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Gundog training for a pet spaniel

Discussion in 'Gundogs & Gundog Training' started by Serena AB, Aug 22, 2016.


  1. Serena AB

    Serena AB PetForums Newbie

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    Can anybody give me some advice on gundog training? We have a 2 1/2-yr-old cocker spaniel bitch (sold to us as a show, but we have our suspicions about that, think she must be a mix of show/working).

    I recently discovered that my husband has 'working dad guilt' over the dog :p even though there's usually somebody at home with her and she's a perfectly happy little thing (unless she catches wind of an f - o - x which unfortunately is a problem in our area...) So we're looking at gundog training as a way for him to spend more focussed time with her.

    Is this something that could work? Or are most gundog clubs a bit more serious and wouldn't want somebody there who's just learning for a bit of interest for them and the dog? We're in Lewisham so I guess we would have to travel a fair bit to get to our nearest gundog club!
     
  2. ZoeR

    ZoeR PetForums Newbie

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    Hi - There is a chap who I went to when Piper was younger for an intro to it - he does weekend B&B and training for owner and gun dog. workingcanines.co.uk Reasonably priced and very effective - we are looking to go back to him. in the weekend - we went the basics of whistle training were taught and with himself and mandy his partner are super welcoming!
     
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    I just heard
     
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    Spikey_31 PetForums Newbie

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    What do you decide?

    For anyone else stumbling across this post with similar questions: you may find an actual Gundog club a bit strict and harsh for what you're looking for, working gundogs need to be trained to a very high standard (ortherwise they can ruin a days shooting).

    I find for doing Gundog training with pets, if you don't have the aim to work the dog in the field, you're best finding a local dog training club that does a variety of classes, it less likely to be as strict and be a bit more fun. Although all aspects of Gundog training should be fun for the dog, sometimes it can not be much fun for the handler if the trainer is too strict.
     
  6. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums Senior

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    All my Cockers have been from showing lines, but they all had an inbuilt instinct to flush and retrieve. It was really amazing to watch them naturally 'quarter' a field when looking for something they had a scent of.
    I don't know about gundog training. We did obedience and they were very good at it...greedy little dogs so easy to train. I think they would also have been good at agility but unfortunately they were all fitter and faster than me.
    Never underestimate a Cocker; they are really smart and intelligent little dogs.
    Any type of training/work that you can find to do with your dog will be rewarding, and build a strong bond. Try everything you can would be my advice.
     
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