WWGS Retriever Working Test

We held the last Working Test of the year for Retrievers on Sunday 4th August at Nutty Coppice Farm, Trudoxhill by kind invitation of the Chairman of the Club, Mr Tom Sheppard.

I am indeed grateful to all those members who have supported the Club by entering our working tests this year.  It was my first year as WT secretary, a thankless task I’m often reminded but nevertheless, one I have enjoyed.  It has been a learning curve – there’s so much to consider and apologies if I’ve made a mistake along the way!  

Without the support of some incredibly generous people – landowners, judges and equally as important, the helpers, it wouldn’t have been the success it has been.  A big thank you goes to you all.

Judges today were Isobel Whitford, Geoff Shore and Antony Lynn

Results:

Puppy (up to18 months)

1st Place & the Phoenix Kennels Cup to Richard Edwards with LabB Lovehayne Dixie

2nd Place to Jackie Davis with Lab D Bellspaddle Matchless

Special Puppy (up to 24 months)

1st place and the Coulson Cup to Jane Manley with Lab D Gatlinburg Antler

Novice Dog / Novice Handler

1st Place to Adella Jackson with Lab B Longylandas Lois

2nd Place to Andrew Senior with Lab D Marhystin Memphis

3rd place to Wendy Bardsley with Lab D Laborie Amerandus

A more detailed report can be seen on the WWGS website.  Photos will be uploaded within the next few days.

 

Puppy/ Special Puppy/Novice Dog & Novice Handler Working Test

Test 1.  Judged by Isobel – Seen & blind. 

Puppy.  Dog sat off the lead next to the handler whilst a noise was made by the dummy thrower and a dummy was thrown onto the track (seen).  The dog was sent to retrieve the dummy.  Whilst the dog was returning to the handler with the dummy, a second dummy was put out (unseen) to replace the first one (seen by the handler but not the dog).  The dog was sent for the second dummy.

Sp Puppy/NDNH.  Dog  sat off the lead next to the handler whilst a shot was fired and a dummy was thrown onto the track (seen).  On instruction from the judge, the dog was sent to retrieve the dummy.  The dog was then lined up and sent for a second dummy(unseen) further along the track behind the fall of the first dummy (not seen by handler or dog).  The dog was sent for the second dummy.

Test 2.  Judged by Anton – Water test

Puppy: Dog sat off the lead next to the handler whilst a noise was made by the dummy thrower and a dummy was thrown into the water (seen).  The dog was sent for the retrieve.

Sp Puppy/NDNH: Dog sat off the lead next to the handler.  A noise was made by the dummy thrower and a dummy was thrown into the water.  Dog was sent for the retrieve.  The dog was then lined up and sent for a second dummy (unseen) at 90 ° to the first dummy in the field along the edge of the pond (not seen by handler or dog).  The dog was sent for the second dummy.

Test 3: Judged by Geoff – heelwork & ‘back’ command

Puppy: The dog & handler walked to heel and stopped before the jump whilst the handler threw a dummy over the jump onto a track.  The dog & handler then turned away from the dummy and walked a short distance back towards the start.  The handler was asked to sit and leave the dog.  The handler then continued to walk with the judge to the start.  The dog was sent ‘back’ for the dummy.

Sp Puppy/NDNH: The dog and handler walked to heel and stopped before the jump whilst the handler threw a dummy over the jump onto a track.  The dog and handler turned away from the dummy and walked a short distance back towards the start.  The handler was asked to sit and leave the dog.  The handler then continued to walk with the judge to the start.  The handler then threw a second dummy 90° to their right.  The dog was sent ‘back’ over the jump.  When the dog returned to sat at the start.

Test 4: Judged by Anton – split seen/walk-up

Puppy: 2 dogs off leads walking to heel with handlers. All stop and the dummy thrower on the right makes a noise and dummy thrown.  Dummy thrower on the left makes a noise and dummy thrown.  Dog on the right sent for the right dummy.  Dog on the left sent for the left dummy.  Dogs swopped sides and exercise repeated.

Sp Puppy/NDNH: 2 dogs off leads walking to heel with handlers.  Line stops and dummy thrower on the right fires a shot and dummy thrown.  Dummy thrower on let fires a shot and dummy thrown.  Dog on right is sent for right dummy.  Dog on left is sent for left dummy.  Dogs swopped sides and exercise repeated.

Test 5: judged by Geoff – hunting exercise 

Puppies were not asked to do this test.

Sp Puppy/NDNH:  2 dogs sat off leads.  Shot fired in plantation.  Dog asked to jump barrier and hunt for dummy (unseen) in cover.  Exercise repeated for second dog.

Test 6: Judged by Isobel.

Sp Puppy/NDNH were not asked to do this test.

Puppy: Dog sat off lead and given an area in cover for the dog to hunt to locate 1 of 2 dummies.

 

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