Purpose: To prepare your hunting dog for the NAVHDA Utility Search for Duck component and to teach your dog to search for a wounded duck in water using his nose and expanding the search area to locate the duck.
Course Information: Welcome to the NAVHDA Utility Duck Search course! I hope you find this a valuable learning experience. As we progress, we will explore a variety of issues and experiences related to training your hunting dog to be ready for the NAVHDA Search for Duck portion of the Utility and Utility Preparatory test. When testing in Utility (and hunting) it is always desirable that your dog, when sent (“fetch”), enter the water and go straight out in front of you, cross the water while looking and scenting, and search for the downed bird in the water, cover and possibly the shore once he reaches the other side. As always, this is only ONE method to train a hunting dog and there are many others that may work just as well.
Prerequisites: Fetch training completed.
What you can expect to learn from this course:
- Understanding NAVHDA Utility and Utility Prep Search for the Duck (Judge’s perspective)
- Importance of dog fetching without something being “thrown”
- Dog learns to search in water and cover in water
- Dog learns expand his search in water and cover in water
- Dog learns to cross water to search across the lake
- Dog learns to enter water straight away and go out to search
- Dog learns to track a duck in water
- How to find a NAVHDA test and enter your dog in a NAVHDA Utility test.
Instructor: Cheryl Asmus
Course Length: 6 one-hour sessions
Course Fee –
For Credit OnDemand: $70
Access to this course will expire in 2 months.
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