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Endurance Trial


  • Dogs must be at least 2 years of age on the day of the event.
  • Handlers may run, bicycle or use an e-bike (only Class I e-bikes are permitted). Handlers using a bicycle or e-bike must wear a helmet.
  • Dogs may be run on a flat collar, martingale collar, harness or head-halter. Neither slip collars (sometimes called “choke chains”) nor prong collars are permitted.
  • Bitches in season are not permitted to compete.
  • If the temperature reaches 80 degrees, the trial will be called off regardless of which stage it has reached.

Trial Procedures:

  • Check-in and initial obedience tests will begin at 6 a.m. Please check-in no later than 6:30 a.m.
  • Starting groups will be spaced 10 minutes apart. The first group will start at 7 a.m. sharp. Know which group you are in and be ready. Groups will be assigned in advance by the trial chair.
  • There will be a 10-minute break between the first two legs. As you come in from your 1st leg, a timer will yell your time to you. It is YOUR responsibility to be at the vet checker location 5 minutes later for the dog’s vital signs to be checked. When it nears the end of the 10-minute rest, report to the timer. They will give you the go-ahead at the 10-minute mark.
  • Example: If you come in at 8:00, you must be at the vet location at 8:05 and back to the starting line at 8:09.
  • There will be a 15-minute break between the 2nd and 3rd legs of the trial. Once again, it is your responsibility to be at the checker’s location 5 minutes later to have your dog checked and be back at the line at the 15-minute mark.
  • As you finish each leg, you will be able to offer your dog water. Do not allow your dog to over-drink, which can cause bloat.
  • At the end of the 3rd leg – DO NOT LEAVE THE AREA. You must report to the vet checker’s location 5 and 15 minutes after you cross the finish line. The dog’s vital signs will be measured each time.
  • Example: If you cross the finish line at 11:00, you must be at the checker’s location at 11:05 and 11:15. In between these times, allow your dog to rest, drink water, and recover.
  • After the final vet check, you must report to the obedience judge for the final obedience test.
  • Failure to be at the checker’s location or the starting line could result in your not receiving the RRCUS ET Title. WATCH YOUR TIMES.
  • You must maintain an average pace of at least 6 miles per hour (10-minute miles). You must complete each 4-mile leg in no more than 40 minutes. If you go over time on any of the three legs, you will be allowed to finish, but you will not receive an Endurance Trial title.
  • If your dog is deemed unfit or unable to continue by the on-site veterinarian, that decision is final, and you will be instructed to stop.

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