RetrieverTraining.Net - the RTF banner

what is more difficult, AKC SH title vs. Derby points?

Which is more difficult, AKC SH title vs. Derby points?

12730 Views 22 Replies 19 Participants Last post by  tjw_128
SH level seems to be the level when all the elements are introduced into testing: multiple marks, honoring, blinds (ergo handling), and gimmicks like walk-up, bulldog, etc.


Derby seems to have significantly more difficult marks than SH, but the dog does not need to honor or run blinds.

i'd like to try both. which is more difficult :?:
plus for derby, you can heel dog to the line on a lead, right?

perhaps a fairer comparison is SH vs Q?
1 - 1 of 23 Posts
I entered the dog in the avatar in a Sr when he was 14 months old. He smoked it. Just for grins, I entered him in the Masters the same weekend. He didn't get his pass, but he had an excellent first series. He blew past the 3rd mark in the second series and ended up in the next parish....

We ran a derby a few weeks later. I picked him up in the first series. I thought I had won the open when he jammed a month or so later. He RJ'd the next two and we haven't run any since then.

What's tougher? Derby, no doubt. But don't let that stop you. Go for it. They are a lot of fun and you'll meet some good folks and good dogs. But be warned, this is not an obsession, it's an addiction.

Take care,
1 - 1 of 23 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.