Barbet News (page 48)
Even more success for the British Barbets.
On the 28th September at a beautiful estate in Hampshire three more barbets took the plunge for the French test called the TAN (Test d`Aptitude Naturelle)
Weaving through a line of dogs.
The Tan is a test for the waterdog in France to show it has a natural ability to swim, retrieve in water, is not gun shy and is not aggressive in the company of same sex dogs. It`s taken in France before the dog s three years old (although exceptions are made in certain circumstances).
Our test examiner on the day was Mick Cleverly of Corunna Gundogs, experienced in training, working and judging within the gundog world.
As with most of our Club events, we all arrived early which gave us plenty of time to talk, eat our welcome bacon butties, and give time for the dogs to bound around the field together. As a rule Barbets play rough, and letting off steam before any serious work is a must; especially as two of the dogs were only 10 months old.
The T.A.N.(Eau) is made up of three sections -
We started the test with the dog sociability section.
The owner and dog must weave through a line of 5 dogs, the same sex as the dog being tested.
The dogs should be placed 2 metres apart.
The dog being tested must show no sign of aggression.
The dog must show no fear of gunshot.
The dogs show no reaction to gun fire.
A dummy is thrown into deep water several metres from the bank, the owner must give a command to the dog to enter the water and retrieve the dummy which must be bought out of the water onto the land. I am pleased to report that the dogs enjoyed the day as much as us owners. All three dogs passed the test with flying colours.
It is outstanding that with the total of 22 pups still residing in the UK, 10 have now passed this official French test to show that they are fit for purpose.
My grateful thanks to Annette for her bacon butties and cups of coffee;Mick for his time and patience (we do all talk a lot!), Lorraine, Sue, Tony and Julie for attending with their dogs and making the day such a success.