Gundog Grade 1

For any breed and age of dog wanting to learn the basics of gundog training.

The course objective is to give dog owners a practical and theoretical knowledge of the basic commands and training methods required to produce an obedient and happy gundog. Dogs learn at different rates and are better at some things more than at other; therefore, exercises will be adapted to suit each dog’s individual ability.

During the course owners will:

  • Learn how to train their dogs in the basic commands using positive reinforcement methods (clicker and rewards).
  • Learn from demonstrations, explanations and practical application.
  • Need to practice with their dog for a short period regularly in order to get the most out of this course.
  • Build their knowledge and training skills week by week (as will the dog).

Price: £90

Please see our Events Calendar for course dates and enquire for availability.

Collette Urquhart only uses science based positive training methods to reinforce the behaviours that are desirable from our dogs. Positive reinforcement training is force free, fun and very effective.

Collette has used these methods with great success to train her two Labrador Retrievers and won numerous awards in gundog working tests, a hugely rewarding hobby for her and her dogs, in which they have to work together as a team to get the job done. It fulfills the dogs’ natural drive to retrieve game which makes for happy and content gundogs. She regularly works at a shoot and competes in field trials, which are the top level of gundog competition.


A six-week course of one-hour classes. Please check the calendar for current class times.


Lead & Listen, Windlesham Road, West End, Woking, GU24 9PS

What to bring

Please bring a whistle or buy one at class
Canvas or plastic dummy
Two toys of the same value (for example two balls)
Treats of varying size and value

Topics covered

Settle and place board targeting.
Achieving a distance of 20 yards whilst on a loose lead. Also a short distance towards a distraction on a loose lead.
Pivot heel on a raised pot and successfully getting movement on cue around the pot.
Introducing the stop whistle and having success at a close distance going to and away from a target post.
A 2-minute sit stay (30 secs for spaniels) at a 10-yard distance away.
Sit stay on placeboards with distractions.
Success with the whistle recall within a medium level distraction environment at a distance of 30 yards.
Steadiness to a thrown dummy has been achieved and a release cue established for retrieving.
Automatic sit at the heel position.
Pick up an object off the floor and place it into the hand.
Introducing marks, memory and blind retrieves.
Introducing the hunt command at close proximity.
Introducing directional casts such as left, right and back.


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