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NAVHDA Natural Ability Prize One

~ Our Score 112

Hi guys just wanted to drop a quick note. Me and Luna were first alternate and luckily got into the NA test yesterday. 

We surprisingly got a prize 1 – 112 score! Wow. I’m still shocked but she did it all and we trained hard. Now just getting ready for hunting season. 

Mike and Michelle


–The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA)

NAVHDA chapters sponsor four kinds of tests:

The Natural Ability Test is designed to evaluate the inherent natural abilities of young dogs and gain insight into their possible usefulness as versatile gun dogs. It rates seven important inherited abilities: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire and cooperation. Dogs are eligible for a Natural Ability Test up until, and including, the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over 16 months may be run for evaluation only. Dogs over 16 months may only be run if space is available. No prize classification can be awarded the dog run for evaluation.

The Utility Preparatory Test measures the dogs’ development midway through their training toward the Utility Test. No previous testing required.The Utility Test evaluates trained dogs in water and field, before and after the shot, as finished versatile hunting companions as well as many other specific tasks. No previous testing required. The Invitational Test is our highest level of testing. Only those dogs that have achieved a Prize I in Utility are eligible. This limits the entry to exceptional animals who have demonstrated a high level of training and tests their skills in the advanced work.                 

Breeder Comment on Points Earned

The maximum possible score for a dog running in the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test is 112 Points. You must earn a minimum of 99 points to net a Prize One. Luna got a perfect score–we cannot tell you how difficult it is to achieve this goal. Honestly, it is even more remarkable with the Weimaraner–who can potential flake out at the wrong moment.

To Learn More about competing your Weimaraner with NAVHDA click here!

Wilma and others at the Treasure Valley NAVHDA Hunt Test

Sometimes the stars align…

Wilma Field Training(1)It was a long shot that Wilma would do anything at the hunt test. Nonetheless, a last-minute change was in order. We scrambled to make the necessary changes, and Cliff took her. This trip will prepare her for the fall hunt tests. We hope to gain entry into that test. Wilma was phenomenal, and she aced the swim. Other sections of the test were not so stellar, but consider that she had not seen the field, a bird, or the pond before Monday. We had been planning to go another direction when it became apparent this girl had a pocket of ability, and the temperament we like so much.

Note about the Video: The following video is not edited. Wilma’s run is quite a way down the line. This is a GoPro video taken by Cliff of the Treasure Valley NAVHDA Hunt test. As you can see, no one is noticing he is filming. He has the camera strapped to his chest. He doesn’t always get the exact shot he hopes for, but this will give you a feeling for what is happening. Keep watching, and you will catch a glimpse of Wilma’s smooth-sailing swim. Friday was her first “true-swim”, and it was more dog-paddle splashy. At the Hunt Test, she looked like a pro, and swam with ease almost on command earning her 4 of 4 possible points.

 You can achieve the swim too….

Wilma Learning to Swim (1)

Wilma with Stackhouse soaking wet from time in the pond…..

Getting the Weimaraner to swim can take patience. A little knack, and good fortune can help along the process. We hope you enjoyed this two-day adventure. Yesterday’s blog showed the beginning. Thanks for your interest, and joining us on Wilma’s lesson in how to swim.

Featured Weimaraner — Wrangler

148600_554518221243016_1401777393_nWrangler is the best dog for our family that we could have ever asked for! He is hilarious, sweet & very smart. He learns very quickly which is helpful since Charlie has been working with him on his hunting skills. 550128_578218365539668_541851261_n

Currently, he has been perfecting “whoa” & “force fetch”. This weekend, we’re taking him to his first big Training Day with a lot of other younger versatile hunting dogs. And, next week he will be starting to follow in his dad ‘s (Stackhouse) footsteps and will be running in the Natural Ability test! Besides his love for being in his element outdoors, he also loves to be at home with his owners, whether it be cuddling, playing with his Kong, or snacking on his favorites which include banana, apples, cucumbers and ice cubes, he is just happy being with us! And, us with him.


No, I don’t always dress like this. My Mom said I must to get my birthday cake.

We can’t thank Owyheestar enough for taking such amazing pride in their Weims! We absolutely love Wrangler with all our hearts and can’t even begin to imagine life without him!

Breeder’s Note: We are pleased to hear Wrangler is doing well. Happy Birthday Wrangler! It is great he is going to participate in the NAVHDA Natural Ability. That is not as easy as many folks imagine. We wish Wrangler and Charlie the best of days at their first event. Anything can happen, and we hope that things unfold is the best possible scenario.

Cliff says that he has only force-fetch trained one Weimaraner. It is a common practice in many versatile hunting breeders, but not so with the Weimaraner. If you are an OwyheeStar client, you may feel free to write him (or request a phone call from Cliff, to discuss varied hunt training topics.