Working trials are the civilian equivalent of police work, however for the competitor it is purely for competition. All breeds can take part and several Large Munsterlanders have done the breed proud in recent years.
It is a fairly complex sport and can be physically demanding so both dog and owner must both be physically fit. There are five stakes in Working Trials: Companion Dog, Utility Dog, Working Dog, Tracking Dog and Patrol Dog.
The elements involved are Control (including heelwork, sendaway and re-direct, dumbbell retrieve, stays and steadiness to gunshot. In the higher stakes sendaway and redirects are introduced, while speak on command replaces the dumbbell retrieve), Agility (including a 9ft long jump, 3ft high jump and a 6ft scale), and Nose Work (tracking a human scent and searching out articles in a marked out square).