Dr Katie Friel-Russell MRCVS runs out Gundog Training here at Positive Pet Training which is all force-free as the rest of our work is too.
We start with our dummy training, progressing through bronze, silver and gold working to the Gundog Trust Graded Scheme Guidelines. We work to really high levels of self control for your dog and it is great fun for them regardless of whether you wish to work them or not. Your dog is assessed at the end of each course to see if they are ready to progress to the next level.
Your dog doesn’t need to be a working gundog breed to be able to attend but gundogs and gundog crosses are most likely to enjoy this kind of work.
Gundog classes have a maximum of four dogs per class or we can complete this work on an individual basis too. Your dog must have first completed our Life Skills class before attending our Gundog Training.
Following that you can work through training with cold, warm and live game with us too if you wish to work your dog on shoots or trial them.
Once you’ve completed your gold Gundog training you can then come along to one of our mock “shoot” days or progress on to game if you wish!
“After passing the life skills course with Sam, my 10 year old springer, we recently started the bronze gundog training classes and we are both really enjoying learning! Katie is a great teacher, the training is so positive with no aversive methods and the facilities are fantastic. Sam loves every minute of his classes and leaves a happy tired boy! Wish I had found you guys sooner.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see our most frequently asked questions below. If you have any further questions please get in touch.
Our group training is £100 per dog for a six week course of classes.
Classes are an hour long and the course runs for six weeks. These are generally six consecutive weeks (same day of the week and time) unless otherwise stated.
To start the bronze course your dog needs to have completed our Life Skills class.
And to progress onto the silver and gold they must first pass the previous levels.
No, our courses are not attendance based. There is an assessment at the end of the course. If you pass you will receive your medal and be eligible to continue up the levels.
The standard required to pass is high and some dogs will not pass first time but as long as you and your dog are having fun and making progress that is the most important thing! We will always support you and your dog and work to help get the best from them.
We currently offer Good Companion Awards, Agility, Hoopers and Scent Work classes.
All classes have progression from bronze through to gold medals!
Yes, after every class you will be emailed out notes detailing all the behaviours we taught that class.
As our courses are delivered as a set block of classes, with the same people and dogs, not roll-on-roll off it means if you can’t make a date unfortunately you are unlikely to be able to attend on another day to catch up.
You will still receive the written notes from the missed class and we endeavour to help you catch up over the rest of the course but there are sometimes limitations with this.
Yes! It is great for the family to all get on board with training.
We welcome children into class too but they must not interrupt other dogs’ training and children must be supervised at all times and are the sole responsibility of their parent/guardian.
If there are any concerns over infectious disease e.g. coughing or parasitic diarrhoea then please do not bring your dog to the Academy as you risk infecting others. If your dog is otherwise unwell it is unlikely they will do well in class and so we would still recommend leaving them at home. You can still come along and learn the exercises to teach them once they are better!
The same goes for bitches in season. Their hormones send the other dogs into a frenzy and no one, including your dog, learns very much. If actively bleeding please leave your girl at home, but feel free to come to class on your own to learn the exercises!