Training for all gundog breeds in West Devon. Reward based Gundog training using retrieving as a motivational tool for training dogs.
Meet the Trainer
Mary-Jane Opie has been training gundogs for thirty years – both for the field and competition. After having tasted a little success with her first working bred Labrador twenty years ago, she has gone on to compete at the highest level – and in 2010 made up her young Labrador to Field trial Champion and compete in the IGL Championships at Sandringham. In 2012 FTCh Decies Dodge by Studebaker again qualified for the IGL Championships in Nairne, Scotland and in 2013 they went again to compete in Lauder, Scotland for the season’s Championships – getting through to the last day…. the top 14 dogs in the country! Mary-Jane is a ‘B’ panel judge for the Kennel Club, judging competitions all around the country. While abroad Mary-Jane has had the pleasure of judging and take training forums in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden. For Twenty years Mary-Jane has run Rabley Gundog Training, helping dog owners who want to train their dogs to various degrees and standards. Mary-Jane has a great way of getting training techniques over to fellow dog owners in a way that is fun, productive, and will help any gundog owner fulfill their potential as a dog handler – to whatever degree they require – be it from obedient pet gundog to field trialer. The sessions can last between one and two hours, covering every thing from heelwork, retrieving to hand, whistle work, jumps/obstacles and hunting in cover. The terrain, while rough, is equipped with a retrieving lane, jumps etc. offering other useful gundog training style scenarios. If required a simulated dog walk can be undertaken to help owners discover the possibilities for training their dog at home on their own and during the daily exercise walk. Training sessions can take place during the day or evening – weekday or weekends. Mary-Jane also runs a well stocked gundog training equipment shop….including The Single Shot! For references please look at what others have said!