Gundog Field Tests - an introduction

Discussion in 'Gundog Training, Fieldwork, & Field Trials' started by pippa@labforumHQ, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. pippa@labforumHQ

    pippa@labforumHQ Administrator

    May 10, 2011
    An introduction to Gundog Field Tests. What they are, who runs them, and how they 'fit in' to the gundog training process.
  2. AlaskaSkeeter

    AlaskaSkeeter Registered Users

    Sep 3, 2017
    In the US, they are called "Hunt Tests" with a similar "standards" that must be
    acceptable for the retriever to "qualify". Once a retriever has qualified a number of
    hunt tests, he/she gets a title.

    In the US, hunt tests vary somewhat depending whether they are NAHRA
    (North American Hunting Retriever Association), HRC (Hunting Retriever Club),
    or AKC (American Kennel Club). Upper level NAHRA includes upland quartering, sit to flush,
    trailing, as well as waterfowl testing (marks and blinds). Upper level AKC Master Hunter
    is marks/blinds but can be very technical with water triple marks and double water blinds
    up to 150 meters.

    US hunt tests are typically more waterfowl oriented than UK field tests.
    My impression is that UK tests, the dogs steadiness and quiet
    is also very important.
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  3. Karen

    Karen Registered Users

    May 24, 2012
    Oh yes, steadiness and quiet are of paramount importance. The slightest whine or other sound is an immediate disqualification. Is that not the case in your tests?

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