For those of you that are not familiar with the NSTRA scoring/judging guidelines, here is a very basic explanation. The best way to learn more is to visit (and participate in) a weekend trial in your local region. To find your region, click here. For a detailed explanation and all the rules, you can view the current NSTRA Rule Book Here
For those of you that are not familiar with the NSTRA scoring/judging guidelines, here is a very basic explanation. The best way to learn more is to visit (and participate in) a weekend trial in your local region. To find your region, click here. For a detailed explanation and all the rules, you can view the current NSTRA Rule Book Here.
A brace is a randomly selected pairing of dogs who will run together in a specified field. Each Brace is 30 minutes long. Each dog/handler pair is assigned their own judge (they switch after 15 minutes or half the brace). In some trials the "bracemates" are competiting directly against each other, but in most formats, they are competing for birds in the field with their bracemate, but their scores are compared against the entire field.
Scoring Range for Finds is 0 - 100 (scoring begins when the dog makes game)
Remains steady regardless of interference
Hard, slam point
Remains high and intent during long, difficult flush attempt
Good game location
Works scent intelligently
Flagging (tail 'wagging' during point)
Lack of intensity
Creeping (taking slow steps toward game)
Down in front (high head, high tail is preferable)
Scoring Range for Retrieve is 0 - 100
Quick location of downed bird
Quick pick up
Blind retrieve (dog did not see the bird go down, but trusts handler's direction toward it)
Snappy return to handler
Easy release to handler
Exceptional retrieves such as water or an extra long retrieve
Trouble locating bird
Slow pick up
Scoring Range for Obedience is 0 - 75
Displays immediate response to handler's commands
Consistantly responds to handler
Failure to respond to handler
Scoring Range for Ground Coverage is 0 - 100
Quick and thorough search for birds such as quartering
Sharp, classy movements
Pottering with ground scent
Running and not actually hunting, such as head racing
Not covering the ground thoroughly
Spending time out of bounds
Lack of enthusiasm
Scoring Range for Back is 0 - 75 (scoring begins when backing dog has the opportunity to see pointing dog)
Backing is also referred to as Honoring and is when a dog sees another dog pointing game and recognizes it by 'pointing' even though it cannot scent the game.
If there is no score, the dog did not have an opportunity to see a pointing dog. If there is a zero, the dog saw a pointing dog and refused to back.
Backs immediately upon seeing pointing dog
Dog is intent with good style
Remains intent until handler reaches dog to control him while pointing dog completes his retrieve
Flags (wags or moves tail), lays down, has low tail or is low in front
Looks at handler rather than at pointing dog.
'/' in Retrieve score: no retrieve score given for that find. The bird was not located by the dog for whatever reason.
0 in the Retrieve score: dog found the downed bird but refused to deliver it to handler
'A' in Retrieve score: an average of retrieves will be given. This is primarily used when a handler/gunner is unable to shoot at a bird for safety reasons.
'INT' in Retrieve score: interference. the pointing dog is given an average of his scoreable retrieves due to interference by it's bracemate.