Retriever awards are suitable for all gundogs who are being trained for retriever style gundog fieldwork.
The Grade Three training guide can be purchased here
Grade Three Intermediate Retriever is also suitable for pet gundogs whose owners would like to teach them to retrieve canvas dummies.
No pedigree is required and the test is non-competitive.
All dogs are tested against the Grade Three standard. All dogs that meet the standard will pass the test.
What is involved at Grade Three?
This grade seeks to establish that the retriever is able to mark and retrieve with confidence on land and in water, and is developing his memory. The dog is required to enter and hunt effectively in moderate cover, and to co-operate at all times with his handler.
This Grade also tests that the basics of directional control have been established, with some simple blind retrieves. Check below to find out just what is required.
The test set-up may vary and will depend on the topography of the assessor’s test ground. The dog will be off-lead for the duration of the test. Dummies will be hand thrown and accompanied by a single shot from a starting pistol. Cover will be deep enough to conceal the dummy and free from harsh or prickly vegetation.
The dog must be off the lead for the duration of the test. No collars are permitted
The Grade Three test is in two parts
Check below to find out just what is required.
Section One – Heelwork:
The dog must be in acceptable heel position at all times during the test, close to and alongside the handler and despite minor distractions. ‘About turns’ and changes in direction will be required. The handler will be required to ‘heel’ the dog past an assistant, to remain at heel whilst the assistant rolls a ball or dummy across the path of the dog and handler ( 10 to 15 yards from the dog), and past dummies lying on the ground The assessor may incorporate heelwork into the other aspects of the tests as he sees fit, he or she will record the dog correctly completing neat left and right turns, and at least two 180 degree about turns without losing the correct heel position at any time.
Section Two – Sit and Stay:
The ‘stay’ will be four minutes in duration. During this four minutes that dog will be tested as follows:
- Steadiness to fall – an assistant will throw two dummies within 10 yards of the seated dog. The handler to be at least 20 yards from the dog at this time.
- Handler out of sight – The handler must be out of sight for at least 10 seconds during the course of the stay
- Handler distance – the handler must walk 50 yards from the dog at some point during the stay, the dog should be able to see the handler clearly during this exercise
The order in which these distractions are presented is at the discretion of the assessor.
Section Three – The stop:
The dog must stop quickly to whistle whilst hunting the area of fall as follows:
An assistant will throw a mark at 25 yards from and in clear view of the ‘dog at heel’. The handler will turn the dog and walk away whilst the assistant removes the dummy. The assessor will ask the handler to send the dog to the area of fall, and to stop him there by whistle.
Section Four – Recall:
There are two recalls.
- After the stay ( 50 yards )
- After the stop ( 25 yards)
The dog should return directly to the handler when recalled and on arrival return to the heel position without delay.
Each obedience section is worth 20 marks – total 80
Section One – Marking, Memory, Nose and Persistence
Two singles mark on land at 70 – 80 yards. To land in cover* concealed from view as defined above, and run along a guideline such as a hedge/fence or path.
A straightforward water mark at up to 50 yards, the dog to retrieve from the surface of the water.
The dog will be scored for accurate marking & lining, effective persistent hunting, holding the area of fall, style/speed, and delivery.
Section Two – Directional Control
Blind retrieves: Handling will be tested with two simple short blinds as follows
Back 30 yards – single retrieve
Either a Left or a right 20 yards – single retrieve
Handler to give directions from a distance of ten yards from the dog. Blinds will be set up using visual guidelines such as a fence or barrier.
Each of the retrieves is worth up to 20 marks – total 100
Think you can do it?
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