Scoring Explained by Category: 

For a detailed explanation and all the rules, you can view the current NSTRA Rule Book 

FIND SCORE

Scoring Range for Finds is 0 - 100

(scoring begins when the dog makes game)

PLUS FACTORS

  • Exceptional Style

  • Remains steady regardless of interference

  • Extreme intensity

  • Hard, slam point

  • Remains high and intent during
    long, difficult flush attempt

  • Good game location

  • Works scent intelligently

 MINUS FACTORS

  • Flagging (tail 'wagging'
    during point)

  • Lack of intensity

  • Creeping (taking slow steps
    toward game)

  • Low tail

  • Down in front (high head, high
    tailis preferable)

  • Laying down

Scoring Range for Retrieve is 0 - 100

RETRIEVE SCORE

  • Quick location of downed bird

  • Quick pick up

  • Blind retrieve (dog did not see the bird
    go down, but trusts handler's direction toward it)

  • Snappy return to handler

  • Easy release to handler

  • Exceptional retrieves such as water or
    an extra long retrieve

PLUS FACTORS

 MINUS FACTORS

  • Trouble locating bird

  • Slow pick up

  • Hard mouth

  • Indirect return

  • Unwilling release

Scoring Range for Obedience is 0 - 100

Obedience Score

  • Displays immediate response to
    handler's commands

  • Consistantly responds to handler

PLUS FACTORS

  • Failure to respond to handler

 MINUS FACTORS

Ground Coverage

Scoring Range for Ground Coverage is

0 - 100

  • Quick and thorough search for birds
    such as quartering

  • Sharp, classy movements

PLUS FACTORS

 MINUS FACTORS

  • Pottering with ground scent

  • Running and not actually hunting,                  such as head racing

  • Not covering the ground thoroughly

  • Spending time out of bounds

  • Lack of enthusiasm

BACKING SCORE

Scoring Range for Back is 0 - 75
(scoring begins when backing dog has the opportunity to see pointing dog)

PLUS FACTORS

  • Backs immediately upon seeing
    pointing dog

  • Dog is intent with good style

  • Remains intent until handler reaches
    dog to control him while pointing dog completes his retrieve

 MINUS FACTORS

  • Lacks intensity

  • Flags (wags or moves tail), lays down,              has low tail or is low in front

  • Looks at handler rather than at
    pointing dog.

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