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Fox Valley Retriever Club

Training Guidelines

Maximize Your Training Success

The Fox Valley Retriever Club is dedicated to fostering successful training sessions. To achieve this, the training committee has set forth the following guidelines as of 2004:


Purpose of Training: Our group training sessions aim to help each handler/dog team reach their full potential, emphasizing teamwork and mutual respect. Handlers are expected to balance running their dogs with fieldwork.

Timing and Attendance:

  • Saturday Sessions: Start at 8:00 AM.

  • Weekday Sessions (Tuesday & Thursday): Begin around 4:30-5:00 PM.

  • Holidays: No training. Check the FVRC website calendar for updates.


Training Format:

  • Weekday sessions aim for two training scenarios per evening, weather and daylight permitting. Late arrivals should expect field work before running their dog.

  • Training scenarios align with AKC hunt test standards, including multiple marks and blinds, with groups divided into basic and advanced levels based on dog proficiency.


Levels Defined:

  • Basic Level: Puppy through single retrieve on land and water.

  • Advanced Level: Multiple marks, blind retrieves, and advanced hunt test techniques. Dogs must complete a single mark and deliver to hand to participate.


General Rules:

  • Limit of two dogs per handler per setup.

  • Training is canceled under severe weather conditions or if the wind chill is below zero.

  • For Bong Rec Area training, verify availability by calling 262-878-5600. A Wisconsin State Park admission sticker and a training permit for live/dead game birds are required on state lands.


Non-Member Participation:

  • Non-members may join for a $5.00 fee (plus the cost of live flyers when available), which can be applied to membership dues if joining within thirty days.


Equipment Recommendations:

  • Handlers are encouraged to bring clean water, a collar, lead, training dummies, appropriate clothing, whistles, duck call, training pistol, heeling stick, hearing protection, first aid kit, and a dog kennel for your vehicle.


Training Group Etiquette:

  • Share responsibilities for setting up tests and marks.

  • Training days will include land/water series with up to three marks and two blinds.

  • Only four dogs are allowed out at once to ensure efficiency and safety.

  • After running your dog, assist with throws to keep the session moving smoothly.

  • Pro Trainer days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 am to 3 pm.

  • Guests are welcome at group training sessions with a $5 per dog fee, two dog maximum, applicable towards membership after three visits.


Conclusion: Our guidelines are designed to provide structured, effective training sessions for all members. We look forward to seeing you and your retriever thrive through our club's training opportunities.

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