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Benefits of Hickory Run Membership:

Work with other Versatile Hunting Dog owners and handlers: The Chapter offers every member the opportunity to share training and testing experience with other owners of the same or similar breeds, advice on training techniques, assistance with problem dogs (or dogs with owner problems). Whatever problem you may be experiencing someone has had the same issue.

Clinics and mock tests: The Hickory Run Chapter will offer several training sessions, possibly a Handler Clinic and mock tests during the year for the benefit of members who are training pups or working toward a formal NAVHDA-sanctioned Test.

Questions on Breeds: Hickory Run members own a wide variety of versatile hunting dog breeds. Chapter members are available to offer personal experiences from their own testing, training and hunting experiences. The opportunity exists to watch these dogs in the field to help with decision on whether a specific breed is right for you. That experience will be helpful first hand information for the new owner/handler.

NAVHDA-sanctioned Tests: We will be conducting NAVHDA-sanctioned tests for all levels including Natural Ability and Utility level. These will be scheduled from time to time. Check the events page for the schedule.

Youth and family mentoring: Members of the Hickory Run Chapter encourage the participation by our junior members in dog training and handling, and in gaining a better understanding of the value of using well-trained hunting dogs in the pursuit of game. The family tradition is a core belief in the chapter.

Judge Development: Members of the Hickory Run Chapter will have the opportunity to begin a Judge apprenticeship and continue accumulating training and experience toward becoming a NAVHDA judge.