So Why NAVHDA....................
Simply stated I believe
that after some 30 plus years working with all of the the various training organizations one may find that NAVHDA simply is
the best! I am a firm believer in the NAVHDA system, but perhaps coming at it from a slightly different point of view. To me,
the importance of the organization stretches far beyond the titles a dog can achieve. If someone is purchasing a puppy from
me, I do my best to ensure that the person will test their new puppy in the Natural Ability test. Why I do this is twofold,
because for one, it lets me see just where my breeding program is headed, and two, I know that if the new owner gets involved
with NAVHDA, then he or she and the puppy will develop a bond that will last beyond the puppy years. Working together with
their puppies at the clinics helps build a strong bond between the two. A bond that extends far beyond the bird fields and
lasts long after the hunting season is over!
When a litter is bred I believe it is the responsibilty of the breeder
to place a puppy in a safe,loving and nuturing enviornment. We need to give that little puppy the best chance to develope
into a reliable, cooperative, enjoyable hunting cpmpanion, as well as an adjusted member of the family.
clinics, watching your puppy progress, and spending time with your puppy helps create that special bond. Most people purchasing puppies
are first time puppy buyers. Most do not
have the facilities, birds, equipment or knowledge necessary to develop their pup
into their dream dog. The clinics provide you with the ability to train in a safe environment with knowledgeable people who have
similar interests. I have seen first hand, time and time again how one's involvement with NAVHDA helps to ensure that
their pup grows into a well-mannered, well-adjusted hunting companion that has become a welcomed addition to their family.
So that's why....NAVHDA
It is amazing and rewarding to see how many first-time
puppy buyers who had no idea about the system when they first started out in their search for a puppy and have become some
of a chapter's best and most productive members. These same members continue into the higher levels of testing, and are
the ones that truly enjoy their hunting companion.
Taking your puppy home
Well, the time has finally arrived. You have read countless numbers of books, seen as many videos as you can get
your hands on, talked to as many seasoned dog people that you could find (and that would listen), spent hours upon hours surfing
the web reading about German Shorthairs. You have gone onto your breeder's website so many times that you single handedly
are responsible for his hit meter reaching levels IBM would be jealous of. The night before you could hardly sleep in anticipation
of going to get your puppy. You have purchased all of the necessary and some not so necessary equipment for training your
pup. Over the months and months you had to wait for this litter to be born you found yourself reading anything and everything
about German Shorthairs. When the litter was first whelped you held your breath as you waited for the call from your breeder
to verify how many puppies were born and that the sex you had chosen was available.
Now you are on your way to go get this "special" puppy of yours. You pull up to
the house and cannot get out of the car fast enough. My first suggestion would be to wait till the car comes to a complete
stop before trying to exit. You half run/walk up to the door as you cannot wait to see what it is you have been smiling like
a kid all morning for. The time has arrived. The breeder opens up the door to greet you, you exchange pleasant hellos and
just about push the breeder out of the way to get to that litter box. You open the door to the whelping room, and BAM! You
see all these little eyes and noses staring up at you from their whelping boxes. You find it hard to contain that grin which
no matter how hard you try you cannot. As you approach the box and stick your arms in to pet these little guys you are oblivious
to the fact that their little teeth and nails are digging so hard into your skin that they are starting to draw little droplets
Looking at the litter you now have a sense of panic set in as
you wonder which one will go home with you. How will I decide which one is the best? Who should come home with me? How do
I even pick a puppy? What did the book say? What did the video say? If some of you are lucky enough to have a self proclaimed
dog expert to rely on, you turn to him for his/her advice. Oh, what do I do?
you have purchased your puppy from a knowledgeable, experienced breeder and all-around dog person, make your life easy and
rely on his advice. They have lived with that litter for the last seven weeks, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No one will
know that litter individually better then they will (except maybe their spouses). Rely on their opinion to help narrow down
your selection. By the time you come to pick up your puppy they will have spent hours and hours watching the litter. If they
are like me, they will know the litter inside and out. Be specific in what you are looking for and ask them for their advice
as to which puppy most closely fits the personality you are seeking. Remember it is the breeding, the breeding is what you
are purchasing. You initially chose your breeder after educating yourself on the bloodlines, checking references on his/hers
past litters, and their overall knowledge of their breed and their accomplishments within the breed. Rely on your breeder
and you will not go wrong.
Or you can do it the way I do. Over the years
I have developed a sure fire scientific way to pick a puppy. I arrange all the puppies on the floor in a group, then place
them all back in the whelping box. Next, I take a puppy out one by one, then place them back in the whelping box. Finally,
I call my 13 year old daughter and my 8 year old son down to the whelping room and let them both pick out their new puppy.
That method hasn't failed me yet. Good luck with your new puppy!!
TableHappy building and training!!
Many of you have read that in order to train a dog to "WHOA",
you need to build a "WHOA table" to properly "WHOA" break your dog. Although this is certainly a favorite
method of most, once again, it is merely one method among several that will accomplish this task. Ok, so now you have decided
to use a WHOA table to train your puppy. So you run out and buy all the materials that are listed in one of the training books.
You get all your tools, and utilize all your carpenter skills to make the training table. You cut your 8 foot table top and
your two foot ramps. Oh, the smell of cut wood! Well after 25 plus years of utilizing this method, I have come to the realization
that while an 8 foot table is good, a 12 foot table is much better. That extra 4 feet really makes all the difference. The
extra four feet enables you to be a more effective teacher to your pup. This will not only be true for the WHOA command, but
it will also work when you begin to teach the RETRIEVE command. If you go for the 12 feet, visit your local hardware or home
center and purchase 12 foot boards of wolmanized 2x6's for the table top. You might consider building two ramps from the
same type of plywood (3/4 inch wolmanized). Place some skateboard tape on the ramps for footing, and you are ready to begin.