I hunt my dog. I also run him in hunt tests. No, I can't bring him to Home Depot every time I go but I do bring him every time I hunt with the exception of big game. The places where I hunt big game don't allow dogs. Otherwise, both of my dogs are with me and are family dogs also.
You have hit the nail on the head about one of my pet peeves. The whole hunt test program was set up so that the average "Joe-hunter" could bring his dog to a weekend test and try to pass the standard. It's gone WAY past that in my opinion and I would like to get it back to that point. You are living what that program was started for. Take your hunting dog to test it on the weekend during the "off season". To me it is a great way to keep the dog in shape for the hunting season and to keep training the dog to a higher standard which translates to a very special dog in the blind AND at home or elsewhere.