The objective of these tests is to verify that the examined specimens meet the minimum essential qualities that every hunting dog must possess. Also serving to verify their genetic transmission. The only objective of the test is to verify the fitness for hunting and not the degree of training or style. It is a battery of basic tests whose purpose is to detect the instinct for collection from the elements involved in such activity, such as memory, sight, smell or tolerance certain stimuli.
All dogs with ages between 7 and 24 months that are registered in the LOE, RRC or any Genealogical Book recognized by the FCI will be able to participate in these tests.
The test will be developed in areas where hunting can be camouflaged and in which the vegetation allows the dog to evolve normally, ideally meadows, calms, páramos, clear underbrush or short alfalfa.
Difficult terrains will be avoided at all costs. The duration of the test is left to the discretion of the judges and will consist of a charge on land and another in water and in putting them in the presence of a hunting piece.
It will be done by throwing a piece of freshly killed game in view of the shooter and the dog at a distance of about 20 meters, on land that does not offer great difficulty. A detonation will be made while the thrown piece is in the air and the dog will then, either on command or spontaneously, charge it and bring it to the driver.
It will be done by throwing the decoy or a piece of fresh game in view of the shooter and the dog at a distance that offers little difficulty in the waters of a backwater, lake or pond of calm waters, where the dog does not stand and must swim. It will be done, while the thrown piece is in the air, a detonation and the dog then, either to order or spontaneously, must charge it and get it out of the water.
In the collections on each occasion, the judges will determine the convenient time for the dog to find the game easily and bring it and, if necessary, may repeat the launches.
To check the nose and the hunting instinct, the dog will be put in a good wind before a piece of live game (partridge or pheasant), hidden in easy terrain and placed at a short distance (about 10 meters), the judges must be sure that it locates it with the nose and that does not manifest when finding it any reaction of fear or rejection of it.
For the test to be considered successful, the dog must have been declared fit in all the general qualifications described above. And this APT, is an indispensable condition to obtain the title of Champion of Spain of Beauty
The Labrador’s love for pen goes from wild passion to moderate interest or even complete disinterest, depending on his family tree and the skill of his guide in teaching and motivating him, but almost all of the farmers enjoy working in the field for your master or your guide.
Here the passion for the hunting of our dogs is put to the test, making collections to the order of the pieces of hunting that have been demolished.
A “field trial” requires the highest level of training, where you have to observe not only the qualities of our dog, but also those of the guide. A Labrador dedicated to the world of the “Field Trial” is a highly disciplined specimen that enjoys working and, which performs it in a characteristic manner in the collection and harmony of movements in the field.
A working plowman should be characterized by a series of qualities that make him stand out among his peers in a “Field Trial” test. They are dogs eager to please their guide, with great passion for hunting, high instinct of collection and remarkable intelligence. Charging with a lot of speed and efficiency.
They must know different orders that allow us to indicate the way in certain circumstances towards the downed piece. They should be able to draw straight lines, stand by whistle and differentiate our bodily positions that will indicate if they have to go back, turn right, left or draw a diagonal. In addition, a good work in water is important, without insecurities and with decision to enter in said element and charge with the greatest cleanliness and speed.
With strap and short distances. Similar to an “eye”, the hunting pieces are dropped (partridge, duck, pheasant, hare …), dogs must respect the stay in the position until the judge indicates our turn to collect the piece indicated. The dog must show serenity in the position without the slightest bit of nervousness. Moan, change or loose the piece, be out of control, mark territory …
they will be eliminatory behaviors.
Without strap and long distances (300 meters). To emphasize two varieties, in “fixed position” as in the French modality, with longer distances and in “walking whipping” where the sample dogs and shotguns hit the ground locating, raising and lowering the hunting pieces that will be charged by our Retrievers, when indicated by the judge.
The Retrievers must always respect the walk to the foot and the turn with respect to the other dogs.
The collection distances vary from 80 meters to almost 300, where the dog must perform a perfect “marking”.
If it were necessary to direct our partner, he should listen to us perfectly.