About: Mock Hunt Tests


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Starting in 2022, MSDA has offered one or two mock junior AKC hunt tests each year. So far, these have focused on Pointing and Retrieving hunt tests. (MSDA includes practice in all elements of Spaniel hunt tests as part of the Flushing Dog Program.)

If you have done some hunt training, including at MSDA’s Field Day, and are either curious about hunt testing, are getting ready for your first hunt test, or just want a bit of extra practice (and some feedback), this is a great opportunity.

The mock test is conducted similar to an actual junior hunt test but, unlike a “real” test:

  • No pressure! You’re just there to have fun and gain some experience. There’s no passing or failing, qualifying or not qualifying, at stake.
  • If you’re new to this, knowledgeable volunteers explain how the tests work and what is expected of you and your dog. When these mock tests differ from the real thing, this will be noted.
  • Callbacks will not be used: dogs will not be excused early for failing to achieve a passing score on any part of the test.
  • Dogs may drag a check cord or wear an e-collar or tracking collar.
  • A very experienced hunt tester or AKC judge will provide you with feedback about where improvements are needed.
  • Time is specifically allocated for Q&A.
  • Your dog does not need to be registered, or registerable, with the AKC or any other organization to participate.
  • No ribbons or other prizes will be provided, and no results will be posted.
  • The entry fee is less than an actual hunt test.

In addition to taking everyone through a mock hunt test, we cover:

  • Do’s and don’ts of a hunt test
  • Tip for how to get a passing score
  • What to wear and what not to wear; yes it’s important
  • What equipment you need to participate
  • What to bring
  • How scoring works
  • What to expect the day of the hunt test
  • Where to find an AKC hunt test in your area and how to sign up
  • Definitions of a Hunt Test Committee and their responsibilities

For more information about MSDA’s mock hunt tests, contact Pamela DeSmidt via Pamela@mdsportingdog.org.