In the last couple of blog posts, I’ve written about my newfound respect for Field Trials and Hunt Tests. As I was driving home from a night of dog training last Thursday evening, I caught a FAN Outdoors radio interview with pro dog trainer Tom Dokken.
During the interview, Tom articulated why folks interested in acquiring a hunting puppy should consider field trial and hunt test blood lines to find the best bird dog puppy blood lines.
“Successful field trial and hunt test dogs,” Dokken explained, “have proven they have the genetics to be good hunters in addition to being very trainable. Even if you have no intention of trialing your own dog, these characteristics are exactly the same traits important to creating a successful bird dog.”
Dokken went on to explain how to find these successful field trial and hunt test blood lines in a breeding’s documents by looking for the following acronyms after a dam or sire’s name:
FC = Field Champion
AFC = Amateur Field Champion
NFC = National Field Champion
MH = Master Hunter
SH = Senior Hunter
To listen to the full podcast of Tom’s interview, follow this link to Hour 2 of the show on July 18. You can also contact Tom direct by visiting his website.
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing. Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre and listen to Bob and Billy Hildebrand every Saturday morning on FAN Outdoors radio on KFAN FM100.3.