HRC Hunt Tests are an excellent way to meet other retriever training enthusiast’s, and to share knowledge with some experienced retriever trainers at the same time. It is also important to note that most local HRC Clubs have “training days” sporadically throughout every year, which gives new retriever trainers the ability to bounce questions off those that may be able to help them transition to the next level.
Every Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test has 3 basic levels of testing as is outlined below:
• Started Hunting Retriever Test: This test entails a total of 4 Marks, with 2 on land and 2 on Water. All of the marks will be thrown one at a time, so that the young retriever can focus on the details. At this level your dog maybe restrained by the handler, and the handler has the choice of whether or not to use the shotgun. The marks in this test are short, with minimal distractions.
• Seasoned Hunting Retriever Test: At this level your retriever should be steady off lead and steady to shot. The test will start with a walk up off lead during which a bird will be thrown as a distraction. Your retriever will then have to complete a double mark on both land and water, and a blind retriever on both also.
• Finished Hunting Retriever Test: At this level your retriever should be able to honor another hunting dog in a steady fashion. Your gun dog will also have to complete up to a triple mark on both land and water accompanied by a blind retriever.
Getting involved in your local HRC Club is one of the best things you can do to get your hunting dog to the next level. The next best thing you can do is use the right equipment, and what I have learned is that Marsh Mutt has everything you need to get the most out of your retriever. Check out their Hunting Dog Supplies department today!!
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