Richard has been involved in training advanced DNA technology, veterinary diagnostics and forensic DNA technology since 1999. He has worked with clients across the globe including government agencies, national laboratories and prestigious research institutes. His experience in training complex learning, in many cases to recipients who do not share the same first language has enabled him to develop a learning program that translates to our gundogs.
Training is based on pack mentality. Whilst one-to-one is very important, training and working the dog as a functional pack has many advantages. Socialisation of the dog is one of the primary foundations of a successful training program.
At Glasybont, our dogs are all trained at the same time. Young and old go out together and are taught to sit and observe whilst dogs are called forward one at a time for individual attention.
We believe that dogs learn from example, and what better example for a young dog than to observe a seasoned trained dog in operation. By looking at the expression of each dog, both Zoe and Richard can read when the are ready to proceed and take the next step. No dogs are put under pressure or trained in skills they are not prepared for.
Every dog has a training record which tracks their progress so that at the end of each session notes can be made for the subsequent sessions. Every walk is a basic training session which focusses on steadiness, heal work, recall and free hunting.
Glasybont training has enabled Richard to compete successfully with Labradors, HPR’s and Spaniels. The highlight to date has been competing at international retriever level with Pip.
All of our dogs once ready are worked in the shooting field. One of our greatest compliments is when a team of guns stop shooting and turn around to watch us work up to 9 dogs at the same time. A testament to the success of true pack-based training.