Barbet News (page 10)
With the turkey sandwiches still not finished and too much good television on to make venturing outside an attractive proposition I found myself getting up at the crack of dawn (well thats how it felt) for the drive to just north of Salisbury. Having enrolled Bepop in the Gundog Club, it was now time to face her first test. I had every confidence in Bepops' ability as she had already passed the T.A.N. (Test d'aptitudes naturelles) in France as a puppy with Elaine but this was to be on dry land and with me as the handler !
Bepop - Gundog test (Grade 1).
I met the examiner as arranged, and we walked through the cold, early morning mist to the field where the test was to be done. Nick, the examiner went over the way the test would be run as we waited for a few dog walkers to clear the field. The first part, obedience, was heel work without vocal correction and with the dog in the correct position relative to my leg (and no sniffing the ground). The sit, stay and timed recall was perfect, so no need for a second attempt. For the retrieve, two dummies were thrown a marked distance by the examiner and after a wait had to be retrieved to hand, again Bepop was up to the task. Finally a section to check Bepops` hunting aptitude which I hadn`t practiced but it is not hard to send her away to scent a field full of interesting smells. Without the necessary paperwork during the holiday season I wasn`t told Bepops exact grade but the examiner said she had definately passed !!