We will be holding a Trained Retrieve Clinic in 2022.

The cost is $45.00 per person.  Click here to register.

The clinic will be put on by Craig Tennies, a professional trainer that specializes in retrieving.

It will take place on March 19, 2022 beginning at 8:00am with a demonstration/walk through of the techniques used for Trained Retrieve.  Following the demonstration, you will be offered an opportunity to work with your dog and receive feedback and suggestions from Craig.  Please keep dogs in your vehicle until it is their turn to train.


Winghaven Kennels
N7950 Willow Rd
Plymouth, WI 53073

No lunch or food is planned.  Please plan accordingly.

Registration is limited to 15 people.


We will be holding a Rules and Aims Clinic in 2022.

Cost is $150.00 per person.  Click here to register

The clinic leader will be Phil Swain.  Phil is a longtime NAVHDA judge that has held numerous positions on the Executive Committee.  He has participated in the writing and editing of NAVHDA’s Rules and Aims, and is generally know to be an expert in the NAVHDA judging and training systems.

This two day clinic will be held May 21 and 22, 2022 at the Chapter Grounds (click for map) beginning at 8:00am each day.

Dogs should not be brought to this clinic unless requested as a demonstrator dog.  If you do bring your dog, plan for them to be in your vehicle for the entire day.

A lunch will be provided each day.

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.




We will not be holding an NA class/Demo in 2022.  Please consider attending the Rules and Aims Clinic instead.

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 that every dog is different!