Gun dog training
There are many forms of gun dog training. The gun dog training and hunting workshops focus on our expertise with retrievers. Also known as retriever work but all round gun dogs such as spaniels and pointing breeds are also capable of learning the techniques. We use a variety of positive training methods to teach the dog the following techniques:
The focus is based on obedience and simple retrieve work
A: The dog is on his lead and must follow the handler
B: The dog is sent in front and shall return as commanded
C: The dog shall lie in within sight for two minutes
D: The dog shall retrieve a dummy on land
E: The dog shall retrieve a dummy from deep water
The focus is based on more difficult retrieval work than in the C-Tests
F lost apport over land (search and retrieve: The dog shall search and retrieve aan dummy on land
G marking: The dog shall mark the target dummy(approximately 60 to 80 metres away) and retrieve
H: Apport over water: The dog shall retrieve the dummy over water (cross a river or pond)
These are two techniques that are taught with animals shot in an earlier Hunt (wild)
I: Directing test over land: The dog is commanded to a sitting position approximately 100-150 meters away. The dog is then commanded to retrieve a the game that is positioned approximately 50-75 meters off to the side from the dogs’ sitting position.
J: Long distance search. The dog must swim across water and find the scent of the game. If the dog follows the scent he will reach the game and must then retrieve it, returning to the handler.
Of course all these techniques are taught in phases, gradually building on the skills and ability of the dog. When the dog can successfully carry out all these techniques we will continue the training further to teach combinations of techniques, to encourage an excellent working gun dog that is enthusiastic and is able to find solutions to complete the techniques quickly and precisely as commanded.
The gun dog training is suitable for handlers that wish to practice the sport as a hobby, are interested in learning more about the roots of their gun dog and develop the relationship and communication with their dog. Equally the gun dog training is also suited to the more serious handlers focusing on a certificate and practical experience working with their gun dog.