Countryside trials

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Originally a purely French sport, this especially complete canine discipline has started to gain in popularity in the United States and elsewhere. The programme includes obedience, defence, jumping, retrieval of objects from water and tracking, which makes it very suitable for dogs with natural aptitudes in various fields.

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The capacity to adapt to any situation

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This sport challenges the dog’s capacity for taking initiative.

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Countryside trials are held in a natural environment over at least three hectares, or six hectares for tracking, challenging the dog’s capacity for taking initiative. This means that there are few clubs around large cities. Every competition is different, so dogs need to be very well balanced and able to adapt to new situations. The results of these trials are recorded with the pedigree certificate. Only dogs authorised to bite are allowed to participate.

Some of the tests are those practised in Ring (with different jump heights and distances), but in countryside trials the terrain changes constantly.

There are five types of obstacles for jumping (natural wall, hedging, lattice fence, wire mesh and river). Noises are used to try to distract the dog during the obedience exercises (aircraft, falling objects). The decoy is often partially camouflaged, demanding more active search efforts by the dog.

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