Dudley Brown and I wait in the shade before the tracking section of the test.
Following text is from the: NAVHDA A Newcomer's Guide to the Natural Ability Test.
The Natural Ability Test consists of:
- Search and Pointing
Dudley holds a long point during the "search and point" test. Photo: Nell
- Pheasant track
Dudley's teeth are examined by the judges. Photo:Nell
- Physical examination
Dudley hits the water like a freight train. Judge comments, "I bet he can do this all day." I replied "All Day!" Photo:Nell
Swimming is one of Dudley's favorite things to do.
Additionally, the dog are evaluated on Use of Nose, Desire to Work and Cooperation, based upon performance in the other phases. Also, two blank shots will be fired at the beginning of the search to test for any gun-shyness.
Dudley Brown Results:(1-4)
Search and Pointing: 4
Pheasant track: 4
Physical examination: Normal
Gun Shyness: Not Gun shy
Coat: Medium thickness,Medium coarse
Work and Cooperation: Strong
Final score: Prize I with a perfect score:112!
We are so proud of our little Brown Dog! I knew he'd do well but I was not expecting him to ace the test. The thing that I think sets him apart is his ability to focus in the field. The transformation to "all business" is key and Dudley just does that.
The polish supplied by:
BIG Thank You to Dudley Brown's trainers at Bird Mtn, Bryan and Amanda Johnson, they added the polish to Dudley's performance and are most responsible for his perfect score!