How does a WC work? Do they use live birds or dead and just throw them? Do they use the same bird for all the dogs or get new ones?
I think it depends on the club, though I doubt they'd want to expose a brand new dog just learning to retrieve birds to a shot-wounded one who is flapping and biting. Around here, they use dead birds, and some of those dead birds can be pretty gross from what I've heard (which means you have to really make sure you work with the dog picking up old, icky birds as well as freshly-shot dead birds).
I think there is one water single and one land single for a WC. Doubles when going on to WCX, etc. I believe.
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You can either get live fliers or dead birds as was stated
I really prefer live fliers
Most clubs that use dead birds dispatch them that morning before the test I have never seen rank ones at a WC. But it is always good to train with them. The clubs around here usually have at least one fresh bird per dog so that after the test is over the participants can take a bird home
You will get 1 land mark not to exceed 50 yards or so in short cover
2 water marks back to back in swimming water
The dog does not have to deliver to hand but to a designated area
But I would suggest working on delivery to hand
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In a HT, you normally get the rank birds in hot weather, on the land series, after water has been run, on the Sunday test..... :-X
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The ? was a WC not an HTOriginally Posted by GulfCoast
Most clubs that I have judged for an ran my dogs in will do the land first & then water so the dogs do not have to deal with that situation
It all depends on what the club and members have available. I had to rely on club members to have frozen birds for the practice days and the club for the connections for the live birds.
The LRCSC WC/WCX TEST is this Sunday and the test will have land first with a live shot pigeon. In the water you will have consecutive singles with the first retrieve being a dead duck (that was shot at the Hunt Test on Saturday) and the 2nd retrieve being a live flyer. In the water, if your dog doesn't get the first retrieve, which is a dead duck, it will not be rewarded with the live flyer.
For two of the three practice days we had both, live shot pigeons/chukar and frozen/thawed pigeons or ducks. We threw the birds with a popper shot AND we used a winger with a popper shot plus shot live pigeons. It gave a little experience of everything to the new dogs/pups.
Thank you I will work on everything than.
You can always write or E-mail the Secretary and ask her or E-mail a club Member of the club hosting the trial and ask them.
Our Lab Club (Badger LRC) has a shot live duck on land followed by 2 thrown (dead) ducks on water.
At the test this past weekend we had a lot of breaking dogs and a lot of crippled birds. Practice with a clipped wing and hold onto the collar till the judge releases the dog.