know I know it’s been a really long time since I updated
these School days notes but I can assure you I have been
very very busy indeed?
this thing I have to do that is called the TAN………now
the TAN is a test for us Barbets that is a required assessment
for us to become proper gun dogs and is fully recognised
by the Le Club du Barbet, Lagotto Autres Chiens d’Eau,
France and allows us to progress forward to a post graduate
test later on after further training.
have been undergoing some serious training now that I have
graduated from school and have moved on up to the university
of gun dogs, or rather advanced training. I am now working
to the whistle and some basic hand movements to move me
the TAN test requires me to retrieve a dummy from a lake
and bring it back onto dry land. Or to be more specific
retrieve it back to The Dearest One.
had to practice for a while down on our local beach and
Anouk came with me to see how these things go. Anouk does
not need any encouragement to go in the water; her problem
is getting her out again!!! The girls a real French water
so down on the beach I set out to retrieve a tennis ball
from out of the sea. And where I went, so did my trusty
companion Anouk. Whilst I was there for the serious stuff
she was there to see how it all went and for her it was
out of the sea and back up the beach to take the ball back
to The Dearest One – with of course Anouk in close
was great fun to be honest and although it was all about
preparation for the real test to come these moments are
also fun and I really have a good time. I know Anouk loves
these times, out and about on the beach and of course always
tries to beat me to the ball that’s thrown out into
the sea. I reckon she’s going to be almost (but not
quite) as good as me!!!
so it came to pass that after the Game Fair (see my adventures)
we went straight down South for me to take my TAN test with
a well renowned and fully approved TAN test judge.
this test we drove to a local lake that had one or two digressions!!!
TAN test includes a socialability test with at least five
other dogs, the gunshot test which you have not to be scared
of and the water test. It is age restricted so you have
to take it before you are three years of age.
was a Spinone puppy with us and the TAN judge had one of
his dogs with him as well and to be honest the Judges dog
was really nice, I fancied her and tried to socialize with
chance of that!!!
I passed the socialization test!!!!
Spin pup was just day to day stuff for me so that was easy.
There was also a dozen or so Canadian Geese on the lake
but I couldn’t be bothered with them as I was busy
concentrating on the job in hand.
Dearest One had my favourite ‘duck’ dummy for
me to retrieve and we were allowed to use that. Brilliant
sat down next to her watching where the dummy would be thrown
in the lake, on instruction she threw it into the middle
of the lake and I was told to wait. After a few seconds
I was told to fetch it.
off I went to Fetch………….
then of course I had to bring it back once I had retrieved
it, and that was fairly simple as well. I make this sound
all very easy but to be honest I had a couple of moments
where I couldn’t help myself either with the judges
dog or then jumping into the lake to cool off!!!
was hot out there……or was it me that was just
hot stuff…….but I passed the socialization test
easily. And the Geese were never harassed…….honest!!!!!
I retrieved said dummy duck and swam back to the lakeside
to get back onto dry land and
hand it back over to The Dearest One.
I retrieve, shake rattle & roll and what does she do?
Lift her right leg, Why? How odd it must be a human thing.
did this 3 times and to be honest I took it all in my stride
and I had a treat as well because I am gorgeous and French………and
can retrieve a dummy duck from a lake and can sit, stay,
go out and sit and stay and generally be utterly fabulous.
I am Claude Barbet, French Water Dog par excellence………..Bring
on the hugs and kisses (but I can’t remember if she
lifted her right leg 3 times)!!
yes I nearly forgot?
had an eye test as well as part of my approval process.
And yes peeps I passed with perfect eyes and vision. And
have the certificate to prove it. This has nothing to do
with the TAN test though.
in summary then……..Mr Perfect just got a little
closer to uber perfection.
it……..that’s German isn’t it, Sacre
keep you updated on progress as I’m off to France
in October with Anouk – no doubt to be loved and adored
over there as well.
a thought? Why are we going to France in October?? When
I know peeps, so will you!!
No Geese were hurt during the making of this moment!!!!