Get everything you need to raise your precious puppy to be a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted dog. Get the best information for caring for your puppy, including reward-based training tips, feeding, and playing advice, and more.
Puppy Socialization Checklist
Socialization means learning to be part of society. Socializing your puppy means helping them learn to be comfortable as a pet within human society. Society that includes many different types of people, environments, buildings, sights, noises, smells, animals, other dogs, and so much more.
Puppy Booster Shots
Puppies need their first vaccinations at six to eight weeks old. Whether you adopt a puppy or buy one, make sure you get any medical records. In their first year, fur-babies will need to visit the vet a few times for immunizations and regular booster shots.
Pointing Breed Hunt Tests
Additional AKC approved Hunt Test Resources
Pointing Breed Hunting tests are non-competitive pass/fail tests which assess each dog independently based attributes such as display of desire, boldness, independence, speed with a useful pattern of running across difficult or confusing scent patterns to pinpoint the location of birds. Other categories judges will score are; bird finding ability, pointing, trainability, and in Senior and Master tests – Retrieving and Honoring. The teamwork between dog and handler is essential...
Brittanys, English Setters, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Setters, Pointers, Spinone Italiano, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizsla, Bracco Italiano, Braque du Bourbonnais, Braque Francais, Pyrenean, Drentsche Patrijshond (Drent), French Spaniel, German Longhaired Pointer, Portuguese Pointer, Pudelpointer, Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer, Small Munsterlander, Pointer Stabyhoun
This program was formulated due to the overwhelming success of the Retriever Hunting Test program. In 1986 Director of Field Trials and Hunting Tests, A. Hamilton (Ham) Rowan, Manager of Performance Events, John Carroll, and AKC Field Representative, Bob Bartel developed the plans for the fledgling Pointing Breed Hunting Test program. The regulations were approved on March 11, 1986 and clubs were encouraged to hold sanctioned Hunting Tests...
AKC Junior Hunter Test for Pointing Breeds
Pointing Breed Field Trials
Additional AKC approved Field Trial Resources
Athleticism. Stamina. Courage. An instinct to go, go, go. These qualities are the essence of the Pointing breed, and why they’re naturally superior hunters. As a dog owner, it’s important to consistently find new ways to stimulate your dog’s natural’s instincts. If you have a Pointing breed, training for and participating in a Pointing Field Trial (“competition”) is a perfect way to do it. Pointing breed field trials allow a dog to work in the field and be judged in a competitive setting covering a lot of open ground in a short time. These trials allow dogs to display qualities like their keen desire to hunt, their intelligence, ability to find game, style and courage...
Brittanys, Pointers, English Setters, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Setters, Spinone Italiano, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizsla
Field Trials in recorded history began in Britain in 1866. America’s first recorded field trial was held in 1874 near Memphis, Tenn. It was an event that started a trend that grows ever stronger. The winner of that first U.S. Field Trial was a solid black native Setter by the name of Knight, who was owned by H.C. Pritchard...
Pointing Breed Field Trial Championships
AKC Gun Dog Championships
American Pointer Club, Inc.
German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America
German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America, Inc.
English Setter Association of America, Inc.
Vizsla Club of America Inc.
Irish Setter Club of America, Inc.
Gordon Setter Club of America, Inc.
Weimaraner Club of America
Learn more about NAVHDA, NSTRA, and local Indiana performance clubs and origination.
The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is a group of like-minded people with one thing in common: we all enjoy the thrill of hunting over a well trained versatile dog.
The National Shoot to Retrieve Association is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1978 by a group of dedicated bird hunters looking for a way to extend the upland bird season and provide service to its members. NSTRA Field Trials provide competition with others who enjoy bird dogs, in a sportsmanlike environment under hunting conditions.