Grade 5!

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  1. JulieT

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    Many, many congratulations to Peter Jennings and Bert who recently achieved Grade 5. Peter trained with our Gundog Club instructor Tony Brazier. You can contact Tony via the contact form on the Gundog Club site here.

    Photos below of the very lovely Bert with his Grade 5 rosette, and all his Gundog Club rosettes achieved on the way to Grade 5 success.

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    Wow! Grade 5
    Well done Bert and Peter!
     
  3. JulieT

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    I know! We blew the dust off the box to get the rosette out! :D
     
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    That is amazing! I didn't even know there was a Grade 5! ...:eek::D
     
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    Grade 5 is phenomenal. Maybe you could post a brief overview of the kind of thing he was asked to do, so people can appreciate the bragging rights he now has :)
     
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    I was about to ask for this as I have no idea what's involved
     
  7. JulieT

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    Students have to take two exams for Grade 5, under two different assessors. Both assessors have to agree that the dog has passed, and the score is averaged over the two tests to give a grade (pass, merit, distinction).

    The dog must be working on new ground - an area where he doesn't usually train, and there has to be other dogs there and the candidate dog has to honour the retrieves of the other dogs. The dog must stay at heel for the duration of the test unless he is retrieving.

    The tests include:

    One blind retrieve and one marked retrieve from across water.
    A simulated walk-up and the dog has to complete one blind retrieve behind the line and one marked retrieve in front of the line, during the walk up.
    The dog has to retrieve cold game - pheasant, mallard, partridge or grouse and one rabbit. The cold game retrieves are blind retrieves.
    And retrieving exercises including: a double mark, a retrieve across an obstacle, a blind retrieve from beyond cover, a distracted return and a double mark combined with an obstacle.
     
  8. Emily

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    OK, you lost me on some of that (zero gundog knowledge here haha :D) but that sounds seriously impressive!

    Do Peter and Bert work at 'real' shoots?
     
  9. JulieT

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    Yes, Bert goes shooting. :)
     
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    Bert is a star!
     
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    That is worthy of very big congratulations,a lot of work and commitment to acheive such success.Bert is gorgeous x
     

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