The Kennel Club gundog training days

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Please note: The Kennel Club will not be holding any gundog training days in 2020. We will advise on future dates when possible.

Gundog handlers' development programme - training days

We initiated this programme 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 you wish to progress on to working tests and eventually field trials.

Regardless of the capacity in which any dog is to be trained (gundog, police dog, search and rescue, assistance dog etc.), basic obedience is essential before training for any of these disciplines can begin. The ability to sit, stay, come and heel must be firmly instilled. Without basic obedience, it is impossible to progress to any further kind of training and this certainly 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 are all Kennel Club approved field trial judges who have all achieved many awards with their own dogs. They will aim to show you how to teach your dog to be a well behaved and efficient gundog. While you won't go home with a fully trained gundog, 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 2nd place in the British Spaniel Championship!

Preference will be given to beginners and novice handlers. 

Please note that dogs must be a minimum of 9 months old on the date of the training day. We do welcome spectators without dogs, as 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 you and give advice.

The Kennel Club training day for Retrievers, Spaniels and HPRs

The Kennel Club holds a training day for Retrievers, Spaniels and HPRs (hunt, point, retrieve) 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 the ability to retrieve.

Field training days for pointing breeds

The dates for training days will be announced when they become available.