NAVHDA Northern Michigan Chapter

Testing Fees and Policies

Only NAVHDA registered dogs are eligible to participate in a NAVHDA test.

Owners (at least one owner of co-owned dogs) and Handlers of dogs must be NAVHDA Members in order to enter a NAVHDA test. The statement “…must be NAVHDA Members…” refers to the NAVHDA parent organization commonly known as NAVHDA International.

Our tests are filled on a first come, first served basis. Test spots will not be held for anyone, unless our Treasurer has received your completed test application and check.

Test Entry Form

Download and fill out the test entry form here. Send the completed form back to us through our contact form.

Member Fees

Natural Ability $125
Utility Prep and Utility $150

Non-Member Fees

Natural Ability $150
Utility Prep and Utility $175 

Once your completed 2021 test application and check has been received you are on the list to test, if our test has not been previously filled. Please note: Do not send in a test application unless it is complete including the NAVHDA registration number for your dog. If you don’t have a number, wait until you do. Also, fill out the Handler Information question. If you are handling your own dog, please state as such. If your name was on a waiting list and you were notified of an opening to test, that opening will not be held for you unless your completed test application and check has been received. Other people on the waiting list have also been notified of any test openings. The waiting list is for notification of vacancies only. Again, our tests are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Our chapter’s cancellation policy is as follows: If the Test Secretary receives your written cancellation no later than 30 days prior to the test, the chapter will keep $25 and the remainder refunded to the applicant. Written cancellations received after 30 days will not be refunded.

Your test application is for a specific dog. Therefore, once your application and money have been received, substituting of dogs to be tested is not allowed.

Our tests start at 7 am sharp. Failure to be at the test site for the start of our test may result in forfeiture of your dog being tested and our chapter’s cancellation policy will apply.

Bitches “in season” may run in Northern Michigan NAVHDA tests. These dogs will be run last at each phase of testing, on their test day.

Running your dog on the test grounds prior to the actual test is NOT allowed.

Camping is NOT allowed at our test site however, many campgrounds are in the area. The Quality Inn of Traverse City accepts dogs and they are located at 1492 U.S. 31 North and their phone number is: (231) 929-4423. There are a few other motels (Days Inn, Holiday Inn, etc.) that also accept dogs.

All test birds leftover on Sunday afternoon are available for purchase at our chapter’s cost.

If you have any additional questions about our June testing, please contact Lance Vernam at: 231.938.1324 or by e-mail: vernams@charter.net

If you have any additional questions about our August testing, please contact: Test Secretary, Jeff Ebert at: 231.838.5676 or by e-mail: jeff.ebert@rocketmail.com

To volunteer for our tests, please contact Test Chairman: TBA

Emergency 24/7 Veterinary Clinic: Bay Area Pet Hospital  844 East Front Street, Traverse City Phone: 231.922.0911