The Sebasticook Chapter of NAVHDA is a nonprofit corporation, and one of over 70 other chapters who are part of the NAVHDA International Organization. We are a group of people who work together to teach others how to train their own versatile hunting dogs. Some areas of training we focus on are general obedience; pointing and tracking game; steadiness to wing, shot and fall; retrieval and delivery of downed game to hand, on land or water; and backing/honoring other dogs. Though testing is not required, we provide the NAVHDA testing system as an option to those dog owners who seek a standard by which they can measure their dog’s progress in these areas. As a chapter, our goal is to welcome members to a fun training environment so that they can learn how to train their own dog, and in turn, they can help teach others as they progress and perhaps meet a friend or two along the way!
Our training and testing grounds are located in Smithfield and Rome, Maine, where we have access to beautiful farm lands and water sites; whether you are an avid upland bird hunter, waterfowl hunter, or like to do both as your versatile dog does, we offer a variety of training locations to suit your needs.
The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster, improve, promote, and protect the versatile hunting dog in North America; to conserve game by using well trained reliable hunting dogs before and after the shot; and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging non-selective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs.
As an organization, we focus on the versatile pointing breeds. Click here for a list of breeds.