We took no prisoners today; not one escaped and Joe was shooting great.
We found out that the level of Senior is one level below Master and then Grand Master. Our dog test went this way:
First, a blank was fired from a shotgun and a dead bird slung out onto the field by another setup behind us.
Then, a live duck was launched and we killed it.
After that, the dog at the line was required to get the bird we killed with no help from its handler/owner.
After the duck was returned to the handler/owner, the dog had to remember where the firs bird was and had to get it without any coaching.
While the dog was heading back with the duck, another blank from the shotgun and a bird was hidden in the tall grass setting up a blind retrieve (meaning the dog never saw a thing.)
Then, the handler/owner lines up the dog for the blind retrieve and sends it on its way. If it needs correction, it must obey the commands to compete with the top dogs. Some found the blind retrieves without any assistance. Some were lightning quick and some were steady and slower.
In the afternoon session, the dogs had to retrieve over water, too.
Very well organized event.