Training

Dogs and their training methods have both evolved dramatically.  You are just as likely to see a GPS on a dog collar in the field as you would on your own mobile phone!  Our chapter has embraced this technology to help improve the training and hunting experience for both you & your dog.

The Valley of the Sun Chapter has a very diverse mixture of pointing dog breeds and membership.  This mixture helps our chapter provide an environment that allows for the successful training of versatile hunting dogs, and their owners, for both hunting and testing.

We hold training days in & around the greater Valley of the Sun on public lands with diverse ground which aids in our purpose of successful training of versatile hunting dogs.

Our Training program focuses on the core components that all hunting dogs should provide:

  • Field Search
  • Pointing
  • Steadiness
  • Retrieving Game to Hand
  • Tracking Game
  • Water Retrieves and Searches
  • Steadiness and Obedience by the Blind

Suggested Training Videos:

The Pointing Dog DVD Collection, with George Hickox, Volumes 1 – 4

Tri-tronics Trained Retrieve Hold and Fetch

The Perfect Start DVD featuring Jon and Cindy Hann

The Perfect Finish DVD featuring Jon and Cindy Hann

The Silent Command System of Dog Training Volume 1: Foundation with Rick and Ronnie Smith DVD

Suggested Training Books:

Training and Care of the Versatile Hunting Dog (NAVHDA Green Book)

NAVHDA Aims, Programs, Test Rules

Tri-tronics Retriever Training Book by Jim & Phyllis Dobbs, with Alice Woodyard

Best Way to Train Your Gun Dog: The Delmar Smith Method by Bill Tarrant