NAVHDA Testing Overview

In 1969, NAVHDA established a system of comprehensive tests that truly measure all aspects of work for the versatile hunting dog breeds. The trialing systems in use in North America before this time were established for specialists. The NAVHDA system provides for testing at various stages of maturity. Performance records are kept and made available on this website since they provide invaluable information for both breeder and buyer alike.


OGR Chapter Tests

Our tests to fill up very quickly. To reserve your entry, entry form with payment MUST be received by the Test Secretary at least 3 days prior to test date.  


Entries are on a first come, first serve basis and there is a no bumping policy.  Preference is not given to chapter members, instead your preference is advanced notice of test dates through email and Facebook.

You will be notified that you have been placed either on a running list or, if we are full, a waiting list.  A final running order will be set 2 to 3 days before the test and you will be advised via e-mail or telephone if you do not have email.

2021 Test Fees

                                     Natural Ability Test                              Utility Test

OGR Members:                   $150                                                       $180

Non Members:                   $190                                                        $220



  • Dogs must be registered with NAVHDA International.

  • Hander & owner (at least one co-owner) must be members of NAVHDA International to test.


Test Details and Handlers Notice

A Handlers Notice will be emailed to handlers the week prior to the test.  It will include the running order, directions, information regarding local hotel accomodations that allow dogs and arrival times.  The tests begin promptly as indicated.  All entrants are required to check in no later than 30 minutes prior to the test start time.


Day of the Test 

Due to the current pandemic state there will be specific rules/guidelines that entrants will need to adhere to on test day. An additional email will be sent out prior to test day to inform all handlers.


Please see Test Secretary upon arrival for nearby veterinarians, emergency vet clinics and nearest hospital upon arrival.


Refund Policy

Should an entrant have to withdraw from the test:

  • more than 30 days prior to the test, the entrant will be refunded their entry fee less a $25.00 service charge; 

  • within 30 days of the test, the entrant will forfeit their entire entry fee UNLESS the spot can be filled. At which point, the entrant will be refunded their entry fee less a $25.00 service charge.

  • due to injury, with a Veterinarian's note, your entry fee will be refunded less a $25 service charge.

OGR Chapter History

The Ontario Grand River Chapter was sanctioned on January 18, 1985. However, the history of the chapter goes beyond that time.  NAVHDA was founded in 1969 with significant input from members in Ontario including Bodo Winterhelt and Dr. Ed Bailey, authors of The Training and Care of the Versatile Hunting Dog - "the green book”. 


The Ontario Chapter of NAVHDA became one of the charter chapters. The Ontario Chapter flourished and in late 1984 it was decided to divide to form two chapters within Ontario to allow for the additional development of the versatile dog. The Ontario Chapter dissolved and the Ontario Grand River and the Toronto Chapters were formed. Today, the Ontario Grand River Chapter serves Southwestern Ontario; from Lake Huron to Lake Ontario, from Georgian Bay to Lake Erie.

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This is an independent web site maintained by the OGR Chapter. The OGR Chapter does not and is not authorized to speak or act on behalf of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, Inc. The accuracy of statements or information posted on or derived from use of this web site is not verified, and may not reasonably be relied upon.