Endurance Trials are held in the Northern Territory, typically only in the cooler months of the year.
The endurance test is over a distance of 20 kilometres and is split into three sections, consisting of one leg of eight kms and two legs of six kms. There is a break of 15 minutes between the first and second sections and 20 minutes between the second and third sections.
While the dog must run the entire distance, the handler often rides a bike.
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.