Gundog Specialist Program

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Join expert and DTC Mentor Clair Litster-Huckle as she takes you on a journey through the fascinating world of Gundog training. 

Program Overview

This Gundog Specialist Program will equip you with the necessary skills to be able to confidently and competently teach your own dog or your clients dogs the power of Gundog training. 


In order to pass this Specialist Program, you will need to complete all the lessons, tasks and pass the Final Assessment. Upon successful completion, you will be recognised as a DTC Gundog Specialist and will receive a printed certificate in the post. You will also be able to use a digital Gundog Specialist digital badge. 


This Specialist Program comprises of 82 lessons, including practical demonstrations and a Final Assessment.

Module One: Introduction to Gundogs

  • Course Introduction
  • Glossary 
  • Recommended reading
  • Gundog groups and how the differ
  • Hunt Point Retrievers
  • Pointers and Setters
  • Retrievers
  • Spaniels
  • Predatory Behaviour
  • Different kinds of shoot

Module Two: Equipment

  • Placeboard
  • Whistle
  • Posts or cones
  • Training pouch and rewards
  • Dummies
  • A bag for all your kit
  • Longline
  • Cavaletti
  • Marker
  • Coats for your gundog

Module Three: Safety

  • Introduction to gundog safety
  • Risk assessments
  • First aid kits
  • What 3 Words
  • Slip leashes
  • Introducing a starting pistol
  • Gundog insurance
  • The importance of eye contact
  • Stay (with eye contact)
  • Steadiness
  • Health checks and docking tails

Module Four: Location

  • Choosing your location
  • Outdoor locations
  • Indoor locations

Module Five: Scent and your gundog

  • Introducing your gundog and their sense of smell
  • Humidity and moisture
  • Hot or cold days
  • Floppy ears
  • The wet nose
  • Hunting arousal
  • What is quartering?
  • Training quartering
  • Pointing / setting
  • Hunt there
  • Wind types
  • Wind direction
  • Casting
  • Formal finish / heal
  • Middle

Module Six: Retrieving

  • To throw or not to throw a dummy
  • Hand target
  • Different types of retrieve
  • Shape retrieve and Dummy hold
  • Dummy hold
  • Bring me the dummy
  • Seen retrieve
  • Memory retrieve
  • Blind retrieve
  • Split (2 dummy) retrieve
  • Auto sit
  • The recall
  • Marking
  • Charging the marker
  • Getting straight lines on retrieves
  • Directions
  • Directions: 2 dummies / split retrieve
  • Whistle: Sit/Stop
  • Jump
  • Runners
  • Playing tug with your dog

Module Seven: Introducing water

  • Does your dog need to learn to swim?
  • Building your dog’s confidence in water
  • What if you have a rush in?
  • Leaping into water

Module Eight: Common Problems

    • Gundog training with a puppy
    • What if your gundog still won’t come into you when retrieving?
    • My gundog spits the dummy out just before they get to me
    • What if you can only do an exercise a few times?
    • Hormones and your dog
    • The importance of loose leash walking and heeling
    • ‘Go back and retrieve’ on a walk

    Module nine: Conclusion

    • Conclusion
    • Further Reading
    • Final Assessment


    This Specialist Program as well as other Specialist Programs are all included within our Membership.

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