The endurance test is over a distance of 20kms and is split into three sections, the first being eight kilometres. The second and third are six kilometres. There is a break of 15 minutes between the first and second sections and 20 minutes between the second and third sections.
All this is carefully watched over by a judge. The dog’s fitness and condition is monitored by a team of vets who examine each dog during the breaks. During each break the vets will monitor heart rate, temperature, the condition of the dog’s paw pads and check for lameness.
Any person entering an ET must supply a certificate from their vet confirming the dog’s fitness to take part. You do not have to worry about your dog’s ability to continue during the test, as it is being constantly checked.
At the beginning, and before any running takes place, the team of vets will check each dog and compare the data on the certificate supplied on entry with its current condition. If all is OK the judge will give the handler and dog a very simple obedience test to check its willingness to obey.
The running or cycling part of the ET is carried out at a speed of 10kms per hour or one kilometre every six minutes. This is really a very gentle jog for cyclist or runner and most dogs enjoy gaiting at this speed. The whole test takes two hours and 35 minutes including the intervening breaks.
During the breaks and again 15 minutes after the end of the 20kms the vets will check your dog’s condition. After the final vet check, there will be a repeat of the simple obedience test to prove your dog is just as willing to obey as he was before the ET began.
For more information on ANKC Endurance rules, click here
Endurance Test Action
Below is an informative video showing what happens at an Endurance Trial. Our thanks goes to Jacinta Poole and the German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria for making this video available to us and for supplying the above photos.
Video runs for 3 minutes. * Please note 12.2 Mb download *