This is a NEW class for Minnesota NAVHDA, designed to assist members with learning concepts needed to help them advance their dog toward becoming a “finished” gun dog and/or preparing for the Utility Preparatory or Utility Tests.


If you want to audit/observe some of these sessions without your dog, send an email to:

Location: 14602 Dunkirk St NE Ham Lake, MN 55304

Session days & times are:

Group A

Meet Saturday mornings 9:30am to NOON on Jan 8th, Feb 5th, March 5th, April 2nd

Group B

Meet Thursday Afternoons 2:30-5:00pm on Jan 6th, Feb 3rd, March 3rd, March 31st

Group C

Meet Thursday Evenings 6:00-8;30pm on Jan 13th, Feb 10th, March 10th, April 7th

Limited to 16 people

(Open to Chapter Members ONLY with recognized NAVHDA breeds)

Groups will meet approximately once per month for 4 months on a rotating schedule.  

Location:  Ham Lake, MN

Course Cost:  $40.00 (donation to chapter)

You may also need to purchase other training equipment (leashes, collars, dummies) depending on what you have, as well as build a training table if you do not have one.

Demonstrations will be given on drills & techniques that handlers can work on with their own dogs on their own time in between group meetings.  Handlers MUST be committed to working with their dog on their own in between group meetings.  We will NOT train your dog for you.

Ideal candidates will be dogs over 18 months of age or dogs past their NA test.   It is important that dogs have had a good amount of hunting and exposure to wild birds before entering this program.

Areas covered will be:

  • Heeling
  • WHOA training
  • Retrieve training concepts using primarily  “Hold & Carry” drills/exercises.  (this is NOT a complete trained retrieve or force fetch program, but you will learn concepts to build the foundation for those.)
  • UPT & UT test concepts and AIMS Rules for those looking to test.

Want to find out more or if this class is suited for you and your dog?  Fill out this form and the class instructor will follow up with you to answer any questions and complete your registration.