Hey everyone, it’s Jo from the Ladies Working Dog Group! This week, we’re tackling a question that hits close to home: “Can I fit into this gundog world?” Joining me for this discussion is our LWDG Mindset Coach, Emma Lidell. It’s a personal topic for me, and I’m sure many of you can relate.
This Week’s Podcast Episode: Can I fit into this gundog world?
Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong in the gundog world? Maybe you’ve had thoughts like, “I don’t have the right background, the right gear, or the right connections.” If so, you’re not alone. In fact, I recently received an email that struck a chord with me, and I want to share a snippet with you:
“I don’t fit into the gundog world. I don’t have the family background, the fancy gear, or the perfect setup. I practice in my trackies and hoodie, using makeshift equipment. My dog and I may not look the part, but we’re putting in the work, and it’s paying off.”
Reading these words broke my heart because they highlight a common struggle many of us face. But here’s the truth: You belong here. Whether you’re practicing in a local park or using homemade equipment, your dedication and love for your dog are what truly matter.
Authenticity Over Glamour
As Emma and I discussed, there’s often a disconnect between perception and reality in the gundog community. We see the glamorous photos on social media and think that’s the standard. But the reality is far from it.
Gundog training is hard work. It’s rainy days, muddy boots, and endless dedication. And while dressing up for a shoot day might be part of the fun for some, it’s just a fraction of what it means to be a gundog trainer. The pressure to present a polished image can sometimes feel overwhelming, but it’s essential to remember that authenticity is what truly connects us.
As I share thias week, the reality of my days out might not involve carefully curated outfits and picture-perfect settings. Instead, it’s about practicality and getting the job done. And that’s something many of us can relate to.
Emma’s story echoes this sentiment. Coming from a non-traditional background in fieldsports, she initially felt like a fish out of water. But her passion and determination led her to pursue her interests, despite feeling like a “fraud” at times.
I remember Emma reaching out to us at LWDG before getting her first gundog, unsure if she belonged in our community. And let me tell you, Emma, you’ve been an invaluable member ever since. Your journey reminds us that it’s not about where you come from; it’s about where you’re going.
Emma’s experience with her first gundog, Scout, paints a picture of the real-life challenges many of us face. From squeezing her dog into a three-door Fiesta to making do with limited resources, Jo’s journey is a testament to resilience and determination.
And as Emma rightly points out, our community is made up of a diverse spectrum of individuals. Some may have access to vast fields and top-of-the-line equipment, while others navigate training in smaller spaces with makeshift tools. But regardless of our circumstances, we all share the same passion for our dogs and the sport.
Building an Inclusive Community
In a world where appearances often take precedence, it’s crucial to shine a light on the reality behind the facade. By sharing our stories and experiences authentically, we not only make our community more accessible but also inspire others to embrace their own unique journeys.
This weeks episode has been such an engaging conversation, and I love the passion and authenticity we all bring to the field sports community. It’s clear that our experiences and journey have shaped not just our approach to training dogs, but also our perspective on inclusivity and acceptance within the community.
It’s a testament to the fact that anyone, regardless of background or perceived credentials, can find their place and thrive in field sports.
The emphasis on support and camaraderie within the Ladies Working Dog Group is truly commendable. Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, both online and in-person, is essential for fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment among members and this is something the whole community cares about.
The online presence of LWDG, providing a platform for connection and support, especially for those who may not have access to similar communities locally. The willingness to support each other virtually, regardless of physical distance, highlights the strength of the community and its dedication to uplifting every member.
The LWDG are really passionate about making everyone feel welcome and included in the world of dog training, whether it’s through our membership, on various groups, or individual platforms. Making it authentic is key, right? It’s important we share real moments, like when your dog messes up or when you’re out there in the rain, because that’s what connects people on a genuine level.
Keep the Conversation Going
Creating that authenticity is what breaks down barriers and makes it accessible for everyone. Offering opportunities for people to try things out, like beating or handling a shotgun, is such a fantastic way to open doors and nurture the next generation of women in this field. Embracing different backgrounds and ideas enriches the entire community and helps us all grow. And leading by example, whether it’s sharing resources or encouraging others, is a powerful way to foster a supportive environment.
I completely agree that keeping these conversations going is crucial. It’s through dialogue and understanding that we can continue to evolve and create an even more diverse and welcoming community.
Thanks for sharing your insights, and I’m looking forward to seeing the incredible community you continue to build. Keep shining your light and empowering others along the way!
In conclusion, remember that the Ladies Working Dog Group is here for you every step of the way. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, our community embraces authenticity, diversity, and inclusivity. So, join us on this journey of empowerment, support, and real-life dog training experiences. Together, we’ll break down barriers, inspire one another, and create a space where every woman feels welcome and valued in the world of gundog training. Let’s train our dogs, support each other, and thrive together. See you on the podcast!
Much Love Jo and Emma xx
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