Dogs are evaluated in both field and water work. In NAVHDA tests, all dogs are measured against set standards and and not against one another. Each dog that meets or exceeds minimum standards in all areas of work is placed in one of three categories based on their scores: Prize I, II or III, Prize I being the highest classification.
Natural Ability (NA) Test:
This 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.
Utility Preparatory (UPT) Test:
This test measures the dogs’ development midway through their training toward the Utility Test.
This 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. Those dogs receiving a Prize I in the Utility Test, are invited to the NAVHDA Invitational, which takes place nationally. At the Invitational dogs have the opportunity to earn their Versatile Champion (VC) designation.
For more information on each of the tests, please visit: http://www.navhda.org/testing/testing
Chapter Test Application
Entry fees for Chapter tests are $125.00 for NA and $150.00 for UPT and Utility tests.
Chapter members get a $25 discount off their test entry fee. All handlers and owners must be current paid NAVHDA International Members. Running orders are random and will be announced and posted on each day of the test and not sooner. Any withdrawal from the tests more than 2 weeks before the first test day will forfeit 20% of their entry fee. Within 2 weeks will be 100% unless there is a vet approved letter explaining a medical issue for the dog not being able to run.
When the test dates are announced the Director of Testing may begin to accept applications for that test. The Director of Testing will not accept any application that is not complete and submitted with the full test fee. To apply for a test, please complete this application form and mail along with a check mail it and a check made payable to WI NAVHDA to:
The Harmeyer's, W2349 Amsterdam Road, Cedar Grove, WI 53013. Call if you have any questions: 920-668-8619, ask for Steve or Tracy.
Tests are filled, and the running order determined, based on the order in which the completed applications are received. Once the running order is established it will not be changed except in accordance with NAVHDA rules pertaining to a “bitch in season” or at the Senior Judge’s discretion. Bitches in season may be run in NAVHDA tests, but will run last at each phase of testing. If an applicant withdraws from a test, an applicant who is on the waiting list will be placed last in the running order.