Field Trials

Overview of Field Trial training at Lighthouse Kennels

We do not charge extra for traveling to the veterinarian or for picking up your dog at the Madison airport (we do charge a fee if you want to fly into Milwaukee).

Trial dogs are generally worked on live birds 2 or 3 times a week, worked in obedience on other days, and given the day after a field trial “off” with a big “fun run” across our acreage with Jason taking a group of dogs all over the property.

We feed our trial dogs a high quality dog food once daily. If you prefer a specific food, we are happy to feed it to your dogs – we ask you send a bag with your dog to the kennel, and then will charge you for the cost of each new bag we need to buy. We administer heartworm and a flea/tick product on the first of each month. Clients may either send their own product or pay the cost of Interceptor or Heartgard Plus and Frontline Topspot.

We prefer to leave field trial dogs with the coat that their genes gave them, rather than shaving them down. We do clean ears, clip/grind nails, give baths, and trim up behind the ears as necessary.

Dogs are in indoor runs, removed from the elements. They enjoy free exercise in a fully enclosed yard 4 times a day. We run all dogs in two groups, separated by gender. We bed pine shavings and runs are cleaned a minimum of 3 times a day (usually 4 times). Because of its stone foundation, the kennel stays cool in summer. It is heated during the winter. Your dog will be living in the same kennel as our personal dogs, and cared for just like they are one of our own

We require proof of booster vaccinations, including bordetella, before or when your dog enters the kennel. We also ask for a copy of his or her AKC registration and pedigree. We will need a document proof of rabies vaccination the has an original signature from your veterinarian for any dog traveling to Canada.

Client Communication

We welcome emails and phone communication to check on your dog. We try to give a weekly or every-other-weekly update on general training matters. During Field Trial weekends, we provide updates as the progress about your dogs performance. We try to call owners of placing dogs as soon as we have the results (depending on cell phone signal availability).

Field Trial Entries and Travel

Our Fees include the dogs entry fee and a handling fee. For Puppy stakes it is $80 per stake and for Open stakes it is $200.