2023 Fall Test

Dogs are eligible for a Natural Ability Test until and including the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over 16 months may be tested for evaluation if space is available, but no prize classifications are awarded dogs tested for evaluation. No game is shot during the NA test , and no retrieves are required.  There is no set sequence for conducting the four general phases. 

  1. Field Phase

  2. Tracking Phase

  3. Water Phase

  4. Evaluation of Physical Attributes
     

(https://www.navhda.org/about-the-navhda-testing-system/)

Natural Ability Test

Utility Test (UT)

 

The Utility Test is divided into three main segments:

1) Field Group – Each dog is hunted for a minimum of 30 minutes and is evaluated on:

  • Search

  • Pointing

  • Steadiness on Game

  • Retrieve of Shot Bird

  • Retrieve of Dragged Game

2) Water Group

  • Search for a Duck

  • Walking at Heel

  • Remaining by Blind

  • Steadiness by Blind

  • Retrieve of a Duck

3) Evaluation of Physical Attributes - Each dog's teeth, eyes, and coat are evaluated, typically after completion of the water phase. 

The following are judged throughout the Utility Test:

  • Use of Nose

  • Desire to Work

  • Cooperation

  • Stamina

  • Obedience

(https://www.navhda.org/about-the-navhda-testing-system/)

Utility Preparatory Test (UT)

 

The Utility Preparatory Test is divided into three main segments:

1) Field Group – Each dog is hunted for a minimum of 25 minutes and is evaluated on:

  • Search

  • Pointing

  • Steadiness on Game

  • Retrieve of Shot Bird

  • Retrieve of Dragged Game

2) Water Group

  • Water Search

  • Walking at Heel

  • Steadiness by Blind

  • Retrieve of a Duck

 

3) Evaluation of Physical Attributes - Each dog's teeth, eyes, and coat are evaluated, typically after completion of the water phase. 

The following are judged throughout the Utility Preparatory Test:

  • Use of Nose

  • Desire to Work

  • Cooperation

  • Obedience

 

(https://www.navhda.org/about-the-navhda-testing-system/)

How to Register

This is a two day test open to NA, UPT & UT Level dogs.  There is a limited number of spots and tests do fill up quickly.  If you are interested, please fill out the test entry form and mail it as directed to secure your spot.  Payment must be made via PayPal.

ALL HANDLERS AND OWNERS MUST BE NAVHDA NATIONAL MEMBERS.

Test Date: August 19/20 2023

Location: Private Farm - Lackawanna County

Entry Fee: TBD  for Bushkill Members; TBD for Non Members

Please pay via PayPal @bushkillnavhda - friends/family option

Test Entry Form

Mail or Email your completed entry form to:

Bushkill NAVHDA

c/o Jake Bartells

113 Fairview Ave

Perkasie, PA 18944

jakebartells@yahoo.com

Contact for Questions:

Jake Bartells, Director of Testing

jakebartells@yahoo.com

610-637-8484

Refunds: A refund equal to eighty percent (80%) of test entry fee will be provided for any dog withdrawn from the test more than 30 days in advance for which a fully paid replacement is found. NO REFUND will be provided for a test withdrawal less than 30 days prior to the test or if a fully paid replacement is not found.

Lunch: Please pack a lunch for the day.