Below is information about training with Delmarva NAVHDA. Experienced members will readily answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you!
Training days are listed under the events section on the home page and chapter members will receive an email about ordering birds before the training day (typically the Monday before). If you are not yet a member but are going to join our training day and didn't get the email please call our training director (Ivan Mast 302-542-1173) or email our director of membership (Margaret Quillen ).
The following is a list of equipment recommended for training your dog with Delmarva NAVHDA.
For the Dogs
Water & Bowl to keep your dog hydrated and cool
Squeeze bottle to water your dog in the field
Sturdy leather or nylon collar
6′ leather leash
Kennel or Stakeout for when you dog is waiting their turn
20′ check cord (optional), High visibility recommended
For the Humans
Fluorescent clothing e.g. hat, shirt, and/or vest
Sturdy boots for walking over rough uneven terrain
Rubber boots for wet days
Bug spray for ticks and chiggers
Starter pistol and primers
As you proceed with your training you may want to purchase bird launchers, E-collars, bumpers, decoys etc.
Conservation Access Pass
In Delaware, it is required to display a Conservation Access Pass on your car when parking at Delaware Wildlife Areas. However, when the chapter reserves the dog training area, a Conservation Access Pass is not required. For training days, we appreciate donations to cover the cost of the reservation.
To obtain your pass, please visit: https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/fish-wildlife/conservation-access-pass/
Check the calendar on the homepage for updates to the testing and training schedule and locations.
Join Delmarva NAVHDA to be informed of schedule changes (via email), additions, and how to request birds for training days.
We recommend checking our facebook page or calling our Training Director, Ivan Mast (302-542-1173) for last minute updates prior to traveling to training events from out of town.
2021 Tentative Dates
March 14th Alan Visintainer Herring Run Farm
April 11th Petersburg C and R Center
May 2nd Petersburg C and R Center
June 6th Beagle Club/Petersburg
July 11th Beagle Club/Petersburg
August 8th Beagle Club/Petersburg
September 12th Beagle Club /Petersburg
October 10th Beagle Club/Petersburg
November 7th Beagle Club/Petersburg Training and Annual meeting.
December 5th Beagle Club/Petersburg