Residential Gundog Training
£42.00 per day, minimum of 4 weeks
8 Good Reasons Why You Should Use NordenLights For Your Residential Gundog Training:
Over 30 years of training gundogs to competition standard
Using the latest in positive reinforcement techniques
Dogs are kept in a home environment whilst being trained
Only one dog is trained at a time, without exception
Regular video updates with progress of your dog
Never losing sight that your dog is a family pet first
Final demonstration of your dog’s improvement when the residential training period is over
7-10 days after this I come to you to ensure that your dog is doing well
Residential Gundog Training
Based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, Northwest England, I have been working with Golden Retrievers and other breeds for more than 30 years, training them to be responsive and capable of competing in trials if required.
The training I offer is invariably done on a one-to-one basis, as training one dog at a time allows me to tailor sessions specifically to your dog’s needs – there is no “one-size-fits-all” in gundog training!
Keeping your dog within a home environment throughout his/her stay (I recommend a minimum stay of 4 weeks) and offering him/her a real-life experience by conducting all training outdoors in a variety of habitats/cover, I exclusively use the latest in positive reinforcement techniques and start all my training using a clicker (you can find more information on using a clicker on my other site at www.DogHarmony.co.uk).
I will provide you with regular video updates of your dog’s progress and, at the end of his/her stay, will take you out with your dog to show you how to correctly work with your pup to build a strong, good bond with (and get the best out of) your dog and have a happy, capable shooting companion.
Gundog Training Takes Time
Gundog training is a serious, long-term endeavour that must be done gently and slowly, with a great deal of patience, consistency and – above all – kindness. This means it will require a huge amount of input from you. Unless you are prepared to put in this time & effort and insist on some ‘basic manners’ and obedience at home, even endless weeks of residential gundog training will never produce a well-trained gundog.
Ideally starting when your puppy is around 8 weeks old, proper gundog training starts with a period of ‘play training’, beginning with the meaning of ‘NO’, ‘COME’ (the recall) and ‘SIT’ (using hand & verbal signals before introducing the whistle).
Once your pup ‘mastered’ these basic commands, you can:
- Start teaching it to ‘HEEL’ (on-lead heelwork)
- Introduce your pup to water by simply letting it play, preferably together with an older dog, near/in shallow water (increasing water depths gradually, but without making any attempts to retrieve from water).
- Begin introducing gun fire/loud noises (made by someone else from afar) while you play with your dog. If your pup acknowledges these noises, but shows no concern, give it ample praise and carry on playing. If it is concerned, reassure it, then divert its attention – do not rush it, as this could cause it to get gun nervous.
Continuing your play training (which, after all, starts building the all-important bond between you & your pup), begin ‘retrieving’ by playing ‘fetch’ with your pup’s toys, balls or puppy dummies. No need to worry about steadiness here – the important thing is for your puppy to run about, chase and have stacks of fun!
Formal Gundog Training
When your pup is 5 – 6 months old, it should in theory be ready to begin more formal training. Now is the time to separate playing, exercising and (short) training sessions. For the next few month, training will include:
- Off-Lead Heelwork
- Introduction of Wings/Covered Dummies
- Directional Work
- Introduction of Controlled Retrieves
- Jumping (on command)
- Water Work
At around 9 months, you may be able to start using cold game before introducing your pup to shooting fields – BUT be aware that this must be done incredibly slow and gentle! Rushing your pup could have disastrous results – taking dogs shooting has been known to ruin even exceptionally well-trained dogs!
Is Residential Gundog Training Right for Your Dog?
If you believe your dog may benefit from residential gundog training, call me today to discuss your dog’s needs and determine the best time to start his/her residential training.