Expectations of Members of the AWMA (implemented in 2007)
- Members are representatives of the AWMA and should strive to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner both on and off the competition field.
- At any event, any handler who conducts him or herself in an unsportsmanlike manner or engages in any other actions that are contrary to the best interests of the AWMA is subject to disciplinary action.
- At competitions and other events, handlers are responsible for their dog’s behavior during the entire event. They should not leave their dogs loose and unattended in the hotels. If not confined to their vehicles or crates, dogs should be on lead and under direct control of their handlers at all times. Handlers should clean up after their dogs when staying at hotels and at competition areas.
- It is inappropriate for members of the AWMA to transport their dogs under the guise of a service animal unless the dog truly is qualified to be a service dog and the handler requires the use of the dog in that capacity. Abusing the Air Carrier’s Access Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act constitutes fraud. Handlers who transport their dogs in this manner are subject to disciplinary action.