Waikato Gundog Club

Waikato Gundog Club was established in 1976 and is affiliated with the New Zealand Gundog Trials Association and the New Zealand Kennel Club.

Gundog Training Spring 2016

FEEDBACK WANTED - PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GUNDOG TRAINING.

Would you be interested in graded gundog training scheme with competency awards?

These could, in time, have recognition from the NZKC just like Agility Milestone Awards and Canine Good Citizen Awards.

Experienced gundog handlers & trainers Lindsay and Eugenie Clapham and members of WGDC Committee are happy to help members progress their dog’s performance.  We can guarantee that over a 6 week period if you attend all the sessions, take advice, practice in the week and then come back the next there will be progress with your dog.  Basic training is aimed at retrievers, spaniels and versatile/HPR breeds.

 Please email:  [email protected]

 

ALL TRAINING EVENTS.

Bring a lead & favourite retrieve item.  Exercise and settle your dog in an approved area before training commences.

  BYO food, drinks + water for your dog.

IMPORTANT:  Please leave gates as you find them – if in doubt check with a committee member.  Be aware that fences may be electric.  There is livestock on the property so keep your dog under strict control at all times.    Keep dogs on leads unless completing a training exercise or in a designated exercise area.  Anyone found on this property at any other time without authorisation will automatically be excluded from the club.

INTRODUCTORY TRAINING 2015

A series of friendly introductory sessions for pups and beginner dogs and handlers who would like to give gundog work a try.   VENUES WILL CHANGE - Contact Karen Budden  [email protected] 

TRAINING FUNDAMENTALS

Take the time it takes – don’t rush it.
 

Train by reward not punishment.

Ensure you have the dog’s full attention.

Single word commands only.

Aim to only give a command once.

Ensure only one person is instructing the dog at any time.

Little and often – especially with young dogs.

Always end on a positive note.

Have Fun With Your Dog

TRAINING RESOURCES

Sites:

http://martindeeley.com/articles.html

http://martindeeley.com/articles.html

http://totallygundogs.com/clicker-gundog/

 

You Tube clips:

Check out this You Tube clip of the “Puppy Headstart Programme” from Rob Milners labrador kennels:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuE1iGc-IZ0

If you plan to use a dummy launcher, here’s a great clip on the best way to use one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZVJ_6lftyE

Books:

 

Gundog Sense and Sensibility by Wilson Stephens – available via Amazon. 

This book lacks a recent edition, therefore the language is slightly old fashioned and it has no photographs, but I am finding it excellent.  A fellow amateur (but experienced) gundog trainer is telling you about all the little things that the experts do without thinking and forget to tell you about.  In essence the book talks about how to communicate with your gundog which is what we are all striving to do.

How to Help Gundogs Train Themselves by Joan Bailey – Swan Valley Press

Visit http://nzvhdta.co.nz/ for details.  An excellent book with lots of photographs which describes in detail how to introduce a puppy to your lifestyle and how to bring him through his first year so he is well set up for the serious gundog training ahead.  Joan’s love for her dogs comes through as she describes what to expect and how to deal with an energetic hunting dog in its’ first year.  

YouTube Clips