Hello everyone, just a quick reminder regarding our upcoming NAHRA test July 11-12.  This will be our Alaska regional event.  This event is open to everyone, not just regional qualified dogs, (MHR’s or higher, or two passes in Started, hunter, or Intermediate from June 23, 2019-July 1, 2020) Entries close this Friday July 3rd.  Please make sure you go sign up before you go out for the long holiday weekend.  Sign up today here: https://www.huntsecretary.com/eventinfo.asp?mhuntid=1003564Our plan for this event is to provide a catered meal after the event, with a small raffle. We should be able to do this in a safe and clean way.  We will also be picking the winner of the winner’s choice shotgun.  Tickets are still available online https://msgda.org/ and some will be available at the event too.  Please make sure you read the test premium for complete details.  https://www.huntsecretary.com/premium.asp?mhuntid=1003564 

We hope to see you all soon.

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2023/24 MSGDA Winter Training Class

Fall/Winter Training Classes


MSGDA is happy to once again be teaming up with Baron Rea at Wetland Retrievers to provide retriever training this fall and into early winter. Field work will typically be held in various locations in the valley, there may be classroom classes help in Anchorage. Classes are scheduled to begin in late October and run until early January 2024. Exact dates will be announced later on. Classes are typically scheduled for Saturdays, but there will be a few Sunday classes. 

We will once again have an advanced class that starts at 10am, and a Started/Early Transition class with a start time of noon. Each class is limited to 15 dogs, and we ask that you limit 1 dog per handler per class. Please sign up quick as classes will fill. We require that each participate is a current 2023 or new 2024 member. Questions can be directed to MSGDA at this email address. [email protected].


Wondering what class your dog should be in?  Started dogs need early obedience, field into, early multiple marks, force fetch, and collar conditioning.  Started dogs need to get through basic handling such as T and baseball before moving up.

Advanced dogs should be completely forced fetched, collar conditioned and are past T work.  These dogs should be able to run patterns, and at a minimum run established blinds with a gun in the field.  Advance dogs should be steady at the line, capable of doing multiple marks, and stop on a whistle and accepts cast to change direction.

Please understand your dog may get moved up or down during these classes based on its level and performance.

Current Spots available as of 9/21/2023

Started: 15

Advanced: 15

BOTH CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY OPEN, we will update once classes are full, but spots sometimes do become available.  Please Email [email protected] to be put on the waiting list.