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Oxford Training Day – 10 Jul 2022

Brittany Club of Great Britain (Western Region)

Sunday 10th July 2022

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 members, £15 non-members (payable by cash or cheque on the day ) – add £5 for each extra dog.

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. Rescue dogs with behavioural problems are welcome.

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.

SOCIAL NOTES

Please bring everything you need with you, i.e. dog/s, lead & collar, dummy/ies, whistle, waders/wellies, towels, water & drinking bowl. Bring your own food (with extra to share). Toilet facilities are limited.

WHO IS TRAINING YOU

Steve Wright has worked and bred Brittanys for since 1987, having previously trained guide dogs for over 20 years, and competed in obedience prior to this. He worked his dogs under hawks for 28 years and now uses them on local shoots each week – both beating and “picking up”, and has competed with them at Field Trials & Working Tests. He is a Committee Member of the Brittany Club.

Maurice Cooke is an ex-member of the Kennel Club’s 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 Brittanys 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.

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.

FINALLY, PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACE IN ADVANCE BY EMAILING stevewright.falconer@virgin.net OR BY PHONING 01789 772413. YOU WILL BE SENT A QUESTIONNAIRE TO HELP US PROVIDE TRAINING APPROPRIATE TO YOUR NEEDS.

OPTIMISTIC PROGRAMME

10.00 Introduction

10.15 – 11.30 Social Behaviour & General Disobedience – Steve Wright, Puppies (under 6 months) – Norma Ansell.

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. This session may be extended for individual dogs.

Advanced Obedience: Stopping at a distance, stop on recall, heelwork off the lead. Maurice Cook.

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

11.30 – 12.30

Introduction to retrieve – Playing with toys. Bringing toys back to hand. Varying articles, places and distance. Maurice Cook

Carrying the retrieve article – working toward recall & heelwork while carrying. Sue Wright

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30- 16.00 You choose how long to spend with each different activity.

Hunting & Quartering: Start with finding hidden titbits or toys. What to do to encourage quartering. What to do when it goes on point? Understanding use of wind. How wide should it run and for how long? Working Test participants will be expected to work an area of rough grass, using the wind and remaining responsive to handler. A starting pistol may be used for a seen retrieve. Puppies or sensitive dogs should be distanced from this. Steve Wright

Retrieving: Seen, memory and blind retrieves. Developing temptations and increasing your control. Using dummies and introducing cold game. More experienced participants will be asked to do blind, split and memory retrieves. Maurice Cooke.

Water retrieve: Confidence boosting for young dogs. Working Test participants will be expected to do a seen retrieve into water – being steady before being sent, entering water readily and retrieving to hand. Sue Wright

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.

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

15.45 – 16.30 End of day

Questions and answers. Feedback of future needs.