TREATMENT OF DOGS AT FIELD TRIALS INCLUDING
SCHEDULING OF TRIALS
What do the animals rights
nuts see and/or “hear” about at field trials? It is really only
very isolated incidents that attract attention and deserve
rectifying. Although they are isolated it is those isolated cases
that they grab on and report as if they are standard
practices. It goes w/o saying that training should be done
at home. In these days, unlike the past, it is rare to
actually observe brutality in corrections at trials, but we still need
to be careful of who sees what.
The main area in providing targets the AR crowd is the tethering of
dogs in bad weather...whether it be precipitation, too hot, or too
cold. Included in this is the overnight unattended
tethering of dogs at trials. Beyond exposing them the unexpected
changes in the weather unattended tethering always presents situation
where a dog may escape. This can lead to lost dogs or severe dog
fights. Even during the day when a brace is being run the
sponsoring club might be wise to make sure at least one person remains
in area where everyone parks.
As far as scheduling of trials big time hard to miss targets for the AR
crowd are set up by clubs, particularly in the southeast, scheduling
trials too early in the season. I’ve even seen horses on the
ground because of the heat. It is the combination of temperature and
humidity that create the problems.
Higher temps, so long as dogs are provided both internal and external
water, on the prairies is not the same thing... there water can help
the situation. Water is not as effective in the higher humidity
of the trials in the southeast. Because of the climate the
reasonable trial season is about
five or six months. This is a more than adequate length of time...
particularly in light of the fact that the there are big holes in the
scheduling during this period when trials are not scheduled.
Instead of scheduling during those available times too many clubs
schedule their trials far too early in the season, thus setting up
prime targets for the AR crowd.