What is the Working Gundog Certificate?
The aim of the Working Gundog Certificate is to provide
credible proof that the handler and dog are a competent
partnership, with the qualities to fulfil the general requirements
of work on a shoot.
The certificate may be gained at a variety of different events
so that all aspects of a dog's work in the shooting field can be
observed. The certificate will be issued by the KC and will list
those tasks achieved on the day.
Successful partnerships will have the distinction of having
their names published in the Field Trials Newsletter
Who can take part?
The Working Gundog Certificate (WGC) is open to all Kennel Club
pedigree registered dogs and their handlers.
What is required?
Handlers and dogs will be required to demonstrate competence in
Where and how will the assessment take place?
The WGC can be achieved at a variety of events:
1. A shoot using game
On a shoot assessors will observe the participants
throughout the day as they work their dogs in their usual role. The
assessors will not devise any situations but simply be observing
how a handler and dog cope with the specific tasks which arise
naturally during the day.
2. A WGC day for dogs that retrieve using dummies
At a WGC day for dogs that retrieve, the criteria will be
assessed using simulated shooting field exercises:
- Handlers and dogs walk together to the start area with the dogs
off lead and under control.
- A simulated drive with dogs assessed both in the beating line
and waiting at pegs.
- Hunting for seen dummies after the drive
- Hunting for unseen dummies after the drive.
- A marked retrieve from water
- A marked retrieve from over an obstacle
- A steadiness exercise where dogs are left together whist
handlers collect up decoys.
3. A WGC day for dogs that point
At a WGC day for dogs that point the dogs will be assessed
on hunting, locating, pointing and steadiness. The dogs
should hunt the ground in a regular pattern, point live game,
produce on command and be steady to flush and shot. Some
participants may wish to take the retrieving assessment which might
be organised on the day or at a later WGC day, a GWT or on a
4. A Gundog Working Test (GWT)
An assessment at a GWT will be assessed against the
criteria either by using separate exercises or using the exercises
available on the day.
Who will carry out the assessment?
Participants will be assessed by a qualified assessor and if
there are more than three participants, a second assessor will be
appointed. Qualified assessors are Kennel Club Field Trial
Judges or others who have satisfactorily assessed the certificate
three times and have been approved by another qualified
Who can organise a day?
Whether you are a gundog trainer, an individual or part of an
organisation you can apply for permission to run an assessment day
via the Field Trials Team as per the details below.
Who can I contact for more information?
For more details about the Working Gundog Certificate or to
obtain a free copy of the WGC Handbook please contact the Field
Trials Team via:
Call 020 7518 1059 between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to
Or email Cheryl
Maguire. If you wish to receive a copy of the WGC Handbook
please provide your postal address.