The Master/Grand Master Pointing Retriever
If you choose the natural progression for titling your dog (you may start ant any of the three levels), the next step after CPR and APR, is the Master/Grand Master Pointing Retriever title (MPR/GMPR). The MPR/GMPR tests are the same, and successive passes elevates the title standing. The Master level test elevates all of the work to highest level of natural abilities and trained behavior. Cover conditions and distances are increased; concepts such as suction and/or cheaty entries may be used. Test setups are not intended to fail dogs, but rather test drive (desire), discipline, and cooperation. A water blind is introduced in the same setting as the marks. The land blind is also part of the mark set up. The MPR/GMPR test is meant to evaluate a dog’s natural abilities and requires strict attention to trained behaviors such as steadiness, control, and discipline, between the handler and the dog. Dogs may not be brought to the line on lead and are expected to remain at “heal” and be steady for the marks until released by the judge(s). Modest creeping will be permitted, but will result in a downgraded score. The handler may be asked to re-heal the dog and a “controlled break” may be assessed.
Again, the descriptions on this page are general in nature. Please refer to the APLA Hunt Test rules for specifics required for the Master/Grand Master Pointing Retriever title.