Instilling Confidence and Cues In Your Puppy




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By Ladies Working Dog Group
About Instilling Confidence and Cues In Your Puppy

From 8 weeks old a new pup can enter our lives with our plan to use them as a working dog. There are many months until we can start formal training, but in that time there is so much we can do to make the months ahead fun and rewarding for a young pup.

Join Featured Expert Samantha Thorneycroft-Taylor as she shows us exactly how to make a huge difference in the future of our working dogs.

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Published July 2021 


Very Satisfied

Confident Puppy Basics Very Satisfied A lovely series of videos showing the growing bond between puppy and handler, as well as how to introduce some of the gundog basics. I particularly liked Sam's 'no pressure' approach. There was no rush for the puppy to move through the stages - and everything looked like such good fun! I am now really looking forward to starting with my new pup and will definitely be using some of these techniques! More puppy classes please - showing phased approaches to developing basic skills in a 'no pressure' , fun way. Yes

Paula B

Good reminders to praise a lot

Instilling confidence and cues in your puppy Very satisfied It was helpful that the different exercises were shown in short clips and that not all went perfectly so allowed corrections to be shown. Good reminders to praise a lot and to get the action before pairing with a command word. Most helpful was to see an exuberant spaniel rather than a dog that is more sedate being trained. Introduction to water and obstacles Beginners guide to going on a shoot. Yes please . Loved Samantha’s style of presenting.

Carol M

Hugely enjoyable Masterclass

Confident Puppy Basics Very Satisfied Hugely enjoyable Masterclass showing the joy of training a young pup with enthusiasm and not crushing or detering the pups willingness to learn. I would like to see a masterclass about getting a"teenage pup" to re-engage with listening rather than thinking it knows what it is doing now & not pre-empting instructions. (Or an adult thinking it knows best too, rather than listening to the instruction!) Yes

Nadine D A

Really useful and worthwhile master class

Confident puppy basics Very satisfied Being able to see the level of expectation from a puppy. As a first time dog owner I can now see how unrealistic I have been with my puppies training. Really useful and worthwhile master class. Cues and what they mean. A simple guide to them. (This is following on from the dog and duck session on cues!) Yes

Emma F

This training is perfect!

Instilling Confidence and Cues In Your Puppy Very Satisfied This training is perfect for me! It shows me exactly what I need to do and how low key and fun to keep my puppy's training as well as what is realistic to expect. So much training information that is out there is centred around either formal sundog training once they're around a year or general obedience there was nothing that showed me how to lay some really good foundations for my working dog. This was one of the best 45 minutes I've spent with so much information gained. I can't wait to lay some really solid ground work with my pup! Whistle commands Yes

Victoria W

Simple and Easy

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About the Teacher

Ladies Working Dog Group

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. 

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