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  • Drills for Field Work Workshop in July: WORKING SPOTS HAVE FILLED. Auditor spots still open.
  • Working certificate test on July 16 in Hopkinton, NH!

Labrador Retrievers are outstanding gun dogs, bred to hunt waterfowl and upland game under difficult conditions. Hunt tests and field trials are used to demonstrate the Labrador's exceptional hunting abilities.

The Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston runs several AKC-sanctioned hunt tests per year. Information about upcoming tests and results from past tests will be posted here. Note: As of 2017, LRCGB is no longer a member club of the Master National Retriever Club.

Rules and regulations can be obtained from the AKC Retriever Hunt Test page. Up-to-date listings of all upcoming AKC hunt tests and field trials events in the New England area are available from the AKC Events Search page.

LRCGB offers volunteer-led instructional programs to bring out and hone your Labrador's innate abilities and introduce you and your retriever to this exciting sport.

Beginning Retriever Training

Interested in training your young Labrador to become an enthusiastic retriever? Join the Beginning Retrievers Training Class, offered by LRCGB each spring at the Delaney Wildlife Management Area in Stow, MA, on Tuesday afternoon and evenings for eight weeks. The next one will be offered in April 2018. Details and sign up information will be posted here in February 2018.

Okay, you want to know what the class is*really* like? Read about Sue Seeber's and Boris's trials and tribulations in their funny write-up "A Rookie's Journey". And check out pictures from the 2015 class.

The 2014 Beginning Retriever Class

Advanced Retriever Training

So you and your dog have mastered the introductory level of hunting retriever training. What's next? The Advanced Retriever Training group gives you the opportunity to further enhance your skills. This training group for all levels of experience will meet again in 2017 at Delaney WMA in Stow, MA, from early spring to late fall. As a Club member, you can sign up here.

Darlene Tucker (2014): I think the help and training we get at Delaney has helped us all do better in the test. This is the best group of people that are always there to help you with problems.

 

Working Certificate

If you own an eager retriever but have no interest or time to compete in formal hunt tests or field trials, LRCGB also offers the less competitive working certificate (WC). A dog that fulfills the working certificate requirements has demonstrated that it is not gun-shy and willing to retrieve birds on land and in water. In addition to the working certificate, LRCGB also offers a WC Intermediate (WCI) and WC Excellent (WCX) title. The requirements are similar to AKC senior and master hunt tests but are not as stringent. WCI and WCX are Club titles and not recognized by the LRC. The WC/I/X tests take place in July.

Training Information

We have compiled a set of interesting articles/write-ups to educate the participants in our beginning and advanced retriever training programs on a broad range of topics, such as an overview of basic gun safety, a "dictionary" that explains retriever training lingo, or advice on becoming a great bird boy.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location Closes Info
2017
July 8 & 9 "Drills for Field Work" Workshop Ashburnham, MA June 24 Register
July 16 Working Certificate Test Hopkinton, NH July 12 Enter
August 6 Hunt Test West Thompson, CT   Enter

Past Events

Date Event Location Results Photos
2017
May 14 Field Training Day West Thompson, CT    
April 22 Field Training Day Avon/Simsbury, CT    
March 25 AKC Hunt Test Judges Seminar Ashburnham, MA    
2016
December 3, 2016 Field Committee Meeting and Trap Shoot Concord, MA    
Sep 24-25, 2016 Fall Hunt Test Avon, CT Results Photos
August 6-7, 2016 Summer Hunt Test W Thompson, CT Results  
July 17, 2016 Working/Conformation Certificate Test Hopkinton, NH   Photos
May 7 - 8, 2016 Field Training Seminar with Bill Hillmann Stow, MA    
April 23, 2016 Field Training Day Simsbury, CT   Register
February 7, 2016 Seminar "Leveling Up in the Field -- So you want to go beyond Junior Hunter?" Westford, MA   Register
2015
Dec 12, 2015 Field Committee meeting and Trap Shoot Concord, MA    
Aug 1 - 2, 2015 Hunt Test West Thompson, CT Results Photos
Jul 19, 2015 Working Certificate Test Hopkinton, NH   Photos
Apr 12, 2015 Field Training Day Simsbury, CT  
2014
Sep 20 - 21, 2014 Hunt Test Ashburnham/
Westminster, MA
Results  
Aug 2 - 3, 2014 Hunt Test W. Thompson, CT Results Photos
Jul 20, 2014 Working Certificate Test Hopkinton, NH    
Jul 13, 2014 Hunting Retriever Demo at Concord Rod & Gun Club Concord, MA    
Apr 26, 2014 Field Training Day (open for non-members) Simsbury, CT    
2013
Dec 1, 2013 Field Committee Meeting and Trap Shooting Concord, MA    
Sep 22, 2013 Field Training Day Ashburnham, MA    
Sep 14 & 15, 2013 Bill Hillmann Field Training Seminar Danielson, CT   Photos
Photos
Aug 3 & 4, 2013 Fall Hunt Test (with CRFTC) W Thompson, CT Results  
Jul 14, 2013 Working Certificate Test Halifax, MA   Photos
Jun 8, 2013 Flyer Day Danielson, CT    
Apr 20 & 21, 2013 Spring Hunt Test Simsbury, CT Results

Photos
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Jan 20, 2013 Field Committee Meeting and Trap Shooting Georgetown, MA    
2012
Sep 22, 2012 Field Committee Meeting and Training Day Halifax, MA    
Jul 15, 2012 Working Certificate Test Hopkinton, NH Results  
Jun 9, 2012 Flyer Day Halifax, MA    
Apr 21-22, 2012 Spring Hunt Test Simsbury, CT Results Photos
2011
Sep 24-25, 2011 Fall Hunt Test Putnam, CT Results  
Jul 17, 2011 Working Certificate Test Hopkinton, NH   Photos
Jun 11, 2011 Flyer Day Danielson, CT    
Apr 22-24, 2011 Spring Hunt Test Simsbury, CT Results Photos
2010
Sep 24-26. 2010 Fall Hunt Test Woodstock, CT Results  
Jul 18, 2010 Working Certificate Hopkinton, NH   Photos
Apr 24-25, 2010 Spring Hunt Test Simsbury, CT Results Photos
2009
Sep 19-20, 2009 Fall Hunt Test Woodstock, CT Results Photos
Jul 19, 2009 Working Certificate Test Hopkinton, NH Results

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Jun 20, 2009 Flyer Day Gardner, MA    
Jun 6-7, 2009 Pat Daignault Seminar Fremont, NH    
Apr 25-26, 2009 Spring Hunt Test Simsbury, CT Results Photos
2008
Aug 16-17, 2008 Fall Hunt Test West Thompson, CT Results Photos
Jul 20, 2008 Working Certificate Hopkinton, NH Results Photos
Jul 12, 2008 Flyer Day Gardner, MA    
Apr 26-27, 2008 Spring Hunt Test Gardner, MA Results Photos
Apr 19-20, 2008 Hunt Test Know-How Workshop Putnam, CT    
2007
Sep 21-23, 2007 Fall Hunt Test Woodstock, CT Results  
Jul 22, 2007 Working Certificate Hopkinton, NH Results Photos
Apr 28-29, 2007 Spring Hunt Test Gardner, MA Results Photos
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2006
Sep 22, 2006 Fall Hunt Test Woodstock, CT Results Photos
Apr 29, 2006 Spring Hunt Test Addieville East, RI Results Photos