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AKC Hunt Test at the 76th Anniversary Poodle Club of America, Inc. National Specialty, April 19 & 20, 2008

The Poodle Club of america, inc. kicks off its 76th anniversary national Specialty show with an aKC retriever hunt Test on Saturday april 19 followed by the WC/WCX performance events on Sunday april 20, at Crop les farm in Powellville, md.

for the field and not just as a one-time performance event at the show. Their work and hard training shows as entries have increased each year.

be Prepared, Practice is Key Start training now! The more exposure your poodle has, the better he will perform. in many parts of the northeast, it may be too cold to do water work but you can run marks now. if possible, train with others and use live birds/ducks as often as you can. according to professional trainer mike lardy, water temperature should be about 55 degrees or above to do any serious water training. Water can be an issue with poodles, so if your dog is at all hesitate to enter water, the sooner you can get going – the better.

on Saturday, hunt Test dogs were judged in three di- visions: Junior, Senior and master.

entries into the 2007aKC hunt test event represented the Carolinas to rhode island, Texas to Wisconsin and states in between. We also had a group of participants from Canada, too. brilliant sunshine and warm tem- peratures helped to make the two-day event a success. and the enthusiasm supporting the poodle as a work- ing retriever was awesome! Test officials are hoping for an even larger turnout in 2008.

Members of the Board of Directors and officers of PCA were on hand to watch the ‘07 event as well as Chuck Kimbrel, field representative – Sporting breed of the american Kennel Club. aKC Junior, Senior and master hunt Tests

Judging masters will be Ted finley of dover, del., and barry fry, of millford, del. The master test will begin on Saturday, april 19 and will continue Sunday, april 20, if necessary.

Judging the Junior and Senior levels will be dan and Carol lewis of Silverspring, md. The Junior and Se- nior hunt tests will begin held on Saturday, april 19. Check the Poodle Club of america web site (www. poodleclubofamerica.org) for exact starting times.

for more information on the requirements for the master, Senior and Junior hunt Test levels check the aKC web site at: http://www.akc.org/events/hunting_tests/retrievers/ index.cfm

obedience and drills. basic obedience and drill work can help you through the cold winter months. We ac- tually rent an indoor dog-training facility so that we don’t completely stop training due to the weather.

handlers should be aware that the aKC hunt Tests are not “just” a more difficult form of the WC and WCX certificates. Dogs need to be ready to demonstrate hunt- ing skills beyond the WC and WCX and need prior train- ing and experience with live birds. The aKC requires that live birds are used in all levels, often times requiring that a dog retrieve a “cripple.”

aKC retriever hunt Tests were designed to give the dog owner a good, basic hunting dog and provide a place to run and compete. here the dog is not compet- ing against the other entries, but against a “standard.” This “standard” was established by aKC as a means of judging good hunting retrievers.

dogs are judged in three divisions; Junior, Senior, and master.

more and more Poodle owners are training their dogs The Poodle Papers /Winter Edition

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