Field Trial Status Granted

The KC have granted permission for the Club to hold a Novice Field Trial

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GWT Entry and Schedule

Entry and Schedule for the Gundog Working Test and also order form for the Braccbash.

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Open Show Results

Results from The Bracco Italiano Club Open Show 28th May held under judge Seonaid McAndrew

Congratulations to Best in Show Gunsyn Little Lies, the full list of awards follows:

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Starting Out Steadiness to Dummies

How to Train Your Bracco: Starting Out Steadiness to Dummies

Early exercises to start to build steadiness to dummies in a Bracco Italiano HPR.

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Building on Sit Stay Video

How to Train Your Bracco: Building on Sit Stay

Early exercises to start to build up sit stay in a young Bracco Italiano HPR.

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Heelwork – Howard Kirby

How to Train Your Bracco: Heel Work

Over the last few Sundays I’ve made it my business to take a note pad and pencil and quietly make my way around our Mullenscote Gundog classes. We have been running and teaching this particular type of six week Gundog course for a little over twenty years now. Fundamentally we’re running the same courses as the ones we started in the late nineties. Puppy, Foundation, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Plantinum means there are six levels each with their own progressive aims and objectives, which, much like the course names haven’t changed.

The fully trained dog that we produced in the nineties offered pretty much the same behaviours as it’s current descendants and is therefore pretty much the same dog??? I’ve deliberately made that last sentence into a question. What are your thoughts??? Most of you are probably not old enough to have been training dogs that long ago, but even if you weren’t, you might like to think about the ideals, methods and techniques that were used to produce Gundogs. Take my word for it, things have changed, significantly.

Although I’ve digressed a bit I’m hoping that as I get back to my opening paragraph that all will make sense….Armed with notepad and pencil I was observing and doing what we call ‘off-steading!’ By taking the time to watch the classes, my aim is to run a non biased eye over the way that we deliver our courses. Classroom choice, teaching styles, techniques, quality of the teaching and a general overview of how we are doing. Almost always, I enjoy this exercise, it’s a great opportunity for me to observe the fantastic team of teachers that make up the team here at Mullenscote. Teaching, really is an art, watching other teachers can be so informative.

Heelwork

To cut a long story short I came away thinking, …..’ we need to review the way we teach Heelwork.’ Heelwork has of course been successfully taught to dogs and handler’s for generations. As behaviours go, teaching a dog to consistently walk to heel and not pull on a lead is something that owners really struggle with and would be listed as a significant behaviour problem on many dog owners lists.

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Stop Whistle

How to Train Your Bracco: Stop Whistle

Todays training is on the sit/stop. And in our opinion this is more important than the recall.

If your dog is running away from you it is almost impossible to get a decent recall especially if he is chasing something. To get a recall the dog needs to be focused on you. To succeed you need to break the dogs concentration and you do this by having a good STOP command, once you have stopped the dog and got its focus on you, you are back on control and able to choose what happens next, you can either recall the dog or go to it.

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Recall training video

How to Train Your Bracco: Recall

To accompany The Recall training which can be found here

Here is a short video to show how you can start building a young dog’s recall.

Good luck and happy training.


The Retrieve an Introduction

How to Train Your Bracco: The Retrieve an Introduction

The retrieve an introduction’

You will hear of all types of retrieves – memory, seen, blind/unseen, split, double and various other descriptions you will also hear of lots of different commands – Mark, Fetch Hi-lost. And as with all training there is no right or wrong way, its what works for you.  (so long as you are consistent, remember one command, not three if the first does not work)

For now we wont worry too much about structure.

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Cementing the Basics

How to Train Your Bracco: Cementing the Basics

Cementing the Basics

So are you ready to move on?

Good question…..Before we move on to more, sometimes seemingly more exciting training activities; hunting, retrieving, pointing etc, we do want to stop and encourage you to cement the basics.  Or, if you feel you have done this already, remind you that going back to basics is something that is extremely important with your ongoing training.

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