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The Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club has always been instrumental in promoting the working side of this wonderful breed. For over 25 years the club has been running working tests.
The club holds two working test days every year and a Show Gundog Working Certificate qualifier day in December. Working Tests are held in the Spring and Summer months, during the ‘closed’ shooting season. Canvas dummies are used to train and test the dogs instead of game birds.
On the first Saturday in April we run a training day in Suffolk and then throughout the summer there are monthly training evenings on the 2nd Monday of the month in Stalham, Norfolk. There is a beginners and puppy class, and one for the more experienced.
The qualification for the novice working test is "not having won 1st 2nd or 3rd at an Open Test or any award at a Field Trial or 1st in a Novice or Intermediate Test.
In December a Show Gundog Working Certificate Test day is held. This is for dogs that have a CC at a Championship Show or qualification for Crufts through a breed class at a Championship Show.
To gain the SGWC the following needs to occur:
• The dog has been tested in line.
• The dog has shown that it is not gun shy
• The dog hunted for, and found, dead or wounded game, faced cover, and
• The dog entered water freely, swam and retrieved. If a natural retrieve is not
possible a dummy may be used.
• The dog has not barked or whined in line.
• The dog has been under reasonable control, absolute steadiness is not
This is per KC regs.
On attaining their certificate this then goes towards the title of Champion. If a dog wins three Challenge Certificate in the show ring it becomes a Show Champion, with the working certificate it then qualifies to become a full Champion.