NAVHDA Code of Conduct & Sportsmanship

The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is committed to fostering a culture of exemplary sportsmanship and developing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for activities aligned with its mission. These activities include but are not limited to training, testing, breeding, and judging versatile hunting dogs as well as interacting with chapters and their members. We firmly believe that the opportunity to participate in NAVHDA-related events is a privilege, which is accompanied by the responsibility to act with dignity, integrity, and respect at all times.

All NAVHDA members, including handlers, owners, breeders, judges, volunteers, and spectators, are expected to observe and support civility, ethical conduct, maturity, and integrity in their interactions with all fellow members. These same, high standards of behavior apply not only to members’ interactions with people but with all animals including dogs and game. Flagrant and substantiated violations of this Code of Conduct may result in termination of membership as described in Section 2.09 of the NAVHDA Bylaws.

(Revised October, 2023)