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Hi from Oxfordshire

Post by SamL » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:49 pm


Sam here - proud owner of my first Gundog and he's a beaut - 5 month old English Pointer who is developing well in build and character!

He has an inquisitive and bold mind and i'd like him to learn and develop his natural skill-set. Unfortunately i'm not from a Fieldsports background and would be grateful if any of you could point me in the direction of a Trainer who can help Acer (my pup) and me to establish what we need to get to know.

Based in Oxfordshire but can access Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and we are spending increased time in North Yorkshire - so all suggestions welcome and very much appreciated.

Similarly any local groups that Acer and I could join for him to enjoy some social time with like-minded EP's or other gundogs would be great!

Thank you for your help,


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Re: Hi from Oxfordshire

Post by newf » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:42 pm

Welcome ! What are your plans for this hunter?

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Re: Hi from Oxfordshire

Post by Springfield Pointers » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:05 pm

What do you want to do with this dog?

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Re: Hi from Oxfordshire

Post by SamL » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:40 pm


Sorry I thought I had already replied but it doesn't show so i must have done something wrong.

I would like Acer to do something he is naturally good at and enjoys - he has a good brain; he is pointing things naturally already, and likes birds. I think he could retrieve also. He has a fixed stare and will 'stalk' things. I don't have a shooting/gun license but i'm hoping there may be some fieldsports he/we can still participate in?

I am open to all ideas and suggestions and would welcome any thoughts and guidance,

Thank you, Sam

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Post by trekmoor » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:35 am

Hi Sam, you are trying to enter what is somewhat of a niche sport in Britain …..very few people actually work the pointers they own.

Is your dog of work/field trial breeding or of show breeding ? Many of the show bred dogs will still hunt and point but they lack the "go" of the work bred dogs.

There are a few pointing dog trainers who will, for a fee, help with training a dog but they are few and far between. As far as I am aware the pointer/setter working gundog clubs do not hold training days ….or certainly not regular ones. There will be field trials for these breeds in the early spring of next year (March and early April) . Try to go to one or two, watch the work and ask if you could join the club and maybe meet a few members willing to advise a beginner.

You cannot train these breeds unless you have land with game birds present on it to hunt the dogs over. You need access to gamebirds to train pointing dogs.

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Post by Lynn » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:32 am

I would suggest that you contact http://www.westberksgundogclub.com/ They have a strong HPR (Hunt Point Retrieve) section who could guide you with the basic training needed for pointing breed. There are, across the country, a small number of trainers and FT Judges who train/judge both HPRs and Pointers/Setters and WBGD should be able to give you contact details when you are ready for more specialised training. Enjoy your dog

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Re: Hi from Oxfordshire

Post by PRH » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:49 pm

You could just go to a local gundog trainer with the aim of training you and your dog to pick up. It might be a simpler option and I’m sure you’ll both get enjoyment from it. Best of luck whichever route you go down.

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