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Working Certificate - ASC WD/WDX Rules



There should be suitable cover, such as stubble, brush, grass, etc., high enough to hide the birds used in the test. The area used must be a safe distance from human habitation so that birds may be safely shot.


Each dog should work at least TWO live birds. More may be used if circumstances require it to give the judge(s) sufficient information on the dog's capabilities. Pigeons, quail, chukar or pheasant may be used and should be planted a minimum of 20 to 30 yards ahead of the dog and/or starting line, and apart from each other.

Established safe gunning rules must be followed. A bird that flies over the gallery should not be shot. Another bird should be put down for the dog. A dog must be given a chance to flush and retrieve. If a dog has demonstrated sufficiently that it can find and flush birds, but the birds can't be shot, a dead bird may be thrown, with a shot fired at the same time to allow a dog to demonstrate it's retrieving ability.


At least one steward should be appointed to keep spectators, other handlers and dogs in a close group behind the judge(s) or in an assigned area. This is to prevent interference with the work of the dog being tested, to give the gunners a chance to shoot, and to ensure the safety of everyone.


All state hunting department regulations should be followed. A Working Test could fall in the same category as a field trial under state hunting laws. A working test should be covered by insurance just as shows and obedience trials. If the event is sponsored by ASC, contact the Insurance Chairman prior to scheduling the event.


  1. Dog must sit or stay by handler at the starting line, unleashed, until instructed by the judge(s) to proceed. The handler then sends the dog, walking behind, allowing the dog to work the field and directing when necessary. Dogs are run individually, not braced.
  2. Dog must show a reasonable response to whistle and or command, and cover the course with a spaniel type pattern of quartering. The dog must not be completely out of control, although leniency and time would be given for the handler to collect the dog.
  3. Dog is NOT required to be steady to flush or shot.
  4. Dog must demonstrate sufficient hunting ability and desire to find and produce game in a workmanlike manner, without undo urging, or pottering.
  5. Dog must retrieve birds to hand or deliver within a few steps of the handler, so that the bird can be taken or picked up, without handler chasing dog. Handler may direct a dog to a fall if the dog has not marked it. HOWEVER, for a WDX the dog is expected to mark an open, direct fall and deliver TO HAND. For a WD, close proximity is fine.
  6. Dog must NOT damage birds. No chewing or crushing. Birds damaged by shot do not apply.


For the water test a dead bird is thrown into the water from shore at a distance of about 10 to 15 yards. As the bird is thrown a shot is fired. The dog must swim and retrieve the bird to shore for both levels. For a WDX the bird must be delivered to hand.

  1. Dog may be held on leash until handler is directed by judge to send dog. For WDX the dog should be steady, BUT may be held with gentle restraint.
  2. Dog must retrieve to shore; delivery should be within close proximity to handler, without handler having to chase the dog. For WDX delivery MUST be to hand.
  3. Dog must willingly enter the water on its own. If the dog must be urged, it CANNOT receive a WDX.
  4. Dog must prove its ability to make a water retrieve by swimming a minimum of 10 yards.
For nominating your bitches use the following checklist.
  Futurity Checklist As the breeder, are your dues paid so you remain a member in good standing?
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Are sire and dam over 2 years old?
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Do both sire and dam have OFA/PennHips/other countries certification numbers?
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Have both sire and dam had their eyes examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist after age 2 and within the 12 months before the breeding? Don’t miss out because you have old eye exams and don’t get new ones done until after the breeding.
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Send in the paperwork to nominate the bitch before the litter is whelped.
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Then remember to enroll your puppies by the deadlines.

Debbie Knight
January Futurity Chair
P.O. Box 431
Marlborough, NH 03455
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