People decide to have private gundog training lessons for a number of different reasons.
Not everyone wants to ‘go it alone’ or to train in a large group.
Not everyone is comfortable learning from gundog training books.
And many of us will want to spend some one-to-one time with a trainer before committing to a training course.
Finding a one-to-one gundog trainer
Obviously you will want an instructor that is experienced, competent and who will treat your dog kindly. Check out: In Safe Hands to find out more about Gundog Club Instructors. You can find a list of Gundog Club Accredited Instructors here: Gundog Instructors in the UK
Some gundog owners have regular lessons with a professional gundog trainer, right the way through the training process.
This may seem an expensive option, but the return on such an investment is high.
Not only are you likely to avoid many of the problems that arise when novice trainers struggle on alone, you will learn skills that will stand you in good stead for many years.
Many gundog owners only seek help from a professional trainer when things start to go wrong. And most gundog trainers spend a lot of time helping people unravel problems, or deal with difficult behaviour.
Group work matters
Remember that at some point you will need to work in a group situation. A gundog cannot be trained in isolation and even a dog that is never intended for gundog fieldwork will need at some point to learn to cope with the distraction of other dogs around him.
Getting the best from a professional trainer
One of the best and most affordable ways to make use of your professional trainer is to consult him at specific intervals. Starting right at the beginning with a puppy session or two to get you off on the right foot.
You can then work through the Grade One training guide and see your trainer again when your dog is six or seven months old. He will help make sure you are ready for your first test and that you are making good progress.
An eight week group course will set you on the right road for Grade Two and more one-to-one lessons can be added if and when needed.
Preparing for fieldwork
As your dog becomes more advanced you will need one-to-one help again as you introduce him to the shooting field.
Introduction to shot and game are all ideally done through individual lessons with a skilled instructor. General fieldwork practice and retrieving experience on land and water can then be carried out in groups.
Gundog Club Instructors
Our Instructors are happy to teach you and your dog at your convenience. You can arrange one-to-one lessons with a trainer in your area and join in their group classes if and when you are ready.