2019 Training 

The Northern IL Chapter of NAVHDA encourage every versatile gun dog to be NAVHDA tested, as the test results will indicate where you are in your dog's training program and serves as the foundation for improving our versatile breeds. The tests are qualitative evaluations against proven performance standards in simulated hunting conditions. Please review the Testing Information on the NAVHDA website for details about the NAVHDA Testing Program.

A vehicle admission sticker is required on all motor vehicles entering a state park. Daily passes are also available.

Training Day Procedures:

Each Training Day will begin with a session of Obedience work to get handlers and dogs working together

Handlers should check-in on arrival to get into the running order. (We’ll want your last name, dog’s name, and what you are training for.) Names will be placed on the white board so everyone can see the running order.

Handlers with multiple dogs will have their dogs spread through the running order.
Each handler is responsible for planting birds for the handler ahead of them in the running order. (If you’ve never planted birds before, we’ll have someone go with you to teach you how.)

A maximum of 4 birds per dog will be used. Three birds will be placed, one will be carried

Handlers will be called 5 minutes prior to their field time. Failure to acknowledge the call will result in the handler being moved to the bottom of the running order. (This really shouldn’t happen given No. 3 above.

Handlers not running in the field are required to keep their dogs crated or tied until their designated field time. (Dogs that need to be relieved should be walked on-lead to the designated area.)

Handler’s wishing to re-run their dogs in the field must wait until the initial running order has been completed and cleared by the training director.
Everyone in the field must wear blaze orange and break-open guns will be used: 

Safety first – always.

Mock Test

Date to be determined


Northern IL Chapter


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Training Days 2019

Saturday March 30th 7am
Obedience for all NA- Tracking, UT- Drags

Saturday April 20th 7am
Obedience for all NA- Field/Pointing, UT- Long Retrieves (Land)

Saturday May 25th 7am
NA- Swimming/ Water Intro, UT- Remain by Blind (Land)

Saturday June 22nd 7am
NA- Duck Intro/ Duck drags, UT- Steadiness

Saturday July 27th 7am
NA- Game and Water (Retrieve and Search Intro), UT- Duck Searches

Saturday August 31st 7am
NA- Steadiness,UT- Retrieve of Duck (Water)

Thursday September 19th 5pm
All- Test and Hunting prep