Training Days

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2024 Training Days at Cobb Lake will be the last Saturday of each month March 30th, April 27th, May 25th, June 29th, and July 27th.
Surefire Kennels Training Nights will be on April 5th, May 3rd, and July 12th; the focus will be on puppy pointing and problem-solving for the UT Test.
Jackson Creek Kennels mock test/training days will be on May 11th and May 31st.

You must be a paid RMC-NAVHDA and NAVHDA International member to register and attend training days. Please register for membership first, as you need a website account to register.

We are excited to announce some upcoming training opportunities for the chapter. Please read through the guidelines outlined. It is important that we stay safe as we begin training in larger groups again.

Things to know:

  • For all sessions, we require all puppies to have received all of their puppy vaccinations (recommended 4+ months of age) before attending a training event.
  • Youth cannot attend the Surefire Kennel or Jackson Creek Kennel training events. Youth can attend the Saturday trainings at Cobb SWA, but they must stay with their parent the whole day; children can not remain unsupervised in the parking lot.
    • Team Elevate will host structured events for youth at the Cobb Lake training days. Please note youth participants in your registration.
  • Surefire and Jackson Creek Kennels trainings are conducted in a clinic-style format.
  • Our goal is to educate handlers so they can work on these components in their individual training and understand how to address issues and challenges the dog presents them with. All dogs will be asked to remain in vehicles until we are ready for them. Please bring adequate means to contain and keep your dog cool (crate, fan, open window ventilation, water, etc.).
  • Saturday Training Days at Cobb will be open for all levels of dogs and handlers.

New This Year

  • There will be checklists for handlers to track stations and progress and to record approval to run in the live-fire field. Learn more and download your checklists.
  • The training day fee has increased from $5 to $10 to cover the rising costs of training days.

For more information, please contact Pete Corso (regarding training) or Sara Heesacker (regarding Team Elevate).

What to bring:

Training days are held rain or shine, so come prepared with appropriate clothing, bug spray, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, etc. The fields can be wet, so consider bringing waterproof boots and rain gear. Folding chairs and a tarp or pop-up shelter are good additions to provide shade for you and your dog.

Bring plenty of water for your dog, along with whatever training gear you use. You’ll need a leash, check cord, e-collar, whistle, bird bag, and a bird crate (if you want/need to bring birds home). The Chapter has some equipment available, like retrieving bumpers, a training table, blinds and decoys, heeling stakes, duck wingers, and bird launchers. A crate or stake-out is recommended to keep your dog quiet and comfortable while waiting for its turn in the field. Check out the Hunting Dog Essentials guide to help you find or recognize the items you need for training your dog.

For more information, please contact Pete Corso.

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How to Register

Registration for training events will only be available for 1 week. Registration opens at 1:00 am on the Wednesday of the week prior and closes at 8:00 pm on the Wednesday immediately preceding the training day. For example, if the event is on Feb. 10th, registration will open on Wednesday, 1/31, at 1:00 am and will close on Wednesday, 2/7 8:00 pm. Please do not show up without registering first.

If you sign up for an event that requires payment for birds and you do not show up, there will be no refund. Significant time and energy are spent preparing for these events, and last-minute no-shows are considered a donation to the chapter. The spot you registered for could have gone to a chapter member who could come, so please be considerate.

Please use the links below to register for the next upcoming training event. You must log in to register. Also, be aware that some events, such as Cobb SWA and Jackson Creek Kennel, have very limited registrations.

May 2024

Jackson Creek Kennels Mock Test Training Night, May 31st in Peyton, Colorado on 05/31/2024, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Registration is open May 2nd thru 8pm on May 29th.

Jun 2024

June 29th Cobb Lake Training Day in Fort Collins, Colorado on 06/29/2024, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Registration is open June 19th thru 8pm on June 26th.

Jul 2024

Surefire Kennels Training Night, July 12th in Nunn, Colorado on 07/12/2024, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Registration is open July 3rd thru 8pm on July 10th.

July 27th Cobb Lake Training Day in Fort Collins, Colorado on 07/27/2024, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Registration is open July 17th thru 8pm on July 24th.