Running Time: 360 mins
Welcome to Modern Gundog Training. In this series of programmes we will cover every aspect of producing a well-rounded, capable and steady cocker spaniel in the shooting field. We will work with a variety of cockers with different characters and levels of ability. The different stages are approached with dogs facing the challenges for the first time, therefore issues and difficulties organically arise throughout the programmes. We then look to solve these issues using kind, firm, modern methods of training.
In the first instalment we begin our exciting journey towards a trained cocker spaniel. We will take young puppies through the very first stages of training and socialisation, with the emphasis on the dogs having fun and enjoying their early lessons. With these positive foundations in place we will be well positioned to move on to the more advanced training in the rest of the series.
CONTENT: PUPPY & TRAINING, THREE COCKER FROM SAME LITTER DIFFERENT CHARACTERS, TRAINING EQUIPMENT, HAND AND WHISTLE COMMANDS, PLAY TRAINING, INTRO TO LEAD, RECALL, INTRO TO PLAY AND RETRIEVE, INTRO TO SIT AND STAY, INTRO TO LEAD TWO.
In the second instalment of the series we begin taking our young cockers through their basic training. We start to make our training sessions more challenging and look to make progress whenever the dog is ready. We will be finding the balance between ensuring the dog achieves success whilst increasing the difficulty of the training tasks.
CONTENT: INTRO TO SIT AND STAY TWO, INTRO TO TRANSPORT, INTRO TO HUNTING AND RETRIEVE, INTRO TO HUNT AND RETRIEVE TWO, ON AND OFF LEAD IN PARK, INTRO TO RETRIEVING.
In the third instalment of the series our cockers are becoming capable young adults. Our dogs are developing in confidence and have an increasing set of skills, but are also growing from teenagers into young adults, which presents us as the trainer with the challenge of being firm and fair. This section represents the essential preparation before work in the shooting field.
CONTENT: INTRO TO MEMORY RETRIEVE, INTRO TO LEAD IN TOWN, BLIND RETRIEVE, MULTI RETRIEVES, INTRO TO WIRE FENCE, INTRO TO STONEWALL, INTRO TO COLD GAME, INTRO TO WARM GAME, INTRO TO RABBIT PEN, INTRO TO SHOT, INTRO TO LIVESTOCK, INTRO TO COVER, INTRO TO FUR, INTRO TO WATER.
In the final instalment of the series our cockers are ready to be introduced to the shooting field and we look at practical working techniques in a variety of shooting situations. We are ready to enjoy the rewards of our previous training but there is still much to learn. We will take particular care when taking our dogs shooting for the first team, as these moments are crucial for ensuring a smooth transition between basic training and work in the field.
CONTENT: ADVANCED WATER WORK, TAKE A LINE, HANDLING REVISION, WORKING WITH OTHER DOGS, RABBIT SHOOTING, ROUGH SHOOTING, INTRO TO RETRIEVING WOOD PIGEON, SEASON HANDLING REVISION, INTRO TO BEATING LINE, BEATING LINE, PICKING UP, SHOOTING DAY.