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ABOUT US

The Willamette Valley chapter of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is an official chapter of NAVHDA International. WVNAVHDA operates as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and is dedicated to the enjoyment and improvement of versatile hunting dogs.

WVNAVHDA was formed to educate and help train versatile dog owners in developing their dog’s natural hunting abilities. Our membership is a mix of experienced and novice dog handlers who enjoy working together to share their knowledge and experience in the development of our versatile hunting dogs. Our members’ goals vary, some are passionate hunters and trainers who are striving for a NAVHDA prize and others are simply interested in improving their dog’s hunting skills. Most are drawn to our chapter by the camaraderie of like-minded folks and love for versatile hunting dogs.

It is our goal to provide a welcoming and fun training environment with the intent of helping our members fully realize the potential of their versatile hunting dogs as companions and hunting partners. Our intention is to facilitate positive training sessions and demonstrate techniques to assist in the training of both handler and dog so together they may reach their full potential as a hunting team. We emphasize hands-on training for the inexperienced to the seasoned handler because we believe we can all learn from and help each other.

We offer and conduct official NAVHDA tests held annually in May and August as a means to determine how the dog is progressing in training and how it measures against the NAVHDA International standards.

We welcome and encourage all family members to participate at all our chapter events.

If a well-trained, happy, enthusiastic hunting partner is your goal and having fun along the way sounds interesting, then the Willamette Valley chapter of NAVHDA may be for you!

MISSION

Our mission is to create a supportive and non-competitive environment to build friendships among our members, while providing training and testing opportunities to develop fully trained versatile hunting dogs. We also fully support and assume NAVHDA’s purpose which is: “to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well trained reliable hunting dogs on both land and water; and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging non-selective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs.”

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