Gundog training at Higgscroft

It is important that we enjoy and learn from our dogs as we both need to work in a partnership. Your dog is a huge part of your life, so having a well trained dog with whom you have developed a strong bond is of the utmost importance, as you will be spending many rewarding hours together.

At Higgscroft, we not only provide dog training but also ensure that our services cater to dog friendly holidays in the UK, where you and your trained companion can relax and enjoy your time off. We also strongly encourage young handlers to become involved in training and working dogs, including those with stud dogs. These people are the future of our sport.

We design a program tailored for each individual handler and their gundog training. We will spend time teaching the handler to use methods of positive reinforcement on a reward basis to train your dog; this may mean using a clicker and treat/toy reward.

This type of dog training in UK is rewarding and fun for the dog and for the handler. We find that using our methods dogs gain a better attitude and respond well to their training and work. The dogs become more willing and responsive towards their handler, achieving the behaviour they want from their dog.

I am often asked by gundog owners at what age they should start their gundog training. The basic answer is, as soon as you get it home! This should not be complicated moves such as backs, lefts and rights. Just start with small amounts of play with a soft toy in short grass. This will lay the foundations for future retrieving. The puppy will learn to enjoy your company, and this will become a crucial time for you and your dog to start bonding.

We offer ‘one to one’ lessons, specifically tailored to you and your dog’s requirements, and ‘group lessons’ which are important socially for you both.

As your dog grows so does the amount of dog training. Whilst all dogs will learn at a different pace, it is very important to recognise this and not to push your dog too hard too young.

Basics such as staying, recall and heelwork are things that dogs will learn very quickly if the owner is shown the correct methods. If not, a longer left arm, sore throat, and a headache will develop quickly with a full grown dog!

After about two years of rewarding and enjoyable dog boarding training at our dog boarding kennels, your young dog is ready to start some light duties in the field. Many people tend to push their dogs too fast in the first shooting season. This can cause problems very quickly, dogs running in on game, squeaking, and general disobedience. With our gundog training methods we aim to provide the tools to prevent such vices developing.

Don’t run before you and your dog can walk!

It is of utmost importance to acclimatise your dog to all aspects of game shooting. At Higgscroft we will introduce your gundog to game within a controlled environment, using cold game or natural skin dummies to ensure your dog is a credit to you in the shooting field.

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Dog Boarding Training

Higgscroft are now in the position to be offering dog boarding training at our kennels in Leicestershire.

To discuss your requirements further please contact Dan Higgs

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Cancellation Policy

For 48hrs 50% of the lesson 1-1 fee or 24 hrs 100% of the lesson fee.
For group lesson cancellation of place, full amount or suitable replacement.