Gundog Training For Fun Or Field

These courses are designed for pet dogs alongside working dogs at the start. The skills required at the start of their training are the same : Good recall, lead walking, stopping and waiting, maintaining calm behaviour and having a safe and enjoyable time outside on walks.

Our training is currently referred to as R+ which means we never use punishment or aversive methods when working with our dogs.

Group classes are useful for those with young dogs to help them learn to work alongside others, respectful of space and honouring the other dogs retrieve, skills needed in the working field.

The Beginner course covers a broad spectrum of skills suitable for all ages and breed of dogs. We run our own challenge certificates which the dogs can work towards following onto the beginner plus course and novice.

Once dogs and owners have reached a reasonable level able to retrieve or find and focus on the job in hand we run drop in classes for Pointers, Spaniels and retrievers ( again the breed is not really relevant but more the skill set of the dog).

We also periodically run courses for people who would like to develop test skills with various workshops run for specific field skills.

See some of our training video’s HERE


Beginners and Beginners Plus

What we work on:

• Maintaining focus in an exciting environment
• The Whistle for recall and stop
• Retrieving. Basic principles of returning to owner and delivering the toy
• Using play to teach your Gundog.
• Hunting for something with the owner
• Steadiness, waits and loose lead walking.


Please ensure to check with Penny to see if  there is a place available before paying .

New Saturday Block Starts: FULL – Next intake February 2023
Beginners: 9.30am
Beginners Plus: 10:45am

 Tuesday Block Starts: September 20th 2022
Beginners: 9.30am

Wednesday Block Starts: September 21st 2022
Beginners: 9.30am

Beginner Plus block: September 21st 2022
Beginners Plus :

Course Length: 6 sessions fortnightly.

Dog Help Gundog Beginners


Largely building on all the basic skills.

• Retrieve over distance and in more challenging places
• Retrieve unseen articles. Working a hedge
• Bringing in whistle signal on quartering
• Developing steadiness and stop
• Directional work
• Working off lead to heel

New Saturday Block Starts: September 17th 2022
Novice: 12 noon

New Wednesday Block Starts: September 21st 2022
Novice Retriever: 12:00pm

Course Length: 6 sessions fortnightly

Fortnightly drop in sessions available – contact Penny for times and times.

Dog Help Gundog Beginners

Intermediate /Advanced

Progress on to higher level of attention

• Working off lead with distractions
• Hunting, stopping and redirecting
• Retrieving feather/ fur/cold game
• Long distance retrieves. Sending out in a straight line. Multiple retrieves
• Developing skills needed to work the dog in the field or to take external Gun dog tests with success
• Skills to attend shot and water workshops

New Block Starts: Saturday September 17th 2022
Intermediate: 2:00pm
Advanced: 3:15pm

Course Length: 6 sessions fortnightly

Dog Help Gundog Advance

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Fun Gundog Video’s