The NAVHDA way. As the summer waxes each year we have several especially long NAVHDA days, as folks prepare for chapter testing in August and Invitational in September. Met at 7:30AM, ran eleven or so dogs (in my group) through the field in preparation for Utility then got on the swamp at about 1:30 and finished at 6:30PM. Almost that entire time in a kayak. I worked with a dozen or so duck search dogs. It's a lot of work, especially when one is not training one's own dog BUT it's worth it. I love seeing the differences between breeds and individual dogs, and I like watching the dogs develop their hunting skills. Yesterday, I worked or walked with Small Muensterlander, German Shorthair, Vizsla, Griffon, Weimaraner, and German Wirehair. The approach with each dog is tailored to that dog's needs. We are also educating handlers about the nature of pointing dogs, in general, and their dog, specifically. Many wise folks walk with every dog. Such people learn a lot by doing so. Offering to help is the norm and it's appreciated, especially since the core club membership is aging. What I've described above is what I would say is the NAVHDA way. Neither I, nor the chapter is unique in this regard. This is happening all across the US and Canada. Again, it's the NAVHDA way--we help each other. The fatigue and soreness fade but the friendships linger. Great dogs and folks.
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