One-to-one gundog training lessons

by admin on March 12, 2012

One-to-one gundog training lessonsPeople decide to have private gundog training lessons for a number of different reasons.  

Not everyone wants to ‘go it alone’  or to train in a large group. 

Not everyone is comfortable learning from gundog training books.   

And  many of us will want to spend some one-to-one time with a trainer before committing to a training course.

Finding a one-to-one gundog trainer

Obviously you will want an instructor that is experienced, competent and who will treat your dog kindly.   Check out:  In Safe Hands  to find out more about Gundog Club Instructors.   You can find a list of Gundog Club Accredited Instructors here:  Gundog Instructors in the UK 

Regular lessons

Some gundog owners have regular lessons with a professional  gundog trainer,  right the way through the training process.    This may seem an expensive option,  but the return on such an investment is high.  Not only are you likely to avoid many of the problems that arise when novice trainers struggle on alone,  you will learn skills that will stand you in good stead for many years.

Solving problems

Many gundog owners only seek help from a professional trainer when things start to go wrong.  And most gundog trainers spend a lot of time helping people unravel problems, or deal with difficult behaviour.

Group work matters

Remember that at some point you will need to work in a group situation.   A gundog cannot be trained in isolation and even a dog that is never intended for gundog fieldwork will need at some point to learn  to cope with the distraction of other dogs around him.

Getting the best from a professional trainer

One of the best and most affordable ways to make use of your professional trainer is to consult him at specific intervals.   Starting right at the beginning with a puppy session or two to get  you off on the right foot.    You can then work through the Grade One training guide and see your trainer again when your dog is six or seven months old.   He will help make sure you are ready for your first test and that you are making good progress.

An eight  week group course will set you on the right road for Grade Two and more one-to-one lessons can be added if and when needed.

Preparing for fieldwork

As your dog becomes more advanced you will need one-to-one help again as you introduce him to the shooting field.   Introduction to shot and game are all ideally done through individual lessons with a skilled instructor.    General fieldwork practice and retrieving experience on land and water can then be carried out in groups.

Gundog Club Instructors

Our Instructors are happy to teach you and your dog  at your convenience.   You can arrange one-to-one lessons with a trainer in your area and join in their group classes if and when you are ready. 



Rachael Goodfellow April 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hi, i have a Black Labrador who will be 5yrs in October 2012. He knows basic commands and is a pedigree from a blood line of Gundogs. I am would like him to have Gundog training as a hobbie more than to work him and would like to know where the nearest class or instructors to Hinckley (LE10 0LD) are located?

Many Thanks.

admin April 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Hi Rachael,
There is a list of our instructors here: Affiliate Instructors

michele May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

We own an eight month old Italian Spinone and would like to get training for ourselves as to training him to the gun. We live in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Can you suggest a good starting point?

Many thanks

admin May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hi Michele, a good place to begin is with a couple of lessons from an experienced gundog instructor. Once he or she has assessed you and your dog, he will be able to recommend a training group or club that you can join.

There is a list of our instructors here: Affiliate Instructors

ted March 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Can you tell me what the cost is for a one to one ? and do you run courses in Leicestershire area

Louise & Ted

admin March 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Hi Louise and Ted,
Each trainer sets his own fee. This link will take you to the Leicestershire Instructor
Best wishes
The Gundog Club Team

Danielle Homewood September 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm


I have a 4 year old Field Spaniel – very active – very responsive and I want to work her for her benefit and the energy she has.
I have recently moved between Ascot & Windsor (SL4 4TG). I am looking into some professional gun dog training for her and wonder if you can recommend anyone near my area who would be available for weekend training.
Thanks in advance.
Danielle Homewood

admin October 6, 2013 at 11:14 am

Hi Danielle, you can find a list of recommended instructors via the instructors button in the menu at the top of the page. Good luck with your spaniel. 🙂

Katie Dew September 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

Hi Guys

I own a very mixed breed dog, he has french mastiff and staffy but be has massive webbed feet and I am sure he has lab in him somewhere. He is 19 months now, I take him to training sessions when I can and he has passed his KC bronze and silver. He loves to work, he gets so excited when I sit him up for a wait and retireive. He just loves it and has so much drive. He will retrieve from water aswell and is a great swimmer.
I would love to train him for gundog work as this is the type of field work I know he would enjoy and it would be a great way to improve his pattience and self control rather than just inside classes.
He has a great nose aswell for tracking.
Would we be able to join a club in the Upton upon Severn / Evesham area or is he not gun doggy enough?
Kindest Regards

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