Hunting Retriever (HR) awards are suitable for all gundogs who are being trained for ‘spaniel style’ gundog work. No pedigree is required.
The Advanced Hunting Retriever award is a challenging test of teamwork between dog and handler.
The Grade Five Award has three components
- The hunt-up
- Cold Game
To gain the title of Advanced Hunting Retriever, a dog must prove his hunting and retrieving ability in all three areas. He must also prove his ability to work under different conditions and to the satisfaction of two separate judges.
Two Field Tests
Two Grade Five Field Test passes are required. Each must take place at a different site, on a different day, and under a different judge.
Each test will offer the opportunity for the candidate to complete at least two of the above three components. Both tests will include the hunt-up component and one other.
Once you have successfully completed your first test, you will need to ensure that the second test you enter, includes the missing component from the first test. Each field test day will specify the components included within it.
Each test incorporates a paired hunt-up which includes retrieves. Dogs are expected to demonstrate enthusiastic and efficient ground coverage and to remain steady to shot and fall with minimal use of the whistle.
Each test will include additional blind and marked retrieves. Dogs will be expected to retrieve game over obstacles, to retrieve from water, and from (and from beyond), challenging cover.
Grade Five paves the way for the final ‘Master’ award which will test the fully trained spaniel under field conditions.
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