The Gundog Club supports a complete ban in the UK on the use of e-collars to train dogs. While we acknowledge that a ban may not prevent their use completely, it would send a strong message that their use as a tool in dog training is unacceptable, and this is a particularly important message for people new to gundog training and dog training in general.

We fully support Defra’s proposal that it should be an offence to use an e-collar, or even to put one on a dog, or be in charge of a dog that is wearing one.

Read our response to Defra’s consultation here: Response to Defra consultation

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Spring 2018 book offer!

May 15, 2018

Buy all 4 Gundog Club training manuals at a discounted price of £55 for the pack. Includes: The Right Start Passing Grade One Passing Grade Two Passing Grade Three A saving of £17 on the individual cost of buying the books separately. UK postage is included, international postage is not included. Buy the four book […]

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Game Fair Tickets!

May 4, 2018

The Game Fair returns to Ragley Hall from 27-29 July to celebrate its 60th Anniversary. From archery and antiques, falconry and fishing, gun dogs and gardening, shooting and shopping…there is something for everyone at the festival of the great British countryside. Book tickets in advance to save. The Gundog Club has two free tickets to […]

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New instructor, and new courses in East Devon/West Dorset

April 1, 2018

We are delighted to welcome new instructor Carolyn Fry on the border of Devon and Dorset. Carolyn is an established force free trainer of gundogs with a track record of success in field competition, the shooting field, the show ring and many other disciplines. She has new courses starting at the end of April 2018 on […]

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Announcement from the Trustees on the future training offered by the Gundog Club

March 19, 2018

The Trustees of the Gundog Trust have unanimously agreed that, as from September 2018, the Gundog Club will move to being a force free training organisation and will only accredit force free trainers. The attached documents – a Statement from the Chair; Evidence for Positive Reinforcement Training; and FAQs – explain the decision and set […]

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Registering a dog with the Gundog Club? Email us at

February 21, 2018

We are in the middle of building a new website. This isn’t a straightforward exercise, because our website with many user accounts is quite complicated! While we do this, some of the functionality of the current site will become unavailable as we migrate. So please be patient if something doesn’t work for you. If you […]

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Yet more distinctions for Barnsley students!

February 9, 2018

All distinctions (again!) for Andrew Baker‘s students at Grade 1 – assessed by Lindsay Hermann  – well done Liz and Sam, Pete and Bert, and Dean and Flynn. Interested in achieving the same results as these students? Then Andrew has the following courses staring soon, and you can contact him here. Grade 1 Saturday 3rd March for 8 weeks (now full) […]

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Volunteer holidays – week beginning 12th Feb

February 9, 2018

No books or registrations will be sent out in the week beginning 12th Feb due to holidays – we’ll catch up as soon as we are back. So if you have ordered a book close to this date, or during that week, there will be a few days delay. You can still order books and […]

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Graded courses available in Evesham

February 7, 2018

Clicker Gundog with Helen Phillips Gundog Club Graded Courses for 2018 Evening Classes  Wednesday’s 8 weeks Course for GRADE 1 and 2 – All breeds 2 hours 6pm til 8pm GRADE 1 the assessment fee is included. GRADE 2 the assessment fee is payable on application. Full payment for the course is required at time […]

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Proposed G4 HPR test

January 21, 2018

The Gundog Trust is consulting on a proposed G4 HPR test. The Graded Training scheme has three types of tests for: Retrievers; Hunting Retrievers; and HPRs. The grades currently go up to Grade 5 for Retrievers and Hunting Retrievers, but only to Grade 3 for HPRs. We now propose to extend the scheme and introduce […]

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