Training


Rev Championship

NFC FC Lighthouse Reverence

Owned by Greg Miller and handled by Jason to win the 2003 National Field Trial Championship.
Photo by Rich Russeff.


At Lighthouse Kennels, we have different training options to fit different training needs. We feel fortunate to have experience with the following breeds: English Springer Spaniels (field-bred and show-bred), English Cocker Spaniels (field-bred and show-bred), Clumber Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels, American Cocker Spaniels (field-bred and show-bred), Field Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, American Water Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers (field-bred and show-bred), and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

We welcome all spaniels and retrievers used for upland hunting. If you are strictly a duck hunter or looking for help with Retriever Hunt Tests, please let us refer you elsewhere. We do not train any of the pointing breeds. Our farm is not setup properly to attain the goals of those breeds.

Private Sessions

The perfect solution for those who want to train their dog themselves, private sessions allow you to get some excellent training, homework, and encouragement. Lasting about an hour, these training sessions can help you and your dog become a great team. Price: $50 first dog, $20 each additional dog. Birds used are additional and prices are seasonal. Please email if you have any questions or to setup an appointment.

Training while Boarding

Going on vacation for a week or two and want to give your companion a chance at some birds? For $25 a day plus the cost of birds, you can do this! This reasonable price includes board, exercise three to five times a day, and training. This training option is reserved for dogs who have either been in training with us or had private sessions with us previously, as it takes some time for new dogs to settle into the kennel routine.

Full Time Training

This option is best for hunters who want a really nice working dog for hunting season, but are starting out with a young or inexperienced dog. This is also best for those who want to steady their dog to wing and shot (for hunting or for Master Hunt Tests) and is a must for our field trial clients. Your dog will live in the kennel beside our dogs and be given excellent care. Full-time training dogs get free exercise three to five times a day, fun runs, obedience training, and bird training sessions. It's like a vacation for them! Full-time training for hunting dogs is $800 a month, which includes boarding, food, training, and birds. Full-time training for field trial dogs is $800 per month with a 6 month per year minimum. Full details available here.

Boarding

We also offer general boarding for dogs. They get a vacation in the country while your are away. The price is $20 per day.