A job well done
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.