Jill and I have received numerous positive comments from our customers since launching our business in August 2008. Many of these relate specifically to our new exclusive design of training dummy, the Partridge and Pheasant, whilst others have thanked us for the level of service we have provided. It is always satisfying to know that our hard work is appreciated and gratifying that our customers find the time to thank us. Equally satisfying of course is receiving praise from professional gundog trainers and journalists. We have added this testimonial section to the website in order to provide evidence of our commitment to both excellent service and innovative design. We believe that customer satisfaction is our greatest advert. We welcome all customer feedback so please contact us. Your comments are important to us.
I cannot recommend your pheasant dummy enough.
My bitch really struggled picking up large cock pheasants and it cost me dearly in a couple of trials. I bought one of your pheasant dummies and after a few sessions it taught her to open her mouth wider, I then fixed a pair of wings to it which made it more realistic. She had to open her mouth even wider.
This cured the problem and she is now FTCH Woodash Sky of Valleyend.
Many thanks to you both.
I have just received my latest order of 2 Dummy, Black and Natural Woodcocks. As usual I am impressed by the speedy and efficient handling of my order. I buy these for a not so efficient golden retriever! The dummy woodcock is the highlight of my dogs walk. My husband throws these for her at the end of her walk for a bit of fun and between them they loose a few. Thanks
Received my order this morning, thank you for such prompt service. I have bought from you before & always had great service.
Thank you! I’m using my new whistle tomorrow at my training class. Elaine
I would like to thank you for the excellent service your company gave me. I left a message Wednesday evening, a very polite & helpful lady rang me back Thursday, and my order arrived Friday! I congratulate your company and thank the lovely lady who took my order.
“Many many thanks for the superb service and product. I ordered a slip lead for our cocker spaniel on a Monday afternoon and it appeared in the letterbox on Tuesday morning! The lead itself is beautiful, was very reasonably priced (considering its quality) and so, so much better than the equivalent version which I’d previously bought from a national pet shop. AND I received a very handy gundog training guide too, which has saved me having to buy something separately. Brilliant all round and needless to say I’ll not be going anywhere else for our future needs. Many thanks!”
“Great website and excellent service, thank you.”
“I just received the order that I submitted online yesterday on the main website for my two olive green Double Stop Slip Leads. Fantastic service – extremely prompt and well packaged and just what I ordered. For anyone who has problems with a dog that pulls on its lead these leads are fantastic – gentle for the dog and no longer do I have a pointer that could pull me and a whole sledge after it! Thank you.”
“Very impressed with your service. My order arrived next day and looks like very good quality. “
“Our parcel arrived this morning and we are delighted with the two dog beds, collars and dummy. Thank you for all your trouble to find a way to reduce the postage charges. (Italy) As usual you provide an excellent service especially to those of us who live abroad.”
“I am pleased with the results so far in a short time using your Partridge & Pheasant Dummies!! I have a 2 year old dog, Bracco, who has a strong hunting instinct but had absolutely no interest in dead birds or dummies to retrieve. I’ve had normal dummies and added scents, but was no interest!! So for working, I was stumped with BB… So decided to try your softer ones and she’s a changed dog. I trailed and hid it, and the there was no stopping her, got eager to find and start retrieving after couple of throws! So pleased so far 🙂 “
“Hi, Yesterday morning I ordered a training dummy from your company. It arrived early this morning. I just wanted to write a quick thank you message to say how impressed I have been with the speed of service and quality of the item supplied. Many thanks for such great customer service.”
“Just wanted to say that the Easi Dry grooming towels I ordered from you are fantastic! Really do the job. No more wet, stinky pile of towels waiting to be washed. Slip leads also excellent – good quality and soft for both dogs and myself. Thank you.”
“Thank you so much – parcel arrived this morning. Great service!”
“Order received, very swift, nice quality leads! Many thanks.”
“Thank you for my WDC products. Very easy website to use and good communication. Parcel arrived the next day!”
“Lovely products – excellent service. Many thanks!”
“My order arrived first thing this morning, thank you for the excellent service. The items look great and I can’t wait to try them out!”
“What a service!! ordered yesterday late afternoon and the postman knocked on my door with my parcel today..and I selected normal delivery!! very impressed! My little Cocker has taken to the partridge dummy instantly and didnt even seem to consider spitting it out but gave it straight to hand… result! Roll on tomorrow morning for our next training session! Thank you.”
“We have just received our order and we are thrilled with everything. Thank you for such a good service. We will be ordering more in the future”
“Theo loves his pheasant dummy, he had lost interest at retrieving dummies. Thanks for quick delivery.”
“Just received my order from WDC. Super fast delivery and in perfect condition ! Thank you for your excellent service!
“Hi Ian and Jill. Many thanks for the delivery I received this morning which was reassuringly quick!
No problems on the 1lb dummy not being green and appreciate your taking the executive decision. I did read you were out of stock but seemed to forget the point when ordering. Best wishes.”
“Max really has taken to the Woodcock dummy. He was sometimes reluctant to take the standard puppy dummies, especially when wet, muddy and slimy. These he doesn’t, he doesn’t seem to care what condition they are in and is very happy to pick them up. He also really enjoys the fact that they bounce.”
“Jura’s Woodcock is FANTASTIC! He adores it and it is just perfect for his wee mouth! We did 3 retrieves with it this morning and he can pick it up no problem at all! Fantastic product and the usual fantastic service from a wonderful company – Thank You SO much!”
“I have been out training with the new Woodcock dummy this week and my dogs are loving it. They really cannot spot it even at close range unless the terrain is short grass or hard surface. This means it is a real test of nose. One of my cockers is prone to using his eyes when he knows we are on dummies and not game so this new small red retrieve item is ideal for his blind work and while hunting.”
“I thought I’d write to say how much I like using your pheasant and partridge dummies to train my lab and cocker. I have no doubt that by using the pheasant one in particular with the cocker, she learnt how to carry something of that size properly at an early stage. Keep up the good work!”
“Ordered some dummies from you for christmas, they arrived in great time and im really pleased with them, we went out training with them the other day and the pheasant dummy is now her most prized! Just wanted to say thanks, have given other people the website details and will certainly be ordering some more!”
“When these new shape dummies first came out I thought they were probably just another dog training gimmick, however, a client of mine gave me one to try and it laid in my shed for a few weeks unused.
On one occasion when my usual dummies were sodden after water training work I decided to give it a try. I was immediately surprised at how far I could throw them with accuracy and liked the way they rolled and bounced to leave a line of scent.
At the time I also had a problem with one young bitch that had some delivery problems, I found that the shape and feel of these dummies helped tremendously to overcome the problems and the bitch now holds the dummy just as I would expect and demand.
I am pleased to say that the Working Dog Company™ dummies have become an important addition to my retriever training bag.”
Professional Gundog Trainer and Handler ‘Shadowbrae Gundogs‘
“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.”
Revolutionary New Dummy
“Innovation in the world of gundog training is as rare as a golden retriever winning the Retriever Championship. It happens occasionally, but not very often, so when it does it is newsworthy. So I was fascinated when Ian Clinton told me he had designed and was marketing a revolutionary new retrieving dummy. Ian, together with his wife Jill, runs the Working Dog Company. They both train and work their own Labradors.
Dummy Training SpanielLike all good ideas, the new dummy is very simple but totally logical. It has the gently rounded shape of a real bird and its soft, firm filling is much more likely to encourage a dog to retrieve gently than the sawdust filled, canvas-wrapped sausages we all take for granted. It’s easy to throw and bounces on landing leaving a scent trail for the dog to follow. It also floats, so is perfect for water work. Attention to detail in the design ensures that the toggle is small, so that dogs won’t be tempted to pick the dummy up by it.
It is such a sensible design it makes you wonder why nobody has thought of it before”.
BASC Shooting and Conservation Magazine Nov/Dec 2008
Product Reviews page 79:
Dummies for the not-so-dumb
“Launched at the Midland Game Fair the new era of gundog dummies has arrived. Have you ever wondered why conventional dummies have the right weight for game but never the right shape? Well, the Working Dog Company™ wondered the same thing and came up with two new dummies, the pheasant and partridge. Shaped and weighted like these two game species, they encourage correct carriage of the dummy and require the dog to open its mouth a little wider, as it would have to with game.
BillyOther quirks are that they bounce slightly when they hit the ground, as game often does, and also float in water, meaning a dog really has to grip it correctly and not bite as hard. This versatile dummy really is a welcome addition to the training bag and although slightly more expensive than the traditional product, helps considerably with the transition from dummies to game”.
“Hi Ian, I would just like to say how impressed I have been with your service and products, especially the dummies. I have fed this information through to a number of people that come to me for training and also on a few forums, so I hope you have seen an increase in business during the economic slow down. When I am thinking of replacing equipment especially dummies I always think of The Working Dog Company first and recommend you to all my friends, because you offer great products, good prices and supply 1st time every time. Which is more than you can say for your competitors.”
“Order received very efficiently – thank you.”
Gundog Trainer and Field Trialer
“I would just like to thank you for your prompt and excellent service. The goose is fine as a replacement for the pheasant and thank you very much for the complimentary lanyard, it will be put to good use! I look forward to doing business with you again soon and wish you all a happy Christmas and an excellent 2009.”
“Many thanks for your prompt delivery, at long last a sensible training aid. She is in her second season and is still reluctant to really get hold of and carry a cock Pheasant, I hope these will help to solve the problem. Initial response looks very promising!”
“Hello Ian & Jill, I met you at the Bedfordshire Country show and at Belvoir in October where you kindly provided me with two dummies. (I do the gundog demonstrations in the arena at these and other shows). Just to let you know, I am impressed with the dummies, they bounce, roll and float better than other dummies.”
“Dear Ian and Jill, thanks very much for the items that I ordered and the quickness that you dispatched them. The personal note was very kind too. I’ve added a few photos of Billy playing with his new dummy. Thanks again.”
“Thank you very much for the speedy despatch of the two dummies I ordered which arrived safely this morning. I tried them out on one of my young dogs this afternoon and they are brilliant. The best ideas and subsequent new products are the ones you realise you have missed having and that description certainly fits the bill with these. Living on Exmoor there are numerous hills and valley and the dummies roll beautifully thus creating the perfect introduction to taking a line. In short, I am delighted!”
“Re pheasant training dummy: I know I have already thanked you for the dummy and said it was solving my 8 month old Golden puppy Dylan (Merryway Osprey) delivery problem, but just an update. He came first in what was only his second working test yesterday, delivery was fine thanks to the training with his new dummy, will recommend to friends. In the photo he is on the far left. Thanks again.”
“Thank you for the fast response to my recent order, I have used the dummies today for the 1st time and can tell you they are excellent! I run a training centre for gundogs and am happy to pass on details of your dummies to my clients”
MAP Working Gundogs
“Many thanks for a prompt despatch, waistcoat arrived today.”
“Received my order today, many thanks for your prompt and efficient service and the complimentary lanyard. So nice to have, very rare these days.”
“Hiya guys, i have been really pleased with your ultra fast service, and great products, just wanted to say thanks, keep up the great work, people these days are so quick to criticize bad service, but very slow to praise good service, this is the second time ive ordered goods from you and they were delivered within two days, Awsome, and yes you are listed in my favourite group!”
“Many thanks, order received today. Your efficiency is very impressive!”
“As a breeder and trainer of Field Trial quality labradors, for more than 15 years, I have used many training aids – some good and some not so good. The oval shaped dummies supplied by the Working Dog Company™ I have found to be superb for many reasons. It is not uncommon to find an otherwise good dog to be shy of opening their mouth wide enough to accommodate a good grip on a large freshly shot pheasant. The skin on such a bird is often loose and the dog needs to extend its jaw to the maximum to accommodate a good grip that will hold without having to put the bird down half way through the retrieve, and readjust while returning to the handler.
The rugby ball shaped dummies manufactured by the Working Dog Company™ are excellent in acclimatising such a dog to use the full gape of their mouth. They are supplied in two sizes, thereby enabling a trainer to avoid the problem mentioned above from very early puppy training.
Additionally, I find that giving young dogs seen retrieves using the oval dummy, encourages the young dog to hunt an area, because the dummy – being shaped as it is – bounces erratically in any direction and does not stay where it has fallen, as does the conventional retrieving dummy. This encouragement to hunt an area to find the rugby ball shaped dummy which has not stayed in the place it fell, but bounced away from the fall area, is invaluable.”
(Ken Byron breeds and trains the Copperwheat Labradors at Wyboston, Bedfordshire – further information can be obtained from www.copperwheat.net.)
“Just wanted to say how much I like your range of patridge and pheasant dummies. They were recommended to me by Andy Cullen of Laochin gundogs and are much preferred to normal dummies by my working cocker spaniel Krumble.
I thought you might like this picture of him with one of your dummies taken at a gundog training weekend in Perth that I was at recently.
It was total coincidence that the dummy was positioned perfectly!”
“Pheasant Dummy arrived this morning, thank you for prompt dispatch. My youngish GSP Buffle is very impressed and did a very short but stylish retrieve on it this morning! I intend to adorn it with wings/tail feathers, and think that a better alternative to the foam/plastic “birds” on the market. “Buffle” is generally a very steady bitch and quite an enthusiastic retriever, but the first time I threw down the Pheasant Dummy on the edge of the wood the enthusiasm was such that she almost ran in on it. I then sent her on away from the dummy as usual, calling her in after about 100yds. She was very much “on the edge of her seat” and when told to Hi Lost went away like a rocket and returned carrying the dummy beautifully. We have owned GSP’s for 36 years, predominantly for work (picking up/rough shooting) but have also shown and run them in field comps.”
“Received this morning! well impressed , will be ordering some pheasant size next. great product, super efficient service… well done!”
“Just received my partridge dummy and Henry my lab has retrieved it every time… so far! Uup to now he has only retrieved tennis balls and not a canvas dummy despite several weeks of trying. Thank you.”
“Order received today. Thank you very much for superb service.”
“Thanks for the prompt service, it is the best thing I have bought for ages! Nearly kissed the postman as I was on way out with dogs when it came!!”
“Yesterday I recieved my order as promised and I just wanted thank you for a good service and quality items. I will for the future contact you whenever I require dog training equipment.”
“Just wanted to thank you for the speedy delivery again, new dummies received today in post only ordered yesterday. The personal hand written note on the compliment slip is a very nice touch and much appreciated. I look forward to using the new pheasant dummies with my two cockers, who already love retrieving the partridge ones I started with on your recommendation.”
“Just want to thank you for your superb service. Goods ordered yesterday, get home from work today and parcel waiting for me. The dogs have already had fun trying out the new dummies, and I love my new purple whistle.”
“As an experienced dog trainer, specialising in gundogs, I am delighted to have an opportunity to endorse the dummies manufactured by the Working Dog Company. I find them of excellent quality, good in water, and even the most reluctant dogs are keen to retrieve them. One of my clients had failed to get his visla to retrieve a traditional dummy. The dog picked and retrieved both the partridge and pheasant without hesitation, and has continued to do so. I would strongly recommend their use for training.”
“To the Team at Working Dog Company: Thank you so much for your prompt customer service – I shall be returning to you in the near future to pick up another training dummy I am sure – our dogs love the Pheasant one. Many thanks.”
“Workinggundogs.co.uk provides structured gundog training through residential, group or 1:1 training courses. Gundog Trainers are always being challenged with retrieving problems, across a number of different gundog breeds, such that we are constantly trying a variety of techniques and inducements to overcome these difficulties. The Working Dog Company™ provides a very useful training aid for this purpose, which we now use on a regular basis with great results, the purple pheasant works very well with some hunting dogs, that are not keen retrievers. Although it costs 3 times the price of a normal sawdust dummy, it is proving to keep its shape and very durable, we never seem to lose them, may be the price has something to do with this! All good products come at a price, but this little gem is certainly worth it.”
“We were having problems with my springador puppy retrieving (she is a hunter!), and were recommended your dummies. These along with a good gundog trainer have sorted the problem. Now she loves retrieving and delivers to hand everytime. The result speaks for itself! Once I had found The Working Dog Company I ordered other items, and delivery has always been super quick. What a delightful company to deal with, thank you.”
“Order arrived this morning. Thank you for such a prompt delivery. Brilliant.”
Hi, many thanks for the prompt delivery of my purchases. (Tilley) my flat coated retriever thinks they’re fabulous.