My methods are based on the British way of training trailing and working dogs. My focus is to have a well behaved and hard-working dog on a shooting day as well as a dog that competes in Field Trials. Outside shooting-season we participate in Working Tests.
‘Working Tests are designed to further good, sound, Gundog work and encourage dogs’ natural working ability, but do not involve shooting live game. Work is done with dummies, and these competitions are a natural extension of the training. Retrievers are tested on their game finding ability and the speed and directness of the retrieve. Judges will be looking for quick pick-ups and fast returns, natural nose and marking ability, quietness in handling, control, drive and style’. (Kennelclub website)