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National Gundog’s training programme


THE NATIONAL Gundog Association is working together with breed clubs to organise breed specific seminars for prospective Gundog Group judges.

The fourth of such seminars will take place on Wednesday 8th October 2003, which will cover Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

The fifth seminar in the series will take place on Tuesday 25th November 2003, which will cover Sussex Spaniels and Field Spaniels and Wednesday 26th November 2003 which will cover Clumber Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels. The seminars will take place at the Canine Academy, Tollerton, Nottingham. Candidates must enrol for both days.

The successful candidates will be expected to have a thorough working knowledge of the pertinent breed standard and have a working knowledge of canine anatomy and the dynamics of movement.

The tutorials will be based on a Post graduate/University style with considerable ‘hands on’ opportunity. The main emphasis will be placed on the understanding of breed type and be restricted to twenty persons, those already having attended previous courses will be given priority.

Assessment will be made at various stages during the tutorial and positive feedback will be available if requested. Awards will be made and a certificate will be issued when the required standards have been achieved.

Prospective candidates entitled to apply for the course. 1 Must not be Gundog Group judges already. 2 Must award CCs in at least three breeds within the Gundog Group. 3 Preferably under 65 years of age. 4 Must have the necessary time to devote to the preparation work involved prior to the seminar. 5 However, there will be a limited number of places available for new candidates who already award CCs in two gundog breeds and is on a further A2/A3 breed club judging list for another Gundog breed.