AKC Hunt Test Training
Fetch it up Kennels has the experience and ability to train your dog to run and pass AKC Hunt Tests. Hunt Tests are designed to prove a dogs training and trainability. Hunt tests are a way to prove a dog is a solid hunting retriever. Hunt test titled retrievers are sought for breeding and can be sold for a much higher price than a non-titled retriever. Only AKC registered retrievers can compete in hunt tests. Those breeds consist of: Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Retrievers, Flat Coated Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Poodles, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
AKC has three Hunt Test levels:
Junior Hunter which requires four passes and is the lowest level. In this test the retriever is required to heel, mark single birds, pick up the bird and deliver it to hand. This is required to be done on land and in the water. There are a total of four retrieves in the Jr. Test, two on land and two on water.
Senior Hunter requires four passes if a Jr. Title is already held by the retriever and is the mid level. In this test the retriever is required to heel off lead, be steady to shot, double mark downed birds on land and on water, deliver to hand, blind retrieves on land and in water, one walk up which is where the birds are launched and shot while the dog is walking at heel, honoring retrieves of another dog and handle a distraction shot on a retrieve. There is a land series with three retrieves and a water series with three retrieves. A total of six retrieves.
Master Hunter requires five passes if a Sr. Title is already held by the retriever and is the highest AKC Hunt Test level. In this test a retriever is required to heel off lead, be steady to shot, deliver to hand, run triple marked retrieves, run back to back blind retrieves, honoring retrieves of another dog, and handle a distraction shot on a retrieve. There is a land series, water series, and a land/water series with 5 blind retrieves and 9 marked retrieves for a total of 14 retrieves during the test.
To read more extensively on the AKC Hunt Tests please go to the below link.
If you are interested in having your retriever train and run hunt tests please be aware the training takes time. Fetch it up cannot guarantee that your retriever will pass the tests and cannot tell you exactly how long it will take for the dog to prepare for a test although we can give you estimates. Please contact Fetch it up to talk more extensively if this is something you are interested.