Well I did my first CKC Jr, Hunt test and here were my thoughts and then what really happened. I to thought ok no more that 100 yards on land and 70 on water. Thought it would be nice nad calm walking to the line and stand there and wait for the bird to be launched into a nice pretty light cover field. Dog goes and gets a nice easy mark.
First the my dog was so hyped from having 20 other dogs around my well behaved great listening dog went out the door and was replaced with this tear your arm off to get to the line lab. Holding blinds people say train with them well they are okay to train with but if you can not reproduce the "action" that a dog will hear, smell and see you will still have a dog that wants to just get the bird instead of sitting in a holding blind.
Mine was a 3 day even with 3 tests Day one I would say was easy but you and your dog are very nervous, trust me I am not a nervous guy but I was on my first day. Mine were 40 and 65 on land in deep grass cover and 35 and 55 maybe on water. Day to they introduced decoys, wooden guns, duck calls, holding blinds, buckets to sit on make the dog exit water and then come back in for a water mark. Day three test was in a location with deep deep cover and dogs that ran last lost sight and picked up scent from drag by and got confused. Water was out to 85 yards with a cross wind blowing duck to shore into a cove, but there were 4 or 5 other coves for the dog to go into first.
Bottom line is the judges have only so much to work with when it comes to land and they have to use it as well they can add any hunting impliment that they feel is releven to a hunting situation within reason. At least that was what I was told about the CKC, and yes it is true you will see people dive for birds before the dog drops them if the dog is not FF lol. I made mine come to a heel and hold untill I made the call to drop just like we train. I tried grabbing for a bird on the first test and scared my girl and had to tell her to fetch it up anyway so I thought hell she is FF why bother.
Saying all that I was under prepared as a handeler but Gauge was more than ready, we didn't train with alot of the added stuff or with other dogs much. Only thing she could have done better was have been a bit more calm going to the line but she pulled and we had to go slow. We did however get three passes and a title in the weekend. Best of luck try to get soem traing tools and other dogs to train around that will really help if your pup is ready it's ready.