language in the rules and will see what they say. Our vet probably wouldn't charge anything for the certificate. He'd just peek at her behind, say "yep, she's in heat, where to I sign?" and we'd be in and out in 5 minutes. If he did it would be a whopping $14 office call. So would definitely be worth it since that's a lot less than the entry fees.


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1. Females in season. No female in season may participate in an obedience trial. The host club has the option of refunding the entire entry fee or retaining up to 50% of the fee as a processing fee of any obedience trial competitor who provides a veterinarian’s certificate verifying that the female came into season after the closing date for entries. The certificate may be mailed, provided the postmark is no later than the date prior to the day of the trial, or delivered by hand to the Event Secretary before the published start time of the trial.


The host club "has the option" so no, they don't have to refund anything. Personally, I don't enter if I know my girl is coming in because I end up griping about the money I lost!

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They way I read it, they have the option to refund the *entire* entry fee OR retain up to 50% as a processing fee, implying they would then refund the rest. Am I interpreting that wrong? Sounds to me like they must refund at least 50%.


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