EMILY WICKHAM

I have had a passion for working with animals from a very young age, I grew up with the full array including exotic fish, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and ponies! My passion for dogs was ignited by Peggy the Afghan Hound and continued with a variety of different dog breeds over the years.

In 2011 I began my dog training journey attending courses, seminars, conferences and assisting with pet dog training classes. Prior to training full time I ran HoundsLand Doggy Day Care, where we looked after a multitude of different dog breeds giving me invaluable practical experience of dealing with dogs of all breeds and personalities!

In 2017 I qualified as a pet dog trainer, gaining full membership to the Professional Association of Canine Trainers and in 2020 I will qualify with the Gundog Training Academy, with the end goal being to become an accredited Gundog Club Instructor. I am also a qualified bronze level instructor with UK Sniffer Dogs.

In 2017 I brought home Louie, the crazy red working cocker spaniel, he has taught me so much about the breed and has fed my passion to focus on pet gundog training. I am passionate about helping new puppy owners to give their dogs the best start through building strong relationships with positive training and games. Louie taught me the importance of building the foundations for a happy and content working gundog living in a pet home. We have achieved Distinction in both our Grade 1 & 2 Gun Dog Club Assessments and we also partake in beating during the season.

I run Puppy Classes, Gundog Classes, Scentwork Classes and Recall and LooseLead Walking Classes and look forward to working with you.

JAY ELCOCK

I have always wanted to work with animals. I was one of those children that grew up with multiple animals and always wanted to be a vet! However, my interest in dogs and training specifically came when my dad started to take me shooting with him when I was around 12 years old. At the time we had a Great Dane and a Jack Russel and so although I would take our terrier with us, I didn’t do any specific training. I watched however and was fascinated and truly won over by watching dogs in their element working so closely with their owners and being so responsive to whistles and quietly given commands

When I was 15 we got our first Italian Spinone (an HPR or ‘Hunt Point Retrieve’ breed) and I worked in the early days with her training and subsequently worked her in the field. All our dogs have always been family pets as well as working dogs, living in the home.

I decided to pursue a career working with animals and behaviour and went to university to study Animal Biology. I apprenticed with a local pet dog trainer whilst studying and after 2 years I started to run classes myself, and started my first ‘pet gundog’ class, incorporating the years’ experience I had with working dogs in the past, with the theory of learning and training people with their own dogs.

I love running ‘pet gundog’ classes as I feel there are so many working line bred dogs living pet lives that just need that little extra stimulation, and to have the opportunity to ‘flex their instinctive muscles’ as it were, whether they’re ever going to work a day shooting in their lives or not!  But as I am a keen worker of my own dogs I also love to support people in their training with dogs to work in the field, or to work towards entering working tests or field trials.

I have professionally worked as a trainer and behaviourist since 2005 and since 2007 have also been working for a national assistance dog charity where I support other dog trainers and assess dogs as suitable for a role as an accredited assistance dogs. I have learnt a lot about many different breeds of dogs, but specifically a lot with spaniels and retrievers. I have a lot of experience of training people to train their dogs themselves and have also had a lot of experience instructing other instructors.

I work my own dogs out in the field (both in the beating line and picking up).  I am mainly a spaniel handler now but I still have a soft spot for retrievers and will definitely have more beloved flatcoated retrievers again in the future. I remain dedicated to those people with pet gundogs who are either looking to work them in the field themselves, or just have some fun doing things that their dog has been bred for. Equally I love to be able to help, support and advise people with their puppies and the early days of rearing a well rounded and happy dog – whatever the breed!

I am an accredited Instructor with the Kennel Club and also a Foundation trainer for The Gundog Club.