Living With Your High Drive Pet Gundog


Collette May of Completely Gundogs and Lead and Listen will be teaching this online masterclass on living with your high drive pet gundog. Collette has 3 working labs, a springer spaniel (recently adopted at 18 months) and a chihuahua cross. The youngest lab and springer are both high drive gundogs that needed a different approach to training than her other dogs. This personal experience together with teaching hundreds of these dogs in classes for the last 7 years has given Collette a vast amount of knowledge and understanding of these challenging dogs.

This 90 minute masterclass will focus on learning how to harness your dog’s natural instincts rather than fight against them.

  • Would you like your dog to recall every time on walks?
  • Would you like your dog to check in regularly?
  • Do you need help to recognise over arousal and how to reduce the levels?
  • Would you like to teach your dog to retrieve rather than just hunt on their own?
  • Would you like to enjoy watching your dog hunt but be responsive to you at the same time?
  • Do you want your dog to stop chasing everything that moves?
  • Do you want to be part of a successful partnership with your gundog?
  • Are you looking at working your dog and need a plan of how to get there with your high drive dog?

This masterclass will look at answering these questions. We will explore the motivation behind the behaviours and how to get control over them. This involves exploring the gundog breeds and looking at exactly what they were bred to do. By harnessing these innate behaviours and putting them on cue you will end up with a fantastic relationship, a responsive dog on walks and a happy content gundog. We will look at what exercises to train, types of rewards to use, motivation and the effect of the environment on their behaviour.

Tuesday 20th April at 6.30pm

Tickets £39.95 non-members £19.95 Basic members and free for VIP members


Collette May 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 three 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 fulfils 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.


Friday 26th March at 8pm


Online via zoom

Topics covered

– A psychological model of human emotions and behaviour
– how to use the model to understand what’s happing when you don’t get the behaviour you want from your dog (and yourself!)
– applying that knowledge to gundog training
– brief practical psychological skills for keeping focused, combating anxiety and frustration and getting the most out of your training for you and your dogs


Non-member, Basic Member, VIP Member


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