What to Expect at Your First NAVHDA Training Day

I took my weimaraner Remy to our first attendant training day with NAVHDA this spring (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association).

I was very worried since I ran out my element. I’ve never gone searching in my life, and I have never trained a pet dog for searching or for field trials.

So today I’m blogging about our experience and what to anticipate at your very first NAVHDA training day if you ever participate in one. I hope this assists somebody!


  • What is NAVHDA?The versatile hunting pet dog breeds What to expect at your first NAVHDA training day Here’s what to bring to training Searching for birds Tracking and water obtains It
  • ‘s OKAY if you have no experience Is it far too late to train my hunting dog?Benefits of
  • NAVHDA What is NAVHDA? NAVHDA is a non-profit company that informs people about training”
  • flexible “hunting dogs in

North America. The organization

has dozens of chapters across the United States and Canada that host sanctioned training days, hunt tests, seminars, youth occasions and other activities. In my experience, the organization has actually been extremely welcoming of beginners like me and most of the people there doing the training are also relatively new.

Everyone is there to discover and enhance. The versatile searching pet dog breeds NAVHDA specifies a versatile hunting canine as a type reproduced to reliably: hunt and point video game retrieve on both land and water track woundedvideo game on both land and water It currently acknowledges 30

breeds. You guessed it, the weimaraner (my pet dog) is one of these types, together with the vizsla, the Brittany spaniel

  • , German shorthair tip and all of
  • the setter breeds. The obtaining types such as Labs

    and goldens are not considered versatile searching dogs, according to NAVHDA’s viewpoint. What to Expect at Your

    first NAVHDA training day

    First NAVHDA Training Day Every chapter is a little bit different,

    so email the person in charge and ask concerns. I’ll briefly discuss what our NAVHDA training days

    appear like here in Montana. Among my observations is that the communication is not ideal. I had to email 3 or 4 various people prior to I finally got a reply about how to sign up with and where to go. So keep trying. Also join your local chapter’s Facebook group, if they have one. In our case, the training time and place was listed on the regional chapter’s site, together with a general idea of what to bring. Our training days generally begin around 8 a.m. to beat the heat and conclude around 1 p.m. With our regional chapters, you can attend one occasion without being a member, but after that you’re anticipated to join (about$45 per year). What to give your very first NAVHDA training day A great deal of water on your own and your canine (2 1-gallon jugs minimum )A long rope or examine cord(30

    ft is great)– no handle on completion Gloves to prevent rope burn!Cash or inspect to pay for the

  • 4-5 birds you might utilize (around$5-8 per pigeon)
  • Blaze orange hat or vest for yourself Leash and training collar– I utilize
  • a prong collar Crate or tieout post(or crate from your vehicle if it’s cool)Dog treats, if you desire Snack or lunch on your own Ear plugs or other hearing security Excellent shoes/boots– you move around a lot!Waders if you have them(if there will be water retrieving)E-collar for recall if your canine is already trained on one( otherwise don’t stress over it)Training dummy/bumper
  • if there will be water retrieves Fold
  • up yard chair( optional)You most likely will not need
  • these things at your first NAVHDA training day: Shotgun
  • and ammo Blaze orange for your pet Bird launcher Birds (will be offered)
  • How NAVHDA training days work I’ve attended 4 training days total here in Montana. I get the sense that other chapters around the nation are relatively comparable. In our case, a couple of individuals supervised, however several of the other skilled members were assisting. They established a training station or two and we all rotated through
    • , each of us practicing approximately the exact same thing with each canine. We had approximately 10 pets and handlers every day. Many were young puppies or young pet dogs

      — newbies similar to us. Nearly everybody there was training for among NAVHDA’s tests– either Natural Ability for the young pet dogs or the Utility Test for a few sophisticated dogs.

      We were the only ones not preparing for an actual test. A couple dealing with their pup at a NAVHDA training day The handlers were a mix of males and females and a range of ages. I state this since some more youthful women might feel intimidated(as I did ), but you need to not feel in this manner.

      Everybody is handy and there to learn. What we dealt with at the very first NAVHDA training day We worked on having the pets search for planted live birds(pigeons)out in the field placed in bird launchers. A bird launcher securely holds the bird till it is released by a remote. Sometimes we shoot the released bird and in some cases we simply desire the pet dog to chase after the bird as it flies away. Searching for planted birds I had Remy on a 30-ft check cord while he searched for birds so I could prevent him from charging the bird once he discovered it.(We want the canines to stop and”point,”not charge.)Preferably, Remy would stop briefly and point for a few seconds. Then one of the trainers would”launch”the bird for

  • him to chase. I release the check cord so Remy might then run. This was to build his existing bird drive. We did not do any actual shooting or retrieving birds with Remy till his 3rd and 4th training days. The objective at first was merely to get him interested in birds and to assist him understand he was expected to be trying to find them.< img src ="https://www.thatmutt.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Remy.jpg"alt ="First NAVHDA training day "class ="wp-image-44502 lazy "data-sizes= "( max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px"srcset=" https://www.thatmutt.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Remy.jpg 700w, https://www.thatmutt.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Remy-300x225.jpg 300w">

    I’ll point with my tongue? Tracking and

    water obtains At your NAVHDA training day, you will more than likely work on searching, “steadiness “and recovering on land, like we did. The canine’s steadiness suggests he will hold on point while

    the handler flushes and shoots the bird. Then the dog is sent to retrieve the bird. Ideally, anyway. You may also work on tracking or water retrieves. Tracking is where someone will drag

    a dead duck or pheasant numerous yards while your canine runs out sight. Then you bring your canine to the start of the track where a couple of plumes have been dropped. You launch your pet dog and preferably he need to use his nose to find the bird. The

    First NAVHDA training day
    water recovers are what you ‘d

    anticipate. You’ll work on presenting your dog to water, building self-confidence and excitement and hopefully recovering bumpers or birds. Remy and I have worked on water obtains on our own

    , beyond NAVHDA.

    Take the training advice for what it’s worth– choose You need to keep in mind that these are not always expert dog trainers. They are certainly knowledgeable pet trainers and

    hunters and a few are breeders. However the majority of do not make a living training canines.

    You will see a range of training designs and viewpoints at a NAVHDA training day, and

    this is OK. For example, some members utilize e-collars(shock collars)as I do. Some do not. Certain fitness instructors like to keep dogs on check cords. Others want to let their pet simply be a dog and figure things out. Some fitness instructors will use chain or

    prong collar as I do. You likely will not see numerous harnesses or treats. You’ll see a great deal of “tough”people on their knees praising their pups with pats and giggles. Everybody is very happy. All I mean is, you need to be an advocate for your own pet dog. Speak out if you want to attempt something a little various than what the

    “leader”is recommending or if you prefer to avoid a specific training drill. This is totally OK.

    At the same time, it’s not completion of the world if you attempt a somewhat different training method than what you’re

    utilized to. For the a lot of part, these types are quite resistant and go

    with the circulation. It’s OKAY if you have no experience with searching or training My dog and I are a fascinating set. A bit amusing to a few of the other members, I’m sure. Truthfully, a few of them

    most likely wonder why the heck we’re even attending. I think some members are shocked we’ve returned for a second, third and fourth time. We pretend we understand what’s up While I’m from Minnesota and have plenty of hunters in my household, I’ve never

    actually gone searching. And, at 4 years old, Remy is by far the

    earliest start pet in the group while also the least skilled and probably the worst behaved.

    He’s extremely excitable. I have problem controlling him. He does not heel when he’s wound up, and he does not come when called dependably. We’re a mess, at times. This pet is extremely humbling. He makes me strive to see outcomes. However, everybody is very inviting at NAVHDA.

    They comprehend Remy and I are novices with actually no hunting experience. Is it far too late to begin training my

    dog for hunting? I would say no, it’s never ever too late to train a searching pet dog if they have the drive to do it. Some pet dogs simply do not have the”

    drive “for birds and you can’t require that. But others have some serious instinct for discovering birds, chasing, pointing, recovering or flushing. If the canine wants to do the

    work, it’s never ever far too late to train her, in my viewpoint. It’s not about age, it’s about direct exposure, lots and lots of perseverance and developing a strategy that works for you and your pet dog.

    Some pet dogs are more tough than others. I waited so long to start training Remy for hunting due to the fact that I resided in San Diego when I got him as a puppy. As you can envision, it’s not practical to take your canine hunting in Southern California for lots of reasons. There is an absence of offered land for hunting, the state has rigorous gun laws and it was a long drive to the training locations. However we live in Montana now. Searching is just another sport I can do with my active, working dog.< img src= "https://www.thatmutt.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IMG_20200509_172025.jpg"alt class=" wp-image-44506 lazy"data-sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px"srcset ="https://www.thatmutt.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IMG_20200509_172025.jpg 600w, https://www.thatmutt.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IMG_20200509_172025-300x222.jpg 300w"> Remy and I train for dexterity