Oct 022013
 

GUNDOG DEMONSTRATIONS

An entertaining & educational demonstration of dog training methods, gundog skills and a wonderful array of tricks – a real crowd pleaser at any event!  Stephen & his team have appeared all over the country from Cornwall to Yorkshire including at the New Forest Show, Buckham Fair, Frome Show, Salisbury Jubilee, Wessex Country Fair, Ellingham Show and many village & local events.

“Stunning! In the 40 years I have been involved with Gundog displays, yours was the most entertaining and informative display of man and dog working together in total harmony that I have ever seen! Just brilliant!”
Brian Willis, Chairman of the Shaftesbury Show

TRAINING

“Stephen’s encouragement, enthusiasm and gentle training techniques, coupled with structured training methods, have enabled us to reach a standard I thought unattainable on lesson one! His firm but fair approach has given me a new found confidence and Moose is a much happier, more focused young dog. The future looks much rosier for owner and dog! THANK YOU Stephen.”
Angela Knight

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Aug 132018
 

Here we go again – always our favourite show of the year, Buckham Fair near Beaminster, Dorset, takes place this year on 19 August.

Martin Clunes’ annual fair is in its 10th year and he’s expecting over 20,000 people at this wonderfully relaxed and friendly show with the biggest array of dogs’ and horses’ events – all done for charity. The schedule in the multiple arenas is mind-blowing, from every shape and size of horse, to fun dog competitions – even a world record attempt at the most number of dogs to sit to a single command! I think there are 11 rings for the horse and fun dog events alone, many judged by Martin Clunes himself together with his badly-behaving partner, Neil Morrissey. 

Just take a look at the map to see how amazing this event is:

We’ll be located in the Dog Village (bottom of the map) and we’re performing in the main display ring at 2.15, right after the sheepdog and duck display (more tempting titbits for the dogs!) with our new routine. 

Parking is free, entrance is only £8 and children under 16 go free. It really is one of the best family-oriented and fun Country Fairs of the year and a must for all horse and dog lovers. Check out the website for more details: https://www.buckhamfair.co.uk

Please come along and see my dogs behaving badly! 

Aug 032018
 

Sunday sees us performing at our 6th consecutive Wessex Country Fair at Wilton House. Gates open at 10 and we’re in the main arena at 1pm.

The organisers were good enough to call me this morning to ask my advice on whether the numerous dog events should be cancelled due to the heat. With paddling pools, hoses and spray areas strategically placed everywhere, combined with great areas of shade provided by the magnificent trees adjacent to the show ground, we felt it would be OK to continue – on the understanding that the plug would be pulled at the first signs of any distress. In addition, the car parks will be patrolled constantly looking for any dogs that are left in cars – I guarantee it’ll happen!

Anyway, there are loads of displays and have-a-go attractions for dog owners as well as many other displays and stalls. I’ll be judging the numerous classes in the fun dog show after our display.

It’s always well attended, not least because all proceeds go to the Salisbury Hospice Charity. So please help swell the coffers and come along on Sunday!

 

Jul 112018
 

Despite the heat, we managed to put on a display for the fete-goers at Penton Mewsey on Sunday.  It was the most challenging show we have ever done, but when you receive feedback like this, it makes it all worthwhile.

“This is the second time that Stephen and his dogs have performed at the Penton Fete, a quite outstanding display last time and again this year – ample explanation for why we were so keen to get him back for this year’s fete!  Stephen put on a masterful and engaging demonstration of gundog obedience to an amazed crowd at the Penton Fete; a challenging day on what was likely to be the hottest day of the July roasting that we have all had, and one to which both he and his dogs rose with ease and dedication!  His Labradors’ and spaniels’ retrieval skills impressed us all and Stephen’s advanced control and calm manner along with his great banter and humorous dog tricks was a great crowd pleaser and completely won the day. Thank you, Stephen, for a great display and we will definitely be asking him back again next time – it’s a true winner of a display.” Paul Booth, Penton Fete Chairman

Apr 292018
 

I’ve often thought that the puppies and small dogs I train seem to be a bit lost on the full size boards we use. So I thought I’d have a crack at designing and making some boards just for our smaller dogs! 

Here’s my first effort in time for tomorrow’s lesson with a 9 week old Golden Retriever. Compact, interlocking, lightweight and small, they should be ideal to encourage the pup or small dog to maintain a steady sit, stay and straight line recall.

I’ll try and post a video of the pup using the boards!