Juniper Spring 2017
NAVHDA Natural Ability
Cliff and Juniper made their debut at the Treasure Valley NAVHDA (North American Versatile Dog Association) Spring test. They entered with high expectations; however, as often happens with versatile field work, everything didn’t go perfectly. There are many ways to hit a snag in such a test. The result can be summed up in one word– disappointment or absolute elation depending upon conditions and performance. Nevertheless, more often than not the experience falls somewhere between the two extremes. You might remember George recently netted a Prize III in the Natural Ability. His owner was somewhat disillusioned, but after the dust settled, it is clear that earning a prize is the goal. Everyone wants the Prize I but if it were easy (and a sure thing), it would not be the standard. Then too–there is perspective. Things get missed by judges, and it is in their discretion to award points.
Juniper also netted a Prize III. She would not enter the water without a dummy. When this happens, you cannot earn anything higher than the Prize III. Her bird work was excellent in the field. She didn’t do great on her track even though it is something she does excellent in training.
The NAVHDA Experience
The NAVHDA experience can be challenging. The process requires systematic training and development of various versatile field skills. It just makes you better all around. We highly recommend this to all our hunters. The first time can be a bit intimidating, but once you figure it out, you see the value. Here are some photos of her working around OwyheeStar in preparation for the big event.
Thank You to NAVHDA and the local folks that make this club work!