Retrieving Trials are competitions using registered pure bred Gundogs (eg Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shorthaired Pointers etc) where dogs and handlers are tested for obedience, and natural retrieving and hunting abilities.

The purpose of a Retrieving trial is to test and determine the dogs natural hunting ability in the field, under natural conditions.

Items to be retrieved are cast from a mechanical thrower and dogs must be able to determine the depth of the fall of the ‘game’ and then be able to hunt out the game retrieve it and gently deliver it to the handler. All retrieving trials are held under the rules and regulations of the ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council), and are held in all states around Australia.