Before I met Jules, my dogs and I trained in the traditional manner where, for instance, lead jerking and being cross with my dog for not obeying a command was the norm. Treats were certainly frowned upon and often it was difficult to convey to my dog what was required without him becoming slightly fearful of me.
Working with Jules over the last 5 years, however, has been a fantastic and enlightening experience. I have learnt such a lot about gundog training and my dogs in a way which is tremendous fun for them and for me. And all in a positive and enriching environment.
I feel lucky that I have been able to train my 2 ½ year old WCS, Layla, with Jules since she was a puppy and so she has learnt from scratch some of the necessary skills needed for gundog work in a totally positive manner. She loves her training and the fun games we have practised together - all a part of Jules’ methodology - so much so that her learning takes place in such a way that she doesn’t realise the subtext, i.e. that she is actually training to be a gundog! All she knows is the pleasure she gets out of having fun with me.
We have taken part in small classes at Jules’ training ground where we have worked for, and passed, a couple of the Gundog Club graded tests and are on course for a third. I am also hoping that with Jules’ guidance, Layla and I may be able to enter a Working Test or two at some time in the future and even perhaps take part in a shoot-over or in a beating line.
Jules has a wealth of knowledge about all breeds of gundog, and I would not hesitate to recommend her as a gundog trainer extraordinaire. If you want a happy and well trained gundog who is a pleasure to own then Jules will certainly help you on your way.