We welcome interested folks to join us for one training day in order to learn about NAVHDA and our chapter. All adults and children in attendance who are not members of NAVHDA International must have signed liability waivers.
No food or drinks will be provided at training. Please plan ahead and bring what you need.
Chair, dress for the weather (which can change rapidly!) leash, collar, e-collar if you use one, water for you and your dog, check cord, crate for your dog or ability to secure your dog in your vehicle, sunscreen, bug spray
Make sure you have bags with you to clean up after your dog in high-traffic areas.
GWP puppy Dixie is very interested in this chukar!
Weimaraner puppy Rodney on the first day he was introduced to birds, making his very first live bird retrieve.
GSP puppy Wyatt's entire body was trembling with excitement as he pointed this chukar.
Emily and her dog Leia getting pointers from Terry the weekend before their NA test.
Lynn and Dyna training for their duck search.
Learning to hang out quietly and wait for your turn is an important part of training days.
setting up the poles for loose-leash heeling
The mission of the Black Hills Chapter is to teach our members how to train their own dogs. This is done through training sessions and clinics. The foundation and basics are covered in training, but most of the work will be done by the owner/handler, who builds on what is learned at training.
Handlers must be committed to their own training programs in order to be successful. Work with birds, in the field, and in the water outside of chapter training and clinics will be necessary to bring out the best in your hunting companion.
There are few things more rewarding than watching a hunting dog's "light come on." It's a wonderful thing when a well-bred pup begins to have confidence in its natural hunting ability, especially when you have been working with that pup. Train with a positive attitude. We do this because we love it!
2021 Training Dates TBA
You are welcome to join us for one session of training without being a chapter member. Bird fees will apply.