June 15 Training Day

Date(s) - 06/15/2019
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cobb Lake SWA


This training day will be held at Cobb Lake from 7am to 4pm on June 15, 2019. Please read the material on the Training tab and the Training/Training Days page for an overview of our approach to the different levels and areas of training. Also, see the Resources tab with links to other useful information. These training days are conducted to help teach you how to train your own pointing dog. In order to develop your dog into a reliable and consistent hunting companion, it is advantageous to spend time training your dog at home daily as well as exposing your dog to birds in the field throughout the month.

We have two training days left until the Fall RMC NAVHDA Test and the beginning of the 2019-2020 Hunting Season.  We are going to circle back around to our initial training day timeline for most of the day.  There is a limited number of birds available for this training day.  First priority on birds will be given to handlers testing in August until we reach the total number of birds on hand.  Bird orders are limited to 2 Chukar and 1 Duck per Handler. Not all handlers will get birds, so please get orders in early and watch for emails regarding bird availability.  Because of the extra communications this month, training day sign up will CLOSE Wednesday, June 12th at 5:00 p.m.

6:30-7:30 Sign In, Setup           

Sign In, Bird Purchases for All Handlers, Set Up Training Equipment for All Stations

7:30-9:30              Natural Ability Stations

(All Utility Handlers: Select a station to help with!)

  • Field
  • Water
  • Tracking
  • Obedience
  • Table

For handlers that ran in the May NA test, please sign up for NA Groups.  We will be working your dogs on different skills in the stations in preparation for hunting season this fall.

9:30-10:00           Youth Handlers

Get ready for some fun!  We are going to play Musical Hoops this month.  All the skills we have learned to date are going to be put to work this month!

10:00-11:00         Utility Dogs: Steady at the Blind

We will work Utility dogs that have not run a Utility test to date.  We are going to dissect the components of the tests with handlers one on one to provide feedback on areas that need focused on in daily training.

11:00-12:00        Progression Clinic – Force Fetch

For any NA and UT Handlers who are interested in learning about developing a reliable retriever.

We are going to take some time to walk handlers through the beginning stages of Hold and Carry.  Beginning stages of Steadiness (Whoa progression) will be discussed in detail at the Kyle Hough Clinic at the end of the month and therefore we will not be addressing it at this training day. There are still spots available so turn in registration forms and checks to Sara!

**Utility Handlers – Begin working on Individual Training Goals for the rest of the day.  Plan on teaming up with other handlers and work where your dog needs the attention on the following areas:

  • Live Fire in Back Field ONLY NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Duck Search
  • Steady at the Blind will stay set up for additional work if needed

12:00- End of Day             Individual Training

Individual training on grounds for all handlers.  Cobb SWA will be available for individual training.  Find some training partners and enjoy the rest of the day!

Please register by filling in the form below. There is no cost for members to attend.  Fill out the total number of chukar, ducks, and pheasants you want to order from Black Hollow Gamebirds on the form. Your birds will be available first thing in the morning in the north parking lot of Cobb Lake State Wildlife Area. Please arrive early to purchase and collect your birds. Remember to bring your own bird bag and cage for transport of birds. Once you take possession of your birds, they are your responsibility!

Please indicate in the ‘Training Focus/Comment’ section any issue that you may want extra help with and we will attempt to be prepared to help or answer questions.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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2019 May Test Wrap-up

Wow! What a weekend! I want to extend a huge thank you to all of the volunteers that came out in force to make this a very successful test! Special thanks to our Director of Testing Allen Kidd for organizing a great test and to Sheryl Dierenfield and Erin Normile for making sure we were well fed all three days! The judges were very impressed with how efficient our test ran and even with a few weather delays we finished early all three days. As always, our volunteers were on the mark and we performed phenomenally! Without our volunteers this wouldn’t be possible! THANK YOU!

I would like to thank our judges Rick Holt, Geof Ferrer, Craig McLaughlin, and our apprentice David Hahn for coming out and evaluating our dogs. It was a very fun weekend and truly a pleasure working with all of you! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to come visit Colorado and see some good dogs work this weekend!

I would also like to thank our handlers. YOU are what makes NAVHDA a successful organization! Without our handlers coming out and getting their dogs evaluated this organization wouldn’t exist! Thank you again for putting yourselves and your dogs out there to be evaluated. It was extremely enjoyable watching great dog work all weekend!

Below are the scores for the weekend. Truly amazing results that show every handler’s hard work! Congratulations to all of the handlers and dogs this weekend, and special congratulations go to Tim Griffin with Delle and Terry Uhrich with Remi for their Utility Prize I perfomances on Sunday! We all know how hard you have been working to achieve this and we look forward to seeing you at the Invitational in Iowa next year!

May 2019 Test Results

Weekend Photo Highlight Reel

Friday Test Photos

Saturday Test Photos

Sunday Test Photos

Huge thanks to Mark Lance with River Light Images for taking photos all weekend! Very excited to see some great photos of the dogs and handlers that ran this weekend! If you are interested in ordering any prints, please contact Mark at mark@riverlightimages.com and he can help you with those orders. All proceeds from Test Photo sales are donated back to the chapter.

Thank you all again for your hard work and dedication to RMC NAVHDA! Without you, none of this is possible! Looking forward to a great clinic in the end of June and our fall test in August! I know we will knock it out of the park again!

Jake Heesacker – RMC NAVHDA President

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