Contact info:

eMail: Roger Hull

Chapter President


Phone: 907-346-6279 or

907-346-6280 (cell)


Membership Application


Test Registration Form


Yahoo Discussion Group




The Greatland Chapter is currently the only NAVHDA-sanctioned chapter in Alaska and Western Canada. Therefore, we welcome members from throughout the region. We endeavor to conduct clinics and tests in locations that best serve those members participating in each event.


Legal ...

This is an independent web site maintained by the Greatland Chapter of NAVHDA. The Greatland 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 any statements or information posted on or derived from use of this web site is not verified, and may not reasonably be relied upon.


Exclusive Sponsors



Official remote collar sponsor of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association

  Garmin Tritronics

Purina is proud to be an ongoing sponsor of NAVHDA and supports their efforts to improve, foster and promote purebred versatile dogs.




  Ugly Dog Hunting

Conservation Partners


  Ruffed Grouse Society

Pheasants Forever

Quail Forever:The Habitat Organization

Quail Forever


Local Sponsors

  Sportsman's Warehouse


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Alaska Chapter of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association

NAVHDA Tests set for 7-9 August ... click for details


Please remember to join the Greatland Chapter for the 2015 season!

And don't forget to join NAVHDA International!

Photos from previous tests

Additional test day photos

2015 NAVHDA Tests set for 7-9 August in North Pole





"If there are no dogs in Heaven,
then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers



Greatland NAVHDA Chapter

The Greatland Chapter of NAVHDA is one of many sanctioned chapters in North America, and operates as a separate nonprofit corporation in the State of Alaska. We are a statewide organization, and the only NAVHDA-sanctioned chapter in the State, with members living in geographically dispersed locations in this Great Land we call Alaska, and in western Canada.

The Chapter was originally formed in February of 2004 and has a current VHD owner base of around 40 versatile hunting dog owners.

Our purpose is to provide a source of camaraderie for our members with a common interest in sharing training and hunting opportunities with our versatile hunting dogs. We also intend to conduct NAVHDA-sanctioned tests and clinics in Alaska, provide training resources for our members, and a path for members who have an interest in becoming NAVHDA judges.

For additional information on the Greatland Chapter, please feel free to contact us by eMail at Greatland Chapter or by phone at 907-346-6280 (Roger Hull) or 907-337-6286 (Judy Deaver).

What is NAVHDA?

The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds 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 nonselective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs.

Small Munsterlander during "Remain By Blind" event


2015 NAVHDA Tests

August 7-9

North Pole


The Greatland Chapter will hold a 3-day series of NAVHDA-sanctioned tests on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 7th, 8th and 9th, in North Pole at the Chena Flood Control Plain area.

The series of tests will include dogs running in the Natural Ability, Utility Preparatory and Utility tests.

Judges for the tests this year will be Senior Judge Tom Swezey, and Judges Keith Kemmer and Glenn Donald.

There are currently 16 handlers and dogs that have applied to run in the tests, 6 in UPT/UT and 10 Natural Ability. There is space for additional dogs in each of the three tests, but it would be prudent to apply earlier rather than later, as the tests have typically filled up by June to the maximum allowed number of dogs.

Test appplications may be submitted, along with the entry fee, to Judy Deaver to reserve your spot in the tests. Please use the NAVHDA Test Entry Form available here or on the NAVHDA International web site, but send the form directly to our Test Secretary, not to NAVHDA International.



NAVHDA Field Training and Basic Obedience Clinics


Greatland NAVHDA Chapter Sanctioned

Spring and Summer Season Training

Now on Thursdays

We are conducting our annual Basic Obedience and NAVHDA Field Training classes. The classes will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:00PM until mid-July. Dogs of all ages are welcome and will have the opportunity to work on many aspects of training throughout the winter and spring. The focus of the class will start with basic obedience like down, come, heel, and whoa. The training will progress toward field phase work for Natural Ability, Utility Prep and Utility Tests.

Classes will meet one night a week, on Thursdays.

Participation is at no cost for Chapter members. Chapter membership is required for all NAVHDA-sanctioned training sessions.

Birds and training tools will be available, with costs to be determined.

Handlers are expected to clean up after your dogs, and to have vaccinations up to date.

Wear clothes suitable for training outdoors, for those sessions where working in the yard is possible.

For all classes, please bring: a 4'-6' leash, long check cord (25-30'), flat collar, bumper or retrieve dummy, choke chain or pinch collar, eCollar with variable intensity and continuous mode (we can assistg with selecting an eCollar if you don't already have one)


Classes start at 7:00PM, Wednesday evenings, at Don Lietzau's place in Peters Creek at:

        20508 Mark Circle

        Chugiak, AK 99567


The training location may change for later sessions, depending upon the planned activities and the need for field work.


Contact Don Lietzau at

        907-227-4261  text or voice mail OK 


Greatland NAVHDA Chapter Sanctioned

Tundra Kennels Puppy Training Clinic

A successful and well-attended field training clinic with live birds was held in Cantwell in late spring of 2014. The clinic, organized and led by Don Lietzau and Don Holum, was held at the Cantwell School.

Two similar training clinics will be held in 2015, both in Cantwell, and both geared toward young dogs and their handlers, with an eye toward preparing for a Natural Ability Test. The dates are 4-7 June and 16-19 July. Each clinic is limited to 15 dogs to ensure adequate attention and working opportunities for every dog and handler.

The Greatland NAVHDA Chapter encourages any handlers with any of the VHD breeds to consider attending these Puppy Clinics, especially if you have recently acquired a new pup or if you have not previously participated in a NAVHDA NA Test.

These puppy training clinics are intended to help handlers get a good start on their new pups. The training is non-lethal (no shot birds), focuses on basic obedience, beginning retrieving and lots of bird contact to reinforce pointing instincts. Water exposure in included in the July clinic.

For more information, contact Don Holum at 907-590-5714 or .

Training tools available during the clinics include remote launchers and frozen birds for tracking and retrieve training.

Cantwell Motel Info
Backwoods Lodge

June 4-7 and July 16-19


Greatland NAVHDA Chapter Sanctioned

 Training Seminar

A Greatland NAVHDA Chapter sanctioned field training seminar, led by NAVHDA Senior Judge Phil Swain and NAVHDA Judge Susan Swain, will be held in North Pole on Thursday-Sunday, June 11-14.

There are currently 15 dogs and handlers signed up for the clinic, nine upper level and 6 Natural Ability. The clinic is full for UPT/UT-level dogs.

This seminar will be structured for all levels of training for the versatile hunting dog, from starting your pup to finishing your hunting companion, with work on field, water work and duck search ... everything you need to complete your NAVHDA test at whatever level you will be testing.The seminar will include shooting live birds (chukkar) and birds for non-shooting drills and exercises.

Opportunities will be provided to introduce and reinforce all required skills for all NAVHDA tests, NA, UPT and UT. This includes field search, pointing and retrieving, steadiness, duck search, tracking, etc. The Chapter will provide live birds and all the necessary training equipment and devices for the event.

This clinic is a formal Greatland NAVHDA Chapter event, with logistics, registration and grounds being coordinated and managed by our Test Secretary, Judy Deaver, and our Director of Testing, Jeff Daigneau.

The Training Seminar will be held at the Chena Flood Control Project in North Pole, where the NAVHDA tests will be held in August.

NAVHDA Chapter membership is strongly recommended for participants in the seminar.

A questionnaire has been distributed by email to all of the participants which will help the Seminar Trainer skills and needs of the dogs and handlers, and better shape the seminar sessions to make the best use of the time and exposure for the dogs.

To register for the clinic and obtain more details on the clinic, contact Judy Deaver by phone or by eMail at

Judy Deaver


4752 mills Drive

Anchorage, AK 99508

June 11-14


Greatland NAVHDA Chapter Sanctioned

Perfection Kennels Training Clinic

There will be a Perfection Kennels Training Clinic sponsored by Tundra Kennels, with Jon and Jessica Hahn, in Cantwell on 17-21 June. The clinic is limited to 10 dogs.

This is a full five days of training, with four days of field work and one full day of retrieving work.

Cost for the clinic is $1,000 for the five days, including training, shooter birds, ducks and midday meals.

This is an opportunity to work with one of the most accomplished trainers in the versatile hunting dog business.

Enroll for this clinic directly with Tundra Kennels, Don Holum.

Greatland NAVHDA membership is necessary for clinic participants. Membership application and dues can be submitted at the clinic, or using the normal mail-in process prior to the clinic.

 The clinic will be conducted out of the Cantwell School.

For more information, contact Don Holum at 907-590-5714 or .

Training tools available during the clinic include remote launchers, live birds, and birds for tracking and retrieve training.

Cantwell Motel Info
Backwoods Lodge

June 17-21





2014 NAVHDA Tests


The Greatland Chapter held a 3-day series of NAVHDA-sanctioned tests on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 15-17 August, in North Pole at the Chena Flood Control Plain area.

There were 18 dogs total running in the Natural Ability, Utility Preparatory and Utility tests


Dogs and handlers that ran in the tests included:


Natural Ability Utility Preparatory Utility

"Brandi" with Greg Goemer

"Klous" with Cindy Leitzau

"Ace" with Scott Breitsprecher


"Charley" with Don Holum

  "Gus" with Pere Davison

"Checkers" with Tom Siekaniec

"Josey" with Don Lietzau

"Cyrus" with Don Holum

"Chance" with Forrest Bolles

"Emma" with Guy Sachette

"Jake" with Jeff Alling

"Floyd" with Don Holum

"Lily" with Dori Hollingsworth

"Gulliver" with Don Holum

  "Sparky" with Jeff Alling


  "Szinva" with Tanya Gates

"Tanny with Lulie Williams


We appreciate the interest in participating in these tests, and the willingness to commit early enough in the year to let us get the logistics accomplished in time.

We are fortunate to have strong sponsorship support from NAVHDA's sponsorship partners like Purina, Tri-Tronics-Garmin, Brownell's, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. We trust that you have seen fit to patronize these folks throughout the year for your dog care, training and hunting needs.


Photo Books




Each year we produced hard-cover, illustrated books using photos taken of each dog and handler during the tests. We make them available to all the handlers at a price a little over the cost of production. We produce a book custom-tailored to each handler and dog, and one that covers the entire test with shots of every dog and handler and descriptions of the tests. The books sell reasonably well and provide a positive return as an addition to the Chapter's treasury. We have done the same thing for our 2014 tests. Finished books have been produced and are being delivered now.

We produced a custom photo book for each of the judges from the 2014 test, depicting the judging activities during the three days of tests.

There is also an "All Dogs - All Tests" photo book that includes images of every dog that ran over the three days, coverage of the judges and staff, and the test grounds. This book is available for purchase at the same cost as the individual books. Contact Judy Deaver to order your copy.





Chapter events for 2015

The Chapter trains and tests during the summer. Click here for the tentative schedule of events.

If you are new to NAVHDA testing, and are considering running a pup in a Natural Ability Test, read this article by Steve Graham from the Pacific Northwest NAVHDA Chapter.



What's a versatile hunting dog?

The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association defines versatility as "the dog that is bred and trained to dependably hunt and point game, to retrieve on both land and water, and to track wounded game on both land and water."
~ NAVHDA Aims, Programs, Test Rules

In the field, a versatile dog should exhibit a fine nose, staunch pointing and the desire to search for, track and retrieve game in a cooperative manner. A versatile dog needs to further prove its independence, stamina and quality of nose by transferring the search for, and retrieving of, game to the water. NAVHDA's testing program provides an opportunity for dogs to exhibit these characteristics while remaining obedient and in control at all times. True versatile dogs should perform all tasks with enthusiasm and be willing to work with, and for, their handlers.

The versatile breeds, as we know them today, are products of Europe. No distinctive versatile hunting breed has been developed in North America.

German Wirehaired Pointer during
Retrieve of Duck event
Small Munsterlander during "Search for Duck" event during Utility Test  

What does the Greatland Chapter offer you?

Tests ... The Greatland Chapter organizes and conducts NAVHDA-sanctioned Tests with a goal of two events a year in Alaska. Judges for these Tests are NAVHDA-approved, and come from the Lower 48 (until we develop approved judges within Alaska!). The tests include the Natural Ability Test, the Utility Preparatory Test and the Utility Test. Each test allows an owner or handler to have a dog tested without placing it in direct competition with the other dogs in the test. The dog is evaluated strictly on the basis of guidelines set out by NAVHDA. In a specific test, any number of dogs may receive any of the Prizes described in NAVHDA's Testing Manual.

Training Clinics ... The Greatland Chapter conducts dog training clinics based on the NAVHDA methods contained in the "Green Book" and the NAVHDA-produced video that come with NAVHDA International membership. These training clinics are held throughout the summer, starting in April, and are an excellent opportunity for owners new to dog training beyond basic obedience, owners with their first versatile hunting dog, and experienced owners/handlers. These clinics are a source of hints for managing problem dogs, starting puppies, refreshing your experienced dog, and refocusing on test-related skills prior to an actual Test. The training sessions are an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions (and get answers!), socialize your dog, and demonstrate what you and your dog have learned.

Finally, and most importantly, these training clinics provide access to ideal grounds and water, tracking areas, training tables, and other "tools of the trade" that may not be available to you at home.

NAVHDA-sanctioned Handler Clinics ... These are formal clinics run by NAVHDA-approved judges, and are a rich source of tips and tools for VHD owners contemplating participation in a formal Test. The Greatland Chapter can offer a Handler's Clinic in the local area with sufficient interest and participation.

Contacts ... The Greatland Chapter members include owners of a variety of VHD breeds, several hunting guides, veterinarians, veterans of NAVHDA tests, members of other hunting dog organizations and kennel clubs in Alaska, and people who have experienced just about any training difficulty you can imagine. Membership in the Chapter is a great opportunity to take advantage of this knowledge, and an excellent source for finding like-minded people to hunt with.

Pre-ownership information ... People who are contemplating acquiring their first versatile hunting dog, or a breed different from one you have trained or hunted with in the past, will find the Greatland Chapter a good way to benefit from a broad range of experience. Attending a training clinic where a variety of VHD breeds are present is the best way to see your breed in  action close-up and to ask questions of an owner rather than a breeder. The relationships you develop within the Chapter can be long-lasting and a real benefit throughout your training and hunting experiences with your new dog.

How to join:

To join the Greatland Chapter of NAVHDA, please print out the membership application form and mail it to us with a check for your annual dues. We do not have the capability to accept credit card payments. Please include your eMail address so we can add you to our mailing list for announcements. Also, please check this site for the Chapter newsletter, announcements regarding Tests, clinics and other events.

Large Munsterlander after Retrieve of Shot Bird

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