The world and his tests
In each country they keep work tests, in each country are the tests different than you used to. For a bit to understand the rules we have inventoried the test by country. If you country is not listed then we gladly want to receive these rules.
The use test is an obedience test conducted on a course where the retrievers are tested in:
free by foot
the dog is put off / covered and leads 50 meters, after which the dog is called home
retrieval and shot test
The usage test is admissible for Working Test beginner class and field test B beginner class.
The club's regions offer year-round training at obedience level so that members can train for the test.
The retrievers are tested here in marking work, obedience, persistence, search, water work, peace of mind, game treatment, cooperation - both with other dogs and with drivers.
The samples are run as A and B samples.
The A-tests take place in hunting, where game is taken down.
The B samples are typically run outside the hunting season, and are testing the dogs in simulated hunting situations.
The samples are divided into classes:
Beginner class - admission passed pass test or passed qualification test, passed DJ's retrieval test.
Open class - 1st prize beginner class B - if the dog is under 20 months, it must have 2 pcs. 1st prizes in beginner class B.
Winner Class - 2 first prizes in open class on either B or A try.
Championships field test B.
Retriever DM - entry requirements as for winning class
Youth Championship - UHM - held once a year during the second full weekend in August.
Age requirements: Pr. July 31 before UHM, the dog must not be older than 2 years and must be on
The exam day must have been one year old. (birthday from 1.08 through 31.7.)
At the club's B-test championships and winning class B, points are awarded according to the following scale:
0 point - disqualification
1-5 points - the very uncertain and inadequate performance and the task is not solved.
6-10 points - the uncertain performance, where the dog gets the task solved with difficulty.
11-15 points - the solid performance where the dog probably solves the task. Minor errors can be accepted.
16-20 points - the convincing achievement where dog and driver work together efficiently. The tasks are solved smoothly and the performance is characterized by the dog's advantages.
Working test (NOWT) is one way to measure retrieving skills in hunting-like conditions. Working tests are official field trials under rules of the Finnish Kennel Club and participants must have passed the field qualification test. Working test in Curly World Seminar is unofficial (i.e. results are not registered in the database), so everyone can participate!
There are four levels in working test: novice class, beginner class, open class and winner class. (Novice class is for retrievers of age 9-17 months only, and field qualification test is not required.) If you get one first prize, you can advance to the next level. You cannot get any champion title, but working tests are highly appreciated as a very good way to train especially for warm game field trials.
Instead of game only dummies are retrieved. One dog performs several different tasks in different stations (usually four), and all tasks are scored by points from 0 to 20. Finally all the best dogs, which still have possibility to get a first prize, perform one more task. In order to get any prize from the test, dog has to retrieve all dummies. For the first prize at least 75 % of the maximum points and at least 11/20 points from all tasks must be gathered. For the second prize 60 % and 8/20 and for the third 50 % and 4/20, respectively.
Tasks at the stations are usually fairly short, such as a single mark, a double mark, a blind or a search at a certain small area - or combinations of these. The aim at all stations is to retrieve dummies as fast as possible. Dogs have to be under handler's control - heeling, stay and the amount of commands handler is using affect the scoring.
Working tests are usually held at a large field using the landscape such as bushes, woods, ditches and lakes when planning the tasks. Dogs are usually divided into groups by class so that they go from station to station together. Long day at a working test offers an excellent way to get to know fellow retriever lovers! This test is also a very sprectator friendly, since the tasks are short and the dogs are visible almost all the time.