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Working & Training Day – 18 Sep 2022

Brittany Club of Great Britain (Western Region) – Sunday 18th September 2022

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.

Online payment / entry via the Club Shop ‘Working and Training Day‘ or email stevewright.falconer@virgin.net to book your place (with payment on the day).

Cost: First dog (£10 for members / £15 non-members) + £5 per additional dog. Click here for a pdf version of the entry form.

YOUR BRITTANY 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.

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

10.00 Introduction

10.30 – TAN (Test d’Aptitudes Naturels): Judge – Will Tyler, Steward – Sue Wright.

Briefing – then throughout morning. Dogs are given the opportunity to range over open grassland and seek game. No training is necessary and dogs are judged solely on working potential. Brittany Club certificates will be issued to dogs deemed to meet the required standards the top four dogs run-off will be held in the afternoon for the prestigious Stan Smith Trophy.

10.30 – 11.30 Social Behaviour & General Disobedience Steve Wright (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.

11.30 – 12.00 Demonstration of retrieving development: Steve Wright/Maurice Cook. The sequence of training from playing with toys to memory, blind, split, directional retrieves. Delivering to hand. Varying articles, places and distance. Developing temptations and increasing your control. Using dummies and introducing fur and feather.

12.00 – 12.30 Water retrieve: Confidence boosting for young dogs. Successful dogs will be awarded the REEP (Deep Water Retrieve) certificate. Dave Anderton

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.00 TAN run-off of 4 top-rated dogs from the morning. Judge – Will Tyler, steward Sue Wright

14.00 – 15.30 – Agility – Norma Ansell & Carolyn Perks

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

14.00 – 15.00 – Retrieve Training: Instructor – Maurice Cook

15.00 – 15.30 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.

15.00 – 15.30 – Quartering/Hunting: – Will Tyler. Explaining the criteria sought in a pointing dog. 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? Wind direction.

15.00- 15.30 – 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

15.00 – 15.30 – Advanced Retrieving: Introducing split retrieves, blind retrieves and response to gunfire. Maurice Cooke/ Dave Anderton.

15.30 – 16.30 – End of day. Award of prizes – presented by Dave Anderton. Questions and answers. Feedback of future needs.

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.

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 & drink too (with extra for sharing). Be prepared for all weather, and pick up your dog poo!

WHOSE TRAINING YOU

Dave Anderton (the BCGB Field Trial Secretary) has worked his Brittanys to the gun for many years and is an experienced competitor and practical shot.

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.

Maurice Cooke is an Honorary Life Member of the Kennel Club and has chaired its Crufts Sub Committee and served on its 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.

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

Carolyn Perks has 2 Britts and is a novice competitor at agility, and is also on the Brittany Club Committee.

Will Tyler is an experienced trainer of HPRs and has competed with his Brittanys at Spring Pointing Tests over many years. He is on the committee of the Brittany Club.

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 worked his dogs under hawks for 28 years and now uses them on local shoots each week – both beating and “picking up”.

PLEASE TELL OTHER BRITT OWNERS ABOUT OUR TRAINING DAYS. EARLY HELP CAN PREVENT A GREAT DEAL OF DISTRESS FOR OWNERS AND DOGS. THE BRITTANY CLUB ALSO RUNS A MENTORING SERVICE WHERE WE CAN PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH AN EXPERIENCED BRITTANY OWNER FROM YOUR AREA, OR WITH YOUR PARTICULAR INTEREST, WHO CAN HELP YOU PROGRESS.

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.

There is a Caravan Club site with hook-ups, hot shower facilities, etc within 2 minutes of the venue. Visit www.caravanclub.co.uk/certificated-locations/england/staffordshire/newcastle-under-lyme/the-lodge.