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Training at Mordor Gundogs

Professional Training

Dogs come and board with us to get professionally trained due to an owner’s lack of time/experience or because they want results as fast as the dog can achieve them.

If you would like to have your dog professionally trained, please call or email us to discuss your requirements.

The vast majority of dogs we train are family pet dogs. We always train with the view that the dogs will have to live as pets for 70% of the time, if not more. So we take all dogs for training on ‘walks’ and into the house to ensure they know how to behave all the time, and not just at work.

Training at Mordor Gun Dogs

Period 1

Basic Obedience Training

This is suitable for all breeds. By the end of this period, the dog will have the basic foundation to ensure a happier easier life for dog and owner. Sit/stay, heeling on/off the lead, recall to voice and whistle, and other general manners in every day life (it will include very basic gundog work if required).

Training at Mordor Gun Dogs

Period 2

Further Obedience Training in More Testing Situations
(Amongst Game and Busy Areas e.g. Towns)

Stopping on the whistle at a distance. Dummy work with multiple dummies, shot, and hunting for dogs needing to learn that trade.

Training at Mordor Gun Dogs

Period 3

Work with Other Dogs to Achieve Total Steadiness

Serious work on cold game and with live game. Handling onto seen and blind retrieves and total obedience in all situations. Experience in all situations possible and any specialist training required for owner/dog.

Training at Mordor Gun Dogs

Period 4

Practical Experience

Rabbit days. Walked-up days. Duck/geese flighting. Picking up on driven days. Peg shooting experience.

Training at Mordor Gun Dogs

Tune Up

Revision Course

We always recommend that each dog returns for an revision course each year (normally at the end of the summer to ensure the dog is in top shape for the start of the new season).

The length of time this takes will depend on how good/bad the dog already is. As a very rough guide, you should look at each period as being 4-6 weeks. Often we split the periods up sending the dog home in the middle (especially if 1-3 have been achieved and the shooting season is a way off).


"Canine Partners is very pleased to be associated with Charlie Thorburn, breeder and trainer, and most grateful for the practical support he has shown in offering a fine young dog to us - to train as an assistance dog - helping to open doors for independence for people with disabilities.
We depend upon splendid people like Charlie to help the Charity in its mission to transform peoples’ lives. Our dogs are trained over two years, to learn up to a hundred discrete commands and not only provide practical assistance to their human 'partner(s)’, but also companionship and therapeutic benefit.
Our dogs pay for themselves six times over in social care terms.Recruiting dogs like those bred by Charlie Thorburn means we can depend upon quality and consistency and ensure the best possible outcome for our canine partners and their human recipients."
Terry Knott, Chief Executive, Canine Partners

West Sussex

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