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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. The format of Working Trials was changed in 1961 and since then very minor amendments have been made to the discipline which bears testimony to the standard that was set all those years ago.

Although Working Trials testswere 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. Working Trials tests, especially the tracking exercises, tend to be dispersed over a relatively large area of land. Consequently, 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 (Tracking Dog and Patrol Dog) 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.

New to Working Trials?

This section contains information for those new to Working Trials, including how to get started and how to compete in Working Trials
Working Trial Competitors
Find out more about competing and progressing in Working Trials, Working Trial events, changes to Working Trial Rules and Regulations and the latest news for this discipline.
Working Trial Judges
Judges can access information including requirements for Working Trial Judges, training and seminar information for Judges and lots of downloadable material to assist with judging appointments.
Working Trials Administration
If you are a Working Trial Secretary or help organise Working Trials, there is a huge amount of work and administration to be undertaken. This section provides all the information you need to assist with the task in hand.
Club Administration
There is so much to remember when running a dog club. This section provides all the information you need to help run your Registered Club efficiently.
Working Trials Liaison Council
The Working Trials Liaison Council is made up of representatives, elected for a three year term to act as a channel of communication between Working Trial and Bloodhound Trial clubs and competitors and the Kennel Club. This section features information about the Council and its Representatives, as well as agendas, annexes and minutes from recent meetings