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Course Details:

2 full days - 9.30am - 4pm

About the Course:

The weekend is suitable for puppies and young dogs who have completed the Foundation for Gundogs course or for older dogs with some experience of gundog work.

It is also suitable for handlers with experience of clicker training but just starting out on their gundog journey, or for handlers with experience of gundog work but without any clicker training experience.

The weekend is suitable for those wishing to work towards the Gundog Club Grade 2 (for more information see plus Novice Dog/Novice Handler working tests.

During the 2 days topics such as connection building, recall, sit, heelwork, retrieves, play, settle, hunting, duration in static and action behaviours with distractions, use of targets in grid work, will be selected to suit the attending teams.


About the Trainer

​Helen Phillips is the owner of the 'Clicker Gundog' Training Centre and is a qualified  teacher and an Animal Training Instructor with the ABTC. With her husband she  manages a small shoot at the Training Centre solely for training purposes. She has  been shooting and working dogs in the field for over thirty years, during this time she  has been responsible for running varied types of beating lines and working her own  dogs from large commercial shoots to rough shooting days, she was involved in the  organisation and running of a small syndicate shoot in Worcestershire.  
She has been breeding Hungarian Vizslas since 1998 and spent a lifetime with dogs  from crosses to Spaniels and HPRs, as a result, she has extensive understanding of  living and working with hunting dogs. She now has the pleasure of enjoying a good  days rough shooting with her dogs and the focus is on working on the small shoot  she owns at the Training Centre. She currently has two Hungarian Vizslas, Jack aged  101/2 and Dibble aged 31/2 and a Springer Spaniel, Wren aged 5 years. All dogs  work in a variety of roles on the shoot from beating, picking up and as partner on the  peg. Helen has also achieved the Working Gundog Certificate on Dummies and on  Game, with two breeds of dog HPR & Spaniel, she has competed in working tests  and participates in grouse counting.

Helen taught a Canine Training and Behaviour Course at Warwickshire College at  two levels for six years and was a business partner with Learning About Dogs in  Gloucestershire for ten years. She has a Distinction in the Certificate of Canine  Training and Behaviour from Warwickshire College and holds the City and Guilds  Level 5 Teaching qualification. She has achieved the Learning About Dogs Clicker  Trainers Competency Assessment Programme levels 1, 2 and 3 with Distinction and  was an active assessor for the scheme. Alongside this Helen trained with Kay  Laurence for many years and taught a variety of the Clicker Training workshops at  Wagmore Barn in Gloucestershire.  
Currently Helen is teaching a variety of Clicker Gundog courses around the world as  well as at her own training facility in the UK. Her focus is on promoting the use of  force free, positive reinforcement training techniques and strategies within Gundog  training and field sports in general. She has a strong ethical stance in respect of this  and endeavors to promote this within the shooting field and is an advocate for  encouraging pet owners with Gundog’s to explore their natural abilities and  expression of natural behaviour for wellbeing. She is a member of the Special Council for the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). Helen along with Jules Morgan created  and is the chairperson of The Vale and West Gundog Club whose mission is to  provide support and encouragement to those wishing to use, or already using force  free training and organise events that provide a safe environment for members to  participate in. She is an Instructor and Assessor at all levels for The Gundog Club an  organisation that declared its force free policy in 2018 and runs courses each year  for all levels.  
Alongside Jules Morgan she designed the Gundog Trainers Academy to meet the  increasing demand for ethical Gundog training with a robust qualification and  assessment procedure. The GTA has just completed the rigorous assessment  process accreditation to the ABTC and is now a Member Organisation as well as  Ambassador Partner of the PPG. 
Helen is the author of the very popular ''Clicker Gundog'' book which draws on  building a strong connection between dog and handler working as a team in the environment.


What’s included:

A selection of hot and cold drinks, biscuits & homemade cakes.

A packed lunch will be required.

Cost: £