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    Special Pointing Breeds Hunting Test

    Open to All Pointing Breeds

    Saturday July 18, 2020

    at Bird Dog Acres on Point MacKenzie
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       The events will be held between 9 AM and 5 PM.
    Entries close July 16th, 12 PM - midnight.


    The competitive AKC Field Trials had gotten very successful but no longer focused on useful hunting style. That resulted in the development of the AKC Hunting Test. It is a pass/fail test where your dog demonstrates its usefulness in the field hunting upland game. The judge evaluates the handler/dog team. That means not only does the dog have to deliver acceptable performance, but the handler has to present the dog to its best advantage.

    The Pointing Dog Specialty on July 18th, 2020, will teach you the handling methods that maximize your chance of a successful test.

    Laura Myles is a judge with many years’ experience and successful participants in AKC hunting tests and other AKC events. She will evaluate each brace’s run.

    A Junior brace in the Specialty will have 30 minutes during which Laura will advise you in your handling skills and offer some training advice. Senior and Master level braces will run a full hour.Learning to handle our dog in a test situation will not only help you in the AKC Hunting Test but any test where you are matching your dog’s skills against a standard or competition.


    Laura Myles – Bio

    AKC experience: Approved judge for conformation (GSP, GWP, GS, IS), Field Trials, Hunting Test, and Junior Showmanship.

    Became a Hunting Test judge in 1988, judges about eight to10 Hunting Test assignment annually in addition to 3-5 Field Trials and 2-3 conformation shows.

    Laura and her husband, Jack, run Inverness Kennels since 1977. They breed GWPs.

    Excerpt of their website:

    "When we’re not hunting, we enjoy and participate in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF), AKC Hunt Tests, and North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) evaluations.  The dogs from our kennels have earned a variety of titles showing their versatile heritage in obedience trials and conformation events."



    This fun event will be open to all pointing dog breeds, including those not recognized by the American Kennel Club. It is intended to give these dogs and their owners/handlers a chance to test against AKC hunting test standards.


    Dogs will run a course seeded with live birds identical to an AKC hunting test. Their performance will be evaluated in accordance with the regulations of AKC pointing breeds hunting tests. Accredited AKC judges will be on hand to evaluate the dog & handler's performance and to offer tips and advice for improvement.


    Electronic collars and check cords will be allowed in this event.

    Event registration is limited to 20 entries.


    Regulations and Standards of Performance for AKC Hunting Tests for Pointing Breeds: RHTPNT


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