A job well done

The Galloway News - - FARMING REVIEW - Frances Brookes

Some­times teach­ing can be a frus­trat­ing and dif­fi­cult task but at other times it can be oh, so re­ward­ing.

As a gun­dog trainer I pre­fer to ed­u­cate and teach the han­dler to train their own gun­dog to work suc­cess­fully in the shoot­ing field.

This year, due to other com­mit­ments, I have only run a sum­mer weekly train­ing class for ad­vanced dogs.

Stu­dents who have been with me for pre­vi­ous years in begin­ners and im­provers have been out this year learn­ing how to han­dle their dog­gie stu­dents at greater dis­tances and in more de­mand­ing and tempt­ing sce­nar­ios.

I’m very for­tu­nate to have many con­tacts within our sport and with such a re­ward­ing and ad­vanced class I de­cided to call in a favour.

One of my f riends owns a grouse moor in Northum­ber­land which be­ing a rar­ity th­ese days is non-com­mer­cial.

One evening af­ter class I con­fronted the group with an in­vi­ta­tion. Would they like to come down and ex­pe­ri­ence a day on a driven grouse moor and in­tro­duce their dogs to this awe­some spec­ta­cle? As they were a lit­tle ner­vous about go­ing pub­lic on such a pres­ti­gious shoot I promised them faith­fully to look af­ter them and guide them through the day. Throw them into the deep end? Me? Of course I would!

A grouse moor is an awe­some place. It of­fers up some spec­tac­u­lar scenery, awe­some dis­tances cov­ered by the beat­ers, birds fly­ing fast and low and of course very fickle weather.

Af­ter a very early start, strict in­struc­tions as to kit re­quired and the pro­to­col for the day I in­tro­duced my group to our host who was de­lighted that we had some new­bies along and af­ter a few kind words from the keeper the day be­gan.

I must say they all did me proud all man­ag­ing to han­dle their dogs well find­ing game and de­liv­er­ing to hand.

At the end of the day which was a lit­tle damp at times we all went back to the shoot­ing lodge for tea and cake and a gen­eral de­brief.

Spir­its were high and although it was a very long and tir­ing day my group made their weary way back up to Scot­land with a brace of Grouse a piece. And me? Very proud them and re­ally chuffed with a re­ward­ing job well done.

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