handler releasing dog on track
Apprentice judge, Dave Read directrs owner, Lucas Wendl on starting the track of live bird. Natural Ability Test
Heartland Spring Test 2016
Mazomanie, WI

Get You and Your Dog Ready for Testing

Planning on testing your Cesky Fousek?  The CFNA has a whole set of videos on YouTube designed to better prepare you for each discipline in the Natural Ability and Intermediate Hunting Dog Tests.  Just go to our YouTube Channel to see what’s available.  Here are some specific examples filmed at actual tests and training/exposure days:

Affinity for water: (Natural Ability)



Training day duck exposure  (Note:  Natural ability dog does not do a duck track, but exposure to a duck both builds familiarity with water and builds interest in duck tracking for later.


Searching: (Note:  this video is of an Intermediate Hunting Dog Test, but the basic elements of this discipline are the same as at the Natural Ability level.  The search is shorter and performance expectations are not as rigorous at the NAT level.




Track of Live Bird

Example of a training day first exposure to tracking


How to release dog on the track.  Good example of IHDT


This Natural Ability Dog does an acceptable track.  At the NAT level, the dog is not required to retrieve to hand.


Pointing:  This video is of Intermediate Hunting Dog Test.  In the first attempt at pointing, the dog catches a bird and retrieves it to hand.  Natural Ability dogs are not required to retrieve.


Retrieve of dragged game.  This discipline is only used at the IHDT, not the Natural Ability Test.


Training for Drag Track


Blind Retrieve

Intermediate Hunting Dog Test retrieving discipline


Track of Live Duck  (Intermediate Hunting Dog Test)