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    I saw on another site (chesapeake) that a dog was titled UH, Upland Hunter. I had never seen this title before (new to all of this). How does one go about getting this title? My BLF seems to really excel with upland hunting and thought it might be something to look into. Thanks in advance. Paul

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    Join UKC/HRC and pass 4 upland tests.

    In my experience, the UH title boils down to steady to wing and shot. Very little emphasis is put on the many other traits that in my mind are more important to an upland hunter.

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    there is a walk up, also the dog quarters the field and is expected to find the bird with his nose. flush the bird then retrieve, and the rule book says they should mark and trail a scent [I don't remember that.] the one I ran, the bird was in a chicken wire like cage that my dog had to push it over. I failed the test because after my dog pushed over the cone and flushed the bird I forgot to blow my sit whistle the good thing about them is the clubs usually run a double test both sat. and sun. so pass them all and get a title.

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    I also failed due to the fact the bird would not flush and my dog would not push the cone over, heck the bird wouldn't even flush when they drove the ATV right up to it...that's when the reality of it kind of hit home - it's just a stupid game, but in the real pheasant fields, he never failed to put a bird up....my shooting on the other hand!

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    The HRC Upland Hunter (UH) test is designed to test finished-level control of a dog in the field. As mentioned before, there are several components to the test:

    - a walk-up w/honor dog
    - quartering in the field
    - a natural* flush of 2 game birds, while being steady to both wing and shot
    - an honor of a walk-up

    Sometimes you do the honor before proceeding with quartering, other times the walk-up is the first part of the test. While the rulebook states that there may be a tracking component to the test, my understading is this is rarely done anymore.

    * - a natural flush means the dog has to initiate the flush of the bird -- a bird that flushes on its own, or is flushed by the handler does not count. Clubs have a variety of ways of planting the birds in the field -- from wire baskets, to boxes, to launchers, to free-planting....the test is designed to have the dog find the bird and flush the bird.

    Marking and retrieving is not a required part of the test. However, if a bird is killed and the dog retrieves it, delivery to hand is required.

    Also - just a small brag -- below is my 18 mo old BLF that just earned her UH title 2 weekends ago.

    remi uh.jpg

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    you can now also get an AKC upland title on many of the retrieving breeds by running in the AKC Spaniel (flushing) hunt tests. The titles are JHU, SHU, and MHU (junior, senior, master upland respectively).

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    I’m a fan of the HRC retriever tests but the UH (as it is typically run) is pretty much a joke. As Swack mentioned, the test doesn’t evaluate anything except, will your dog sit on command. While steady to wing & shot is a nice refinement in a pheasant dog, it is not the measure of an effective hunting dog.

    Unfortunately, most judges have very limited knowledge of upland hunting so they revert to what they do know about which is "control”. If your dog will sit at the whistle, you can get your UH title regardless of whether or not the dog could find a pork chop in a phone booth.

    As Barb mentioned, Labs & Goldens are now allowed to run in AKC Spaniel tests which is a much better option if you want to see the qualities that make a pheasant hunting dog. Only at the Master level is steadiness to wing & shot required but even in Senior, the dog is required to demonstrate efficient ground coverage, pace, nose & bird finding ability - all far more important attributes in a hunting dog than are measured in the UH tests.
    "The bird hunter watches only the dog, and always knows where the dog is, whether or not visible at the moment. The dog’ nose is the bird hunters eye. Many hunters who carry a shotgun in season have never learned to watch the dog, or interpret his reaction to scent."
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    OK Thank you for all the responses. At this point I only use my dog to hunt/work gun clubs. My trainer and I have her quartering the field and have her sitting on the flush (she will now sit on the flush without the whistle). He (the trainer) feels that it is much safer for the dog to sit on the flush and then be released with her name (after watching some people shoot, I understand why). She will also retrieve to hand. I think I will skip going for this title and continue water work (just started a little befor it got cold). I have no doubt she will do well with thaty also. Thanks again. Paul

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