Gundog clubs in Southern Scotland.

Discussion in 'Gundogs & Gundog Training' started by Old Shep, Dec 6, 2014.


  1. Old Shep

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    I'm having great difficulty finding any. Best I can see is Central Scotland Gundog Club, which is quite far, but not unreasonable.

    Does anyone know of any further south?
     
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    Labrador Club of Scotland
    Lothian and Borders
    Forth and Clyde Working Gundog Assoc
    South West Gundog Assoc

    Galloway Gundogs isn't KC affiliated but they hold regular training sessions.
     
  4. Old Shep

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    Oo! Thanks, I'll check these out.

    The ones I found seem to really concentrate on labs and spaniels and only have classes for them in any competitions they run.


    I'll check those links.

    Thanks.
     
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    Ah, what breed do you have?
     
  6. Old Shep

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    A Brittany (HPR)

    Another Brittany owner has emailed my with information about some of the clubs. Some don't cater for HPRs and some seem more interested in showing. The real problem is finding one which runs absolute beginners training with acceptable training methods.

    I know everyone thinks their breed is different, and I am a newcomer to gundogs, but it seems to me that Brittanys are a bit different to your average lab or spaniel. They work at a much farther distance and are incredibly fast. They are also generally not that keen at retrieving- much preferring the hunt and point part! Britanys are also quite "soft" dogs and don't do well with harsh training methods (but who would?)

    Some of the clubs seem to only have training for certain breeds and HPRs don't figure in them.

    This'll be my homework for the festive period. I'll need to sit down amd perhaps phone a few to speak to them.
     
  7. Leanne77

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    Is Northern England out of the question? I ask because Andy Cullen is located in North Northumberland and he is supposed to be an outstanding trainer. I have never trained with him myself but some of my HPR friends have and they cant sing his praises enough.
     
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    I would say your best bet, as you have already figured out, is to try and stick with a trainer who knows HPR's. They work very differently to spaniels and a trainer who is used to a spaniel and not a HPR might be wanting to bring the dogs range in to 50 yards when they should be hunting out to 200 yards. They may not know how to encourage a point etc and of course each HPR breed has it's own style of hunting as well.

    I travelled to the West Midlands from Nottingham each Thursday evening in rush hour traffic to attend HPR specialist classes as they are few and far between.
     
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    Thank you for that. My dream is to go to Rory Major for a training weekend.

    I'll have to wait till he's a bit less dog reactive though. That's Duke. Not Rory. :D
     
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    I have trained with Rory, he is fabulous, very calm but doesnt stand for excuses or nonsense from owners. My wirehaired pointer has Bryantscroft in his lines so it was nice to take him there.

    I only went once mind for a shot over day as I stupidly thought "he's only in Lincolnshire, thats not far, almost round the corner" but he happened to be about 2 hours away! If he was closer I would've attended his regular training classes.
     
  11. Old Shep

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    The gundog trainer I go to has been to his training too!

    I phoned him a while ago to ask what age I could start my dog with one of his courses. He was extremely nice and very helpful. It helps that he also has Brittanys. Not many of them about here!
    Unfortunately, he developed his lead reactivity before I could take him training with Rory :(


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