Beagle and Basset Hound Field Trials

At Beagle or Basset Hound Field Trials, hounds run in braces (pairs) or packs, running after rabbits or hares. They must use their keen noses to locate the game, then trail it enthusiastically, giving ‘tongue’ so their handlers know where they are and are able to follow.

To begin learning about tracking and trials, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Make sure your dog has excellent foundation manners.  Take a course with one of CAPDT's trainers to make sure your dog has a great recall, stands well for examination, is crate trained, has a good long down-stay (for resting between rounds) and knows their release cues.  These are among the very first foundation skills. 
  • Touch base with your breeder and find out if they have participated in these Trials.  If they have, talk to them about what it is like.  Think about your time, energy and finances and consider what a realistic goal is for you and your dog.
  • Find a local CAPDT trainer who offers training in tracking.  You can search in the CAPDT directory using the word "tracking" and your area.
  • In Canada, the formal field trial events are held under the rules of the Canadian Kennel Club.  Review the CKC's Beagle Field Trials Regulations for information on how the sport operates.
  • Contact your local Beagle or Basset Hound club for information on local trials and attend one to learn more in person.
  • Most importantly, have fun!


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