we are going for one in May... i heard that the puppy ones are easy... and more like obidience and steadiness... i have never had gundog before.. and all we doing is training froom books and we went for 3 gundog club training meetings... will see how it goes... if not you can always go and spectating... then next time you will know how much they expect and what to work on before next one...
I am taking my pup to a Natural Aptitude Test run by the LMC http://www.largemunsterlanderclub.co.uk/field_nat.html to see how she does. I am trying to find out what they need to be able to do for puppy working test. Where are you attending one in May? How old is your Viz?
BTW did you hear about HPRBA? they organizing all day training with Rory Major this year... contact them and if you will get a place it would be great way to learn about how to work and train your V... we going for one this sunday and i cant wait....
I have been on HPRBA website and heard about the training days but as I am in East London the training days are always a long way for me to travel. I have a 16 week old girl who I am thinking of doing the Nat with as she is picking everything up so quickly and I think it will be a good starting place. I also have a 16month old boy who I might be up to doing the puppy working test. I have just had a look for it online and cant find anywhere the details of what they will be required to do. Will Pm you.
I think I'm going to enter Chester into the puppy class. I have the details if you need them. It looks fairly straight forward:
Quartering - in puppy class judge just looks for is that they are willing to 'get on' ahead of the handler and covering ground using the wind
Seen retrieve - 20/30 yards
Memory retrieve - walk to heel, drop dummy, walk back and send for dummy
I'm seeing a gundog trainer on Wed next week just to check he can do all of that stuff and it's not just in my head! then we'll continue practising in our normal gundog classes until May.
I've back tracked and decided not to enter Chester into the puppy class. Although I think he can do all of the tests he is still very 'sloppy' and the trainer made a good point that it might knock our confidence a bit if he plays up.
I'm not sure what the standard will be but if it is quite high then we definitely won't be up to scratch.
She also made a point that I don't need to rush to get him into a puppy test, the novice will be the same tests (maybe over a further distance etc) but will give me a bit longer to work with him.
We're still coming along to see what it's all about