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

The Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston runs several AKC-licensed hunt tests per year. LRCGB is not a member of the Master National Retriever Club anymore. We also offer several volunteer-led instructional programs to bring out and hone your Labrador’s innate abilities and introduce you and your retriever to this exciting sport.

Field Committee

Club activities related to the training of Labradors for recreational hunting or for field competitions are coordinated by a Field Committee. Any Club member interested in this sport is welcome to join the committee! Please check out the Field Committee page for details.

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 afternoons and evenings for eight weeks. See Events Calendar for sign-up.

2014 Beginning Retrievers Class

Basics and Transition Training

In 2019, we are offering a new training opportunity, focused on 1:1 interactions with handlers to teach them and their dogs the skills required for advanced field work. The program will cover the Basics and Transition phases in the training approach popularized by Mike Lardy, from collar conditioning and force fetch to pile work, from double-T to pattern blinds to cold blinds. Training is offered on Tuesdays at Delaney WMA in Stow, MA. See Events Calendar for sign-up.

Continuing Retriever Training

So you and your dog have mastered the introductory levels of hunting retriever training. What’s next? LRCGB’s Continuing Retriever Training group gives you the opportunity to further hone your and your dog’s skills. This training group for all levels of experience will meet again on Tuesdays in 2019 at Delaney WMA in Stow, MA, from early spring to late fall.

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.

Darlene Tucker

2014 Training Group

Arrival times are now fixed.

In April, August, September official group training will start at 5:00 pm.

In May, June, and July official group training will start at 5:30pm. In those months you may arrive early for another setup from 3:30 to 5:30. The early group MUST be finished by 5:30 pm and can immediately join the group training starting at 5:30 pm.

To join the training group, please register at the beginning of the season (see the Events Calendar ). We also request you use this sign-up form each week to let us know if you’re planning to come so we have an estimate of dogs to run and can plan accordingly.

The 2007 Training Group

Working Certificate

The Working Certificate program provides a way for Labrador owners to experience and develop an appreciation for the natural working abilities of their dogs without the lengthy and expensive commitment the competitive performance events require.

The Labrador Retriever Club Inc. — Working Certificate Program

If you own an eager retriever but do not intend 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 defined by The Labrador Retriever Club (LRC) 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 WC Intermediate (WCI) and WC Excellent (WCX) titles. The WCI and WCX requirements are similar to AKC senior and master hunt tests but not as stringent. WCI and WCX are Club titles and not recognized by the LRC.

Training Information

We have compiled a set of interesting articles/write-ups to educate the participants in our beginning and continuing 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.