Arctic Bird Dog Asso. ABDA will be holding its annual Novice/Puppy introductory class for people and their dogs interested in the basics of training for upland bird hunting and AKC hunting tests. Weekly classes will be scheduled beginning the week of April 19th, 2015. Up to two sessions will be held indoors at Alyeska Canine Trainers in Anchorage, 549 International Airport Road.

It will cover basic commands and obedience needed in the field. It will introduce basic training equipment and its uses, training sequences, methods and suggested resources for continued training. There will be separate classes and instructors for pointing breeds and flushers. Following the classroom training there will be at least 4 outdoor training sessions. Outdoor session dates will be flexible, determined by instructor and participants. Total class length is six weeks.

POINTING BREEDS: Class members hould have a good stiff collar on their dogs, a 3 to 4 foot leash, and a 25 foot or longer training lead or check-cord. For the indoor sessions you may want to bring a dog crate.

FLUSHERS: Be sure to bring a leash and a pealess whistle. If you don't have a pealess whistle, look for an Acme 210-1/2 black whistle at Sportsman's warehouse. They may also be available at Alaska Mill and Feed. Leashes are required. Bring any retrieving article your dog is familiar with.

You must be an ABDA member to enroll in this class. If you are not logged in you will be prompted to become a member first. Membership and class registraion must be completed online at

Membership dues: $50.00 Individual ($75.00 Family)

Novice Class: $150.00

Class size is limited to 15 dogs each and classes will be filled on a first come first served basis.

For more information:

Dan Brandvold 907-748-0200 Pointing Breeds
Mike Kasterin 907-333-0156 Flushers