Have a go - Natural Aptitude Tests
The LMC usually hold two Natural Aptitude Tests per year, one in Lincolnshire at Easter and one in Scotland, in the summer. All HPR breeds are welcome.
Ideally every Large Munsterlander would do at least one Natural Aptitude Test during its lifetime as it is helps to preserve the working origins of the breed. And to that end the LMC invites anyone with a Large Munsterlander, particularly those new to the breed, to attend a Natural Aptitude Day.
We welcome novice handlers. This test is all about the dogs inbuilt natural ability. The day is relaxed, informal and your Munsterlander will love it!
What can you expect?
Each dog will be given an area for hunting. Within this area there will be some concealed caged game for the dog to find. A good point is desirable, but as some dogs react in different ways to caged game, a good acknowledgement is acceptable.
The dog is then drawn away from the area of the point and allowed to hunt on. Close to the end of the hunting area a shot will be fired and the dog’s reaction noted. This is to assess whether or not the dog is gun shy. The handler will be asked to stop, and if possible, sit the dog, or alternatively, call the dog to heel.
A dummy will be thrown, the dog will be asked to retrieve the dummy. The ‘stop’ and retrieve provide an indication of the dog’s biddability. On a separate piece of ground a scent trail will be laid, with game or blood, to test the nose and tracking ability of the dog. Towards the end of the trail an item of game is left for the dog to find. The water test assesses the dog's willingness to swim. A simple marked retrieve from deep water is given.
Throughout the natural aptitude tests dogs need to be under reasonable control. For novice Munsterlander owners this is the ideal opportunity to learn more about your dog’s natural working ability—advice/help re training will be available.