Feature Expert : Claire Denyer
I am a trainer and behaviourist. I run Family Dog Services alongside my husband John. I have been training and working with gundogs professionally for just about 5 years, training gundogs for fun for about 9 years. All my dogs before Indy were pets only. I am passionate about pet and gundog training and showing owners how appropriate training can help prevent behavioural problems with pet dogs, and, that gundog training doesn't require harsh handling. When my dogs work they are primarily picking up dogs, and have worked on Pheasant, Duck, and Partridge, on driven and walked up days, although we do get involved in beating if and when required too. I am the author of the puppy book 'The Life Of Rose' (raising puppies the family dog services way)
Featured Expert: Emma Stevens
Hi Everyone, I am Emma Stevens owner of Cunningshot Dog Training which originated from my breeding kennel name Cunningham (my maiden name and my late grandfathers name) and Shot for Gundogs
I have been around dogs and horses from a young age. Training and interested in health and nutrition.
I started off with agility and obedience training. Then when I went to college to do animal management I learnt training methods for a wide range of animals from alpacas to Emu’s. Learning the different training techniques and methods I feel has shaped me into the trainer I am today.
After college I went to university to study veterinary medicine and science. To get into vet school I undertook a lot of work experience placements. Lots of my work experience was training related. Attending RAF police dog kennels to learn about protection and scentwork to large exotic animal work to learn how zoo keepers train large species to have medical examinations and blood tests etc.
Whilst at university I decided that my passion was for training and behaviour rather than the medical side of the degree. This is where my love for Gundog training came into play. I always liked dog breeds with a working purpose having had collies and non working Gundogs, security and detection work and with my varied training knowledge across different disciplines I decided Gundogs were where I wanted to further my career.
Cunningshot Dog Training
I built the business to help pet and working Gundogs through positive training and create shoot day ready dogs that any owner country background or not, child or adult, Male or female could take out on a shoot day. I try to offer knowledge and guidance for complete novices and people who have been dealing with working dogs all their life.
My personal life I live with my husband who is an under keeper and our team of Gundogs and terriers. I often help on the shoot when I’m not training and I also work in a veterinary practice part time. I offer canine first aid course and behaviour consults alongside my training. We have a fair few Gundogs between us who help with group sessions and my behaviour work as well as all working themselves in various countryside roles suited to their breeds including pest control and shoot day work.
I hope you enjoy the masterclass as much as I enjoyed filming it. Please feel free to message Cunningshot Dog Training if you would like to give feedback, ask any questions or need any training help.
Featured Expert: Samantha Thorneycroft-Taylor
Hi, I’m Sam Thorneycroft-Taylor and I run Languedoc Gundogs; a Gundog and Obedience Training Center in Gloucestershire.
Languedoc Gundogs was started in 2005 and I took over the sole running of it in 2010 when my husband went back into farming. We have written articles for Sporting Shooter, and been featured in The Field Magazine and the Telegraph’s Countryside supplement.
My love of (gun)dogs started when I was very young, although we didn’t have a family dog growing up so I borrowed other people’s to walk and train. My first Springer Spaniel was quite headstrong and I learnt very quickly that she needed a more structured approach with lots of mental stimulation to keep her fully occupied. She ended up a lovely beating companion and even joined me picking up – though she refused to put anything feathery in her mouth and was more of a ‘spotter’ assisting the rest of my team. She had one litter of pups and her son is now a key component in my picking up team.
I now have a great fondness for Cocker Spaniel’s; I find them even more rewarding to train than Springers and they seem to have that extra ‘something’ about them. The attention they give is second to none and I wouldn’t be without my right hand man, Todd, who started out as my husband’s dog and featured in the early Sporting Shooter article’s. He is now nearly 11yrs old and should have retired a few seasons ago but his love for picking up and being out with me in the field is so strong that he still comes out and works his socks off. The joy and pride I feel when I watch him, and the rest of my dogs, working so hard doing something they absolutely love and something that we have trained so hard for is amazing and truly heart warming! Their desire to work with me as part of an equal team is something I strive hard for; my dogs are never my tools and I would never want them to be!
Over the years we have helped many clients achieve their goals with their dogs of all shapes/sizes and breeds, be it a full-on shooting companion, or a well rounded family pet that may undertake the odd day in the field. We pride ourselves in tailoring a course to suit each individual so no one course is the same, although they all include some Gundog training.