Event Details

This event is running from 4 February 2023 until 5 February 2023. It is next occurring on 02/04/2023 9:00 am


Clinic Location will be at the Anoka County Blaine Airport-exact location and access details will be sent to participants prior to the event.

NAVHDA Senior Judge and Director of Judge Development Mark Whalen from Maryland will be coming to hold this exclusive Two Day Training Event for the Minnesota Chapter.

A properly trained Retrieve is fundamental to a “Finished” Versatile Gun Dog and obtaining the best scores at NAVHDA UPT and UT Tests. We will also cover some advanced obedience work like off leash heeling, “clicking” and blind retrieve concepts that are applicable at the Invitational Test level.

Attendees will observe demonstrated techniques as well as get a chance to work with the clinic leader and their own dog at various points in the class.  Dogs of all skill levels are welcome so a variety of things can be demonstrated.  **NOTE-This clinic is NOT for puppies under 16 months of age on day of Event unless they have completed their Natural Ability test.

Saturday 9am to 4pm-Table Work: Hold & Carry progression from start to complex objects & dead birds, then ear pinch/pressure and e-collar overlay.

Sunday 9am to 2pm-Advanced Obedience:  Finishing Retrieve work, off leash heeling,  “clicking”, Blind Retrieve Concepts, miscellaneous question/answer.


  • *FULL*Handler and Dog-Limited to 12.  Cost $120.00
  • Observer Only-No Dog-Limited to 12.  Cost $60.00

What to bring:

  • Your Dog
  • Kennel/Crate-your dog WILL need to be crated at times during the clinic. (Noisy dogs may need to be kept in your vehicle, so watch weather and plan accordingly)
  • Leads/leashes/collars
  • Your e-Collar & transmitter
  • A portable Chair
  • Notebook and pen/pencil

Pizza  and or sandwiches (Subway, Jimmy John’s etc..) will be served for  lunch and refreshments (water & soft drinks) will be provided.  If you want something else, please plan accordingly.

**NOTE**  The Minnesota Chapter Annual Meeting and Fable Fest banquet will be held the evening of Feb 4th, also in Blaine.**

Refund Policy:  Refunds subject to a 10% handling charge.

Questions?   Contact Clinic Coordinator & NAVHDA Judge Pete Aplikowski at 651-485-0055 or pete.aplikowski@mnnavhda.org

To get a feel for what will be covered in the Force Fetch/Retrieve part of the course, listen to Mark Whalen on the Gun Dog It Yourself Podcast Retrieving series.

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Mark Whalen has been a member of the Potomac Chapter in Maryland since 1986. He has held various positions within the Potomac Chapter over the years, including Test Secretary, Membership Secretary, Vice President, and President. Mark became a NAVHDA Judge in 2003 and a Senior Judge in 2008. He is also an AIMS & Rules Clinic Leader and has judged at the Invitational level since 2009. In addition, Mark is currently the Director of Judge Development for NAVHDA International.