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- Joined: 08 Sep 2010, 11:35
I have competed with my mini and love it. I think it is the most challenging of the dog disciplines as it combines nose work, agility and control. It will come as no surprise on this forum that my mini loves the nosework and agility but we struggle with control, especially staying still for the 10 minute down stay!
The biggest problem with trials, from working a mini point of view, is that they only reduce the jump sizes in the bottom 2 stakes (called stakes in trials as opposed to classes). Dogs under 15" do a 2' clear jump, 4' scale and 6' long jump but once you get past the first two stakes you have to do the full size jumps regardless of size of dog, i.e. 3' clear, 6' scale and 9' long. My dog has the nickname 'the grey flea' for his jumping ability but with the best will in the world he is never going to clear a 9' long jump! I think this is discrimination but there are not enough people working 'small' dogs in trials to have a say so come on mini owners give it a go.
It would be fantastic to see all 3 sizes of schnauzer active in trials to give the border collies, labs and shepherds a run for their money.
I did feel it was a bit unfair when i looked into the working trials that small dogs seemed to be a bit at an unfair disadvantage but i guess like you say unless people club together and ask for change then it wont change at all!
I'm pleased you liked the working trials sticky, i really wanted there to be information so people can find out about the range of different dog sports available to people and their dog whatever size!
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- Joined: 02 Feb 2011, 16:03
I am more than happy to help anyone get started in trials or put them in touch with people who can help in their area.
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