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Gundog Training

Gundog Training
February 21
08:02 2018

WEB5-21-02-18Novice spaniel training day always starts with a manners check

By Darren Kirk.

TRAINING a spaniel has to be done with the knowledge that some spaniels need hunting first with brakes later and for some the hunting is already in the dog so brakes can be applied sooner. At Kirkbourne we hold regular training days for novice and advanced spaniels. At the end of January we held a novice day and 10 handlers and dogs arrived on a damp morning at our training venue in Doncaster.

All the customers had prepaid online so at 10am we promptly started the training day. The day is in two halves, with an interval in the middle for lunch. Firstly we met by the ponds and everyone signed in. We walked through our training wood and continued onto the training field.

As always, we started off with some manners for the dogs. At Kirkbourne we always do this, regardless of the level of the dogs. Some walking at heel, sits and stays were completed before the real training began. After the basic training in the field was completed, we headed into the wood that has been designed purposely for our training, with cover of varying types to ensure the dog has the experience to negotiate this type of environment.

All handlers watched me demonstrate how we hunt our dogs and how we ensure all ground is covered to prevent missing any game. It is important all handlers know the importance of ensuring nothing is left behind. We want all game pushing forward towards the Guns, that’s our objective and we must achieve it.




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