Small group sessions
What does Gundog Training Involve?
Gundog Classes are not just suitable for people who want to take their dogs on a shoot or enter trials. If you have a pet gundog and want them to become more responsive, you’ll find gundog training is geared in a way that taps into your dog’s innate drives. Your dog has been bred to hunt and retrieve and these drives need to be channelled into appropriate activities to keep them out of mischief!
On our courses, time is spent establishing solid foundations with structured games before progressing on to more complex handling techniques (if you decide to take it further) whilst always building a rapport with your dog and having fun.
Meeting midweek on a fortnightly basis for gundog classes, and weekly for puppies, there’ll be plenty of time to practice between sessions; you’ll be pleased to know that groups are kept deliberately small so everyone gets the attention they need.
We have the use of wonderful private facilities on the edge of town in the grounds of the Marlborough Cricket Club. The field is enclosed with short grass which is ideal for puppies and beginners. We also have access to varied farmland for advancing the dog’s experience into more realistic scenarios, when you are ready.
Details of the next courses can be found here
One to ones are held at a variety of locations to suit your needs and can be booked through the online system by following this link
Please read the Gundog Trainers Academy Code of Conduct
Steadiness – Whistle Work – Retrieving – Directional Control – Hunting – Distraction Training.
Here’s some feedback from clients Jill has helped
When Elsa developed a fear of gunshots she became very sound sensitive and nervous
“Jill is a fantastic dog trainer and has been so patient with Elsa, my sensitive Labrador. She has really helped her come out of her shell and gain confidence in her retrieving, especially with her swimming at the water training day!
When Elsa developed a fear of gunshots she became very sound sensitive and nervous, Jill was on hand to give me a lot of helpful advice and support to get her through it and back to enjoying her walks again. Her extensive knowledge about dog behaviour is very apparent and she is full of activities/tactics to help combat any issues your dog may have.
I can’t recommend Jill highly enough, her love of dogs and training ability is second to non and I’m so glad I found her!”
It has been amazing to see my little pocket rocket thrive in the job she was bred to do.
“If you are looking for a gun dog trainer Ivy, my husband and I would highly recommend Jill Thorpe @ Develop your dog. Ivy and I have learnt so much since we started working with Jill. From basic manners, distraction, steadiness, recall and commands all the way through to blind retrieves, cold game and Ivy’s first time out on a shoot in December. It has been amazing to see my little pocket rocket thrive in the job she was bred to do.”
I fully recommend Develop your Dog to anyone wanting help training any dog.
Please do not be misled into thinking that Develop your Dog, Jill Thorpe, is only suitable for people who want to take their dogs on a shoot or enter gun dog trials.
I have a very cheeky working cocker, who is fundamentally the family pet. We had tried traditional puppy classes held in a village hall but they really weren’t stimulating enough for either of us and failed to address his challenging behaviours.
Jill has helped me to understand why Frankie does what he does and addresses our issues with activities that are broken down into manageable stages and allow us to have fun.
Jill’s enthusiasm for her work and commitment to force free, positive training is so apparent in her love for the dogs. She’s very patient with the owners too!
I fully recommend Develop your Dog to anyone wanting help training any dog. I’m so glad we found her and can’t imagine what I’d have done without her!
I would highly recommend Jill to anyone with a dog of any age, she really goes above and beyond for her clients.
Millie and I have been going to Jills classes for nearly a year and we will continue to do so as we both love them! At the moment we are benefiting form the online classes which have been great, not only are we keeping on top of Millie’s training but it keeps her entertained whilst going through this tricky time. I would highly recommend Jill to anyone with a dog of any age, she really goes above and beyond for her clients.
It is so rewarding to see Flora progress to what she has been bred to do.
I am so pleased to have found Jill as a trainer, her approach and teaching style is fantastic and would highly recommend her to anyone. Flora and I have been going to Jill’s classes for nearly a year and are seeing the benefits. The exercises are built up in a fun and entertaining way allowing to you to build a strong and engaging relationship with your dog. It is so rewarding to see Flora progress to what she has been bred to do. We are loving the online training were now following; having access to training videos set by Jill and then videoing your own exercises and submitting for feedback has been a welcomed and fun approach in these difficult times.
Have you got a gundog breed at home? Would you like to train him/her for the shooting field, or would you just like to train your dog to a high level? I can help with these scenarios.
When you first bring a puppy home it can be very exciting but daunting all at the same time, so I am on hand to come and guide you through those key canine development stages to ensure that your puppy grows up to be well-mannered.