Nick – Head of Section07471201156Nick.email@example.comNick first joined NDTC gundog section as a member with his Gordon Setter Marnie after she was rescued and had little training, manners and definitely no recall!!!! Through patience and training Marnie is now a model citizen (sometimes)
Meet the Team
Lewis – Deputy head of Section07794995574Lewis.firstname.lastname@example.orgLewis joined with his Springer spaniel Zuko knowing nothing about the gundog world after he was struggling to get any training into him. He now also has a clumber spaniel called Nenya who he competes in Working tests.
Kev – TrainerKev owns and trains 3 (Ziggy, Obi and Neo) Clumber spaniels and has a very successful track record in competing in Minor breed working tests and trials.
Gill – TrainerGill has a Labrador retriever called Paddy (everyone’s favourite dog) who competes in working tests and picks up during the shooting season.She recently acquired a new pup called Dougal who she is training.
Josh – TrainerJosh has a Labrador Retriever called Cooper who he trains and works on a picking up line at a local shoot during the season. And competes in working tests
Kat – TrainerKat owns several Labrador retrievers who she works during the shooting season. Kat recently took a break after being one of the agility instructors and has rejoined us this year.
What is a gundog?
Gundogs are a category of dog breeds that have been bred and trained to assist hunters in various aspects of hunting. These dogs are known for their excellent instincts, intelligence, and trainability. Gundogs typically perform several different roles in the field, depending on their specific breed and training. The main jobs of a gundog include:Pointing: Pointers and setters are breeds that excel at pointing. They use their keen sense of smell to locate game birds like quail or pheasants and then freeze or "point" to indicate the location of the birds to the hunter. This allows the hunter to approach the birds without flushing them prematurely.Flushing: Flushing dogs, such as Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels, are trained to locate game birds and flush them out of their hiding spots, making the birds take flight. This action helps hunters take a shot at the birds in flight.Retrieving: Retrievers like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are skilled at retrieving game, such as ducks or waterfowl, from water or dense vegetation. They have a gentle mouth and are trained to bring back the shot game to the hunter without damaging it.Companionship: In addition to their hunting roles, gundogs are often cherished as loyal and affectionate companions. Many gundog breeds make excellent family pets due to their friendly and trainable nature.
It's important to note that while these are the traditional roles of gundogs, many people also keep them as beloved pets. In such cases, the dogs may not be used for hunting but still exhibit their natural instincts and intelligence, making them excellent family pets and companions. Training and socialization play a crucial role in determining a gundog's behaviour and capabilities.FAQ’sI don’t shoot, is gundogs for me? Absolutely, very few of members dogs work. This is all about getting the best out of your dog and having funMy dog doesn’t like loud noises, do you use guns?Yes and No, we use starter pistols in training, but only ever with dogs who are comfortable with it. If you don’t want us too, we won’t. If you would like us to, we always do it as a slow introduction to make sure the dog is comfortable before we make it too loud. This can include clapping or using party poppers before we introduce a muffled starter pistol.Will my dog have to retrieve dead animals?As a KC registered club we are not allowed to use dead animals. All retrieving is done on dummies (canvas or fur)Aren’t gundog owners mean to their dogs?Sadly, some are and it is a reputation that persists. At NDTC we use a multitude of methods to train dogs, but we are categorically against causing any harm or suffering to an animal, for all of us they are our pets first and foremost.What equipment do I need?A dog, a whistle, a lead and lots of patience. We can talk to you before or during your first session as to what lead/whistle to buy.We hope to meet you soon!!!