Avon Working Trials

Training Society

About Us

Avon Working Trials Training Society

Avon was formed during the Summer of 1977 when a group of trials enthusiasts met and decided that they would form a training group to help each other compete more successfully in working trials. Avon registered with the Kennel Club in February 1978 and ran their first trial in October 1981 at Norton Malreward near Bristol.

Avon has always been a “self help” club but that doesn’t mean that we don’t welcome newcomers to trials. A phone call in advance will ensure that a more experienced member will meet you at the training venue and help you to start training your dog for trials.

We regularly run our own trials, at present these are an UD open trial at Keevil in January and will be running introductory and CD open in October at St Briavels.

For those who haven’t tried Working trials before the exercises involved are as follows;

In addition to training we periodically run fun competitions for non-competing dogs – both too young and too old or otherwise not suited to competition- as well as events such as our Easter egg or sausage trails which are great fun. We also run nosework competitions against other local clubs for those thinking of committing themselves to trials in the future or to those who for some reason will not be able to attempt the agility section at a trial.


  1. The club request that all dogs are under full control of their handlers, that they are properly restrained, and not a danger to humans, other dogs or livestock. The club does not have the facilities or expertise to assist with behavioural issues.
  2. The club would like members to be aware that as of the 1st August 2015 that they will no longer allow the use of pinch/pronged collars or electric collars on any land or facilities which the club may hire or rent.
  3. No dogs to be tied up and left unsupervised.
  4. For safety reasons jumps should not be used unsupervised by new handlers. Any use of the agility club equipment within the training area is at the member’s own risk.
  5. Dogs to be 12 months old before using the jumps, with the exception of the ramp.
  6. All dogs should be healthy and free from worms on club premises. Bitches in season are requested to remain at home.
  7. No man work or patrol training will take place without the supervision by a recognised PD handler approved by the committee.
  8. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. That adult will be responsible for their safety. They must not interfere with members training.
  9. Westwood Farm is a working farm please park sensibly and be aware of heavy equipment and livestock. All parking is at the member’s own risk.
  10. Always clean up after your dog, and take the bag home.