Cockers are used in a similar role as to English Springer Spaniels.  Cockers were bred to hunt, flush and retrieve game and what they may sometimes lack in size they make up for with their determination and character.

The training requirements for a Cocker Spaniel are:

• to hunt and find game in all types of ground ie bracken, brambles, white grass, roots, woods
• to stop and stay upon flushing game
• to be able to direct the dog left, right and back
• to stop on the whistle
• to sit and stay in one place until instructed to go out for a retrieve
• to retrieve game from any type of ground ie water, woods, bushes
• to walk to heel

Shropshire Gundogs can offer all types of training from obedience training to a fully trained gundog. We offer residential training to a limited number of dogs enabling us to provide the necessary time with each dog to ensure their maximum potential   brought out. The dogs are taken into the kennels and in the first week of residence all dogs are profiled – assessed as to their suitability to be trained for the tasks expected of them. After this first week the training requirements are discussed with the owner taking into account the age, ability and experience of the dog.

Owners are encouraged to visit on a regular basis to check progress and review the training needs if required. It normally takes between four to six months to train a dog to a reasonable standard, although as you would expect each dog is different. Once the training is completed coaching and instruction are given so that the owner knows how to work the dog correctly, together with any follow up advice or help.

Shropshire Gundogs also provide refresher training for those dogs that have already been fully trained but have picked up a few bad habits or are starting to ignore the commands. These faults are best dealt with before the next season starts.

Shropshire Gundogs has access to Field Trial training days on live game during the shooting season, normally during September/October. This allows for young dogs to move from dummies on to live game.   During the shooting season Kevin maximises the opportunity to train gundogs further by picking up on several local estates.