Beautiful example of a black Flat-Coated Retriever.

Unsteady Singles Stake (USS)

The Unsteady singles is a stake to introduce novice and young dogs and their handlers to field work.  The stake consists of single marked retrieves, of graduated difficulty, on land and water, to assess a dog’s natural marking abilities.  It is hoped that once novice handlers see how much their dogs enjoy this activity, they will become interested in pursuing field work, and utilize the natural and intended purpose of the breed.  While competitive in nature, this event should be conducted with exceptional friendliness and good sportsmanship, in a manner that encourages the pursuit of future field activities.

This document provides a description of the stake, eligibility rules, handler rules, judges’ guidelines, and guidelines for clubs holding the stake.