Well bred spaniels, should inherently possess many of the attributes we seek to exploit in them as gundogs. With a little luck our new trainee will eventually display a natural willingness to hunt and retrieve, with unlimited amounts of stamina. As part of the spaniel package it would be useful if our latest recruit showed a liking of water, a game finder’s nose, and a head with memory and perhaps some degree of reasoning.
Given those basic, but essential ingredients training should then simply be a matter of harnessing the dog to our commands. And to a large extent it is just that. However, without some guidance, it can be too easy for the beginner to deliver a regime just short of the mark. “It was my first dog” is the result and a term too often heard. Realistically, each and every new handler is unlikely to be gifted with the skills, patience, and experience that a tried and tested professional trainer may have to offer and I do urge the new fresh and eager beginner to seek some assistance from those well experienced in training Spaniels.
I am a dedicated Spaniel enthusiast and devote much of my time and efforts in support of my local club. A club can be a marvellous source of information, support, and training to those new to spaniels, and investigation is often well worthwhile and rewarding.
I am conveniently located in the heart of Sussex just five minutes from junction 10A of the M23. I specialise in training Spaniels rather than gundogs of all breeds. Occasionally I have trained dogs for sale. I can undertake the complete training package for clients or I can assist with training through individual, one to one, and small group lessons. Sessions can be in the form of a single lesson or as part of a structured training programme. The content is created individually for you to ensure that you and your dog achieve the maximum from the time that we spend together.