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RETRIEVER HUNT TESTS
James Spencer wrote Retriever Hunt Tests for the total beginner to the most experienced hunt test handler. Participating in a hunt test is a great way to keep your retriever tuned up and ready to go during the off-hunting season, plus you and your dog will have fun being part of hunt tests events which are similar to bird hunting. Currently with four sponsors – AKC, UKC/HRC, NAHRA, CKC, a hunt test has three graduated levels of testing and offer meaningful titles to successful retrievers who compete only against themselves, working to achieve higher levels. You’ll learn this in depth and much more as Jim Spencer describes the history of the early days of hunt tests, chronicles the growing popularity of hunt tests and shows statistically the ratio of difficulty for a dog to qualify at each level. Retriever Hunt Tests helps the beginner prepare for hunt tests and offers advice for novice to experienced handlers while participating in a hunt test. There’s specific advice for handling a dog in single, double and triple marking tests, combination marks and blinds and dealing with distractions and hazards. There are techniques for handling a dog in upland hunting and tracking (or trailing) tests and advice for those wanting to put on a hunt test or become a judge of hunt tests.
THE INS AND OUTS OF HUNT TESTS
• Learn the ins and outs of hunt tests from the early days to their present popularity.
• General preparations for those just starting out.
• Marking tests, blind retrieve tests, other types of tests.
• Put on a hunt test.
• Judging hunt tests.
Trade paperback, 6 x 9, 164 pages, appendix
AUTHOR JAMES B. SPENCER
Jim Spencer is an award winning dog and outdoor writer, with several books and over 500 magazine articles, including a regular column in Gun Dog magazine. He has titled his own dogs in AKC hunting tests and judged hunting tests for both spaniels and retrievers. Other titles by Spencer include Point! Training the All-Seasons Birddog; Hup! Training Flushing Spaniels the American Way; Retriever Training Drills for Blind Retrieves; Retriever Training Drills for Marking; Retriever Training Tests – 3rd Edition; Training Retrievers for Marshes and Meadows (all published by Alpine Publications).
RETRIEVER HUNT TESTS CONTENTS
Section 1: Overview of hunt tests
• Chapter 1: What are hunt tests?
• Chapter 2: The origin of hunt tests
• Chapter 3: Hunt test popularity
• Chapter 4: The challenge of hunt tests
Section II: Successful handling
• Chapter 5: General preparations
• Chapter 6: General handling guidelines
• Chapter 7: Marking tests
• Chapter 8: Blind retrieve tests
• Chapter 9: Other types of tests
Section III: Addenda
• Chapter 10: Putting on a hunt test
• Chapter 11: So you want to be a judge
REVIEWS FOR RETRIEVER HUNT TESTS
“If you intend to run your dog in the NAHRA events, read this book. It is loaded with information, tips, and tricks.”
– Reader review
“After reading the book, I learned half a dozen new ways to approach possible problems.”
– Reader review