Wiltshire Working Gundog fabulous training in the sunshine

Spaniels

It was a hot summer night – but fortunately training took part at Training and Test Coordinator Howard Feltham’s beautiful farm in Mere and was centred around the cooling waters of the lake.  Like all dogs do – our gun dogs relished diving into the waters to collect dummies.  Other training was interspersed with work on land, retrieving and a little hunting.  All dogs did amazingly and thankfully there was a cooling breeze.  

Well done also to Ray for his super training and holding the fort, when other trainers were sadly unable to make it. 

Although this was the last training session on the Spring/Summer evening series.  Please join us in two weeks time on Tuesday 17th July at 6.45pm when we join The Dorset Working Spaniel Club for a VERY friendly inter-club challenge.  This will take place in Moorwood near Bruton. (Cost £7)

Please see a selection of the pictures below – more will appear on the gallery section of our Facebook page – where you will also be able to keep up to date with Society news and talk to other members of our community

Retrievers 

After all this heat I was a little worried as to how Wednesday turn out.  As it was there had been rain during the day which seemed to clear the air and it wasn’t too hot.  We were extremely lucky to be able to use the land at Fonthill by the kind permission of Lord Margadale.  Unfortunately we did not have many people turn up for the training and sadly no Open dogs.  This meant that we were able to split the Novice group between Nick Coates and Ken Green. 

We had very long grass, ticks, jumps and cyclists to deal with!  Lucy Arnold took the Puppy group up the path and found a patch of shorter grass where they could do obedience and a little retrieving, without it being too difficult for the dogs. 

Nick Coates took his half of the Novice group up the track as well and did some heal work, going right, going left, going back, the stop whistle and also using the stop whistle whilst we keep walking; all things we forget we need to keep on top of.  With the grass as long as it was the dogs really did have to use their memory and smell to find the dummies; luckily a cycle group only disturbed us once!

Ken Green bought his jumps again and as a shot was fired the dogs saw a dummy in the air and then had to retrieve over a fence and bring the dummy back again.  This time Ken started off with one jump and then put another one up so the dogs had to jump twice on the way there and back.  They were doing retrieves over 250 yards with very long grass needing good direction and patience from their owners.

Sadly, our next training session will be our last for the year.  This will also be at Fonthill, Bake Barn on Wednesday 18th July and I really do hope to see as many of you as we can for a fun last evening.  Hopefully the sun will shine but it won’t be too hot for the dogs. 

Please see a selection of the pictures below – more will appear on the gallery section of our Facebook page – where you will also be able to keep up to date with Society news and talk to other members of our community