I did a quick search, but I don't think this question has been posted before... Do you prefer indoor or outdoor trials? Which does your dog prefer? We started competing last year and have only done outdoor trials. We just had our first indoor trial this weekend and I didn't like it all. Maybe it was just this venue, but it was way too chaotic and congested. It was a 3 ring AKC trial. Trial was full or near full, so about 990 runs a day. The rings were actually nice. They were completely separated, big walls on 3 sides and viewing glass on the fourth side. But there were too many dogs and handlers crowded outside of the rings. Walking down the little hallways with the all dogs coming and going was tough. There was even a dog fight while we were waiting for our run. Little dog leaving the ring got into a fight with a much larger dog (not sure who started it because I saw it mid-fight). Happened right in front of an AKC representative. We were about 15 feet away and had 4 more dogs ahead of us before our turn. I'm so glad I wasn't standing by the exit gate. The crating room looked like a disaster relief zone. Crate on top of crate, next to crate... The only good thing was the A/C. My dog was very stressed and overwhelmed by all this...as was I! She and I definitely enjoy outdoor trials more. So much more room to spread out. You can relax under your tent with your dog and still watch the rings. At this indoor venue, you couldn't really hang out with your dog in the crating room. There wasn't enough space for chairs and if you're in the crating room, you can't keep on eye on the rings. The only downside to outdoors is you play the unpredictable weather game.