In our latest episode of “Found It Fetched It,” we sit down with the amazing group experts of the Ladies Working Dog Group (LWDG) – Jemma Martin, Claire Denyer, and Samantha Thorneycroft- Taylor. We delve into their journeys, challenges, and the rewarding aspects of being gundog trainers. This blog post captures the essence of their experiences and highlights the valuable insights they shared.

The Journey to Becoming Gundog Trainers

Inspiration and Beginnings

Each of our experts had a unique journey that led them to become gundog trainers. Jemma always wanted a Cocker Spaniel and discovered her passion for training through her experiences with her own dog, she transitioned from the police force to dog training, driven by her desire to help people and their dogs. Claire found her way into gundog training through a love of behavior studies and a desire to rehabilitate dogs, particularly after her own dog, Indy, faced significant challenges.

Steps to Success

The paths to becoming successful gundog trainers varied for each expert. They talked about the importance of continuous learning, both through formal education and practical experience. Whether it was through courses, workshops, or hands-on training, each trainer highlighted the necessity of gaining knowledge and adapting to the unique needs of each dog and owner they work with.

Challenges and Rewards in Gundog Training

Overcoming Obstacles

One of the recurring themes in the discussion was the emotional investment in their clients and their dogs. The experts shared how challenging it can be to stay motivated and resilient, especially when clients don’t follow through with the necessary work. The experts highlighted the importance of setting boundaries and managing expectations to avoid burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Finding Joy in Small Wins

Despite the challenges, the rewards of being a gundog trainer are immense. Watching the transformation in both the dogs and their owners is a source of great satisfaction. Seeing a dog successfully complete a difficult retrieve or helping an owner rebuild a positive relationship with their dog are moments that make all the hard work worthwhile.


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Building a Legacy in Gundog Training

Empowerment and Education

The experts hope to leave a legacy of empowerment and education. They aim to instill confidence in dog owners, helping them believe in their ability to train and build strong relationships with their dogs. We talked about the fact that training should be enjoyable and fulfilling for both the dog and the owner.

Sustainable Practices

The discussion also touched on the importance of evolving practices. As trainers, they are committed to continuous improvement and adapting to new knowledge about dog behaviour and training techniques. This ensures that the advice and methods they provide remain effective and relevant.

Maintaining Balance in a Passion-Driven Career

Managing Emotional Investment

Balancing the emotional investment in clients and their own personal lives is a constant challenge. The experts shared strategies for maintaining this balance, such as setting clear boundaries and finding time for personal hobbies outside of dog training. This helps them stay focused and energised, allowing them to provide the best support for their clients.

Personal Hobbies and Interests

Finding hobbies and interests outside of dog training is crucial. For instance, engaging in activities like Sugarcraft or kayaking can provide a much-needed break from the demands of their career. This not only helps in maintaining a healthy work-life balance but also prevents burnout and keeps their passion for dog training alive.

Looking Forward to the Future

The LWDG experts are dedicated to leaving a positive and lasting impact on the gundog training community. They strive to create a supportive environment where dog owners can thrive, continually learn, and build stronger bonds with their dogs. The legacy they aim to leave is one of empowerment, education, and sustainable practices that will benefit future generations of gundog trainers and owners alike.


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