The Eastern States Working Dog Association is proud to announce it has formally adopted the Utility Protection Dog Standards.
The Utility Protection Dog Standards are designed to test the dog’s obedience, protection and hunt/search drive skills.
The exercises are realistic, practical based exercises based upon real world situations, not a “routine based” type of dog sport.
It offers a handler or trainer the opportunity to earn a title for their dog or a client’s dog from a legally recognized K-9 training association.
A handler or trainer does not have to be a law enforcement officer to participate.
The UPD (Utility Protection Dog) program is NOT breed specific.
There are three (3) levels with the titles being UPD1 (Utility Protection Dog 1) UPD2 (Utility Protection Dog 2), UPD3 (Utility Protection Dog 3)
The standards are a pass/fail standard. Scoring is used for judging purposes only, with the minimum of a total of 220 points to pass and 300 points being a perfect score. The scoring works as such : 220- 270 = UPD title, 271-280 UPD title with the letter G indicating good, 281-290, UPD title with the letters VG indicating very good, 291- 300 title with the letters EX indicating excellent. Example UPD1 – EX (Utility Protection Dog1 -Excellent) ,UPD2 – G (Utility Protection Dog2 – Good), etc…