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Training Day – 12 Mar 2023

Brittany Club of Great Britain – Sunday 12th March 2023

Training Day

To be held at the Halmer End Hall Farm, Shraleybrook Road, Halmer End, Audley, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 8AW (by kind permission of Duncan & Claire Richardson)

DIRECTIONS TO HALMER END HALL FARM

Leave the M6 at Junction 16 – you will need a sat-nav after this as it goes through narrow, twisty lanes.

First 20 dogs accepted – further days will be held here, and at other venues. To book your place email stevewright.falconer@virgin.net. Fee payable on the day – £10 for members, £15 non-members. £5 for additional dogs. Priority given to Club 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 and social behaviour 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), making your walks trouble-free and improving his behaviour at home or elsewhere.

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.

Halmer End Hall Farm has an excellent secure field where your dog can run free. Some of our sessions (recall) are held in this for obvious reasons!

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (Depending on age and experience of dogs)

10.00 Introduction

10.30 – 11.30

Social Behaviour & General Disobedience Steve Wright

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.

Advanced exercises for those who are more ambitious. Stop on recall, off-lead heelwork,

11.30 – 12.30

Agility – Carolyn Perks

Introducing agility to young dogs and developing response. Coaching for those who are already on their way. This will also be available in the afternoon.

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. Steve Wright & Laura Winder

Water retrieve: Confidence boosting for young dogs. Subject to wildfowl not breeding on the available water. Sue Wright

Canicross – Katie Hayward: This is an opportunity to find out about a competitive sport that is very suitable for the pet Brittany and offers great outlets for their energy.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30- 16.00 Pick ‘n mix. Individuals can move from Instructor to Instructor for specific activities.

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.

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

Pointing (We hope to have suitable standing crop cover and caged game): Start with birds in the garden or flies in the backyard! Encourage steadiness. Flushing and preventing chasing. Steve Wright

Advanced Retrieving: Introducing split retrieves, blind retrieves, re-direction and response to gunfire. Laura Winder

Water retrieving, agility and cani-cross will be available with the morning instructors.

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.

16.00 – 16.30 End of day

Questions and answers. Making sure we cover other worries or queries you may have. Feedback of future needs.

SOCIAL NOTES

Please bring everything you need with you, i.e. dog/s, lead & collar, toys, dummy/ies, whistle, waders/wellies, towels, water & drinking bowl. Bring your own food & drink too. Don’t forget the poo bags!

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 and has competed in Field Trials & Working Tests. He worked his dogs under hawks for 28 years and now uses them on local shoots each week – both beating and “picking up”.

Carolyn Perks is a novice competitor at agility, and is also on the Brittany Club Committee.

Laura Winder, also on the Brittany Club Committee, is an active competitor and participant at working tests and field trials, as well as working her dog on local shoots.

Sue Wright, despite living with Brittanys, for many years is a first-time handler/trainer and understands the challenges they present – and the benefit training and working brings to both dog and owner

Katie Hayward is one of our leading competitors at cani-cross, and can advise on training programmes, equipment, fitness development, etc.

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 THE BRITTANY CLUB’S 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.

Halmer End Hall Farm does not provide any camping facilities other than hard standing, access to an outside toilet and a cold water tap. By prior arrangement with Clare Richardson on 07709 336436 or at clarerichardson@icloud.com.