Gundog Training Courses – Summer 2021


Following the easement of lockdown restrictions we are delighted to be nearing the completion of our first co-hort of Group Training!  

We have been so overwhelmed by the amount of interest in our group gundog training that we have engaged some of our experienced handlers, who have trained with Fortiscorde Gundogs for a number of years, to assist with our group training classes to meet demand.  Our head Gundog Trainer Gary continues to oversee all group training and the small break-out groups during these training sessions is proving very successful meaning we can accommodate a few more people on the courses yet maintain quality training time.

Head trainer Gary Watkins comments “Our assistant trainers have been selected because of their ability and passion for gundogs and gundog training. They have been through the Fortiscorde Gundog training programme themselves, showing great handling ability and dedication to the sport.  We are also thrilled to be able to offer additional 1-2-1 training capacity with our new trainer Julie Thatcher who brings to Fortiscorde Gundogs her extensive knowledge, having trained her own gundogs and trialling all around the country. Julie has also been the Spaniel Field Trial Secretary for the Worcestershire Gundogs Society – we’re delighted to welcome her to the Fortiscorde family!” 

Fortiscorde Gundogs group courses are designed to be relaxed and informative and very much a social occasion as well – often with fresh homemade sausage rolls being served afterwards and a chance for dogs and handlers alike to relax after training and chat with instructors.  The groups are open to all working gundog breeds – and are aimed at both individuals who plan to ‘work’ their gundogs as well as those who just want to use gundog training to provide a stimulating environment in which to train a calm and obedient companion.

Fortiscorde Group Training courses consists of four, 2-hour group lessons held every other week.  The next co-hort for Summer 2021 course dates are as follows:

Level One Group Training dates:

Commencing Sunday 4th July 10am-12pm

Week 1  – Sunday 4th  July

Week 2 – Sunday 18th July

Week 3 – Sunday 1st August

Week 4 – Sunday 15th August


Level Two Group Training dates:

Commencing Tuesday 22nd June 7pm-9pm

Week 1 – Tuesday 22nd June

Week 2 – Tuesday 6th July

Week 3 – Tuesday 20th July

Week 4 – Tuesday 3rd August


Level Three Group Training dates:

Commencing Sunday 4th July 1pm-3pm

Week 1  – Sunday 4th  July

Week 2 – Sunday 18th July

Week 3 – Sunday 1st August

Week 4 – Sunday 15th August


Courses are £150 per dog/handler, Certificates of achievement are awarded on completion.

For more information and to discuss booking a place on one of our courses please send us an email:

Handlers interested in joining our group training will need to have attended at least one, 1-2-1 lesson with a Fortiscorde trainer to ensure the dog has achieved a suitable standard of training in the basics to ensure both the dog and hander get the very best out of the course and indeed, placed at the right Level for their ability.

4 Week Introduction to Gundog Training

Gundog Puppy Training

Remember Dog Safety Near Fireworks

Basic Obedience with Food Training