A video presentation in two parts, the first ‘Our Pups’ is a half hour journey through the hand crafted endeavor of raising a litter of Small Munsterlanders from whelping to seven weeks when they are then placed in their new owners hands. We show how the pups are exposed to an array of impressions that orient them to you as their future guide and to the needs of the world of a versatile hunting dog.

The second part’ Training for the Natural Ability (NA) Test’ (1hr25 minutes) shows the training of one of the pups, named ‘Beewau’, from seven weeks to six months at the completion of which he is tested and achieves at the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test a Prize One with a perfect score of 112 over 112.

The Chapter Menu:

1:21 – Early Neurological Stimulation Exercises
4:17 – Pup Acclimation to Shotgun Sounds and Crate
5:49 – Introduction to Water
9:01 – Awakening Prey Drive
10:02 – Tracking
14:45 – Blood Track
19:12 – Water
20:04 – Retrieving is Fun!
29:00 – It’s a doggy dog world
29:55 – Water NAVHDA NA Test
32:16 – Bird Introductions FIELD
42:16 – Pheasant Track NAVHDA NA Test
45:25 – Advanced Field Work
51:28 – Introduction to Duck Search
1:00:51 – Beewau’s NA Test Results
1:04:12 – 2005 Invitational VCBou Results 195-Pass
1:22:18 – Credits

We thoroughly examine the training for this test through demonstration and explanation. We look at the basic elements (water-birds- guns -tracking) involved in training an unexposed pup and examine how that exposure to these elements and the sequence in which they are presented has its value. You will see that training with your pup depends on a close buddy-like relationship, how that lends itself toward not being overly sympathetic when challenging your pup and he does not succeed, but rather being understanding to the efforts and small progresses he has showed up until then, remembering to always turn toward the positive at the end of the day.

I hope that you find this training journal valuable as it shows you above all else that taking the time, “to be with your pup” , is of the utmost importance. In truth there are many ways to train a versatile hunting dog, as well as to expose a pup to the elements of guns, water, birds, tracking, and this was one way that worked for us. I hope that after watching Our Pups you will find one that works for you.

Sincerely, Mark Bulvanoski