Welcome to the Progress Day page.

Please see below for information on entering Huddersfield BAGSD Progress Days that are held twice a year.

 

For progress day results, please see Branch News page

 

There are two Progress days held each year at BAGSD Huddersfield. These are nothing to worry about and are a way of seeing how dogs and handlers are progressing as well as rewarding teams with rosettes and trophies for all their hard word.

Here are our  guidelines so that everyone will be clear on what classes are available for them to enter at Progress days in all sections – Obedience, Agility and Breed.

We have a rule on entering that has been quite long standing. To enter a class an individual dog must have attended at least 6 times since the last progress day. We feel this is not unreasonable as there are 6 months between progress days. There are a couple of exceptions to this which are younger puppies, up to 6 months,  who have recently joined and dogs in the Veteran class at the summer breed show. Younger puppies of 3-5 months should have attended at least once to qualify for entry. 

At the discretion of the committee, an Instructor will assess dogs who may have joined us in the previous few months to see if they are ready for progress day and may offer either entry to an appropriate class or a training round so they get the feel for what is expected. We are also happy to make exceptions for dogs or handlers who have been ill and unable to attend for a period of time as long as you let us know about expected absentness. Instructors are also exempt as they do not have time to instruct plus train their dog so they will be allowed to enter a Progress Class if possible on the day.

In all sections each dog may only enter any class once only. 

 

Obedience Classes:

In all classes dogs who are working in competitive obedience or have come from another club and have qualified out of certain classes will be entered in the class they are qualified in at our Progress day, when they join the club.

 

Puppy Foundation (The Godley Trophy): 

For puppies up to 6 months of age or puppies who have moved up to class 1 in the previous 2 months.

You will be taking this test if your puppy is up to around 9 months of age and is in either the puppy pen or recently moved up to class 1. It does not matter how long you have been attending. This is the first test you take if you joined as a pup or an older pup. It is not the same as the KC ongoing assessment however the exercises tested will be similar. It will be done in the puppy pen individually and will involve what you have been working on such as attention to name, walk to heel, puppy recall, short sit and down stay, play with a toy , inspection of your puppy and food manners.


Special Pre Beginner (The Endory Trophy): 

This is the first class a dog will sit unless it has been in Puppy foundation. All new dogs who are older and puppies who have moved out of puppy foundation class  will enter this class. Any dog who has not passed this class may re-sit it. At the discretion of the Instructors, dogs who have joined us from another club may bypass this test.

 

Special Beginners is the first assessment undertaken in Class 1 where dogs may still be very young, or older but had little constructive training. To reflect the potential immaturity and inexperience of the dogs, this assessment allows for more verbal interaction between handler and dog. In special beginners we like to see you talking to your dog, encouraging them and giving clear, familiar commands. Don’t go changing your commands just because someone is watching you! We want to see them look up at you. It’s not so much perfection we want, but to see that your dog is listening and going with you because you have forged a bond and he understands the rudiments of obedience. For the heelwork a nice loose lead is best. You may use a headcollar in special beginners and you may also use treats. Remember you leave on your left foot so the dog goes with you. Try not to keep dragging your dog back and holding him tight because that tension travels down the lead. Listen to the judge; don’t leave before told, sit before told etc. We are looking at how you communicate with your dog too. Stand up straight, be happy and encouraging. Don’t get angry. Dog’s have off days just like us. When the judge gives the halt command you don’t need to halt immediately. You can take one or two steps to command your dog and stop. You will only be asked to do right turns, about turns and halts and it will not be a long exercise.

The stays will be on the lead and you can keep repeating your command to keep your dog in the stay. Some judges may ask you to do the stays individually and some will do them as a group. Remember just because your dog breaks the stay does not mean he will fail. There is a sliding scale of time to breaking and you may only lose a few points so don’t give up. If your dog gets up from a down or goes down in a sit leave him, as long as he stays you will not be heavily penalised. Don’t pull on the lead and don’t look him in the eyes as this might draw him towards you.

In the recall you can keep emphasising your commands. Leave on your right foot and keep telling the dog to stay. Wait till the judge tells you to call your dog but if he does come towards you too soon then call and sit the dog and finish when told to. Don’t worry about him coming towards you too soon. Remember don’t correct your dog for example if it sits crooked. Best lose half a point for a crooked sit than 2 points for manhandling him or moving yourself in front of the dog! Wait for the judge to tell you what to do.

Remember you can use treats in the ring and your dog can have a headcollar on in this test. 

 

  • Heel on the lead (no lefts) 20 points 

  • Recall on the lead 10 points

  • Sit Stay on the lead (½ minute) 15 points 

  • Down stay on the lead (1 minute) 30 points

  • Total 75 points

  • Must lose less than 7.5 points to pass


Elementary (The Simba Trophy): 

For dogs who have passed special Pre Beginner. Any age.

Once you have passed Special Beginner you move on to the Elementary Test. This test involves slightly more complex heel work and your recall and stays are OFF LEAD. You may use treats in this class however head collars eg haltis are not permitted.

  • Heel on the lead 20 points 

  • Novice Recall 20 points

  • Sit stay 1 minute – in sight 10 points 

  • Down stay 2 minutes – in sight 25 points

  • Total score 75 points ( to qualify must lose no more than 7 ½ points )

This assessment still allows for verbal interaction between you and your dog. We like to see you talking to him and encouraging him , give clear familiar commands ( stick to the same commands you have been using when training your dog ) We want to see your dog looking up at you and waiting for the next command.
Remember you leave on your left foot when the dog goes with you and you leave on your right foot when you are leaving him in a sit or a down.
Try not to keep dragging your dog back and holding him tight ( The tension travels down the lead) 
Listen to the judge ; don't leave before told or sit etc. Stand up straight and be confident. When the judge tells you to halt you don't have to halt immediately you can take one or two steps then tell your dog to sit, if he sits crooked just leave him don't correct him in the test. You are best to lose half a point for a crooked sit than two for manhandling him!
You will be asked to do right turns, about turns, left turns and halts and it will not be a long exercise . 
For the recall you will be asked to take off your dogs lead , put it in your pocket or clip it over your shoulder ; you will then be asked to command your dog and then leave your dog.
The judge will then tell you to halt, ( it will not be a long distance ) and turn and face your dog ( don't look them in their eyes as this could encourage them to come forward look between their ears ) then you will be told to call your dog , ( if he comes forward before being told to just make him sit in front of you and finish when the judge tells you to)
The stays will be off lead and you will do them in a group , The judge will tell you to command your dog and leave your dog ; you will then be told to halt if you want you may turn sideways. It is a one minute sit and a two minute down stay. Remember just because your dog breaks the stay does not mean he will fail - there is a sliding scale to breaking and you may only lose a few points SO DON'T GIVE UP ! If your dog gets up from a down or goes down from a sit just leave him - as long as he stays he will not be heavily penalised. You will be told to return to your dog ( again don't look at him ) stand by his side till the judge says exercise over. You may then praise him but don't over praise if you have another exercise to do as this could make him giddy and think he has finished the test.
For elementary you cannot use a head collar. Minimal treats may be used.


Beginner (The Dawn Trophy): 

For dogs who have passed Elementary. Any age.

Progress Day Tests - BEGINNER TEST
This is taken once you have passed the Elementary test. You cannot use either treats nor a head collar. Keep using your voice and talk to your dog lots. This is the first test with a retrieve in it and you may use any article of your choice.

  • Heel on lead 15 points

  • Heel off lead 20 points

  • Novice Recall 10 points

  • Retrieve (any article, handler’s own) 25 points

  • Sit stay (1 minute – in sight) 10 points

  • Down stay (2 minutes – in sight) 20 points

  • Total Score 100 points (To qualify must lose no more than 10 points)

Beginner is the next test that you take after you have passed Elementary. The novice recall and stays are exactly the same as in Elementary but you have 2 new exercises in addition. The first is Heel Free (off the lead), and the second is the Retrieve.
You will start with a round of heelwork on the lead as in the previous test, then you will be asked to remove the lead and do the round again without it. As always, the Judge (or steward) will tell you what moves to make for both on and off lead. Obviously, you will need to demonstrate greater control of your dog, and it is important that they pay attention to you and not be distracted by other dogs and people outside the ring. Before you start your round the Judge will ask if you are ready – make sure that your dog is sitting in the correct position at your left side and looking at YOU before you answer that yes you are ready. Once you set off, you must try to keep them focused on you by talking to them, patting your leg, even using silly voices if it keeps them watching you! Sometimes if you speak very quietly to they will have to concentrate harder in order to hear you. You are not allowed to touch them or use titbits in the ring so you must use your personality and voice to control your dog. If you lose control, it is better to forfeit a few marks and stop and call them sharply back to heel than to “lose” them altogether. A dog that runs out of the ring will be disqualified. Try to be relaxed and confident yourself as this will pass to your dog (just as nerves and apprehension will!). Give your commands in a firm but pleasant voice and try to work as a team.
The retrieve does not have to be a dumb-bell at this level, it can be any article that the dog is comfortable with. You will start with your dog sitting at your left side in the usual working position, and the Judge will tell you to throw your article. Do not let your dog go out for it until you are told to “send your dog”. The dog should pick up the article and return to sit in front of you in the “present” position. The Judge will tell you to take the article, then send your dog to heel. This can be done either from your right or your left as long as the dog finishes in the working position at your left side. If the dog makes a mistake by anticipating the command to pick up the article; fails to pick it up; drops it, or returns straight to heel without presenting, do not attempt to correct them as you would in training, because you will only lose more marks. If they start messing about with the article instead of bringing it back, use your voice to encourage them to come to you with it, but DO NOT MOVE YOUR FEET or you will lose more marks (this also applies to the Recall). Some dogs find this exercise very difficult to start with, others are natural retrievers and do it with pleasure. Try to make it fun whilst training, so that it becomes something your dog enjoys.


Novice (The Anthony Trophy):

For dogs who have passed Beginner.  Any age:

When you have qualified in Beginner you then move on to Novice which is very similar to the Beginner but you will be expected to work to a higher standard. The only difference is that you have to use a dumb-bell for the Retrieve not any article as previously. Practise throwing your dumb-bell beforehand so that it goes where you want it to in the ring, this will make it easier for your dog to do a good pick up and return. Remember to stand still for both the Retrieve and the Recall – often it can be the handler who loses points, not the dog! By now you should be working as a team and you just have to build on your earlier training.


At this club we still expect our dogs to take the Temperament Test at Progress day although it has been phased out at KC shows. This consists of putting your dog into the “stand” position at your side; the Judge will approach from the front and run a hand gently down the dogs back and may talk quietly to them. Any resentment, cringing, or growling will be penalised. In 99% of our dogs this does not present any problem as they are taught to be confident and relaxed around people.

  • Temperament Test (before heel on lead) 10 points

  • Heel on lead 15 points

  • Heel off lead 20 points

  • Novice Recall 10 points

  • Retrieve (a dumb-bell) 15 points

  • Sit stay (1 minute – in sight) 10 points

  • Down stay (2 minutes – in sight) 20 points

  • Total Score 100 points (To qualify must lose no more than 10 points)

 

Test A (The Emma Washington Trophy): 

For dogs who have passed Novice. Any age:

You are now unable to talk to your dog whilst under test, only a command and signal (and dogs name if you want to) can be used at the start of each exercise, extra body signals, head movement during the exercises will now mean loss of points.  
You can talk to/praise your dog between exercises.  
Heelwork is heel free only: You must not touch your dog during any part of the heelwork test - turns that maybe included are 90 degree to left ('left turn'), 90 degree to right ('right turn') or 180 to right ('about turn'), large circles, arcs and diagonal turns to the right or left can be included.
Recall: Leaving the dog in the sit or down beside you you will then be instructed to complete an A recall. 
Retrieve your own dumbbell: Leaving the dog in the sit beside you, you will then be instructed to complete a retrieve.
Scent: Dog to find your scent among other clean (non scented) cloths. Dog to be facing away from scent area, you will then be instructed to complete the scent which will be 6 cloths in a straight line. 
Stays: 2 min Sit - handler in sight : 3 minute Down handler out of sight. 
Class A - simultaneous command and signal may be used for each exercise. The use of the dog's name will not constitute an extra command if used with the command and signal.

  • Heel free ... 30 points

  • A Recall ... 20 points

  • Retrieve a dumbbell ... 20 points

  • Sit Stay - 2 minutes, handler in sight ... 20 point

  • Down Stay - 3 minutes, handler out of sight ... 30 points

  • Scent discrimination. The handler’s scent and no decoys. There must be a total of 6 scent cloths ... 30 point

  • TOTAL ... 150 points

  • You may lose a total of 15 points to qualify.


Test B (The Committee Test B Trophy): 

For dogs who have passed Test A. Any age.

You are unable to talk to your dog whilst under test, only a command OR signal (and dogs name if you want to) can be used at the start of each exercise (except for sendaway), extra body signals, head movement during the exercises will mean loss of points.  
You can talk to/praise your dog between exercises.  
Heelwork is heel free only: There are now two new paces of heelwork: slow and fast, each pace starts from a halt. You must not touch your dog during any part of the heelwork test - turns in slow and normal pace may be 90 degree to left ('left turn'), 90 degree to right ('right turn') or 180 to right ('about turn'), 180 to left ('left about turn'), large or medium circles, arcs and diagonal turns to the right or left can be included - turns in fast pace may be 90 degree to left ('left turn'), 90 degree to right ('right turn') or 180 to right ('about turn'), large or medium circles and arcs can be included.
Retrieve judges supplied article: Leaving the dog in the sit beside you, you will then be instructed to complete a retrieve. 
Send Away: Set the dog up beside you, you will then be instructed to complete a sendaway.  
Scent: Dog to find your scent among other cloths (one of which has another persons scent on it). Dog to be facing away from scent area, you will then be instructed to complete the scent.
Stays: 2 min Sit stay handler OOS and 5 min Down stay handler OOS.
Class B and Class C - one command or signal may be used for each exercise except in the send away. The use of the dog's name will not constitute an extra command if used simultaneously with the command or signal.

  • (Heelwork. The dog shall be required to walk at heel free and shall also be tested at fast and slow pace. Each change of pace shall commence from the halt position ... 40 points

  • Send Away, Drop and Recall ... 40 points

  • Retrieve any one article provided by the Judge ... 30 points

  • Sit 2 minutes, handler out of sight ... 20 points

  • Down 5 minutes, handler out of sight ... 30 points

  • Scent discrimination. The handler's scent with one decoy. There must be a minimum of 6 and up to 10 scent cloths ... 40 points

  • TOTAL ... 200 points

  • To qualify you may lose 20 points or less.


Test C (The Committee Test C Trophy):

For dogs who have passed Test B or C. Any age:

You are unable to talk to your dog whilst under test, only a command OR signal (and dogs name if you want to) can be used at the start of each exercise (except for send away), extra body signals, head movement during the exercises will mean loss of points.  
You can talk to/praise your dog between exercises.  
Heelwork is heel free only: Paces are normal, slow and fast, each pace starts from a halt. You must not touch your dog during any part of the heelwork test - turns in slow and normal pace may be 90 degree to left ('left turn'), 90 degree to right ('right turn') or 180 to right ('about turn'), 180 to left ('left about turn'), circles, arcs and diagonal turns to the right or left, multiple turns to left or right (but not exceeding 360 degree and must go in one directions only), figures of eight and weaving (including use of poles/markers) can be included - during the normal pace a stand, sit and down position whilst moving shall be done, turns in fast pace may be 90 degree to left ('left turn'), 90 degree to right ('right turn') or 180 to right ('about turn'), circles and arcs can be included.
Retrieve judges supplied article: Leaving the dog in the sit beside you, you will then be instructed to complete a retrieve. 
Send Away: Set the dog up beside you, you will then be instructed to complete a sendaway.
Distance Control: Set the dog up in a position decided by the judge, you will then be instructed to ask the dog to complete 6 position changes.
Scent: Dog to find the judges cloth among other cloths (between 1 and 4 of the other cloths may have other peoples scent on it). Dog to be facing away from scent area, you will then be instructed to complete the scent. 
Stays: Sit - 2mins OOS : Down 10 mins OOS
Commands/signals ... Class C - one command or signal may be used for each exercise except in the send away. The use of the dog's name will not constitute an extra command if used simultaneously with the command or signal.

  • Heel Work. The dog shall be required to walk at heel free, and also be tested at fast and slow pace. The dog shall also be required, whilst walking to heel at normal pace, to be left at the stand, sit and down position ... 60 points

  • Send Away, Drop and Recall ... 40 points

  • Retrieve any one article provided by the Judge ... 30 points

  • Distance Control. Dog to sit, stand and down. Six instructions to be given ... 50 points

  • Sit 2 minutes, handler out of sight ... 20 points

  • Down 10 minutes, handler out of sight ... 50 points

  • Scent discrimination. The Judge's scent and one or more decoys. There must be a minimum of 6 and up to a maximum of 10 scent cloths ... 50 points

  • TOTAL ... 300 points

  • You may lose 30 points or less to qualify

 

Breed Classes:  

  • Puppy Walk (The Puppy Walk Salver Trophy): For puppies aged under 6 months on the day of the show who have attended the club at least once.

  • In the following classes dogs must have attended 6 times since the previous progress day.

  • Puppy (The Puppy Trophy): For puppies aged 6 – 12 months on the day of the show.

  • Novice (The Davison Trophy): For dogs who have not won a 1st place in a previous Progress day breed show or 1st place in any Companion, Open or Championship show.

  • Graduate (The Vizard Trophy): For dogs who have won one or more 1st place awards in any Progress day, Companion, Open or Championship shows.

  • Open (The Croftwood Trophy): Open to all dogs

  • Veteran Bitch ( Ellie’s Trophy): For all bitches over the age of 7 years on the day of the show.

  • Veteran Dog (The Veteran Trophy): For all male dogs over the age of 7 years on the day of the show.

  • Working Dog or Bitch (The Mountholm Trophy): For all dogs who have taken a progress day test at this progress day.

  • White or Long Coat (The Chrisandbar Trophy): For any dog having a White or Long coat.

  • Novice Handler (The Grace Trophy): For members who have not won the Novice Handler class previously and who have not handled a dog in a large Companion Dog Show, Open or Championship show.

  • Junior (The Committee Junior Trophy): For members or member’s family aged up to 16 years on the day of the show.

  • Best in Show (The Committee BIS Shield): All 1st place winners are eligible to enter except Novice and Junior Handler.

  • Reserve Best in Show (The Committee RBIS Trophy): Will be selected after the above has been awarded.

  • Best Puppy in Show (The Committee Best Puppy Trophy): Selected from winners of Puppy Walk and Puppy classes.

  • Reserve Best Puppy (The Committee RBPIS Trophy): This is the puppy who was not awarded the above.

  

Retrieve Classes:

  • Special Retrieve (Shannon’s Cup) A novelty retrieve of an article selected by the judge. The method of retrieve also selected by the judge may be in any manner. Can be entered by any dog who has not won the Retrieve OR Special retrieve previously.

  • Retrieve (The Retrieve Trophy): A formal retrieve of a dumbbell. A soft object may be used for teething puppies.

 

Agility Classes 

  • Beginner Agility (The Committee Beginner Agility Trophy): Open to dogs in their first season of agility and who have not yet entered any agility class. 

  • Junior Agility (The Rivos Trophy): Open to dogs who have entered Beginner previously with a little more experience. 

  • Senior Agility (The Mary Leach Trophy): Open to all dogs

 

Special Classes: 

  • The Progress Lindley Trophy: Selected by the Instructors as making the best progress in the Progress day tests.

  • The Endeavour Committee 1995 Trophy: Selected by the Instructors as making the most effort and dedication to training and commitment to the club

  • The Petal Trophy in memory of Janet Molloy : A novelty competitive event to bring out the joy of training your dog and having fun.

  • The Phil Denton Trophy: A competitive event for the more advanced dog incorporating elements of both Obedience and Agility.