Zeal and Viera got their "AD" title
Greater Dallas Working Dog Club Trial
Judge: Frank Phillips - USCA
We are one step closer to Breed Surveys!
Both Viera and Zeal earned their AD title today
We have diligently trained for a few weeks and it paid off. Both of them did great!
Thank you Randall Hoadley for our training plan and for all you do! We so appreciate your support.
Thank you Destiny Lyttle for handeling our big boy! I so enjoyed our ride together.
Thank you Greater Dallas Working Dog Club for putting on this trial, Chris Betin for such a great organization and judge for holding us accountable to every inch and waiting for us almost till sunset.
The weather was not friendly for the handlers, but surely perfect for the dogs
ENDURANCE TEST (Ausdauerprüfung) - AD
The endurance test (AD) award is not a training degree but exists for show and breed requirements. The AD provides documentation that the dog is physically able to endure a certain amount of physical stress without showing significant fatigue. Given the physical structure of the dog, this condition can best be shown through running. Running challenges the heart and lungs as well as the rest of the body. Other characteristics such as spirit and hardness must be present. Successful demonstration of the test will provide proof that the desired characteristics are present in a healthy body. Both sets of characteristics are prerequisites for a useful breeding program.
The AD test is to be hosted by a local club. The approval to host the event must be obtained by the local club at least four (4) weeks prior to the test. The secretary of the event must be identified at that time and a judge must have been commissioned. Scoresheets must be on hand. By accepting responsibility to host an AD, the local club agrees that during the warm summer months, the event will only be held during the early morning or evening hours. The outside temperature must not exceed 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
The entry form must contain:
* The exact name of the dog, sex, date of birth
* Registration numbers
* Scorebook numbers
* Any earned training degrees
* Name and address of both owner and breeder
Participation in the AD test is voluntary and all risks are assumed by the handler of the dog.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY
The dog must be at least sixteen (16) months old before it is tested and the maximum permissible age is six (6) years. A maximum of twenty (20) dogs may be permitted to enter with one (1) judge. Should the entry exceed twenty (20) dogs, a second judge must be commissioned. All dogs must be registered.
The dog must be healthy and in good condition; sick dogs, weak dogs, bitches in heat, bitches in whelp and nursing bitches are not allowed to participate.
At the start of the test, the handler will report to the judge in a sporting manner with the dog at the heel position. The scorebook, pedigree and registration papers should be presented at that time. The judge and trial secretary will verify that each dog is in good condition. Dogs that present a tired or listless expression are to be disqualified. The handler will conduct him / herself in a sporting manner. Unsportsmanlike behavior can result in disqualification from the examination. All decisions made by the judge are final.
No points or awards will be given for the examination, only the rating of "Passed" or "Not Passed". Only dogs that pass will receive the AD certification.
The test should preferably be run on streets or roads of varied terrain such as asphalt or dirt. The handler will accompany the dog only on a bicycle.
Handlers must arrive in time to allow the dogs an opportunity to relieve themselves prior to the start of the test.
It is strictly forbidden to consume alcohol during the test.
THE RUNNING EXERCISE
The dogs will be run a total of twenty (20) kilometers (approximately 12.4 miles) at an average speed of twelve (12) to fifteen (15) kilometers per hour (seven (7) to nine (9) miles per hour).
The dog must be kept on leash on the right-hand side of the handler and move in a normal trot next to the bicycle. Depending on safety and at the judge's discretion, the dog may be allowed to trot on the left-hand side. A "springer" may also be used. The leash must be sufficiently long to give the dog the ability to adjust to any changes in speed. Overly fast running is to be avoided. Slight pulling or forging is not faulty, but continually falling behind is faulty.
There will be a fifteen (15) minute rest period after the dogs have completed eight ( km (4.9 miles). During the rest period, the judge will examine the dogs for fatigue. Tired dogs will be removed from the test. There will be a twenty (20) minute rest period at the end of fifteen (15) km (9.3 miles). The judge will again check the dogs. Dogs that are tired or dogs with sore feet will be removed from the test. Dogs will be allowed to move about freely during the rest periods, but should be on leash. The last five (5) km (3.1 miles) will be run and then there will be a fifteen (15) minute rest period. The judge will again determine if the dog demonstrates tiredness or sore feet due to the running.
The judge and the trial secretary should accompany the dogs on a bicycle or in a car. The judge will make notes about the condition of the dogs and all deficiencies will be noted. It is necessary that a car follow the handlers and dogs so that tired or sore dogs can be transported. Dogs that lack the proper spirit and hardness, those that show fatigue and dogs that cannot keep up the required speed or need extra time cannot pass the examination.
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