Retriever awards are suitable for all gundogs who are being trained for retriever style gundog fieldwork.
The Grade Two training guide can be purchased here
Grade Two Junior Retriever is also suitable for pet gundogs whose owners would like their dogs to retrieve and to have good basic obedience outdoors.
No pedigree is required and the test is non-competitive.
All dogs are tested against the Grade Two standard. All dogs that meet the standard will pass the test.
What is involved at Grade Two?
This grade seeks to establish that the retriever is able to mark with confidence at increasing distances, and is beginning to use his nose when necessary to help him find the dummy. It also establishes the beginnings of memory work and of growing partnership between the dog and the handler.
The test set-up is very simple. There is a starting line which the handler may not cross unless requested to do so by the assessor. There are three marker posts: a sit’ marker’ 30 yards from the line, a start marker on the line itself, and a ‘stop marker mid-way between the two. Retrieves are hand thrown by an assistant. The dog must be off the lead for the duration of the test. No collars are permitted
The Grade Two test in in two parts
Check below to find out just what is required.
Section One – Heelwork:
The handler is required to walk his dog at heel without a lead from the line to the 30-yard sit marker. Points will be lost for repeated commands from the handler, or poor positioning of the dog.
Section Two – Sit and 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. Maximum points for the sit – 5. Points will be lost for a slow response, or multiple commands. The dog must remain seated for three minutes. Maximum points for the stay – 10. Points will be lost if the dog stands up, or creeps. No further commands may be given.
Section Three – Recall:
The handler whilst standing at the starting post, will be required to recall the dog by whistle from the sit marker by whistle. The dog must return to the heel position on recall without fuss, delay or excessive commands. 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.
Section Four – The 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.
Each obedience section is worth 15 marks – total 60
Section One – 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 30-yard marker. The handler drops the dummy at the 30-yard marker and returns to the starting post. Without undue delay, the assessor will instruct the handler to send the dog for the retrieve.
Section Two – Marking
Two marked retrieves Mark 1 A single retrieve on land and in clear view at 50 yards. Mark 2 A single retrieve on land and in short cover at 50 yards.
Section Three – Directions
A single 20 yard retrieve either right or left: two dummies are thrown, one to 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.
The dog must remain steady at the handler’s side whilst each dummy is thrown. The handler must not move around during the retrieve.
Each of the retrieves is worth up to 15 marks – total 60
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