Wylanbriar Gundog Training
I started working gundogs over 20 years ago. My gundogs were my pets, and were all from showbred lines. Over the years, I have picked up on numerous shoots, and also worked dogs in the beating line. I compete in both working tests, and field trials, and have dogs with field trial wins and awards, and test wins at every level from Puppy to Open.
I have also shown dogs for many years and all our showdogs also picked up and competed and all had working test awards and several ran in novice field trials. We have won the working Labrador class at Crufts, for one sex or the other, in the BASC gamekeeper ring three times in six years. I was lucky enough to judge the BASC gamekeeper ring at Crufts in 2014.
We now have a kennel of dogs that are the full spectrum from all show lines to all working lines and work and train them all. Therefore, I truly understand that for every dog there is a different mindset when training.
(My husband Allan, with the current Wylanbriar gang….)
Very early on, I realised there was not a single one fix way of training a dog. I also learnt, very quickly, that to try and compete, or even just look nicely in control in the shooting field (or even on a walk!) it was all about ‘squarebashing’ and putting in the homework. It was all about consistancy, and all about communicating to your dog what you want of it. Areas that are seriously lacking in some partnerships, and is often why harsher methods are resorted to. Like us, dogs are all slightly different and need training to recognise this.
I am prepared to use whatever method it takes to get the best out of a dog. Even after all these years I have learnt you still need to ask sometimes. You still need help. Dogs, especially sociable gundog breeds, need to learn their job. Be that to be a well behaved pet dog, a working gundog or a competition dog, (or a combination of all three!) And that is both alone AND in a class/group environment. As, what one dog will do happily with no distractions, it suddenly becomes a hugely different kettle of fish with other dogs about!
So the options we offer for training, namely:
* WEEKLY TRAINING CLASSES
* TRAINING DAYS AND HALF DAYS FROM BEGINNER TO ADVANCED LEVEL
* UNIQUE PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COURSES WITH HOMEWORK SHEETS
* TARGETED SPECIFIC WORKSHOPS TACKLING MOST COMMON TRAINING PROBLEMS
* SMALL GROUP ’PRIVATE HIRE’ TRAINING
* PUPPY ‘START RITE’ TRAINING CLASSES
……. These are all based around the idea of building a partnership with your dog. Laying solid foundations. Nailing the basics PROPERLY so they flow nicely and consistantly whatever the level of distraction around the dog. A well behaved dog is usually a much happier dog, a happy relaxed dog knows its boundaries clearly, knows black from white and is there ready to progress to where ever your ambition, ideals, and his potential, can take him!
We pride ourselves on enjoying training any gundog breed, although retriever breeds are our speciality, and however they are bred, show, working, pet etc etc. Colour is also something we know can cause prejudice, in certainly the Labrador world, and having owned, worked and competed with quite a number of successful chocolates, we see no reason for them not to train and achieve just as well as their blacker and yellow’er cousins at all viable levels!!
We realise not everyone wants to shoot, compete or ever hold a piece of game in their hands, and thats why pet dogs are a speciality who want to enjoy outdoor training in a firm but enjoyable atmosphere.
Wylanbriar Gundog Training. Gundogs AND Fundogs…. because training your gundog SHOULD be fun!!
All bookings take place on our Facebook group:
‘Wylanbriar Gundog Training’:
Contact: Diana Stevens: 01903 755963 / 0771 4458944