Working Trials stakes were originally based on training for police work and the army. For today’s participant, Working Trials are a competitive sport open to all breeds and sizes of dogs. Dogs need to be over 18 months of age to compete, but can attend training at an earlier age and must be registered with the Kennel Club. Working Trials are physically demanding, but are great fun and can be extremely rewarding.
All the dogs start as pet dogs, but it does help to have basic control (as the training takes place outside in fields) and a retrieve.
The aims of Working Trials involves Nosework (tracking and searching), Control Exercises and Agility.
However BDTC due to the decline in popularity of Working trials over the last few years, have decided to offer participants a predominantly Nosework and Tracking course once a year. The control and agility section will not be included.
Tracking and Searching
To teach the dog to follow a track of human scent for half a mile, finding articles placed on the way.
To teach the dog to search a marked area of 25 sq. yards to find human scented articles and return them to the handler.
To teach heelwork at slow, normal and fast pace. Retrieve a dumbbell. Sendaway and redirection. Steadiness to gunshot. Speak on command. Recall and finish. 10 minute down stay and 2 minutes sit stay, both exercises are out of sight of the dog.
To teach the dog a 3ft hurdle, a 9ft long jump and a 6ft scale. The jumps are lowered for smaller dogs.
The course will take place is Dedisham Manor Farm, near Rudgwick. Contact the Noticeboard if you require more details.
As with all of the BDTC activities, aggressive dogs are not welcome.
For more information on Working Trials visit www.the kennelclub.org.uk/activities/working-trials.