About Us

The Gundog Club was launched in January 2006. To find out more about the origins and history of the Club, please select from the  menu on the left.

Purpose

The original purpose of the Club was to help novice and struggling gundog owners to successfully train their dogs through the provision of a structured training scheme and a series of graded non-competitive awards.

This purpose remains unchanged and the Gundog Club’s mission statement is the same now as it was when the club was founded. The Club encourages pet gundog owners to discover the pleasures of gundog training and ultimately to work their dogs in the shooting field.

The Club’s founder is writer and gundog enthusiast Pippa Mattinson and she is still an active supporter of the Club.

Gundog welfare

Today, the Gundog Club is owned by a gundog welfare charity ‘The Gundog Trust’ and run by the charity’s team of dedicated trustees. Sadly it is still  not unusual for gundog owners to have experienced or witnessed, old fashioned and harsh gundog training methods. As a result gundog training is sometimes associated with rough handling and even cruelty. The Gundog Club is working to raise standards in gundog welfare through the promotion of modern reward-based training methods, and the provision of caring and competent Accredited Instructors

Open to all

Gundog Club Field Tests are open to all gundogs regardless of their ancestry. Pedigree papers are not required and cross-bred dogs are welcome to enter the scheme. Pet gundogs are warmly welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Non-competitive testing

Until the arrival of the Gundog Club, all popular national gundog tests in the UK were competitions for fully trained gundogs. The Gundog Club’s Graded Training Scheme has provided the first opportunity for gundog owners to have their dogs tested against a national standard, instead of against other dogs.

Testing the dog throughout the entire training process helps to motivate our students and to encourage them to enjoy and complete their gundog training journey. Graded training helps to focus students on training in small and achievable steps which in turn enables our gundogs to benefit from modern reward based training methods