Positive Gundog Training Conference


Details on the 2020 conference.

Speakers for the 2020 Conference are now current.  Follow links from the menus above.

Natalie Cannon will be joining us for the first time this year, this will be really great as we now have appropriate ground at the new venue to offer hunting workshops with Natalie.

Returning speakers are Collette May, Helen Phillips, Sally Richardson and Leanne Smith.

The new timetable and workshops descriptions will be coming soon.

The Positive Gundog Training Conference came about to try to help connect and educate people about training gundogs using science based, positive training techniques. We aim to bring together top trainers from around the country to help spread ideas and techniques throughout the positive gundog training community.

There are two outdoor training workshops with handler places and one indoor lecture running simultaneously for each session during the day so there is plenty to choose from. Handler places are pre booked and are limited to 6 dogs per workshop so that the handlers can have good interaction with the speakers and learn a lot during each session.  Spectators are able to choose each day which training session that they would like to watch.

We had two exciting new trainers joining the line-up in 2018, Collette May and Sally Richardson. Returning speakers were Sian Ryan, Helen Phillips, Jane Ardern and Leanne Smith.

We are had another brilliant weekend’s training following on from the success of May 2017 at Top Barn Farm near Worcester. We stayed at the great venue for 2018 as there is plenty of space for the training, scurries and camping.  For the full details of 2017 conference there is a write up below.

From 2018 the conference will be run on a bi-annual basis, so the next one will be in 2020.




Please email Leanne, for a booking form, using gundogs@dogsrdogs.co.uk

The Gundogs @ Dogs R Dogs team hope that you will have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

For more information please follow the links in the Positive Gundog Conference Training Pull down Menu above.


PGTC 2017 Review

Saturday began with all the delegates arriving on a beautiful sunny day, to the lovely venue at Top Barn Farm near Worcester. After the opening get together all the delegates split up to go to their chosen workshops.

Philippa Williams was demonstrating Advanced Retrieving techniques with her dogs; Jane Ardern was showing people how to work successfully with multiple dogs and Sian Ryan gave Part 1 of her seminar on Self Control.

After lunch Philippa held a workshop on directions, Jane gave a workshop on Clicker retrieve and Sian carried on with Part 2 of her Self Control workshop.

Saturday evening was taken up with the Scurries sponsored by Clicker Gundog which were thoroughly enjoyed by all present. The day finished with the sun setting over happy people and dogs sitting on hay bales chatting about the day.  Tracey Rich Photography who was at the whole conference took photographs of the scurries and the workshops to provide a lasting memory for those who took part.

Sunday began with Helen Phillips teaching her workshop on Reliability of core behaviours, Leanne Smith gave a workshop looking at Rewards and Reinforcers, and Sarah Hedderly gave a seminar on Identifying injuries in the gundog.

Sunday afternoon saw Helen looking at Self-control Games, Leanne presenting Teaching the Stop Whistle, and Sarah giving her second presentation on the Fitness of the gun dog – pre, mid and post season. As the day drew to a close we all gathered in the marquee to close the conference and to say goodbye for another year.

It appeared that the weekend was a success and there were a lot of tired but happy people driving home on Sunday evening with brains packed full of what they had learned over the two days. Some of the delegates had cars packed with goodies that they had bought at the stalls, lots of ‘absolutely essential’ gundog training equipment, ‘Soggy Dog’ towels, lanyards and perfect fit harnesses.

Hope to see you all in 2018!