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This is a two day training event covering

  • Puppy Development

  • Intro to Birds

  • Intro to E-Collar

  • Force Breaking (Hold & Carry, Ear Pinch, E-Collar Overlay)

  • Advanced Force Breaking ( Lining Drills, Ladders, Wagon Wheels)

  • Advanced Heeling / Clicking

  • Steadiness

  • Advanced Steadiness

  • Duck Search

  • Blind Work

  • Backing 

Includes lecture, field work and lunch.

Limited to 20 participants.

Start time is 8 am at the NAVHDA pond. Please bring your dogs. Mark will work with dogs at various stages of development; however, he may not work with everyone's dog.

February 26th & 27th

at Prado Dog Park 

$100 enrollment fee*



Taught by 
Mark Whalen

Director of Judge Development.

Mark has been a member of the Potomac Chapter in Maryland since 1986 and ran his first NAVHDA test in 1989. Mark has been a NAVHDA Judge since 2003, a Senior Judge and Clinic Leader since 2008, and an Invitational Judge since 2009. Mark has judged 179 NAVHDA tests and 1,350 dogs. In addition, Mark has been a member of the Judging and Testing Committee for 10 years, initially as an Apprentice Mentor, then Apprentice Judge Program Manager. Currently Mark is in his third year as a NAVHDA Board Member serving as the Director of Judge Development. Mark has handled 8 unique dogs in 27 NAVHDA tests, including 4 times at the Invitational level. In addition to his love for training versatile dogs,


Mark is also an avid hunter who pursues all types of big game, waterfowl and upland birds in several different states annually. Mark has lead training clinics for fifteen different NAVHDA Chapters throughout the Midwest and East Coast.

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*This event will be held rain or shine

*Separate entrance fee required for Prado dog park

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