PA Update: Dog Training/Field Trial Legislation Approved by Senate

PA Update: Dog Training/Field Trial Legislation Approved by Senate


The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously approved a bill that creates several amendments regarding field trials and dog training areas in the state.  This bill was assigned today to the House Game and Fisheries Committee. 


Senate Bill 1068 creates a number of new provisions, including:

  • Making it unlawful for anyone to “willfully, negligently or maliciously” kill, injure or interfere with a dog engaged in training or field trials within a designated dog training area, or to “negligently and maliciously” interfere with a person training dogs, participating in field trial events, lawfully hunting or trapping in a dog training area.

  • Changing the minimum area for dog training areas to 50 acres (Current law requires dog training areas to be between 100 and 250 acres.  The maximum area is not changed in this bill).


AKC Government Relations will continue to monitor this legislation and provide information as this bill advances.  For the latest status, contact AKC Government Relations at (919) 816-3720 or  You can also visit our Legislative Tracking Page to find the latest information on bills we are following in your state and around the country.