Grade One (Beginner) is the very first level in the UK’s Graded Training Scheme for gundogs.
The grade is awarded to students that successfully pass the Grade One Field Test.
Follow this link to find out more gundog Field Tests.
Many thousands of students have now taken the Grade One award and the pass rate is over 70%
There are three levels of success: Pass, Merit, and Distinction. And the award is offered in three categories of gundog work: Retriever, Hunting Retriever (spaniel) and HPR.
Not a competition
The Gundog Club’s Field Tests are non-competitive, they are not about how your dog compares with other dogs present on the day. They are about meeting a set standard.[wp_ad_camp_1]Students enter the award to help motivate themselves, and to find out how their dog is progressing with his training.
Graded Training for gundogs is a national scheme, and so Grade One in one location, is exactly the same as Grade One in any other part of the UK.
Some of those entering the scheme intend to work their gundogs in the shooting field, whilst some are looking for a fun and effective way of training their pet gundog.
The objective of this grade is to establish that the working gundog is confident outdoors, has the ability to retrieve, and that basic obedience training has commenced.
Many of the students who enter the scheme go on to work their dogs in the shooting field, and/or to compete in Kennel Club competitions.
The training required to achieve the grade one award will also help pet gundog owners to manage and control their dogs.
Spending time together training and harnessing a gundog’s natural instincts is always beneficial.
It helps to create a deep bond between dog and his owner, and alleviates boredom and stress.
Some of the students participating in the scheme do so simply because they want an obedient pet. Pet gundogs are welcomed and encouraged to go as far with their training as they
The standards for the beginner grade are simple, straightforward and achievable
Two short marked retrieves must be completed.
The dog must complete a short ‘recall’, a short walk at heel (on a lead) and must be able to sit and stay for a short period of time whilst his owners walks away.
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Grade One Training
You can begin this training with a gundog of any age, but ideally will commence with a puppy. You can find resources to help you on the Gundog Club website, including a list of Accredited Instructors, and the Gundog Club’s Grade One training guide – Passing Grade One.
You can also find links to Grade One training exercises and information on this page: Grade One Training
The Gundog Club training scheme is becoming increasingly popular with tests being taken in locations throughout the UK. Check out the Gundog Club website for more information.
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