There are several reasons that performance-enhancing drugs or treatments are not allowed prior to participating in trials or competitions.

  1. Consideration for the dog, i.e. animal welfare:
    If a dog is limping, e.g. due to an injury, then it can worsen the injury if the dog is medicated with pain-easing medication in order to participate in e.g. a field trial or an agility competition.
  2. Consideration for the competitors, i.e. fairness:
    Competitions are about electing the dog that performs best on the given day. In order for the competition to be fair, all competitors must compete on the same terms. It must be the dog’s own hereditary abilities, combined with the owner’s excellent training, that makes a winner; thus, not any performance-enhancing medicaments.
  3. Consideration for future puppy buyers, i.e. choice of mate:
    The participation in dog sports competitions is a hobby, but for many breeds it is also the foundation of choosing a suitable mate. Through the prizing of dogs at shows, working trials and the like, it is possible to document that a dog is breed typical in relation to exterior, temperament and/or working abilities. It is, therefore, important – and necessary – that a dog is judged as it is. Their performances cannot be affected by medication or surgical intervention that are suppressing or have moderated possible hereditary diseases or corrected any faults in beauty.