About Lindsay and her dogs
Lindsay has owned and worked with gundogs for many years, starting with her first gundog a Springer x Labrador. Lindsay currently works two dogs, a Labrador called Hobbs and a Cocker Spaniel called Ellie.
She works Hobbs during the season as part of a picking up team, and Ellie in a beating team, on a local shoot. During the off seasons, she competes with both of them in kennel club tests, and has fun with them entering scurries.
Lindsay is a positive reinforcement-based trainer and uses up to date methods to teach owners how to understand how their dogs learn and how to build teamwork based on trust.
Her training methods use a reward-based approach using food, toys, play, and the environment. Through training and games she shows owners how to harness dogs’ breed instincts.
She encourages owners to use clickers to help break down tasks and to make it easier for the dogs to understand different stages in training, which can speed up learning for the dog.
Her students say Lindsay’s training is fun, educational, and relaxed, but at the same time it gets results.
Lindsay believes that using fun and kind methods helps to build a strong partnership between owner and dog, which is so important for all dogs – from pet dogs to those wishing to work or compete with a gundog.
Lindsay has over a decade of success, dating from 2013, training Gundogs.
She has trained Hobbs to Grade 5, as well as being placed in kennel club working tests and gaining working gundog certificates on both dummies and game. Young Ellie is now working through the grades and has successfully completed grades 1, 2 and 3. Both of her dogs work on a local shoot.
Particular breed knowledge
Lindsay specialises in Retrievers and Hunting Retrievers, and helps owners to understand their breed traits, what to expect, and how to harness these traits to fulfil the natural needs of the dogs – Lindsay believes it is critical to work with the dog’s natural instincts rather than attempt to suppress them.
Lindsay is a full instructor for the Gundog Club Grades from 1 to 5, and she is well placed to offer advice to those wishing to compete in kennel club competitions and, of course, those who wish to train a dog to work on a shooting field.
She offers group classes from Puppy through to the Advanced Grade 5, and 1 to 1 tuition.
She accepts all gundog breeds and gundog cross breeds in her classes.
Qualifications and other achievements
Lindsay is an ABTC registered animal training instructor, has experience of working in a general pet dog training school, and has completed the Life Skill for Puppies course with the University of Lincoln. She continuously attends courses, seminars and conferences each year to keep her knowledge and skills up to date.
Lindsay looks forward to hearing from new students in the Derbyshire Dales and surrounding areas, and helping them to understand their dog through developing gundog skills and to achieve a fantastic fun bond between owner and dog.