May 4 & 5. Contact William Bastian at 608-732-0798 for more information.

The Handler 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 offering a Forced Fetch & Whoa Training Clinic on TBD, 2019. The class will be taught by Professional Trainers: Ted “Topper” Towne, of Toppers Gun Dogs, and Wayne Williams, of Rustling Meadows German Shorthairs. The class will be taught from 9am to Noon with a lunch at Noon. Special “any subject” training help will be available from after lunch to 4pm by Jason Vickman, Mike Ladwig, and Chris Mokler. Dogs welcome for special training. Birds available, for a cost, if needed.

Class is intended for anyone wanting to learn to train their dog! COST $50 Registration via PAYPAL only.

Click HERE to Register and make Payment.

Class will be held at Wayne William’s place: N967 32nd Avenue, Berlin, WI 54923. Rain or Shine. Wayne does have a clubhouse should the weather be bad. If bringing a dog for afternoon training, please bring water and make sure the dog is kept cool depending on weather during morning session. Afternoon special training session is only available to Clinic attendees.


The Kettle Moraine NAVHDA Chapter will be conducting a NAVHDA Natural Ability Class and Mock Test on TBD. 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 (provided) and then 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!

Class is limited to 16 people and the cost is $50. Please email Chris Mokler, your name, email address, and phone number to sign up for the class. Payment should be made to HERE (Via Paypal, no Paypal account needed), to reserve your spot.