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NAVHDA Tests (The Short Course)

The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association offers a system of tests to measure the versatility of various hunting breeds, including Brittanys. There are numerous NAVHDA chapters in the United States and Canada and these regional chapters sponsor four kinds of tests. The following description is adapted from the NAVHDA website:

The Natural Ability Test is designed to evaluate the inherent natural abilities of young dogs and gain insight into their possible usefulness as versatile gun dogs. It rates seven important inherited abilities: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire and cooperation.

The Utility Preparatory Test measures the dogs' development midway through their training toward the Utility Test. The Utility Test evaluates trained dogs in water and field, before and after the shot, as finished versatile hunting companions as well as many other specific tasks.

The Invitational Test is the highest level of testing. Only dogs who have achieved a Prize I in Utility are eligible. This limits the entry to exceptional animals who have demonstrated a high level of training and tests their skills in the advanced work.

To be truly meaningful, tests for versatile hunting dogs must meet certain criteria. They must be conducted in an environment which reflects actual hunting conditions and situations. They must test the important qualities of a good versatile dog. Judges must be knowledgeable, consistent and objective. All testing and evaluation is to be within the context of judging dogs as useful, productive hunting companions. NAVHDA tests have been designed with these requirements in mind. In addition, NAVHDA record keeping provides an accurate, complete performance evaluation on each dog tested

In order to eliminate direct competition between dogs, entrants in a NAVHDA test are judged one at a time, by three judges, with their performance scored against a standard. The only exception to this is the Invitational Test, in which dogs are braced in the field so each dog can demonstrate its willingness to back and work effectively with another dog. Prizes are awarded on the basis of numerical scores achieved in the test. Each dog that meets or exceeds minimum standards in all areas of work is placed in one of three categories: Prize I, II or III with Prize I being the highest classification. If all dogs entered in a NAVHDA test perform well, all can receive a prize.

NAVHDA TESTS (The Long Course)

For further information on NAVHDA, to locate chapters, or to find an event in your area, visit the official NAVHDA website at http://www.navhda.org


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