Handlers Clinic / UT Training


Handlers Clinic 16-17 June

UT Training: 18-19 June

Location: Lone Moose Lodge / RV Park

47696 Funny River Road

Soldotna, Alaska



Lone Moose Lodge RV Park


For more details contact on either event please contact

Tanya Gates @



Handlers Clinic Description

The Handler Clinic is an educational tool developed by NAVHDA to help dog owners and handlers understand the testing system. The clinics are conducted by designated trained leaders; all of whom are NAVHDA Senior Judges. During the two day clinic weekend, participants experience all aspects of a Natural Ability, Utility Preparatory, and Utility Test. The first few hours of each day is devoted to informal classroom instruction. There is discussion of Test mechanics, the scoring system and NAVHDA philosophy.

The group then goes out to the field to judge and score dogs being run in the actual Test process. After each dog has run and been scored, there is a discussion of performance and scoring as observed by the participants and the clinic leader. The discussion includes strengths or weaknesses of training and handling observed in the demonstrations, and how they may have affected the dog's inherited skills.

Follow this link for more information: https://www.navhda.org/testing/holding-handler-clinic

Who Should Attend?

People with their first pup see how other dogs work and gain insight into what their pup is doing and why. This helps them to develop their pup's talents and improve performance in weak areas.

Novice handlers learn how NAVHDA evaluates versatile dogs, and are better prepared to handle their dogs in a test.

Experienced handlers gain a deeper, more technical knowledge, of how the team of dog and handler are judged.

Breeders learn what to look for in their breeding stock and their progeny, and how to use NAVHDA records obtained through our Search Test Records for selective breeding.

For aspiring NAVHDA Judges, attending a Handler Clinic is one of the first steps in our Apprentice Judge Program



UT Training Clinic Description

Who Should Attend? For both novice and advance handlers. Handlers with younger dogs are encouraged to attend to learn the techniques and task needed to progress to the  next level.

Focus of Training: Training is focused on Utility Prep and Utility level dogs; however, handlers with Natural Ability level dogs and inexperienced handlers  will gain the a lot of  experience by auditing the classThe training tasks will focus on Utility Test and Invitational Level events.