Gundog books

We have limited capacity to dispatch books just once a week – please bear this in mind. Delivery may be slower than normal.  

The Gundog Club provides training books to accompany the earlier levels of the Graded Training Scheme and concentrate on basic obedience and retrieving.

The books are written by Gundog Club founder Pippa Mattinson  and follow her principles of training your dog in easy stages.  Force-free students, please scroll down for more information.

Books are only available to buy online, paying with debit or credit card or with your PayPal account. Books are normally dispatched (to addresses in the UK) within 7 workings days of order although we may send them sooner if we are able – we send them second class to keep costs down for the charity.

Please note that we don’t acknowledge orders. We are a small charity run by volunteers and the book ordering system is a manual system, we don’t have time to reply to all the orders. If your payment goes through, don’t worry – we’ll have your order so no need to email us and ask.

Postage to UK mainland addresses is included in the price.

International shipping is not – and because we send books tracked overseas, this will cost at least £20 if not more. If you order books to ship overseas, then we will issues an additional paypal invoice for the cost of the international postage once you have ordered.  You can still cancel your order at that point if the shipping costs are more than you wish to pay. Please note the email that we will use to contact you is the one given to us via PayPal.

Graded Training Guides

Each book gives step-by-step instructions for teaching your dog the skills required at a particular grade.

Grades currently available are


Many thousands of copies of our books have been sold and each of the guides has received excellent reviews

“it’s packed with helpful hints and common sense; follow its instructions and you will have a dog capable not only of passing The Gundog Club’s Grade One retriever test, but also an animal to be proud of”

David Tomlinson,  the Shooting Times

Click on the links above to purchase our gundog training books.   All proceeds from The Right Start, and the Gundog Training Books go to The Gundog Trust

Information for force-free students

The Gundog Club has a small but growing number of force-free students and force-free instructors.

Force-free trainers don’t use any aversives (see below) at all in training.

Force-free training is a relatively new arrival in the Gundog community, and the Gundog Club fully supports this exciting new development in our sport.  It’s important to note that the Gundog Club training manuals are not force-free books though the breakdown of the progression of skills within them is divided into very small steps. Most of our force free students find that this makes them easy to adapt for the purposes of force-free training.

What is force-free training?

Force-free training is a ‘hands off’ process. It involves teaching dogs using positive reinforcement only and avoiding reprimands, scolding, and forced handling of any kind, no matter how mild.  Skilled force-free Gundog instructors are in the minority but their numbers are growing.