Code of Ethics

NC Sporting Dog Association, Inc.
Sporting Dog Code of Ethics

  1. I will provide proper care for my dogs including food, water, shelter, and medical care, and will insist other sporting dog owners do the same.
  2. I will provide proper identification and contact information on each of my dogs.
  3. I will diligently work to retrieve my dogs by the end of the hunt, recognizing it is my moral and ethical responsibility to retrieve every dog as quickly as possible.  If I cannot locate a dog by hunt’s end, I will do my best to retrieve it as quickly thereafter as reasonably achievable.
  4. I will only release my dogs on property on which I have permission to hunt, and will not tolerate other releasing dogs on property for which they do not have permission to hunt.
  5. I will find a proper home or shelter for any dog that I determine I cannot or will not keep.  I will not abandon any dog.  I will not tolerate anyone who does so.
  6. I will consider myself a guest of the landowner, whether private, state, or federal, always seeking permission in advance of hunting activities. I will conduct myself properly, so I will be welcome in the future.
  7. I will do my best to tread lightly while afield, using only established roads and trails. I will leave any gates as I find them, open or closed. I will leave no litter whatsoever.
  8. I will promote fair chase of game animals and promote ethical treatment of hunting dogs.
  9. I will strictly follow the rules of safe gun handling, obey all game laws, rules, and regulations, and, I will report those who violate game laws and regulations.
  10. I will actively encourage young and new hunters to participate in and enjoy the thrill and camaraderie of hunting with dogs.
  11. While North Carolina law provides legal rights for me and protection against damage to my dogs, I will practice courtesy and respect toward landowners with whom I come into contact. I will respect their property. I will admonish my fellow hunters to do the same.
  12. I will always be mindful I am the public face of all dog hunters in the community and in the field. I will strive to hold myself and others to the highest standards of behavior when hunting with my dogs, in field trials, and in transportation and care of my dogs. I will strive to present positive messages and images in all online communications and photographs. I will endeavor to reflect well upon the ancient and honorable tradition of hunting with dogs.