Arun & Downland Gundog Society


Affiliated to the Kennel Club ID No. 694                          President: His Grace The Duke Of Norfolk


Training venues & directions:

ARUNDEL (EAST) Postcode (to Black Rabbit): BN18 9PB. Follow signs to Wildfowl Reserve, continue (passing The Black Rabbit) to T-Junction and turn left then go straight ahead through the gateway.


ARUNDEL (NORTH) Postcode: BN18 9LL A284 between Whiteways Lodge roundabout and Arundel A29 roundabout,


FAIROAK, ROGATE Postcode: GU31 5HR Turn south off A272 at the church in Rogate;

go over narrow bridge, the entrance is immediately on the left.


LOWFOLD, BEDHAM/WISBOROUGH GREEN Postcode: RH14 0ES. Fittleworth Lane, Wisborough Green. From A272 Petworth take Crimbourne Lane and turn left onto Fittleworth Lane. From A272 Wisborough Green take Fittleworth Lane.


Click here to email the Training Co-ordinator: Judith Turner

All Training evenings - 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. £5 per class. Only one dog can be worked in a class.  The classes are open to current members who must attend at least two sessions to be eligible for places and awards at the Competitive Training Day. Prospective new members are welcome to attend a Training Class and apply to join the Society. Click Here for a Membership Application form.

2020 Training Evening dates and venues will be posted here in the New Year. At the end of the Training programme, all trainees are invited to take part in the Competitive Training Day

All are welcome to enter this helpful day for anyone to try a light-hearted competition in an easy and relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for those who have not competed much, or who have a young dog. Only those who have attended two or more of the training evenings can win an award.

Any members (or prospective new members) keen to start training but unsure as to whether they’re either ready for Level 1, or unsure of what’s involved, are encouraged to come along with their dog and watch the training sessions, meet the Training Co-ordinator and Trainers and have an informal chat about how to progress.  A controlled introduction for young dogs who can sit on lead and watch a session.

Level 1:

Dog is able to walk to heel on lead and has some off-lead ability, sit, stay, recall

Gundog work will be introduced at this level. Training will be targeted towards Level 2.

Level 2:

Dog is able to walk to heel off lead, sit, stay, recall, achieve simple single marked retrieve, deliver to hand, remain reasonably steady when other dogs working.

More complex retrieves and directional work will be introduced at this level targeted towards Level 3.

Level 3:

Dog is able to walk to heel off lead, sit, stay, recall, achieve single marked retrieve, deliver to hand and remain reasonably steady when other dogs working, be directed on to double marked retrieves,

achieve memory retrieves, achieve blind retrieves with shot, has a good level of steadiness

Training at this level will be targeted towards more complex work including longer distances, blinds with no shot, tackling obstacles found in the shooting field (fences and ditches) and general confidence for both handler and dog.

Level 4:

Dog is able to achieve good off lead heelwork, sit, stay, recall, deliver to hand and remain totally steady, good level of general gundog work including complete blinds with no shot, retrieves over long distances and obstacles


General training specifically aimed at working Spaniels in the field. Mixed ability group.

Training Levels for Tuesday's Training Evenings: 

Winners & Judges

Pictured: The Judges and Award Winners from the 2019 Competitive Training Day

Award Winners

Level 1: 1st - John Malcolmson & Dora; 2nd - Gill Troszok & Skye; 3rd - Liz Pope & Cory

Level 2: 1st - Suzanne Church & Mollie; 2nd - Kim Turner-Hawkes & Enya; 3rd - Nick Westcott-White & Otis

Level 3: 1st - Jan Dring & Bramble; 2nd - Robin Harvey & Ned; 3rd - Clive Mellor & Woody

Level 4: 2st Sophie Adshead & Freddly; 2nd - Vince Mahon & Belle; 3rd - Mary Jennings & Asha

Spaniels: 1st - Felicity Winters & Peaky; 2nd - Felicity Winters & Fury; 3rd - Simone Cunliffe-Lister & Flicker

Junior Handlers: 1st - Pascale La Mer & Sam; 2nd Daniel La Mer & Chad

Award for Most Improved Retriever Handler: Robin Harvey

Award for Most Improved Spaniel Handler: Julia Manzerth