"Uva Uvam Viviendo
Lonesome Dove Hunting Retriever Club
(LDHRC), Inc. is a charter member of the national Hunting
Retriever Club, Inc. (HRC) and is affiliated with the United
Kennel Club, Inc. (UKC) - the world's largest working dog
registry. We are an organization open for membership to all versatile
hunting dog breeds and their handlers.
Our club was formed by hunters for hunters and is designed to
help people learn how to train retrievers and other versatile hunting dogs.
For the avid upland or migratory bird hunter, there is no better
opportunity to associate with a group that enjoy
hunting and dogs as much as you!
The UKC sanctions licensed hunts, maintains all earned points
and awards the titles of Started Hunting Retriever (SHR),
Hunting Retriever (HR), Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH),
Upland Hunter (UH), and Grand Hunting Retriever Champion
(GRHRCH) to UKC registered retrievers earning the same.
While retriever training books and videos are helpful, training with a group of people allows you to meet others who have had or are having the same training problems you might be experiencing.
A big plus is that many of the people who you training
with will motivate you to improve the skills of your dog. All
this training truly pays off when the real hunting season comes.
Training days are scheduled regularly. These days are held
to bring people together to train their dogs and help one
another. There may be professional trainers, as well as, highly
qualified amateurs on hand to help the novice individual with
problems he or she may be having with their dog. They also will
help in developing drills to be used at home.
Our club has business meetings to promote the club along with
providing members information on training dogs.
Guest speakers may be invited to discuss aspects of training or care of our prized hunting partners. Other special events the club enjoys are: sporting clay shoots,
fun hunts, and group hunting opportunities.
We sponsor an
annual hunt test sanctioned by the
Hunting Retriever Club (HRC), an affiliate of the United Kennel
Club (UKC). Dogs are split into three levels of ability:
Started, Seasoned and Finished. Our retrievers are judged
against a set standard rather than against each other.
These hunting tests are set up to resemble actual hunting
conditions for the retriever. The hander wears camouflage
clothing and shoots a shotgun loaded with blanks.
HRC Clubs also hold tests in which members participate. By
passing these tests, the dog can accumulate points resulting in
recognized titles awarded by the UKC to be recorded on the dog's