Another frequently asked question is how do you determine what score from 0 to 10 you should give in any category. “Guidelines for Scoring AKC Pointing Breed Hunting Tests” is provided at the end of this booklet. These Guidelines are meant to provide greater consistency in scoring.
A reasonable approach is for the judge to determine if the dog should qualify in an ability category, which would mean a minimum score of 5. The Judge then determines whether the ability exceeds or falls short of a 5, progressing toward a perfect 10. Knowing the dog must have an average of 7, the Judge then considers whether it earned a 7 or higher. With a 5, the dog would have to make up the average of 7 by scoring higher than 7 in other categories.
A judge might want to compare the scores to grades received in school. A 7 would then be comparable to a passing grade of “C.” An 8 would be a “B,” a 9 would be an “A” and 10 would be an “A+”.
|Ken and Bailey at the starting line of the 30 minute brace|
|Bailey on point and Ken and gunners getting in position|
|Ken gives Bailey a "whoa" before sending the bird into the air|
|Wouldn't have been done without the help of Ken|
|Bailey happy to see Ken and Janet. Great sign.|