Working Dog - gundog skills for any dog!

Turn your dog's natural instincts into super skills

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Gundogs and working dogs are trained to work in harmony with their handler. That level of responsiveness is something owners of all kinds of dogs aspire to! This course helps you and your dog develop that partnership by giving your dog an outlet for their natural skills in a way that's highly motivating and hugely enjoyable for you both. 

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What will we learn?

This six-week course is designed as an introduction to the key skills that working dogs use, including -

* Respond to the whistle

* Walk to heel off lead

* Search for an object

* Retrieve an object 

* Stop and start on your cue

* Move left, right or forward on your cue

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What will we be doing?

Working in a large, airy covered barn we'll show you how to teach your dog to respond to you at a distance, how to build their self-control and how to turn those instincts to charge around sniffing and chasing into positive skills that bring more enjoyment into both your lives. We'll use dummies (supplied) to teach retrieve and dog whistles (bring your own) for distance control.

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Is this right for my dog?

The class is of course ideal for gundog types - spaniels, labradors, retrievers, pointers, setters, vizslas etc - who have that natural drive to search and retrieve, but these are instincts shared by many other breeds too. If your dog enjoys sniffing out and carrying objects, has a reasonable recall, a good 'sit', and is able to relax around other dogs, you'll both get a lot from this course.