Dog training opportunities available



ATLAS TWP. — The Michigan Versatile Hunting Dog Federation, a club for pointing dog enthusiasts, will start free training sessions for its members on Wednesday April 6. The sessions run 5-8 p.m. and continue through the summer. Additional training takes place at Highland Field Trial Grounds, starting in May and ends with a hunt test the third weekend in August.

Training consists of field and water work, which is where the dogs’ moniker of versatile dogs originates. VHDF’s philosophy is that a complete dog should be able to not only find and point game for the foot hunter, but track crippled birds over long distances and retrieve from land or water. Testing takes place in August and is not mandatory, but is more of a measuring stick for each dog’s progress and abilities. Details or to get involved with the


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