One of the added benefits of entering your favorite hunting companion in a sanctioned UKC or AKC field trial or hunt test is that it keeps your dog in peak condition. That is of course if you are training your dog prior to the test. If there is ever a time for your retriever to begin putting on the extra pounds, it usually starts right after the season ends. And that is not fair to your dog. Can you imagine entering a race and not training for it until the day of the race? Unfortunately, many hunters simply let their dog lay around until the first day of the season. Not a healthy situation especially as she ages and is more prone to health issues.
Hunt tests are a great way for you and your dog to continue practicing and fine tuning her natural abilities, whatever the breed of dog you have. Local clubs such as the Lone Star Hunting Retriever Club can assist anyone on a proper training regimen for you to follow through the spring and summer. This pays big dividends when the hunting season rolls around in the fall because your dog is still in great shape and in many cases has improved from your last hunting experience.
But you have to be committed to your dog's training regimen. Even if you work your dog out for 30-45 minutes a day, you can put her through a variety of drills that will challenge her mentally and physically. If she needs some fine tuning and you do not know what you should do, the pros that are members of the Lone Star Hunting Retriever Club can offer you some sage advice.
And hunt tests allow you the opportunity to meet fellow hunters as well as experienced owners and pro dog trainers from thoughout the region. The Lone Star Hunting Retriever Club's hunt test is set for March 21 and 22 near Bonham, Texas. If you have never entered one, I encourage you to give it a try. Simply go to www.huntsecretary.com and register. It is a lot of fun and your dog will thank you for it as she bounces around with the excitement of a six month old puppy.
Lone Star Hunting Retriever Club