To become a fully “finished” gun dog, a dog needs Obedience. What is Obedience? This is where a line can be drawn between a dog’s Natural Ability and inherent Cooperation, and what the dog must learn from his Handler/Trainer. Cooperation comes from Nature, Genetics and Good Breeding. Obedience comes from MAN. Obedience is the actions and behaviors man shapes into a dog to “finish” the dog into a complete hunting companion and teammate.
This course led by NAVHDA Judge & chapter President Pete Aplikowski will start out in a classroom setting to discuss why Heeling, Steadiness (Whoa) and Retrieving are important not only in a NAVHDA test environment, but practical for real world hunting situations. We will then discuss the NAVHDA Utility Preparatory & Utility Tests and move to fields & ponds to demonstrate some of the different test segments and provide some training concepts and handling tips.
**BRING A FOLDING CHAIR AND A PEN AND PAPER TO TAKE NOTES**
Watch for the Orange MN NAVHDA signs off of Manning Ave.
There is no charge for these courses, but please do us the courtesy of registering so we know how many people to expect. You can bring your dog, but be prepared to keep it staked out or kenneled in your vehicle. You may or may not get to work with your dog depending on it’s level of training and the needs of the clinic on this day. Be of the mindset to LEARN things you can apply to your dog’s training on your own time.