Welcome back to all attendees who have just completed the four day courses. We are pleased to announce that on Saturday 14th April we will be running a refresher session in both puppy and junior classes. The sessions will be £20 per handler and we welcome existing clients and new enquiries. Please indicate your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the office 01462 450830. Puppy session 09.00-10.00am and Junior 10.30 -11.30am.
NEW Group Gundog Training Sessions starting 3rd March
This new gundog training course will run for 4 one hour weekly sessions, costing £20 per session or £70 for all 4 sessions.
- Beginners/Puppy Session 9am – 10am
- Junior/Intermediate Session 11am – 12pm
- Saturday 3rd March
- Saturday 10th March
- Saturday 17th March
- Saturday 24th March
To reserve your place or for more information please complete the form below;
Please be aware we will be closed on Saturday 19th August as we are attending the Flowerday Charity Gundog Working Test in aid of Herts Air Ambulance.
NEW Group Gundog Training Sessions starting 15th July!
This new gundog training course will run for 4 one hour sessions, costing £20 per session or £70 for all 4 sessions.
- Beginners/Puppy Session 10am – 11am
- Junior/Intermediate Session 11.30am – 12.30pm
- Saturday 15th July
- Saturday 22nd July
- Saturday 5th August
- Saturday 12th August
This course is now fully booked! Please email below to hear about future sessions;
On Sunday 7th May Ian took Tess to compete in the Chiltern Gundog Society Novice Test at Woodlands House near Marlow in Bucks. Around 30 novice dogs were entered to compete in a test that was set out on ground that comprised of ancient woodland.
I had worked to prepare Tess for this competition as the 2 previous tests we had entered recently had not resulted in any awards. This was due to minor issues that kept scores too low to be serious competitors to the eventual winners. However, I looked upon these two exercises as training days that became a great way to discover weaknesses. Those that read my last blog will recall that I set out my plan and aspirations for Tess in the item (dated 16th February) so I was content that our plan was on track.
When I arrived at Sunday’s test venue I was looking to try and achieve an award; whether that was a certificate of merit, 4th, 3rd or second, any of these would be success in my eyes. To win would be fantastic but mean of course that she would qualify out of Novice and become an Open standard dog and unable to continue to run at this level again.
There were 4 tests set out to complete;
- Blind and marked retrieve
- 4 dog walk up. Each dog completing 2 retrieves to shot whilst remaining at heel and steady whilst the 3 other dogs completed their work
- Double marked retrieve
- Double blind retrieve
At the completion of the tests I was content that Tess had run well and should be there or thereabouts to pick up an award. At the announcement of the awards I was overjoyed to learn that we had been placed first and a clear winner with a score of 77/80, and beating second place by a clear 3 points! Now that she has qualified to run as an Open dog my work starts again to raise her to a level to be able to compete with some very experienced dogs and handlers.
As I said in February I wanted her to be at this level by the time the shooting season starts, the reality is that we have arrived a bit sooner than expected and am now looking to find some Open competitions to give her a run in, watch this space!
Working Dog Company will once again be supporting this years Dogs Day Out Event on Sunday 2nd April at Swanbourne Park, Bucks MK17 0SH.
Dogs’ Day Out is an annual fun day for the whole family and dogs of all breeds, sizes and abilities. Held in the beautiful Swanbourne Park, this annual event raises funds for Medical Detection Dogs – a unique charity which trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It is at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases.
Try your paw at one of their gundog scurry classes:
- Long Retrieve
- Up and Over
- Blind Retrieve
- Marked Retrieve
Working Dog Company will have a selection of training products available to purchase on the day.
We hope to see you all there!
For more information visit Dogs Day Out
Clicker Reward Based Training Workshop on Saturday 29th April 2017 at our training ground in North Hertfordshire.
Ian will be holding a workshop for handlers of gundogs that are interested in improving obedience and performance utilising ‘clicker’ training methods. This training technique can be used to improve all of the basics such as Sit, Stay, Recall and Heelwork as well as more advanced hold and delivery for retrieving. Ian will be able to demonstrate the basics and some of the more advanced techniques.
For more information please click the following link – Clix Multi Clicker
So if you have an interest in seeing how this positive method of training works book yourself onto this first workshop of 2017. The session will last for 90 minutes (10am – 11.30am) and cost each participant £15, including tea or coffee and a bun.
Ring the WDC office on 01462 450830 or email email@example.com to book.
Now the season has ended I have been thinking about how my picking up season has turned out. This year was the first in many that I only had one dog fit and ready to work, as a result I had to alter my strategy somewhat with the shoots I work on. My fellow pickers up were very supportive of the position I found myself in and stepped up to take my place where more than 1 dog is required to cover certain areas of ground. I am pleased to say that ‘Tess’ my young Labrador, who only turned 2 in late November has been great, ably developing experience and confidence over the 38 days picking up she has completed this season and carrying out some brilliant retrieves including Pheasant, Partridge, Duck, Woodcock and Hare. It really made a nice change to concentrate on just one dog this year and ensure her progress was nothing short of careful management.
The 4 shoots I regularly attend include bags that range from around 50 and up to and in excess of 200 so lots of opportunity to build competence with careful guidance. The only sour note was Tess’ collision with the barbed wire fence whilst hunting down a runner resulting in 4 stitches to her brow in mid January. However, she recovered quickly to finish the last 2 days of the season.
Now the time has come to push Tess on in preparation for the series of Spring and Summer working tests and build on the awards she gained last year in ‘special puppy’ category. I hope to be able to get her to the required standard to achieve awards in Novice category this year and hopefully have her to ‘Open’ dog standard by the time next shooting season commences. She enjoys training so my plans look to develop her abilities to match what I believe she needs to improve on.
- for Tess to be tighter to me when at Heel
- to have a solid and quick response to the stop whistle, particularly at long distance
- to be able to push her out in a good straight line on ‘blinds’ to well over 150 yards
Her water work is very good already. She retrieved 2 pheasant blinds on our last shoot day from water, having to be pushed back through dense dry reeds and swim out onto open water, both in view of a collected gallery of guns and beaters resulting in warm comments for good work. So all in all a positive season with more training to come if Tess is to meet the potential she is capable of.
I hope your season went well and have planned ahead accordingly for training in the coming months as the days lengthen and get warmer!
Our fantastic new website is live!
Today, 11th January 2017, we launched our new website! We hope you like the changes and find this new site easier to navigate and use. As this site is brand new any existing customers will need to set up a new customer account but this new process is a lot quicker and more straight forward than ever before.
- You can see an estimated delivery price before you continue with your purchase (something we know many customers have requested!)
- We are now able to offer a click and collect service! You can order online and collect from our store during our shop opening times
- You can now check we have the item in stock before you buy with the handy stock quantity feature on each product
We hope you enjoy using our new website!