HPR awards are suitable for all gundogs who are being trained for hunting, pointing and retrieving. No pedigree is required, crossbred dogs may enter. The Grade Two test is in three parts. One field test pass is required for the dog to receive the award of Junior HPR
Is my dog ready?
To pass the Grade Two field test your dog will be able to walk a short distance at heel without a lead on, sit whilst you walk away, sit to a whistle at heel, come when he is called, carry out some simple retrieves and show an organised approach to hunting. Check below to find out just what is required.
Grade Two Junior HPR – obedience requirements (40 marks)
HEEL: The handler is required to walk his dog at heel without a lead from the line to the 30-yard sit marker. Maximum points for the heel – 10. Points will be lost for repeated commands from the handler, or poor positioning of the dog.
SIT & STAY: The handler is required to sit the dog at the 30-yard marker with a single sit command and to return to the line without the dog. Points will be lost for a slow response, or multiple commands. The dog must remain seated for one minute. Maximum points for the stay – 10. Points will be lost if the dog stands up, or creeps. No further commands may be given. Handler to return and collect the dog at the end of the stay.
RECALL: To be tested from a second stay. The handler to sit the dog and walk 30 yards away, then turn and recall the dog. The dog must return to the handler without fuss, delay or excessive commands. Maximum points for the recall – 10. Points will be lost for repeated commands from the handler and for slow or erratic returns, or for any lack of control on arrival of the dog
STOP : The handler is required to walk to the 30 yard stop marker with the dog at heel. As the pair pass the 15 yard stop marker the handler must blow the stop whistle and carry on walking without a pause. The dog must drop promptly into the sitting position when the whistle is blown and remain there as the handler walks on to and around the 30 yard marker and returns to the dog. The handler then heels the dog back to the line. Maximum points for the ‘stop’ 10
Grade Two Junior HPR – retrieving requirements (36 marks)
MEMORY – A single ‘Go-back’ retrieve is carried out at the end of the Obedience section. The handler is given a dummy and walks the dog at heel from the starting post to the 20-yard marker. The handler drops the dummy at the 20-yard marker and returns to the starting post. Without undue delay, the assessor will instruct the handler to send the dog for the retrieve. 12 marks
MARKING – A single retrieve on land and in clear view at 30 yards 12 marks
DIRECTIONS – single 20 yard retrieve either right or left – two dummies are thrown either side of the dog who is facing the handler. The dog must remain steady whilst the dummies are thrown and must fetch the dummy requested by the assessor on a hand signal from the handler. The handler is situated three to five yards from the dog. The dog is positioned with his back to a fence, hedge or similar barrier. 12 marks
The dog must remain steady whilst each dummy is thrown. The handler must not move around during the retrieve. Maximum points for each retrieve is 12. Delivery to hand is essential.
Grade Two Junior HPR – hunting requirements (24 marks)
The dog to hunt a piece of light cover. Handler to move into the wind, with the dog ranging freely to either side.
The dog must demonstrate:
Keenness/enthusiasm, with interest in cover and scent (6 marks)
Confidence (6 marks)
Organised approach to ground coverage (formal pattern not required) (6 marks)
Handler to demonstrate control of the dog (handler may encourage the dog to turn by voice or whistle) (6 marks)