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Club: United Retriever Club (Lincolnshire Area) Event: Special puppies, puppies, veterans and junior handlers
Venue: North Owersby
Judges: Julie Campbell and Will Hales
Chief steward: Sue Lowe
REPORT BY: GILLY BELL
Thanks to Mr B. Wilkinson for allowing us to run these tests over such interesting ground. The tests for the junior handlers were the same as those for the veterans.
In test one the special puppies had to pick a mark in water. The dogs then had to go through cover to retrieve a dummy thrown on to grass. The puppies had a longer swim and had to go a greater distance through the cover to the grass. For the veterans, a mark was thrown into the water followed by another diagonally across the cover. The second mark was picked first.
Test two was a walk-up. Each special puppy walked-up with the judge after a memory was thrown behind. After a few steps, handler and dog turned and the special puppy was sent for the memory. A mark was thrown after a few more steps and the special puppy sent.
It was a two-dog walk-up for the puppies. The first dog was sent for a mark on the right and the second for a mark on the left. The puppies changed places and the exercise was repeated. It was a two-dog walk-up for the veterans as well. There was a blind behind in the area of a corner and a mark in front. The first dog picked the blind and the second retrieved the mark.
In test three both handler and special puppy had to retrieve. A mark was thrown into cover for the puppy to pick, then a dummy was thrown in front of the cover for the handler to retrieve. Puppies had a mark in grass and one in cover that was picked first. For veterans it was a blind — picked first — in cover and a mark on grass.
For the final test there was a mark in the wood followed by another in the same place for the special puppies. The puppies’ test was similar, but they started from further away.
Veteran dogs did a picking-up exercise further into the wood. A shot was fired and two dummies out of three were retrieved.
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