While the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test (NA) is exactly that-a gauge of a dog’s inherent “natural ability”, a puppy should be properly exposed to birds and situations in a manner that  helps bring out that natural ability prior to running the test (Searching, Pointing, Tracking, Swimming).    An important NAVHDA concept to be aware of is that Retrieving, Obedience and Steadiness are NOT evaluated during the NA test, and owners should be cautious in not getting too far ahead of themselves or pushing dogs too fast at this stage.  Improper bird exposure or putting too much pressure on a young dog can sometimes diminish their natural abilities like pointing and searching.  Keep scrolling down for more info.


Natural Ability Exposure & BASIC FOUNDATIONS

Basic Concepts/NAVHDA Principles

Versatile Dog 101-SEARCH, POINT, TRACK, SWIM

NAVHDA AIMS Programs Test Rules

Tips from Trainers/Chapter Members/Judges

Tips & Tales-On Training your Bird Dog by George DeCosta Jr.-If you want to buy ONE book on versatile dog training, this is a great one.   Buy here on Amazon.

NAVHDA’s Versatile Hunting Dog Magazine Articles

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You Tube Videos

Alternative to Launchers and Bird Planting Tips:

Below is part 1, follow Youtube links in this video for parts 2 & 3