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Although Working Trials tests were originally based on training for police work, for today’s participant Working Trials are purely a competitive sport. They are physically demanding, and both dog and owner need to be healthy and fit.
Trials always take place out of doors, often in very attractive landscapes, and are run right through the year. Because Working Trials tests, especially the tracking exercises, tend to be dispersed over a relatively large area of land, trials rarely attract many spectators apart from the competitors themselves – the exception being the annual Kennel Club Working Trial Championships, the ‘top’ event of the Working Trials calendar.
Almost any dog of any breed of can take part in Working Trials, provided they are fit and healthy. The lower levels of competition – called ‘stakes’ – are geared to virtually any size of dog; however smaller dogs are not normally able to attain the top stakes (TD and PD) due to the height and size of the equipment used for the ‘agility’ exercises. Any Kennel Club registered dogs (pedigree or non-pedigree) can take part, but they must be 18 months old before they can compete at a Working Trial.
Working Trials date back to 1924 when the Associated Sheep, Police and Army Dog Society (ASPADS) held the first event. In May 1927, the first Championship Working Trial to be recognised by the Kennel Club was held by the Alsatian League and Club of Great Britain at Castle Bromwich.
In 1961 the Working Trials tests were changed into a format which has continued until the present day. The very minor amendments made since then bear testimony to the standard set all those years ago.
Dogs compete in ascending levels called ‘stakes’. From the loweststake, Companion (CD), through Utility (UD), Working (WD), Patrol (PD) and Tracking Dog (TD) at the very top, the dog is required to obtain 70% of the marks in each section and 80% overall in order to qualify and thereby progress upwards to the next stake. Two wins in Championship TD or PD stakes qualify the dog to be awarded the title of ‘Working Trial Champion’.
Each stakes’ exercises are divided into three groups: