Utility Preparatory Test (UPT)

The Utility Preparatory Test is divided into three main segments:

1) Field Group – Each dog is hunted for a minimum of 25 minutes and is evaluated on:
  • Search
  • Pointing
  • Steadiness on Game
  • Retrieve of Shot Bird
  • Retrieve of Dragged Game

2) Water Group

  • Water Search
  • Walking at Heel
  • Steadiness by Blind
  • Retrieve of a Duck

3) Evaluation of Physical Attributes - Each dog's teeth, eyes, and coat are evaluated, typically after completion of the water phase. 

The following are judged throughout the Utility Preparatory Test:
  • Use of Nose
  • Desire to Work
  • Cooperation
  • Obedience