“The working dog company have worked very hard in trying to provide gundog owners with another training aid and have brought out new dummies for us all to try, the easy mark, the red and the purple dummies. Like most things new we are all sceptics to a point unless proven differently. In fact my dummy bag was getting more colourful by the week! But more importantly, did they work? In a straight forward answer I have to admit that yes they do, and once again I cannot fail but to promote and encourage the use of these dummies by the gundog community during training sessions.
I am not an expert on what dogs do or do not see colours wise and have heard many contradicting theories over the years on this very subject. All I can and will say are the facts, after talking with Ian he told me his reasons for the purple dummies and about a little test he conducted.
So armed with a range of different coloured dummies I carried out my own test to analyse the theory as follows: I used a purple dummy with a variety of other coloured working dog company dummies and placed them in a corner of the field. Unsurprisingly the dogs always brought the purple dummy back first, every time! Each time I took the dummy back and placed it in a different spot amongst the other dummies, the results with a different dog each time was the same.
In conclusion I can only agree that dogs must see the purple dummy well, meaning that it can become a very useful tool for the trainer when teaching a dog to retrieve. I am pleased to say that Purple dummies in my little test proved to be a real winner with my dogs and have become a useful addition to my bag in improving a dog’s confidence and competence to retrieve.”
Andrew also said the following about our dummies:
“As a Professional Gundog Trainer I often get retrieving problems with older dogs that Clients have started to train themselves and hit problems with, this is when we generally get a phone call to help sort it out. Like most things, once sloppy retrieving is learned behaviour it can be very difficult habit to correct, at the same time trying to maintain the dogs enthusiasm and confidence.
As a trainer I use various methods and equipment to correct retrieving issues, both the Partridge and Pheasant dummies / training aids designed by The Working Dog Company™ have certainly proved to be winners in our training of the type of gundogs mentioned. In addition I recommend the Partridge dummy, in my view it is ideal for that all important confidence building in bringing on youngsters to retrieve, we have found the dogs love to carry these training aids around and so do I being able to get more into my bag than the larger more commonly used canvas dummies.
In summary I am delighted to promote theses training aids and to be associated with The Working Dog Company™ and its products.”