Bay Pen Terminology

A-Bay – a field trial event where one dog or a pair are in arena with a wild hog for which to demonstrate style and ability to work and control said hog.

B-Bay – a field trial event where a wild hog is in a pen with one dog or a pair, for which to demonstrate style and ability to work and control said hog from outside the pen.

Baying – the act of barking at a hog.

Baying loose – when a dog bays stands back, usually over 5 ft, from the hog and bays.

Bay off – an extra round of baying used to determine who places when two or more dogs end up in a tie.

Baying tight – when a dogs bays very close to the head of the hog.

Calcutta – In a Calcutta, people bid, auction style, on a dog or team who they think will win the event (you can bid on your own dog or someone else’s). All the money raised through the "auction" goes into the pot. At the end of the class, those who "won" the dog or team that then won the class get a pre-determined payout from the auction pool.

Call Out – the ability to call a dog back to owner in a designated time limit after the event time limit is complete.

Catch Out–when the dog catches the hog for 5 seconds or less(determined at each pen). The dog is disqualified for this event.

Checking Out – Losing eye contact/control when swapping sides with partner.

Cut Board – a board used to protect the handler and pen help during a bay.

Cut collar – a special collar to protect the dog from the tusks of a wild hog.

Cutters – the bottom tusks of a wild hog.

Cut vest – a vest to protect the body of the dog from the tusks of a wild hog.

Dead hog – a hog that does not move during the bay.

Drifting – relinquishing control of hog, causing hog to gain ground.

Drifting hog – a hog that drifts around the arena during a bay.

Drive - referring also to the instinctive desire that dogs show in regards to game.

Dubbed – A hogs teeth are considered dubbed when all sharp edges have been removed.

Look out – when the dog looks away from the hog.

Looping – a dog that turns out in a circle when baying.

Open Bay – a field trial event where one dog or a pair are in arena with a wild hog for which to demonstrate style and ability to work and control said hog. An open trial is available to any breed of dog and cash prizes are rewarded.

Options – Similar to the Calcutta, except there is no auction. The options are a preset amount which is the same for each dog or team in a class.

Pen dog–a dog that is used in competition open bays or sanctioned trial bays.

Pressuring – the act of baying too close and causing the hog to break bay.

Score–Dog(s) begins with a perfect score of 10, and then is deducted for each error. Points are usually deducted in 1/10 increments.

Set up hog – a hog that backs up to the fence and waits out the bay.

Uncle Earl’s – annual event held in Winnfield, LA. Usually referred to as the Superbowl of baying.

Whetters – the top tusks of a wild hog, used to sharpen the cutters

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