Kennel Club Gundog Training Days

The Kennel Club offers a variety of training days for each gundog subgroup throughout the year. The training days are conducted by expert instructors and, depending on which course you select, cater for different levels of experience. 

Gundog Handlers' Development Programme - Training Days

Application form 2019

This programme was initiated by The Kennel Club some years ago to encourage Retriever and Spaniel owners of any age and with little or no knowledge of gundog training to seek guidance on how to train their dogs for the shooting field. You might wish to have your dog as a shooting companion or to take it picking up; perhaps to progress to competing in working tests and eventually field trials.

No matter in what capacity any dog is to be trained (gundog, police dog, search and rescue, assistance dog, etc.) before training for any of these disciplines can begin, the first essential is for basic obedience – ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘come’, ‘heel’ – to be firmly instilled. Without basic obedience, it is impossible to progress to any further kind of training and this applies to dogs taking part in our Gundog Handlers Development Programme training days. Obedience training will not be covered during these days.

Clearly, it is impossible to train your dog in one training session. However, our experienced trainers who are all Kennel Club approved field trial judges and who have all achieved many awards with their own dogs, aim to show you how to teach your dog to be a well behaved and efficient gundog. You will certainly not go home with a fully trained gundog, but you will go home with some knowledge of how to achieve this goal. Some of our previous ‘pupils’ have gone on to enjoy success in working tests and field trials with one handler gaining second place in the British Spaniel Championship!

Preference will be given to beginners and novice handlers.

Please note: Dogs must be a minimum of 9 months old on the date of the training day.
We do welcome spectators without dogs; perhaps your dog is too young or maybe you are thinking of getting a Spaniel or Retriever puppy and would like to see what is involved before your commit to one or the other. Our trainers will be happy to talk to and advise you.




Kennel Club Training Day for Retrievers, Spaniels and HPRs

The Kennel Club holds a training day for Retrievers, Spaniels and HPRs at Chatsworth Estate as part of the Kennel Club Gundog Working Test Weekend. The day is intended to help those who intend to compete in Field Trials or Gundog Working Tests and for those who may have already taken the plunge but wish to improve. While the trainers can accommodate a wide range of abilities, it is expected that the dog will already have some basic level of training; sit and stay, walk to heel, recall and be able to retrieve.

More information for the 2019 training day will be available in due course via the  Kennel Club Gundog Working Test page.


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