'Every little thing matters' - remember that and it will help enormously with your training.  If you don't know what that means, you need to learn.  It is the difference between an 'ok' dog and an 'excellent' dog

Residential Training for Gundogs (or Pet Obedience)

NOTE: Unfortunately we are not currently offering Residential Training.

All of our training is done outdoors, away from other dogs and their owners and in varied habitats and cover.  This offers real life experience for your dog during his residential training stay with us.  


We offer a residential training option for those who feel this is more suitable for their needs.  We tailor your dogs training specifically to his needs.  Our training IS NOT 'one size fits all'!

As a small family kennel, we don't accept large numbers of dogs for residential training at any one time, thus ensuring, that all dogs in for training, get the necessary amount of time spent on them for their particular training needs.

Ideally, you want to be looking at introducing your dog to residential training anywhere from 6 to 9 months of age but can be younger.  Older dogs are accepted for residential training but usually stay a bit longer as often, much of their training is about re-training the good and un-training all the bad things you never wanted them to learn. 

If you are serious about your dogs training, don't expect to be able to send him away for a week or two and then think you have a fully trained gundog.  Gundog training, done properly, takes months.  Anyone who rushes this training will come unstuck when it matters most, in the field on a shoot day.  Time, care and patience is needed for your gundogs training.

Prices for residential training vary depending on age, standard required, breed, etc. as does the length of time your dog should be with us.  If residential training sounds like the right training for you and your dog, give us a ring, we will discuss your needs and take it from there.

Once your dog reaches the end of its residential training course, we take you and your dog out and show you the correct way to work with your dog so as to build a good bond, get the best from your gundog and have a much happier shooting companion.

At home, if you don't insist on 'basic manners', e.g waiting to get out of the car until told, not barging out the back door at home as soon as you open it, letting him charge off as soon as the lead is removed, etc., you will never have a trained gundog, (or trained pet) no matter how much residential training you send him for or how many lessons you have.  Always aim for the best your dog is capable of (no matter how small the task) and you will have so many more rewards, as will he.

If you are thinking about sending your dog for Residential Training, please read our 'Misconceptions' and 'Training Problems' pages so you can be sure you have a good understanding of what training is all about. It is not possible for anyone to make an informed decision without having all the facts and information available to them.

We love helping owners to train their dogs but you must understand that training is a long term plan and you, the owners, must have input into it for it to be successful.

The Kennels

Why did we bother double lining the kennels, decide on thick rubber flooring and 200mm thick insulation throughout............take a look at the 4th & 5th pictures below.


For those dogs who are more used to their home comforts, we have kennels where the walls and roof are insulated with house grade, high quality, 200mm thick non rot, vermin proof, thermal mineral wool and then inner-lined on top.  This helps to keep the kennels cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 

Every kennel floor has 12mm thick high quality rubber lining which both insulates the kennel and creates a comfortable floor covering for the dogs which also cushions their joints causing no joint stress when lying on the floor and is more hygienic than normal flooring. 

Each kennel also has pop hole entry which is covered with a soft and durable draught excluder allowing the dogs easy access into their kennel when they choose but also keeps the cold and draughts out.  Each kennel has its own bespoke day bed so there is no lying on concrete when in the run.  All of our kennels are also security lined.

We have security alarms, cctv and other safety systems in place to keep everyone safe and secure.  We also have security linked up to the house and phone systems.  However, the dogs spend most of their time out of the kennels during their stay with us.                                          

Each kennel also has its own cubby hole area for all your dogs belongings that come with him keeping them safe and away from other dogs kit.

Yes, it is important to us that your dog is safe, happy and comfortable while in the kennel.  All that's missing is the TV and Hearth Rug, and No, we won't be going that far!

The dogs actually spend very little time in the kennel as most of the time they are out and about with us.  Because they spend so little time actually in the kennel, we have never had a dog yet that has showed any signs of reluctance to go in them. 

We take pride in the care and attention every dog gets during their stay with us. 

If you have any questions please just give us a ring and we will be happy to discuss any area of the residential training you may have any queries about.


Staying with us involves your dog never being shut in kennels and run for the bulk of your dogs stay. The norm is for your dog to be out and about with us in the vehicle, or playing in the garden, maybe coming to feed the chickens or rabbits, sleeping in front of the fire or training. This means mental stimulation, being relaxed and able to play with other dogs.

Being able to play and run freely and not being cooped up in a kennel for hours and days on end is a luxury not many dogs get to enjoy when their family go away or they send their dogs away for training. Dogs need and flourish on mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. There is a permanent large agility tunnel in the garden and many dogs who have never encountered such an object, are curious about it and can't help but enter into it to explore. Often when they have gone in once of their own accord, you can't keep them out of it!

On top of all that, for the live-in dogs, they have the extra added benefit of being with the family all of the time with all the normal home comforts like a warm open fire on a chilly evening, carpets, sound (t.v./radio/people chatting) and normal family life.

Your dogs health is checked and attended to if need be from simple things like ear cleaning, toe nail clipping to vet visits (where needed). When in our care, we care for every dog as if it were our own. Your dogs happiness and well being is paramount to us.

Your dogs stay with us really is about being treated as well as our own dogs are and their training, at whatever level, is taken very seriously. Remember though, that dogs are creatures of habit. What they learn well here may well go out the window when they go home again if you don't follow through with the training. Habits, for dogs as well as humans, are difficult to break, and some more difficult than others. Your dog needs you to keep steering him in the right direction once he goes back home.