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FIELD AND WORKING TRIALS OF RABBIT DACHSHUNDS

         FIELD AND WORKING TRIALS OF RABBIT DACHSHUNDS
 
§ 1
Field and working trials are open for rabbit dachshunds. Dog (bitch) is eligible for entry in field trials if on the day of event it has finished 9 months and don’t exceed age of 24 months. Working trials are open for the dogs (bitches), which on the day of the event have finished 9 months. Maximal age is not limited.
 
§ 2
During field trials, before work in the den, every dog (bitch) is tested for gun shyness. Dog presenting gun shyness is not allowed to further competition. During working trials only the dogs (bitch) that did not pass the test earlier, are tested for gun shyness.
 
§ 3
Field and working trials are conducted on artificial rabbit den. Its shape and measurements has to be approved by Cynological Commission of Main Hunting Board
 
It should meet following requirements:
-         length measured on the axis 12-15 m,
-         tunnels of 12 cm height and 10 cm width,
-         at least two exits,
-         one chamber of 40 cm diameter,
-         at least one slope,
-         tunnel narrowing up to 8 cm, on the distance of about 40 cm (in front of the drum and exits)
-         efficient signaling system, allowing to follow movements of a rabbit and a dog,
-         den construction must enable staff intervention in its every section.
 
§ 4
Field and working trials are conducted only with use of wild rabbit from captive breeding. Rabbit used to test den work cannot be released to the den more than 5 times one day. The goal is to flush out the rabbit of the den: during field trials within 5 minutes, during working trials – within 4 minutes. Total working time cannot exceed 10 minutes, and time the rabbit stays in the den cannot exceed 12 minutes.
 
During working in the den one dog drives one rabbit. Dogs start in order decided by a draw. Dog work is assessed in below mentioned categories. Depending on scores for several events and total sums, which limits are listed in the table, jury awards the dogs with I˚, II˚ and III˚ diplomas
 
§ 5
The rabbit is placed in the chamber directly before the competition. Then, after judge command, handler from the distance of about 1 m of the entrance lets out a dog released of the lead and collar. Handler is allowed to encourage the dog only before entering the den. The dog should enter the den: on field trials – within 2 minutes, on working trials – within 1 minute. The dog, after reaching the drum with the rabbit, should work it within 2 minutes and then, after judge command, the handler takes the dog of the chamber, put a tailored, soft muzzle on and let the dog out again to the den. Putting on the muzzle and reentering the den should not exceed 1 minute. In the moment when the dog reaches valves of the chamber, both valves are lifted. Since then “drive time” is measured. It is measured up to the moment when the dog reaches driven and caged rabbit. After shutting the rabbit the cage is place in distance of 30 cm from the den entrance.
 
§ 6
During field and working trials unrated are dogs (bitches), which:
-         do not enter the den within 2 minutes on field trial and 1 minute on the working trial
-         do not resume the work in the muzzle within 1 minute,
-         do not negotiate the narrowing,
-         leave the den twice during working trials and do not take up the work willingly within 1 minute,
-         leave the den three times during field trials and do not take up the work willingly within 1 minute,
-         do not flush out the rabbit of the den within time described in the regulations.
 
§ 7
Animal welfare during the competition must be in accordance with the provisions of animals protection described in the Act on the Protection of Animals (DzU z 2003 r. Nr 106 poz. 1002 with further modifications).
 
NOTES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR WORK ASSESSMENT
 
Den work with the rabbit
The score is determined by time of flushing out the rabbit of the den. Time limit for field trials – 4, and for working trials – 5 minutes. When the dog does not flush out the rabbit within 1 minute, it cannot receive score higher than “3” in “flushing out” category.
 
Search style in the den
While assessing search style, one has to pay attention to the work style and whether the dog leaves the den through the same exit as the rabbit. Leaving through different exit lowers the score. The dog, which leaves the den with different exit and reaches caged rabbit on the ground, cannot score higher than “2”.
 
Passion
It is determined throughout the work in the den, way and speed of entering and leaving the den.
 
Voice – rhythm, resonance
Voice features – rhythm and resonance – are determined during working the rabbit closed in the chamber. The highest score can be given to the dog barking rhythmically, with strong and sonorous sound. Dog with slight voice, with long and often breaks during barking, cannot be scored higher than “2”.
 
Obedience, discipline
This test should be performed before work in the den, in possibly long distance from it. It comprise testing:
1)      reactivity of the dog (bitch) to signs and commands of the handler, given with whistle, trumpet or hand.
The dogs that escape from the lead or handler, are scored with 0. In case of pursuit of the dog after the prey, it should get back to the handler within 10 minutes.
2)      walking on a lead at the leg. The dog should go on a loose lead, just off or behind the leg of a handler, who bypasses the trees from the left and from the right. On the judge order, the handler should make two sharp turns right and left, stop twice, change pace and direction of the march.
 
Field trials and working trials of rabbit dachshunds
Category
Coefficients
Limits
Score
80

70

55

Diplomas

IIº

IIIº

Grades
1. Flushing out the rabbit
8
3

                 2    

2

2. Search style in the den
4
3

2

2

3. Prey drive
6
3

2

2

4. Voice: resonance and rythm
5
3

2

-

5. Obedience and discipline
2
3

2

-

TOTAL
25
 

Maximum possible score: 25 × 4 = 100