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Episode 057: The NAVHDA Utility & Utility Prep Tests w/Angie Coenen & Dan Wittman

The Bird Dog Babe

2h 10min

Today we are talking all things NAVHDA Utility and Utility Prep Testing withAngie Coenen and Dan Wittman. The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and improving the versatile hunting dog. The  UT and UPT tests are divided into three segments: field, water, and physical attributes and hunting assessments. In this episode we dive into all parts of the tests, give some training and handling tips, as well as a breakdown of what you'll need to be prepared on test day.

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5:50 Angie Coenen Intro

6:40 Dan Wittman Intro

8:15 2022 New Mexico Invitational grounds

10:50 2021 Invitational Update

12:40 What does the Utility Test and Utility Prep Test prove

23:30 What to expect in a typical UT test day

26:30 Field Search

36:00 Talking to dog during the test

44:30 Drag

1:01:00 Duck Search

1:28:15 Heeling Stakes

1:38:00 Steady by Blind

1:41:40 Whining in the blind

1:46:50 Physical attributes

1:47:50 Temperament Eval

1:55:20 When to consider retesting

1:58:25 What should handlers bring to the test

2:01:05 Handler’s shotgun

2:05:00 NAVHDA Apprentice Program

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