We will not be holding a Rules and Aims Clinic in 2021.

The Rules and Aims Clinic is an educational tool developed by NAVHDA to help dog owners and handlers understand the testing system. The clinics are conducted by designated trained leaders; all of whom are NAVHDA Senior Judges. During the two day clinic weekend, participants experience all aspects of a Natural Ability, Utility Preparatory, and Utility Test. The first few hours of each day is devoted to informal classroom instruction. There is discussion of Test mechanics, the scoring system and NAVHDA philosophy.

The group then goes out to the field to judge and score dogs being run in the actual Test process. After each dog has run and been scored, there is a discussion of performance and scoring as observed by the participants and the clinic leader. The discussion includes strengths or weaknesses of training and handling observed in the demonstrations, and how they may have affected the dog’s inherited skills.

Who Should Attend?

  • People with their first pup see how other dogs work and gain insight into what their pup is doing and why. This helps them to develop their pup’s talents and improve performance in weak areas.
  • Novice handlers learn how NAVHDA evaluates versatile dogs, and are better prepared to handle their dogs in a test.
  • Experienced handlers gain a deeper, more technical knowledge, of how the team of dog and handler are judged.
  • Breeders learn what to look for in their breeding stock and their progeny, and how to use NAVHDA records obtained through our Search Test Records for selective breeding.

For aspiring NAVHDA Judges, attending a Handler Clinic is one of the first steps in our Apprentice Judge Program.





The Kettle Moraine NAVHDA Chapter will be conducting a NAVHDA Natural Ability Class and Mock Tests on May 22, 2021. This is a 1 day seminar event which covers what to expect on test day.  Instruction will be provided on how best to present your dog on test day,  The day will start at 9AM at the clubhouse on the Chapter grounds. From 9AM to about Noon, there will a discussion on preparing for the NA Test and running in the actual test. At Noon we will eat lunch (please bring a lunch) and then in the afternoon, we will run 3 dogs through the NA Tests. Dogs are pre-determined and no participants should bring a dog so as to concentrate on the class and mock test. There will be some hands on activities. EXTRA EMPHASIS will be on the Pheasant Track portion of the test as we have seen a need in this area.

This Class and Mock Test is perfect for anyone new to the NAVHDA testing or required by their breeder to run their pup thru the NA test. Why not spend a day learning how to prepare your dog for the test and what to expect during the test. This goal is for you to learn how to bring out your dogs natural ability and get the best score possible in the tests.

Note this is not necessarily a dog training class as it focuses on your dog’s natural ability. Some training will be discussed to address problems, difficulties, or how to bring out the best in your dog. Participants need to keep in mind every dog is different!

Cost for the day is $60.00.  The class will require a minimum of 8 registrants and a maximum of 12 registrants.  Please follow this link to register and pay: