Florida Palmetto Chapter is offering the Aims & Rules Clinic March 19 & 20

Florida Palmetto Chapter is please to announce that The Aims and Rules Clinic will be held at QHF. It is our Chapter’s first Aims and Rules clinic and we has a chapter is excited for this opportunity. The Aims & Rules Clinic is an educational tool developed by NAVHDA to help dog owners and handlers understand the testing system. Designated NAVHDA Senior Judges and Clinic Leaders conduct the clinics. Aims & Rules Clinics cover a variety of topics over two days, including informal classroom style instruction on the NAVHDA philosophy, test mechanics, and the scoring system for each test.

Participants will also take to the field and water to judge and score dogs being run in a mock test setting. After each section the participants and the Clinic Leader will discuss the dog’s performance, where the performance would fall in the NAVHDA scoring system, and any strengths of weaknesses in training and handling. Many clinic leaders also include helpful tips and tricks on handling dogs in NAVHDA tests.

Who Should Attend and Why?

  • People with their first dog will see how other dogs work and gain insight into what their dog is doing and why. This will help to develop their pup’s talents and improve performance.

  • Novice handlers will learn how NAVHDA evaluates versatile dogs, and thus will be better prepared to handle their dogs in a test.

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

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

  • Aspiring NAVHDA Judges are required to attend an Aims & Rules Clinic and is one of the first steps in our Apprentice Judge Program.

Florida Palmetto chapter is pleased to have Blaine Carter offer this great opportunity. Here is a little bit about him:

Blaine Carter is a NAVHDA Senior judge and Clinic Leader, NADKC member; long time Director of Training for the Yankee Chapter, and author of many Versatile Hunting Dog publications. Blaine grew up in a family that loved dogs and that hunted with a passion. Blaine tagged along with his dad, a Registered Maine Guide who ran a hunting camp in Northern Maine, chasing bobcat, raccoon and bear with his hounds. His mom was a obedience trainer and showed her dogs for more than 50 years with AKC and UKC. While Blaine was in the United States Air Force, stationed in Yokota, Japan, he was in charge of the Military Working Dog Program, training sentry, patrol, bomb, marijuana and narcotic detection dogs.

In 1975, Blaine, and his family, joined NAVHDA, which changed their lives forever! Blaine has trained and successfully tested dogs in all levels of NAVHDA and NADKC testing. He has designed training programs for many NAVHDA chapters and dog clubs across the US and Canada. Judging for NAVHDA for over 40 years has heightened his understanding of the versatile hunting dog today. Blaine, wife Patti, son Jason, and daughter Melissa run Merrymeeting Kennels in Brunswick Maine. Blaine has had the opportunity to train thousands of hunting dogs and especially their owners. Blaine has been blessed to hunt game birds and waterfowl from Alaska to New Brunswick, Canada.

Spaces are limited to 20 participants, if you are interested please go to the store now and sign up!

We look forward to seeing you in March!

Hunt ‘em up!