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Field Trial Training in Roy, WA

  • Field Trial
  • Hunt Test
  • Spring/Summer Training in Washington
  • Fall/Winter in Southern California
McKenna Kennels has an outstanding training facility that consists of 110 acres, and 5 separate training ponds. All training is conducted using live and freshly shot mallard ducks, ring neck pheasants and pigeons. Live birds are planted for gun dogs learning to quarter. Birds are used exclusively on all marking set ups. Unlike some training programs that rely extensively on mechanical bumper throwers, McKenna Kennels utilizes human throwers for marking setups.

All of the dogs are fed Purina dog food that meets their individual need. We offer Senior, Puppy, Weight Management, Sensitive Skin all made by Purina.
champion dogs - Field Dog Training in Roy, WA

Bird & Gun Introduction

  • Ideally, dogs should be 6-8 months of age
  • 2 month minimum
  • Introduction to live birds
  • First 2 weeks will be an evaluation of retrieving desire, if there is sufficient desire then we can proceed onto the following:
    • On leash and off-leash obedience (Sit, Here, Heel, Kennel)
    • Simple retrieves on land and water
    • Start of Hold (teaching the dog how to handle birds properly)

Intermediate Training

  • 2 additional months beyond the Bird and Gun Introduction
  • Conditioned Retrieve (deliver by hand)
  • Complete Collar Conditioning
  • Steady to shot
  • Hunting retrieves on land and water
  • Introduction to Boats, Decoys, Cattails, Hunting Blinds, Quartering and Cover Changes
  • Start of Handling Drills

Advanced Training

  • For the discriminating hunter who wants a top of the line hunting dog
  • Blind retrieves on land and water
  • Complete steadiness on land and water out of Boats and Hunting Blinds
  • For the hunter who wants this top level dog we need to discuss the options of achieving this top level

Winter Retriever Training

McKenna Kennels spends the winter in Niland California, the premier winter training grounds on the west coast. The weather is ideal for dog training, with day time highs in the winter ranging from the mid 60s to the high 70s and night time low temperatures are in the 40s to 50s. These mild temperatures create an ideal climate to allow both land and water work to continue all winter.
The winter trip runs November through March. Of course this is weather dependent, the trip may start earlier or later depending on the weather in either location, with the goal being to optimize the training for the dogs. Only a limited number of dogs are accepted for the winter trip, ensuring that each dog receives plenty of individualized training. A winter trip fee does apply.


McKenna Kennels has two outstanding training facilities.
The summer facilities are located in McKenna Washington and the winter grounds are located in Niland California. Both locations are in prime dog training territory, with hundreds of acres of specially developed retriever training grounds complete with natural and technical training ponds. With full size kennel runs at both locations. Over the last few years, these grounds have produced four National field champions.
By utilizing both summer and winter grounds, dogs can be worked on land and water year round, maintaining them in top condition. Trials are ran in both locations, extending the trial season a potential of 12 months out of the year.

For more information on our Retriever Training email us at: fastdogz@ywave.com

Jim and his team can provide you with first class Hunt or Field Training. Contact him today and get on the road to success!