CAN I DO WITH MY GOLDEN?
There are a
variety of clubs and competition you as a dog owner can
get involved in. We have tried to give a short
overview of some. Even if you do not want to compete in
trials with your dog a lot of clubs hold training
classes for the different sports so you can still get
Some of the
benefits of training your Golden Retriever:
You and your dog can
become a team, and develop and strengthen your
You will form a closer
bond with each other
communication, respect and understanding between
you and your dog
It is a responsible way
to socialise your dog
Your dog will become a
well adjusted and well behaved member of your
He will better understand
his boundaries and know what’s expected of him and
therefore will have fewer
With training your dog
walk beside you on a leash without pulling
or strangling, so you and your dog will enjoy your
daily walks and spend more time together.
You can receive a
discount off registration (some states) for
obedience trained dogs with a basic obedience
There is a great
enjoyment in watching your dog work, especially at
sports they thoroughly enjoy and for which they
Any dog - pedigreed or mixed
breed can enter
obedience trials. For a lot of people who have reached
novice level of obedience at training they can go on
and compete in trials. There are three levels of
obedience trials starting from Novice then Open
and Utility. Dogs are to wear a fixed or slip collars in the
Novice: This class is for dogs of either
sex from six months of age. The exercises consist of
Heal on Lead, Stand for Examination, Heel Free off lead,
Stand Stay off lead, Recall, One Minute Sit
Stay, Three Minute Down Stay.
Open: This class is for dogs
or bitches over six months of age that have qualified
for the title of "CD" Companion Dog. The exercises
consist of Heel Free, Stand For Examination, Drop
on Recall, Retrieve Dumbbell on Flat, Retrieve Dumbbell
over High Jump, Broad Jump, Three Minute Sit Stay -
Handler Out of Sight, Five Minute Down Stay - Handler
Out of Sight.
Utility: This class is for dogs and bitches
that have qualified for the title of "CDX" Companion Dog
Excellent. The exercises consist of Seek Back Lost
Article, Directed Jumping, Scent Discrimination, Signal
Exercise, Speak on Command - or Food Refusal - or
Directed Retrieve, Group Examination, Ten Minute Down
Stay -Handler Out of Sight.
For registered gundogs. This sport
consists of simulated shooting conditions.
These events are designed to
test the various gundog breeds in the type of work for
which they were bred. They provide people with the
opportunity to test the appropriate temperament and
natural working instincts of their dogs.
We have an information page
on this sport if you are interested please click on the
Gundog Working Test
This is a modification of the more
demanding gundog work in the field. This will allow you
to develop the basics of retrieving and teach and learn
how to handle your dog for simple marked retrieves. It
allows you and you dog to experience a bit of the
hunting environment for gundogs that have never worked
in the field.
There are two levels of Gundog Working
Test – Novice and Open.
To attain a qualifying score in
a Gundog Working Test, an overall pass of at least 50%
in each exercise and an overall score of not less than
75%, will entitle a dog to receive a Gundog Test
Certificate. No official titles are awarded in Gundog
of the Gundog Working Test are
Retrieving to gundog owners.
Retrieving basics to be taught under easy
handlers to improve control area performance.
gundogs to experience their natural instincts.
Novice: Heel 20 metres. Recall from 25 to
30 metres from stand, sit or down position.
Stop the dog during a Recall from 35 to 40
Single Marked Retrieve.
Open: Heel 25 metres
from 25 to 30 metres from sit or down position
1minute Stay and Recall from 35 to 40 metres
Double Marked Retrieve, order nominated by
Any dog - pedigreed or mixed
breed can enter
between 2 and 8 years of age. The "ET" Endurance Test
demonstrates the dog's ability to work after being
subject to a certain degree of physical strain without
showing signs of undue stress or lack of constitution.
The dog must wear a fixed collar or
suitable harness. The leash must be long enough (approx.
2 metres) and held in either hand so that the dog may
adjust itself to the cyclist or runner and the dog is to
gait on the left hand side of the handler or bicycle.
The handler may jog the distance, ride a bicycle or use
any other form of non motorised mechanical vehicle with
the dog, provided the required speed is maintained.
The test consists of 20kms covered in 3
legs of 8kms, 6kms, 6kms with rest periods in between.
The test is carried out over three different surfaces
such as bitumen, dirt, grass etc. At the
beginning, end and during rest periods the dogs will
receive a veterinary check covering general fitness,
temperature, standing heart rate, condition of pads. At
the beginning and the end of the competition a short
obedience test will be conducted on and off the lead and
will include a recall. A certificate for the title of
"ET" will be issued for each qualifying dog.
Any dog - pedigree or mixed
but the dog
must have at least one Novice obedience trial pass to be
eligible to enter a tracking test. The purpose of
tracking is for the dog to follow a human scent trail
and find the missing person at the end. Tracking is an
activity that the dog must use it's initiative and
scenting ability to achieve.
Tracking tests must be conducted with the dog in a
suitable harness and a lead of a minimum length of 10
metres. All articles used must belong to the
Tracklayer must not be larger than a work sock, must be
inconspicuous in colour and acceptable to the Judge. The
suitability of all tracking equipment shall be left to
the discretion of the Judge. The Handler may not offer
food or utilise training aids during the running of a
track and water may only be offered with the Judges
In order to obtain titles for tracking the
dogs must complete the tracking qualification test and
then can compete in tracking trials test 1
through to test 6.
TEST: In this test
the dog must track a known Tracklayer for approximately
300 metres. There will be one change of direction of
approximately 90 degrees not less than 100 metres after
the start. The track must be not less than 10 minutes
nor more than 30 minutes old. The dog must find the
Tracklayer and considered to be tracking by the Judge to
obtain a Pass. No grades are awarded, merely "Pass" or
qualify for the Tracking Titles of T.D. (Tracking Dog),
T D.X (Tracking Dog Excellent) and T.Ch (Tracking
Champion) a dog must pass each of the following tests
Tracking Dog (T.D.) Test 1 (Known Person)
Test2 (Unknown Person)
Tracking Dog Test 3 (Unknown
Tracking Dog Excellent (T.D.X.
) Test 4 (Unknown
Test 5 (Unknown Person)
Tracking Champion Test 6 (Unknown Person)
Any dog - pedigree or mixed
breed over 18 months old can enter an Agility
trial. Agility is a sport in
which a handler is given a set amount of time to direct
a dog through an obstacle course. The dog is to work off
lead. The obstacles used in agility are the A
Frame, Dog Walk, See-Saw, Tunnel, Table, Weave Poles,
Tyre or Hoop Jump, other types of
The handler can give an unlimited number
of commands or signals to their dogs, but cannot touch
either the equipment or the dog during the competition. The dogs are
timed and incur penalties for failing to correctly
negotiate an obstacle or performs an obstacle out
of sequence, or exceeding the set time limit.
team sport of which each team is made up of four dogs
who compete in a relay race.
flyball course consists of a starting line, four
hurdles spaced ten feet apart, and a spring-loaded box
at the end that shoots out a tennis ball. The
purpose is for the dog to start at the starting line,
jump all four hurdles, step on the box and catch the
tennis ball, then run back over the four hurdles to
cross the starting line. Once the first dog has crossed
back over the starting line, the second dog goes through
the course and so on until all four dogs have completed
the course. The winning team is the first one with all
four dogs to complete the course without