Gun Dog Foundation Skills Dorset

Challenge your Gun Dog Breed

Please Note: This is not Gun Dog training!! If you are after formalised Gun Dog training there are specialised classes which provide this and I can recommend a good local one.

This service is not about dealing with behavioural issues.  You would need to look at Dog Training   

If you live in the Dorset area I have experience and knowledge around these breeds, their needs and issues. For some dogs, without the right training which plays to their breed traits, behaviour issues can develop. Many owners have these breeds, yet have no intention of working them or want to attend a club environment.  What I offer is a halfway house which will train the dog and yourself to do basic obedience work with a gun dog element in it. 

I have a secure training facility near Morden where we can work on recall and loose lead walking in a special fenced area.  This facility is also great for testing retrieve, whistle work and you working with the dog in a secure distraction environment. This area has a lot of wildlife visitors and resident pheasants living next door so is off the scale for distractions. When you can control your dog here then your other favourite walks will be a lot easier. 

This is great fun for the dog and allows it to utilise the many skills it has.  You, as the owner, have a lot more fun taking your dog out and there wont be any need for long walks to tire your dog out.  I have had a number of clients who have then gone onto more formalised gun dog training.  I can recommend an excellent local club if you want to take it further.

Basic obedience is a must as we need the dog to be comfortable waiting whilst we walk away.  The dog will need to be comfortable in a distraction environment and this is something we will work on. The training I offer is to take the basic obedience and develop this with breed specific training which plays to the dog’s breeding traits.  This challenges the dog mentally and physically and will mean a happier dog. You will be able to transfer these skills to your everyday walks with your dog making the experience more fun for both of you.

If your dog can do a basic sit, wait and has some recall then that is a starting point.     

The first session will be about me teaching you to open a line of communication with your dog.  Without it training will be slower.  I will assess the dog in the secure training area and we can then put a plan in place to get the best out of the sessions. I will also discuss safety and some tips you can use when out on your own. 

Remember there is no quick route to successful dog training.  You and your dog will get out of it what practice you put in. With my help the aim is to be able to go out in a variety of environments and you remain proactive rather reactive to whats happening around you.  Your dog will respond a lot better if you are making the decisions rather then leaving it to them to!! 

Gun Dog Breeds

Here is a list of some of the more common dogs which fall into the Gun Dog Breed.  To complicate matters more there a many variations now where mixed breeds occur. My own dog, Henry, is a Labrador/ Springer cross. 

These are the retriever

  • Curly coated retriever
  • Flatcoated Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever

These are the spaniels

  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Field Spaniel
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel

These are the HPRs

  • German Longhaired Pointer
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Hungarian Vizsla
  • Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla
  • Italian Spinone
  • Large Munsterlander
  • Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
  • Small Munsterlander
  • Weimaraner

These are the pointers and setters

  • English Setter
  • Gordon Setter
  • Irish Red Setter
  • Irish Red & White Setter
  • Pointer
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Gun Dog Breed Exercises: What We Cover

These sessions will be quite relaxed and my own dog maybe present as long as your dog is okay with other dogs. He is a great distraction, but also a great teacher has he has a solid recall in a high distraction environment and your dog is most likely going to follow him if he is recalled back.

We Will Cover The Following:

  • Setting up a line of communication between you and the dog
  • Safety on the training area.  You being proactive not reactive
  • Equipment
  • Long Line work
  • Working on basic obedience
  • Whistle work
  • Recall in a distraction environment 
  • Being steady….able to sit with distractions
  • Working with a dummy
  • Retrieving
  • Release to hand
  • Marked retrieve
  • Memory retrieve 
  • Blind retrieve 
  • Changing direction 
  • Depending on progress we can add other elements in 

Some of these elements are more advanced than others and we need the basics in place first. The idea of these sessions is they would be every two weeks which would mean you have adequate practice time in between to have fun with your dog. 


Please see below for booking information. 

All classes are on a one to one basis and will only include one dog and mine if required. Discount given if you want more than one dog trained.

Location is near Morden which is between Bere Regis and the Bakers Arms roundabout.  It about 6 miles from Poole.

I have tried to keep costs to a minimum so that you can have regular sessions. 

A one hour session the cost will be £15.  If you block book 5 sessions for £75 you will get a 6th free.

Please Note:  

  • I cannot accept any dog which is aggressive to people.
  • Whilst every endeavour has been made to make the area secure and safe I cannot accept  any responsibility if your dog escapes.
  • The ground can be muddy and slippery so appropriate footwear required. I don’t accept responsibility for injuries sustained. 
  • The dog must be on the lead at all times unless you are in the secure area or I am training the dog off lead.
  • At the end of the session your dog must be put in the car promptly as another dog maybe attending after you. A lot of clients I have, their dogs don’t like other dogs.
  • Children may attend, however they must be under your control and with you at all times.   
  • All dog mess must be cleaned up and put in the bin provided.  
  • If you cancel on the day then half the fee will be payable. 
  • I will contact on the day and cancel sessions if the weather is really bad, however we work in the rain, dogs love it!

Online Booking

You can book sessions online for the weekend dates or sessions for weekday evenings through the summer. The weekend sessions will run every two weeks on a Saturday and Sunday as per dates below.  This give you time to practice.  There is no commitment and you can attend for ad hoc sessions if spaces. Happy to do some week evenings during the summer and you can book these online. Hours will be 16:00-19:00. 


Starts at 09:00

May 4th and 5th 

May 19th

June 1st and 2nd

June 15th and 16th

June 29th and 30th

July 13th and 14th

July 27th and 28th

August 10th and 11th

September 7th and 8th

September 21st and 22nd

October 5th and 6th

More dates to follow.