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 qualified with the Gundog Training Academy. I am also a qualified bronze level instructor with UK Sniffer Dogs.

As an accredited member of the GTA I compy fully with their code of practice which can be found here https://www.gundogtrainersacademy.co.uk/CODE-OF-PRACTICE

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 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 our Grade 1, 2 & 3 Gun Dog Club Assessments and we also partake in beating during the season.

In 2020 Evie the Springer Spaniel joined the team, we will be sharing our training journey from Puppy to Gundog with Evie so do check our our Social Media pages for advice on raising a Gundog Puppy for the field. 

LAURA TWITCHETT

In 2020 Fen, my tiny working cocker came home and completely changed my life.

I have always loved all animals but my love of dogs in particular started with my first dog – A beautiful Black Labrador called Chuckie when I was 3. He was my absolute best friend and also a fantastic teacher to me on how to look after dogs! Since Chuckie I have had the pleasure to look after and own a wide variety of different breeds. When it came to researching my first dog it led me to pick the high energy, slightly crazy Working Cocker Spaniel and from there fall in love with the Gundog world and the life that comes with training a Gundog. 
 
I started my training journey with Fen as a Scurries client in the Puppy class and have worked through to the Progressive Gundog class. We also completed the Dorset Working Spaniel – Puppy Test in 2021 and received a special Commendation! We were very chuffed with ourselves as it was a brand-new experience for us both. 
 
I have also started my Gundog Teachers qualification with the GTA which I am completing through 2022. In training to become a GTA accredited trainer I fully comply with their code of practice.