All entrants will have passed the NEFRA Novice Working Retriever tests and have received
The qualification of Intermediate Working Retriever will be awarded to a dog who has qualified in three set tests. Each of the first two tests will gain the dog a rosette and the third will gain the dog a certificate stating the qualification.
*There is provision for a dog to be awarded the qualification of Intermediate Working Retriever without having first gained the Novice Certificate – but this dog must have gained four intermediate test awards.
The dog must show good marking, retrieving and delivery of the dummy:
- from or over water
- from the other side of obstacles
- willingly search an area for unseen retrieves
When at a distance the dog should stop on the whistle, ignore distractions, and follow
the command given.
There will be four test situations. These will include:
- One land blind
- One water blind (that may be run as a double blind on land & water)
- One double** land mark (the handler can nominate the first retrieve)
- One double** water mark (the handler can nominate the first retrieve)
There will be at least one diversion shot and one diversion dummy.
At least one of the retrieves will be a walk-up where one dog will ‘honour’ the working dog.
**A double mark is where two retrieves are presented to the dog before it is sent for any retrieve.
Dogs will be steady on the line. A controlled break or creeping will be penalised.
A dog must retrieve to hand as in the novice test.
Dogs may be handled on marks but excessive handling will get a lower score. Excessive handling will be decided by the judges, but the handler will be told.
Dogs who switch dummies will be eliminated.
The following will prevent a pass and although the dog is “not ready”. This will not prevent it trying again at a later date, indeed with further training this should be the aim of the handler.
- Failing to hunt an area
- Not entering cover
- Being unsteady and, in the eyes of the judges, “out of control”
- Will not swim or enter water
- Refusal to retrieve
- Fear of a gun or gunshot
- Aggression whether towards people or other dogs
- Noise whether on the part of the dog or handler
The judges will explain any reasons for failure and try to give help, if required, to eliminate the fault.