What are Working Trials?
Working Trials were originally based on training dogs for police work, but have developed into a purely competitive sport. Working Trials are physically demanding for both the dog and handler so fitness of both is a must!
Trials are always held outside and tend to be spread over large areas which means they rarely have spectators other than the exhibitors themselves.
Most dogs of all breeds can take part in Working Trials, and to date, we only know of one Estrela that has competed in such events – and very successfully too! Due to the height and size of the equipment used for the ‘agility’ exercises, the smaller dogs are not usually able to attain the top ‘Stakes’ of TD and PD. Any Kennel Club registered dogs (pedigree or non-pedigree) can participate but they must be at least 18 months old before they can compete at a Working Trial and need to have a very high level of control, obedience and agility from the very first level.