NFHRA offers Member Training Nights on Monday and Wednesday, April through August. Monday night is Field Trail training beginning at 6 pm. It is called field trial training but all dogs can benefit from longer marks ad blinds. Wednesday night is Junior/Senior/Master hunt test training at 4:30 pm.
If you are looking to develop a great hunting partner and not Hunt Tests, NFHRA is still the place for you. The skills learned at the training nights are the same skills a great hunting dog needs.
2020 hunt test training nights will be announced soon. We will have two groups for training, one focusing on young dogs working to Junior Hunter standards and another focusing on Senior/Master Hunter standards. Check the NFHRA Facebook page for more announcements.
Training Sessions and Hunt Tests will take place at Kelley Farm located 10 miles north of Hwy 36 on County Rd 15 (Manning Trail). Other training sites may be announced here and on our facebook page.
Additional help is always appreciated.
Bad weather cancellations will be posted on the NFHRA Facebook page by 12:00 noon on Monday and Wednesday.
Aerial photos of Kelley Farm by NFHRA member Dave Dalby
TRAINING NIGHT ETIQUETTE
Stay Positive – Every dog has an off day – So does every human!
Close gates – Especially if you are the last one to leave. If you’re not sure, close the gate.
Pick up after yourself and others if necessary. Even though we pay, it is a privilege for NFHRA members to be able to train at Kelly Farms.
Arrive early to help setup or stay late to help pick up whenever you can. Many hands make light work!
Throw birds 1st – We’ll make sure you get time to run your dog.
Marshal once in a while. It’s a good way to get to know other members and it’s a skill we always need at NFHRA sponsored hunt tests.
Be Considerate – Please don’t run your dogs and leave. If you don’t have enough time to take a turn in the field throwing birds you should probably skip training night that week.
Stay Calm – Poor throws happen and No One does it on purpose. They happen to everyone.
Know your dog and its limits. Example: if there is a triple setup, feel free to run it as singles. Train your dog at its level not the groups.
Questions are good – Feel free to ask them before, during or after running your dog, but don’t argue. No one will deliberately give you advice that will mess up your dog. If you are not comfortable with what the Training Night Leader or others tell you, Don’t Do It. It’s your dog; just don’t argue with someone who is trying to help.
Work only 1 or 2 dogs. If you have more than two dogs be considerate of others who may not have run yet. By running multiple dogs you have also increased the number of birds you need to throw. Note: landowners and Pros that are donating their time to our training night are exempt from this practice.
Move on after you work on a couple of things. Don’t hog the line.
Ask what to do – in the field if you are unsure before the person at the line runs their dog.
Be prepared when throwing birds. Be ready to help out and have a bird ready to throw. Even experienced dogs need help from time to time.
Use group-training time for things you cant do by yourself. Do your basic work at home, but feel free to ask questions about it if you are having issues.
If you chose to consume alcohol, to please refrain from doing so until the last dog has run.
Be prepared with water for you and your dog, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellant, chair, duck call if you have one, and enthusiasm
We will train in the rain but signs or threats of lightning and we will cancel. Watch the facebook page for more information the day of training.