"T. is wonderful and a pleasure to take out, intelligent and responsive. We both think the confidence you have given us with her, has been fantastic and it is down to your patience and support that she is well trained. I want to say a big thankyou and have been referring my spaniel friwnds to you". S&R
"Val is a wonder! She is helping me with our 2 yr old rescue Cs Harry, who has fear aggression and resource guarding issues. Under Val, he has become a dog with huge potential, lots of smarts and great working drive. And my relationship with him is improving enormously. Cant thank you enough Val!" 
"Ur training has been amazing! …Met my sis on Dartmoor and she couldn’t believe how good Megs was."
- RB
"Thankyou Val, I love our training sessions and we always seem to have good weather! Maybe the ’sometimes’ of Sage’s training is turning into ‘a bit more often’ now!! Ha ha."
- ML.
"Jasper has been training with Val for two years and has progressed to the KC Working Gundog Certificate standard (and got it! Val). Val has a very measured approach to training and is able to identify issues and suggest solutions. Very happy with progress."
- BT.
"Luca’s patience is steadily improving and obedience developing too. Great opportunity to work with Fellow owners and their dogs - socialisation ++. Supportive, constructive feedback so grateful, thankyou."
- CD.
"Pleased with Paddy’s progress in steadiness and recall - latter still a work in progress but Val has been so encouraging and wise, even if it goes wrong! So many thanks."
- AJ.
"Amber is progressing well with steadiness and heel work, great socialisation with other similar aged dogs. Great feedback, thankyou."
- MP
"Chloe - great improvement  especially with retrieving. She is also steady when sitting. Thankyou so much."
- SP.
"Oban and Bear: improvement walking off the lead, hunting, retrieving and delivery to hand. Progress over the last few months.
Full encouragement from Val, reassuring us that as first time spaniel owners, we were working positively towards our goals."
- M&IT

News & Events

A walked-up line with a bolting dummy during a morning’s training!

Last Saturday we spent a great day on ‘hunting and control’ with Julia Griffiths at Whiterush Gundogs . The weather was bright and sunny and everyone made some progress in their understanding of hunting, pattern, wind direction etc. Thankyou Julia.
Our second saturday training AWAY-DAY was an excellent session with Rob Wilmott, covering hunting and much much more! Great fun and lovely ground to work the dogs on. Thankyou Rob.
Congratulations!! to our five entrants who all, achieved their Working Gundog Certificate this week with West Dartmoor Working Gundog Club.
FUNDAY! In June we ran a 'Funday' for all the Handlers and their dogs who attend training here. We had perfect weather, not too hot, sunshine and a fantastic turnout.  A mix of retrtieves, hunt-up and scurries provided the poerfect mix for a bit of fun and much laughter! Best of all we raised a sizeable amount for Macmillan. Thankyou everyone who took part and to those who donated.
These wonderful photos were taken by Kit Williams, Calderbridge Focus.
Essential Training tip:  Why is teaching patience so important for your dog?
Teaching patience needs to start early - learning to wait for food, wait their turn for a go…, sitting quietly with you in town/ at the Pub / beside you in the evening... Learning to wait quietly, will help your dog later in its working life when it has to wait for a retrieve, wait for other dogs, wait for the guns to get ready, wait till you are ready to take it out… it takes time for a dog to learn this and the time the dog can wait - is built up as it matures.  A dog that squeaks with excitement during a shooting day doesn’t make for a happy peaceful day!

Understanding your legal responsibilities in owning a dog

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs

Training at Whitedown

If your dog has D&V, please stay away from training for ten days, fourteen days for Kennel Cough. This is to protect other dogs and reduce the risk of cross infection.
All dogs must be fully vaccinated inc Kennel Cough.
All dogs should be treated regularly with a tick repellent before attending the training ground.
Raising awareness of IMHA (Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia).  This can affect any dog but it seems it is especially a spaniel thing, please be aware and always talk to your Vet if you have concerns.