The aims of Graded Training for gundogs

by admin on March 14, 2012

Aims of graded gundog training

Graded training students in Bodmin

The aims of the Gundog Club’s graded training scheme are simple.

We aim to help gundog owners train their dogs successfully using humane, reward based training methods.

We aim to set national standards  for gundogs across the UK.

The scheme is a great way of measuring your progress.

The stage your dog has reached in his training can be compared with that of another dog,  anywhere in the UK.   

The Gundog Training scheme can be used to train a dog for a range of purposes.   It can be used to train a gundog:

  • As an obedient companion dog
  • As a working gundog
  • For working tests and field trials

Your ultimate ambitions for your dog will determine how far up the scheme you progress.

Is gundog graded training suitable for pet dogs

It most certainly is.   Gundog training is beneficial for all gundogs including pets.  You can read more about this here: The Benefits of Gundog Training

Why break the training down into grades?

The objectives of breaking training  down into ‘grades’ or ‘stages’ is to create a logical and structured way for people to train their dogs,  to encourage the spread of more positive training methods, and to motivate gundog owners on their long training journey.  

From raw puppy to fully trained gundog is a long journey.

The grades create a series of achievable goals or targets to strive for.   Each test is a little more challenging than the last.

Do I have to compete against other dogs?

No, the tests are designed to measure the dog against a national standard,  not against other dogs.   Every dog that meets the standard will pass.   Just like taking a music exam or a driving test.  Only much more fun!

Positive training

Modern dog owners want to treat their dogs well.  Breaking training down into chunks helps remove the temptation to push a dog on too quickly or to take too big a leap in training.   This in turn helps to facilitate the use of modern positive methods of training.   You and the dog progress together one step at a time.

To find out more, check out our Information for Students



Elizabeth Archibald March 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Can you tell me about recognised gundog training groups in Kent, specifically around the East Kent (Aldington/Hythe/Canterbury area)?

admin March 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Hi Elizabeth, we have a newly approved instructor in Kent. His page is not up yet, but you can get in touch via the office on 01428 717529

victoria wheatley June 18, 2014 at 1:57 am

Hi, ironically I am in somerset (edge of exmoor) and so far have struggled to find a group near me x

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