Common Curtesy Rules

Our First and foremost consideration is safety for dogs as well as humans.  We request therefore that all members observe the following:

Respect each dogs' personal space.  Do not walk along the back sides of vehicles where dogs are staked out.  Not all dogs are friendly or appreciate their personal space invaded.  Keep to the front of vehicles.  This will reduce the stress that some of the dogs experience when put into unfamiliar situations.

All dogs (that are not being worked) will be on a leash.

When staking out your dogs consider the people and dogs around you.  If you have a 5 dog chain gang  it may end up behind your neighbors vehicle and then where are they going to put their dogs?  There are a few areas / corners, that are more open allowing for larger groups of dogs to be chained up.  If your dog is a digger, be sure to fill the hole.

Ask owners/hendlers if it is OK before approaching a dog.  The owner knows best whether the dog will be appreciative or snappy about a pat on the head.

Wear Orange when working in the field.  In many cases we work with live ammo so orange head gear and vests are the dress code for the days events.  If you do not have orange vests or hats, ask the senior club members.  Most of us bring some extra gear so we can generally outfit anyone who desires to walk along in the field.

young children must be supervised at all times.  They are very welcome, we love to see members start young, but kids will be kids and can get into trouble in a quick hurry with all of the activities going on

Break open action guns only are allowed.  The gun must be unloaded and in the open position unit the dog is on point and the handler is in the ready position.

If your dog has a tendency to bark, consider bringing a bark collar or ask one of the senior members, this is an effective method to train your dog to be silent in consideration of your neighbors ears.

Help keep the facility clean.  We expect all members to police themselves, including picking up their own cans, plastic bottles and dinner ware.  At the end of the day we ask that someone consider bringing the trash home as there is no garbae facility at the Mead.  Assistance is also appreciated in cleaning up the lunch area, takes a few minutes and then the same people aren't always doing the dirty work.

Ask the owners/handlers before proceeding into the field when they are running their dogs.  It is individual preference if they want to have an audience or not

Wait your turn if you are looking to run in a field.  We do have 3 fields, and will break up into different groups using different fields depending on dog experience levels.  Typically there is a sign up sheet to keep track of braces, etc.

Pick up all dead birds and dispose of them from your training.  It is not the clubs responsibility to dispose of them, it is the handlers, and you will need to take them home to dispose of properly.

As a training club, we work towards the ethical treatment of dogs and birds.  Provide water/shade, proper containers and crates for both on training days and at home.  We are privileged to have such a fine facility to train at, and do not wish to lose that privilege through un-ethical behavior by a few members.

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