The aim of the Working Gundog Certificate (WGC) 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 Kennel Club 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 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 the following:
Where and how will the assessment take place?
The WGC can be achieved at a variety of events:
- 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 thespecific tasks which arise
naturally during the day.
- 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
- 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 flushand shot. Some
participants may wish to take the retrieving assessment which might
be organised on the day orat a later WGC day, a Gundog Working Test
or on a shoot.
- A Gundog Working Test (GWT)
An assessment at a GWT will be assessed against the
criteria either by using separate exercises or using theexercises
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
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
If you wish to
receive a copy of the WGC Handbook please provide your postal