Huntingabilitytest for Vizslas in Hungary “VAV”
test is done to establish if a Vizsla is good enough to allow to hunt
moment of the test must be done in one single day.
retrieving moment must be judged separately, if the dog refuses to
retrieve any time the dog must be disqualified. One refusal of
retrieving alone must lead to disqualifying.
following things are disqualifying a dog:
dog has passed the test successfully if he gets at least 50% of the
points of every moment. The VAV (Vadásztai alkalmassági vizsga = basic
huntingtest) is a good ground to show how things are on real hunting,
therefore one must be extreamely hard on the discipline and the dogs’
work after the shot.
demands of the test, how judgement is made
dog must sit or lay or stand on the side or in front of the hunter on
the shooting stand. He must stay calm when he hears the drive and the
shooting, he cannot go after the fallen game to retrieve before command
is given. On the test the participants are standing 15-20 meters from
one another on the side of their dogs. The drive must be as similar to
real hunting as possible. One shot must be given in front of each dog.
Any dog who is afraid of the shot, or nervous must be disqualified
from the test.
according to the rules: the dog sits, stands or lays at the handler’s
feet free without leash on and does not leave its place when they shoot
or drive only when commanded.
during hunting the dog doesn’t need to search. Then it should follow
the handler at the handler’s feet, in the same speed as the handler
and is not allowed to leave the handler only at command. On the test the
judge makes the competitors stand in a line and then start them going
together in that line. The dog must go at feet, it can go some meters
before or behind though. During the drive the judge or the helping
hunter shoots a shot. At the command of the judge the handlers must send
their dogs forward in a straight line and then call them back.
according to the rules: the dog goes by the feet of the handler,
following the handler’s speed, not leaving the handler unless he is
given command and obey when called back.
dog must react immediately to the handler’s whistle, or voice command
during search and get back to the handler. A dog whos disobedience are
so serious that it disturbes the hunting must be disqualified from
according to the rules: if the dog at the whistle command stops at once,
stands still or comes back to the handler to wait for further commands.
behaviour of the dog on shot must be judged on every moment there is any
shot, but especially important is the behaviour during search. If the
dog shows such fear during search when a shot is made that it stops
searching, runs away, or don’t want to go back to the handler, this
dog must be disqualified from the test.
according to the rules: At the shot the dog lays or sits down or stands
still and waits for further commands or keeps on searching.
most disturbing thing on hunting is a dog who chases after every game
that flees. When the game flees the dog is not allowed to chase it, at
the command of the handler the dog must stay and stand still until
further command is given, or continue the search or if the dog starts to
chase he game the handler must be able to call it back. A dog who chases
the game and cannot be called back must be disqualified from the
according to the rules: if the dog lays down when the game flees or at
least stays still and doesn’t chase the game.
a test the dog must search as it suits the area best. If possible the
test should be done on a field with 30-40 cm high grass, crops or
something like that. Here the judge must check how the searching style
of the dog changes according to the changes of the ground: ditches,
bushes, etc, so the handler have the easiest way to get a shot.
according to the rules: The dog’s search is always an independent
work, it should be driven by the huge lust of wanting to find game, in
the dog’s movements one can see how it adjusts to the ground and lets
the hunter get a good clean shot.
judge should judge how well the dog cooperates with the handler, if it
pays attention to the handler, if it hunts together with the handler not
just follows its instincts. During this moment even the ability of being
directed must be judged. The dogs that don’t retrieve the shot game must
be disqualified from the test.
according to the test: if it is clear that the dog cooperates with its
handler. The dog is directable during searching and retrieving, its
reaction to the handler’s commands, signals are clear.
moment must be judged during search. When the dog smells the game during
search it should show it with its behaviour and movements. It should
sneak slowly on to the game and point it steadily. It’s faulty if the
dog “runs into the game” and scares it up without signalling it when
the wind is good, coming from the game, or if the dog stands still while
the game moves away walking.
according to the rules: if the dog signals the game and to the command
of the handler it scares the game up, if the dog follows slowly the
walking game and signals it as the breed should do.
pheasant should be drawn on the ground 150 meters, making one turn. The
start of the track should be marked with some feathers at the end the
pheasant must be left in the open, without hiding it. In open area the
person who layed the track should come back in a big halfcircle with
good wind direction, in covered area (bushes etc) the layer of the track
should go some meters further from the pheasant and hide and judge the
work of the dog. The pheasant must be drawn in the wind from behind or
from the side. The dog must not see when the track is made! Then the
judge shows the start of the track, the handler releases the dog or can
have the dog on leash 10-15 meters and release it then. The track must
be followed by the dog independently, by itself, it must take the found
pheasant in its mouth without chewing or tearing it and retrieve it to
the handler. A dog that tears the wild, bites it, trys to dig it and
hide it or in any other way jeopardize the good result of the hunting must
be disqualified from the test.
according to the rules:
if it leaves the track temporarily but gets back on it without
help is not a fault
if it gets off the track and don’t go back on it it can be
started two more times
if the dog doesn’t find the game or doesn’t retrieve it to
the handler the dog failed
covered but well visible field a hare/rabbit is placed out so that the
wind should come from the hare and the dog must find it and retrieve it.
The handler may direct the dog but as few commands as possible. A dog
that tears the wild, bites it, trys to dig it and hide it or in any
other way jeopardize the good result of the hunting must be
disqualified from the test.
time: 5 minutes.
according to the rules: the will of the dog to find the game, the
nose-work and the retrieving is to be judged.
should be done if possible in a water where there are waterplants but
not entirely covering the water, there the dog must by swimmingly find
the duck and retrieve it to the handler. The dog is not allowed to see
when the duck is thrown in the water, it should search it with air-scent
and retrieve it. The handler may direct the dog. If the dog corrects the
holding of the duck when coming ashore is not a fault, but if it is
tucking, playing, chewing the duck it is faulty.
time: 5 minutes.
according to the rules: if the dog starts to search at command and hands
the duck to the handler.