Gundog Grade 2


For any breed and age of dog wanting to learn the grade 2 level of gundog training and have already completed the grade 1 course (or been assessed in a 1:1). This course will follow the gundog club grade 2 requirements.

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 another; therefore exercises will be adapted to suit each dog’s individual ability.

During the course owners will:

  • Learn how to train their gundogs using positive reinforcement methods (clicker and rewards).
  • Learn from demonstrations, explanations and practical application.
  • Build their knowledge and training skills week by week (as will the dog).
  • Work towards the gundog club grade 2 criteria.

Price: £120

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


Lead and Listen only use 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.

Topics covered

Simple commands of touch, settle and mat/place board targeting and have successfully taught them to their dog.
Walking the dog off lead 30 yards with a reward at the end (no luring or treating in between).
Progressing the pivot heel from a raised pot to no pot and the dog will turn to remain at heel with the handler when they turn on the spot.
Progressing the stop whistle and having success at 20 yards.
Teaching the ‘go round a post’ exercise in order to test the stop whistle at a distance.
The handler can walk their dog to heel then blow the stop and continue walking whilst their dog remains behind in a sit.
A 3 minute sit stay at a 30 yard distance away.
Success with the whistle recall within a medium level distraction environment at a distance of 30 yards and the dog is to return to heel position before rewarding.
Automatic sit at the heel position once the handler stops walking. This is to progress to a dummy being thrown which will signal to the dog to sit.
Marked retrieve at 30 yards in clear view and delivered to hand. Also a marked retrieve in light cover at 25 yards.
A memory retrieve has also beenachieved at 20 yards and a blind retrieve at a short distance in clear view.
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Gundog Grade 2 is a six-week course of weekly 60 minute classes. Please check the calendar for current class times.

What to bring

You will be advised if you need to bring anything specific to these classes.


Ground will either be West End or Egham, please ask your trainer


Sat 31st July at 11.30am, Sat 25th Sept at 12.45pm


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