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Field Work

Retrievers are a sporting breed, and became increasingly popular in the 1800’s with the increase in the sport of bird hunting. British nobility desired a dog with a tender mouth, biddability, nose and stamina which could find and bring back wounded and dead game, and the retriever met everyone of these desires. Today, Field and […]

How a WC is Judged

There you are at your very first Working Certificate test, your number comes up and you run your dog, you are elated, both birds come back to you, eventually to hand, it’s hard to stop smiling! You wait anxiously for the call backs (when the marshal announces which dogs are “called back” to run the […]

How a WCX is Judged

You are still in shock. It’s been a week already and still you sit and stare at that beautiful brown rosette with “WCI” emblazoned on it, it doesn’t seem real. Amazed doesn’t even begin to describe your feelings. You are so proud of this accomplishment. Who would have known that the maniac you started training […]

Working Certificate Tests

The Working Certificate trials are designed to be somewhat ‘easier’ than the Hunting and Field trial competitions, as they realize that most Retrievers will not be as thoroughly trained as those who compete in hunting trials. The Work Certificate trials are devised to be simple land and water tests using ducks, game birds, or pigeons. […]

How a WCI is Judged

Woo Hoo! You’ve passed your very first Working Certificate (WC) test, you are now the proud owner of “Toller WC”, ah what a day that was, watching him retrieve those birds on land and in the water. He has such fun when you are training him and the day at the test was a blast, […]

Hunt Tests

CKC Hunting tests offer three levels of testing – Junior, Senior and Master Hunter. Dogs must pass three tests at the Junior and four at the Senior levels and five at the Master level to earn titles. The tests are non competitive so the titles earned (JH, SH, MH) follow a dog’s registered name. Hunt […]

Frisbee

Believe it or not, there are actually canine frisbee, or flying disc, competitions!! Clubs are starting all across North America, so if there isn’t a club near you yet, maybe you should start one! Here are a list of links for more information: Canadian Disc Dog Association The Airborne Disc Dog Club of Ottawa Southern […]

Retriever Trials

The ultimate challenge for retriever owners are the Field Trials! These tests are designed to test both the dog and the handler. Differing from the Working Certificate tests, the Retrieving Trials are competitive, meaning the dogs are competing against each other. It works as a series of eliminations until the best dogs are remaining to […]

Temperament Testing

A Temperament Test consists of 10 tests which evaluate your dog’s reaction to a variety of stimuli. They include approaching strangers, walking around in a crowd, having the crowd close in, loud unfamiliar noises, a surprising visual stimulus, uneven footing, and an unfriendly stranger. Unlike an obedience test or the Canine Good Citizen certificate where […]

Pet Visitation

Can you imagine being in a hospital or a living somewhere where you could not have your pets around you? This is the reality for many people, but thanks to the kindness of many volunteers, many hospital or retirement centre residents have had the benefit of visits from people with their pets. The medical profession has […]

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