Watkins Family

Fortiscorde Gundogs is a family run business where everyone gets involved in some way…..

Welcome to Fortiscorde Gundogs, I’m Gary Watkins the main trainer at Fortiscorde with over 20 year experience of dog training. I’m a fully qualified NLP Practitioner which has enabled me to better understand the minds of both the dog and the handler, giving me a unique training style.

I am a former committee member of the Worcestershire Gundog Society and also one of their trainers.

We’ve always had dogs in our family and when friends and family noticed I had an affinity with their dogs and asked me to do some basic training with them…. I’ve never looked back. I later became interested in gundogs when we got Max, our first cocker spaniel nearly ten years ago. After attending one of the WGDS training sessions, I soon became a passionate member of the gundog fraternity. I love it – the great people, fantastic dogs and that fact that you never seem to stop learning about the different training styles. I really enjoy watching people learn – it’s the handler more than the dogs that need the training I’ve noticed!

As I’m a qualified personal coach I work hard to adapt my training style to the individuals particular learning style.

Jo (Gary’s wife) is the puppy expert.

Loving everything to do with the countryside, especially horses, gun dogs were the perfect choice for us.  The energy and drive of cocker spaniels keeps you on your toes so with 5 dogs it’s never a dull moment in the Watkins household!

Jo makes sure the bitch has everything she needs at the time of whelping and is a dab-hand with the mop and bucket when the puppies get to about 4 weeks old!  It really is a family affair with the two children Myles and Sophie helping out socialising and playing with the puppies as part of their development.