Say what? QND? Is that a new AKC title? It’s actually an Australian hunt/retrieving title (Qualifying Novice Dog) which is similar to the American Kennel Club Junior Hunt title. Here’s how it was explained to me.
Non Slip Retrieving Trials are open to all gundogs and involves the retrieving of pre killed cast game over a set course at three levels- Novice, Restricted and all Age stakes. Each retrieving trial is scored with 3 runs in each trial. The scores are tallied at the end of the trial and the highest scoring dog wins the trial. Often there are more starters in the trial than those that finish. Once a dog has 5 trial ‘finishes’ they are eligible for a QND title (Qualifying Novice Dog). Three wins in novice allows the dog the title of Novice Retrieving Dog and three wins in restricted leads to the title of Restricted Retrieving Dog. The winner of two all age stakes gains the title of Retrieving Trial Champion. Both field and retrieving trials are run at sweepstakes and championship level – points being awarded at championship trials only. State titles are held in all states every year and a National once a year. The winner of a national title may use the title of National Champion
Congratulations to Eli (Ch AlpyneAir Thunder Down Under (AI)) who finished his five Novice trials (coming in second place several times) and now has his QND title. He was expertly handled by Scott Washington (AlpyneAir Labradors). Zeus is very proud that his kids all over the world are doing what Labradors have been born and bred to do. Looking forward to hearing more news from Down Under!