We encourage those who might be interested to try testing as it not only gives you a standard to measure your dog’s progress, but it also provides structure and an outline of goals to work toward in your training, all of which will result in a more reliable hunting companion. The Sebasticook Chapter hosts two NAVHDA-sponsored testing sessions each year – a Spring test generally held in early June; and a Fall test held in September. The NAVHDA system tests dogs at various levels of maturity and development. Testing reflects actual hunting conditions and situations in the fields and at the water and each dog is evaluated individually against a standard by a team of three judges. The NAVHDA system offers 4 levels of testing, 3 of which are offered at Sebasticook Chapter:
*The Invitational Test (IT) is the highest NAVHDA testing level and is only offered once per year at one central test location in the US and is invitation only. Dogs that achieve a Prize I Utility score will be invited to the Invitational the following calendar year.
Natural Ability Test: $100
Utility Preparatory Test: $115
Utility Test: $125
Mail the form, test fee check (payable to Sebasticook Chapter of NAVHDA), and other applicable documents to the Test Secretary:
Sebasticook Chapter Test Secretary
115 Elm Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
Please call or email Test Secretary, Marie Wade, with any questions/concerns regarding the test. You may reach her at home (207) 778-4868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to test day; or at (207) 491-5797 on test day. Entries are on a first come, first serve basis. You will be notified by Marie upon receipt of your entry form that you have been placed on the running order or, if we are full, the waiting list.
If you’re pulling your dog, the Sebasticook Chapter of NAVHDA Test Secretary must be notified by email at email@example.com. Your entry fee will only be refunded for the following reasons:
Dog/handler teams signed up for the test must arrive to the testing grounds in Smithfield no later than 6:30 to check-in. The test will start promptly at 7:00am. All handlers will receive the final running order and an outline of the day from the judges at this time. Handlers will also have the opportunity to ask questions. Bitches in season are required to run on the last day so please let the Test Secretary know as soon as possible. All dogs are required to be on leash at all times when not running in the field and there will be a designated area to air your dog. Light breakfast fare and lunch are offered each day for a nominal fee.