Upcoming French Ring trial part of a larger movement

 

New movement to strengthen the European-based sport in the US

North Shore Dog Trainers Blog – Amongst a groundswell of activity for a serious revival of authentic French Ring sport, dog trainer and Beyond the Leash owner Scott Williams is now part of a growing group of canine specialists that are taking the protection sport back to its roots.

For those that don’t know, French Ring is a fast-pace, exciting sport that tests a dog’s agility, obedience, and their ability to attack and detain human subjects, or decoys. Canines jump, leap, and climb their way through obstacles as well as challenge themselves with attack exercises, both biting and escorting.

Rick Rutt, president of the recently formed American Ring Sport Federation, said that French Ring enthusiasts began a new organization for the sport in the US after many became to realize that the current French Ring organization operated with less stringent rules than their European counterparts  . He said it’s encouraging that Williams will be hosting a French Ring trial in Boxford, Ma. on Aug. 7 and 8. It represents one more step in the movement that is bringing a more disciplined and challenging form of French Ring Sport to the North Shore and the East Coast.

“There hasn’t been a French Ring Club north of Boston for a really, really long time. It would be nice to make that a hot bed of French ring once again,” said Rutt.

Williams, a dog obedience specialist and an expert in the recreational activity of Nosework, has been operating a French Ring Club out of Boxford, MA since the spring and using the upcoming trial to bring enthusiasts of sport from around New England into one venue.

For one thing, Rutt said that the type of activity in Boxford is exactly what the revitalization of French Ring sport needs right now. One main goal of the American Ring Sport Federation is to make trials, or competitions, spread over many regions so that Ring Sport enthusiasts don’t have to travel far to compete.

“It just gives everybody the opportunity to train and trial in a much more concentrated area,” said Rutt. “It definitely is an asset to us.”

There are currently 15 clubs on the East Coast practicing under American Ring Sport Federation rules since promotion of the new organization began last year.

For dogs, French Ring sport is a game, but a game that they take very seriously, and it caters towards dogs with a strong “prey drive, ” including breeds such as the German Shepherd, Belgium Shepherd, and Malinois.

Williams’ French Ring trial will take place on Aug. 7 and 8 and will take place in the fields behind the West Boxford Library, located on Washington Street in Boxford.

Beyond the Leash currently offers Williams’ nationally recognized Doggy Boot Camp, obedience classes, and Nosework classes, which trains a dog’s ability to search with their nose.

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One Response to “Upcoming French Ring trial part of a larger movement”

  1. Terry Berns Says:

    We are so lucky to have Scott Williams in our area! He has helped my dog, Adam, and myself to bond while having fun and working at the same time.

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