Janet Oatney BHAJ-073A
Just a quick reminder from your Advisory Committee - we are seeing an increase in dog aggression incidents across the country. The majority of these incidents are preventable by doing the following:
Keep your dog in their crate or car when not exercising or on your way to/from blind/ring and pay attention to your dog.
 
If your dog is on the end of the lead, please make it your entire focus - no chatting with friends, checking emails, posting your fabulous results, etc. Most of these kerfuffles are due to aroused dogs and inattentive handlers. Incidents of dog aggression are considered a DQ until further reviewed by Barn Hunt and dogs must leave the event site with no refund and no more fun for the weekend. It's not a happy situation, but it's unlikely that your dog will be banned from the sport unless their have been multiple incidents or it's a particularly serious one.
 
We want you and your dog(s) to have an enjoyable event - so play it safe, be your dogs advocate and keep them away from potential trouble.
 
Your friendly Advisory Committee
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Kristina Phillips BHAJ-123A
May I reference your post and the information in my general briefing prior to my club's next trial?
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Janet Oatney BHAJ-073A
Yes, as part of general briefing 

Janet 
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RottsNScotts
More attention needs to be paid to this. Two trial weekends, witnessed two dog attacks in the blind. Both attacking dogs were allowed to continue competing.

Yes, no contact was made in either incident but it definitely affected one dog's run although she was able to recover later in the day.

I think allowing the dogs to continue definitely sends the wrong message.
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BarbaraNovak
I agree. People just aren't being responsible for their dogs. A message needs to be sent.
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Robin Nuttall Robin_N

So who wants to show us where the dog aggression rules are in the rulebook? Do you all know where to find the Aggression and Misconduct Guide on the website?

It's a holiday weekend and I will be spotty on the forums but let's talk more about this. I will chime in when I can.

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Kathy Marble-Brown BHAJ-183A
Competitor's Rule Book  Part 7 Section 7  Page 8 Give detailed information on Dog Aggression.    Aggression and Misconduct Guide can be found as follows from the main page of the BH site:   Clubs than Club Forms/Trials
Dealing with Misconduct and Aggression in Barn Hunt can be printed in a booklet or handout form
I have the handout form printed and part of my rules book for judge's.
Kathy Marble-Brown 
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Robin Nuttall Robin_N
Thank you Kathy. I urge all of you to read those rules and the aggression and misconduct guide, then please feel free to post any questions you have.
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Kristina Phillips BHAJ-123A
Are clubs adhering to the blind size?  I wonder if this is a combination of dogs being too close together and handlers not paying attention.  I am personally uncomfortable in the min size blind with 4 other dogs  - tight fit with 5 large dogs.  We use dividers in our club, and larger blinds.  It helps, but we have had a handler let their dog wonder into another's space still.  It has happened only once in the last three or four trials.  
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Helene Shryock HeleneShryock BHAJ-262A
Dog aggression
Overt threat is the judgment that if a PERSON OR DOG WAS NOT VERY QUICKLY REMOVED from the immediate vicinity a bite or attack would certainly have taken place

This is on page 4 of Dealing with Misconduct and Dog Aggression in Barn Hunt booklet 
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DevoDog
Dogs should be encouraged to walk into the blind so as not to startle other dogs. Blinds should really be a bit bigger too, it can be hard to keep dogs separate when squeezed into small blinds.
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RottsNScotts
Our club, when hosting trials, has oversize blinds. In addition, when we have one entry/exit, we gather the people and dogs for the next blind outside the blind then have them load from the back forward, just like an airplane! So the fifth team to run goes in first, then the fourth, third, second and first. That way, no one has to walk by anyone. So far, knock on wood!, we have not had an incident of dog aggression of which I am aware.
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Lois Stevens
Too small blinds, people not paying attention to their dogs, playing with their dogs, trying to amp them up before they hunt, all of the above!!  I have a reactive dog and work hard to manage her.  It isn't fun when dogs wander at the end of their leash and invade her space.   Not all dogs get along, and even the most placid dog can be annoyed to the point of a growl or bite.  Before reactive dogs are ditched, make sure people have proper blind etiquette and take care of their space.  People never want to admit that their dog may have started something, so it is a tricky situation.   Is their a section for blind etiquette?  If not, there should be.   At the big show last year, a person who knew better paraded their dog up and down in front of all the dogs, stopped in front of my dog and let his dog wander.  My dog was about to lose her mind and the person would not move.  More than one person said to me that they though it was being done on purpose.  I  will call them on it if it every happens again.  
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DevoDog
I love the idea of the club loading people into the blind in order, what a great idea. My dog was startled by someone running into the blind to the back and it upset that dog and my dog. If people would show up on time and carefully come into the blind, or dogs were loaded in order it would be much calmer and safer for all.
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Cristi Theriot BHAJ-171A
We number our chairs so you remember the running order. Also I created a system with the chairs so no dog crosses another dog.  I will get photo tomorrow to share.  
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