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THE CLUB IS ESSENTIALLY FOR WORKING DOGS AND HOLDS FIELD TRIALS AND WORKING TESTS WHICH ASSESS THE DOGS' PERFORMANCE UNDER ACTUAL HUNTING CONDITIONS. 


IT IS OUR AIM TO PRODUCE THE PERFECT HUNTING COMPANION AND IN THIS WAY  PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE HUNTING AND CONSERVATION.  HUNTING WITH   A TRAINED GUNDOG IS ESSENTIAL TO QUALITY BIRD HUNTING AND IS ALWAYS A JOY TO BEHOLD IN ACTION.

MEMBERSHIP

  Our members come from all walks of life and have in common their love for dogs, hunting, conservation, and outdoor life.  We all know each other by their first name although sometimes the dogís is better remembered than itís owners!


Membership fees are very low and also make provision for country members outside the Gauteng area.  For this, you get a member's handbook, several newsletters, details of litters, hunts, trials, and shows, some useful contacts, and access to a wealth of experience.

  

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TRAINING SESSIONS

In the weeks preceding the hunting season, the HPR Club hosts a series of training sessions for handlers and their dogs.  These classes are run at both basic and advanced levels and cover all aspects of fieldwork. Experienced trainers are on hand to identify problem areas and suggest appropriate remedies. 

Practical Training

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Training Lectures

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Junior Training

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FIELD TRIALS

Members can compete in the dual-purpose field trials hosted by the HPR Club. These trials are so designed as to be as near as practically possible to real hunting conditions. It is the ultimate means of testing a hunting dog's performance against that of other outstanding dogs and should be the supreme goal of every gundog owner. To coin a phrase, it is a matter of putting your dog where your mouth is! In this environment, the best hunting dogs can be selected for the improvement of the breed.

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The HPR field trials make use of wild birds in their natural environment and are consequently held only during the hunting season: One at the beginning of the hunting season and the other at the end.
At these trials team selection for competition in the World Championship is made when required.

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NATURAL ABILITY TEST

It is a known fact that there are many gundogs which are gundogs in name only due to generations of breeding for show qualities only. Many prospective gundog owners have fallen into the trap of buying a gundog without any of the basic hunting instincts.

The HPR Club provides a Certificate to each hunting dog that has passed a test on basic ability and hunting instincts. Such a certificate will not only serve as proof for the owner of his dog's working abilities and thus improve its value, but will at the same time lead to the improvement of the breed as a whole.










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