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Training Day – Brittany Club of Great Britain (Western Region) – Sunday 28th October 2018

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Training Day to be held at the Gamegoer Gundog Kennels, Heathfield Lodge, Bletchingdon, Oxford, OX5 3DU (by kind permission of Graham & Karen Watkin)

DIRECTIONS TO GAMEGOER GUNDOGS

Take the B4027 turn off the A34, 1 mile south of the M40 Junction 9. Head towards Bletchingdon for 100 yds, then turn right to Heathfield Lodge. BCGB signs will direct you from there.

Commencing 10.00 to 16.30 approx. Fee £10 for members, £12 non-members.

YOUR BRITTANY (OTHER HPR BREEDS ARE WELCOME) DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TRAINED OR EXPERIENCED BEFORE COMING! We can help with everything from toilet training to advanced competitive work in different disciplines. Best of all we like to see owners and puppies develop a happy relationship and find exciting activities to do together. Any training helps you engage with your Brittany (and vice versa) and makes your walks trouble-free and improves his social behaviour at home or anywhere else.

You will also find he has a lot of talents that only need a chance to develop. Our range of varied activities can help you find those that appeal to you and your dog the most.

PROGRAMME

10.00 Introduction

10.15 – 12.30 Social Behaviour & General Disobedience – Beginners – Steve Wright, Novices – Norma Ansell, (Maurice Cook assisting ‘special needs’)

Getting the right relationship with your dog and the principles of obedience – create willingness and respect, improve response, the dog’s understanding of your commands, develop handling skills. Training in basic heelwork, stays and recall. Advice available on behavioural problems.

There are farm animals on site to test your dog’s steadiness with these.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30- 15.00 A Brittany is a nose on legs and wants to use both bits of its anatomy to the full. Finding things and bringing them back to you is natural and satisfying for it. It also gives you something you can do anywhere to enrich its exercise while engaging with you. So –

Hunting: Start with finding hidden titbits or toys. What to do to encourage quartering. What do you do when it goes on point? How wide should it run and for how long? Steve Wright

Pointing: Start with birds in the garden or flies in the backyard! Encourage steadiness. Flushing and preventing chasing. Introduction to caged game. Steve Wright

Retrieving: Playing with toys. Bringing toys back to hand. Varying articles, places and distance. Hidden retrieves. Developing temptations and increasing your control. Using dummies and introducing fur and feather. Cold game retrieving. Maurice Cooke

Water retrieve: Confidence boosting for young dogs. Maurice Cooke

MORE ADVANCED DOGS CAN BE GIVEN MORE ADVANCED EXERCISES – AND NOVICES WILL SEE A PROGRESSION OF STAGES TO AIM FOR BEFORE OUR NEXT TRAINING DAY IN 2019.

Agility & Canicross – Norma Ansell & any volunteer who knows about canicross!

Introducing agility to young dogs and developing response. Coaching for those who are already on their way.

This is an opportunity to find out about competitive sports that are very suitable for the pet Brittany and offer great outlets for their energy.

All these will take place at the same time and we expect you to move from one to the other as you wish.

16.00 – 16.30 End of day

Questions and answers. Feedback of future needs.

SOCIAL NOTES

Please bring everything you need with you, i.e. dog/s, lead & collar, dummy/ies, whistle, waders/wellies, towels, water & drinking bowl. Also bring your own food with extra to share. There is a barbecue on site if anyone wants to cook their own!

WHOSE TRAINING YOU

Steve Wright has worked and bred Brittanys for over 30 years having previously trained guide dogs for over 20 years, and competed in obedience prior to this. He is a Committee Member of the Brittany Club. He has competed in Field Trials & Working Tests. He works his dogs on local shoots each week and does both beating and “picking up”.

Maurice Cooke is a member of the Kennel Club General Committee and of its Crufts Sub Committee and is an ex member of the Activities Sub Committee and Working Trials Council having competed successfully in this sphere for many years. He, and his partner Norma, have owned and bred Brittanys for 20 years. Maurice also work his Brittany on local shoots and has competed at Working Tests.

Norma Ansell is an experienced dog trainer & animal behaviourist, having competed and won Tickets in Obedience. Now concentrates on Agility. Her bitch “Hawkwise Bedouine over Gefni” was the highest graded Brittany ever to compete in the UK and the mother of the current highest achieving Brittany in this sphere.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BOOK A PLACE BUT IT HELPS IF WE KNOW YOU ARE COMING – SO CONTACT STEVE WRIGHT ON 01789 772413

 or email stevewright.falconer@virgin.net

PLEASE TELL OTHER BRITT OWNERS ABOUT OUR TRAINING DAYS. EARLY HELP CAN PREVENT A GREAT DEAL OF DISTRESS FOR OWNERS AND DOGS.

ASK TOO ABOUT OUR MENTORING SYSTEM. WE MAY BE ABLE TO PUT YOU IN CONTACT WITH AN EXPERIENCED CLUB MEMBER WHO HAS ALREADY SURVIVED THE BRITTANY CHALLENGE!

VISIT THE CLUB WEBSITE www.brittanyclub.co.uk.  

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Brittany Club of Great Britain (Western Region) – Sunday 24th June 2018

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Training Day to be held at the Gamegoer Gundog Kennels, Heathfield Lodge, Bletchingdon, Oxford, OX5 3DU (by kind permission of Graham & Karen Watkin)

 Commencing 10.00 to 16.30 approx. Fee £10 for members, £12 non-members.

PROGRAMME

 

10.00 Introduction

10.15 – 12.30 General Disobedience – Beginners – Steve Wright, Novices – Norma Ansell, (Maurice Cook assisting ‘special needs’)

Covering the principles of obedience – creating willingness and respect, improving response, the dog’s understanding of your commands, developing handling skills. Training in basic heelwork, stays and recall. Advice available on behavioural problems.

There are farm animals on site to test your dog’s steadiness with these.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 TAN preparation (for the Test d’Aptitudes Naturels) at the Brittany Club’s Le Weekend in July. This is the Club’s entry event into any sort of fieldwork with Brittanys and is open to any dog that has not previously won the event. Involves finding caged game in rough grassland and does not require any prior training.

15.00 -16.30 General fieldwork – Steve Wright, Maurice Cook

Hunting for game. How to develop a quartering pattern. A secure rabbit pen is available.

Retrieve. Training the retrieve with dummies and cold game, from puppies onwards. Split retrieves, memory retrieves, etc.

Water. The venue has an extensive and inviting lake.

Steadiness. Nipping problems in the bud. Introduction to gunshot.

13.30 -16.00 Agility & Canicross – Norma Ansell & any volunteer who knows about canicross!

Introducing agility to young dogs and developing response. Coaching for those who are already on their way.

This is an opportunity to find out about competitive sports that are very suitable for the pet Brittany and offer good outlets for their energy.

These will take place at the same time as the Fieldwork and we envisage you moving from one to the other as you wish.

16.00 – 16.30 End of day

Questions and answers. Feedback of future needs.

 

SOCIAL NOTES

Please bring everything you need with you, i.e. dog/s, lead & collar, dummy/ies, whistle, waders/wellies, towels, water & drinking bowl. Also bring your own food with extra to share. There is a barbecue on site if anyone wants to cook their own!

 

Other HPR breeds are very welcome.

 

DIRECTIONS TO GAMEGOER GUNDOGS

Take the B4027 turn off the A34, 1 mile south of the M40 Junction 9. Head towards Bletchingdon for 100 yds, then turn right to Heathfield Lodge. BCGB signs will direct you from there.

 

WHOSE TRAINING YOU

Steve Wright has worked Brittanys with hawks for 30 years. He previously trained guide dogs for over 20 years, having competed in obedience prior to this. He has bred 8 generations of his Hawkwise Brittanys and became a Committee Member of the BCGB in 2006 before coming Chairman in 2014. Latterly he has been exploring the world of Field Trials. He works his dog on three local shoots each week and does both beating and “picking up”.

 

Maurice Cooke is a member of the Kennel Club General Committee and of its Crufts Sub Committee and is an ex member of the Activities Sub Committee and Working Trials Council having competed successfully in this sphere for many years. He, with his partner Norma, have owned and bred Brittanys for 18 years. Maurice is also working on local shoots and competing at Working Tests and Trials.

 

Norma Ansell is an experienced dog trainer & animal behaviourist, having competed and won Tickets in Obedience. Now concentrates on Working Trials and Agility. Her bitch “Hawkwise Bedouine over Gefni” was the highest graded Brittany ever to compete in the UK and is now the mother of the highest achieving Brittany in this sphere.

 

PLEASE TELL OTHER BRITT OWNERS ABOUT OUR TRAINING DAYS. EARLY HELP CAN PREVENT A GREAT DEAL OF DISTRESS FOR OWNERS AND DOGS.

ASK TOO ABOUT OUR MENTORING SYSTEM. WE MAY BE ABLE TO PUT YOU IN CONTACT WITH AN EXPERIENCED CLUB MEMBER WHO HAS ALREADY SURVIVED THE BRITTANY CHALLENGE!

VISIT THE CLUB WEBSITE www.brittanyclub.co.uk.   

CONTACT STEVE WRIGHT ON 01789 772413 or email stevewright.falconer@virgin.net

 

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