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DARREN KIRK
Feb 17, 2022
In General Discussions
It's time to get training, we have just added lots of one to ones for March We have also added 2 super training days for you. 19th Novice Day at Adel leeds 26th Intermediate day at Doncaster Either go on your app to book on or follow this link
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 14, 2022
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I know that the shooting season is nearly over and this gives us the chance to reflect on our dogs that we have more than likely spent lots of time and money getting them ready for the field. I see the handler turn up with a young dog in the novice class with a goal to achieve great things. They turn up to training and we try to cover all aspects of training and guide them to having a successful dog in the shooting filed. We do our upmost to explain what each task is and how it is related to the shooting field. Some listen and some don’t. But we are there to assist each handler the best we can. There will always be the one who knows it all and spends most of their time using training as a social event and sometimes spoiling it for others. We do our upmost to ensure the information we give is put into practice and it shows up clear when the ones that are listening are soon moving up from novice class to the intermediate and then the advance class. We also have to understand that the dog they are training is their dog and we cannot do much about the one who decided the dog is trained enough to go sit on a peg or go beating in their opinion. After all it’s down to the handler to decide if they want to take that chance or not. I always advice people to take it steady as there is no rush. It’s harder to train a spoiled dog than one that knows no difference. I see it time and time again where young dogs are taken on a shoot because the Keeper or a friend says it will be ok it can’t do any harm. It is correct it cannot do any harm to the shoot if it goes a little wrong, however, that said the harm is shown in a dog that has to be re-trained or a worse sat on a lead with a ground spike stuck in the ground and every time a bird Is shot it half chokes itself. The first time out with its owner the dog actually does really well and the owner comes home with a smile saying the dog did not put a foot wrong. This is a normal storyline, the following time out the dog was good but not quite as good as last time but it may have just been having an off day. Next time out the dog was ok but the handler had to give it a telling off for chasing a bird or a hare. Next time out the little shit of a dog was being a total twit and the handler says the bloody thing does not deserve feeding. So why did the dog do so well at the start of the season? The reason being, the dog knew no difference and it was just another walk in the park and play fetch. Once it worked out the game it did not need the owner to assist it in its daily life occurrence. “IT SWITCHED OFF” We now have a problem where the only answer for some handlers is to start to increase the telling off to hide the lack of training. We never stop training I know that we just alter the amount required for each dog. For example a dog that has a few well trained seasons under its belt would or should require less training than a 12 month old dog. I cannot tell people enough to miss this season and you will enjoy next season better. Like I previously said the dogs belong to their owners and we can only give advice and not insist. When does the training actually truly stop? Well I feel it never does you just slow it down a little with the older dogs and spend more time with the younger ones. Reflecting on our season should give us time to think what we can improve on and where we felt we did well. We can then put our own training plan together and ensure that we cover off any issues we may have come across. Some will be saying it all went fine, maybe it did and well done to you. It’s still good to keep training and improving all areas. Have you made any plans or set any goals for 2022 and your dogs. I have and it is to do the best I can with my dogs and not stand out on a shoot day for the wrong reasons. All the best from us at Kirkbourne and good luck.
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DARREN KIRK
May 16, 2020
In General Discussions
We are now taking bookings for 1 to 1s for next week please send me an e mail to request one. We will then send you our new procedures for training with regards covid restrictions. We are also still offering one to omes on lime along with the bronze assessment. Info@kirkbournespaniels.co.uk
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DARREN KIRK
May 13, 2020
In General Discussions
Kirkbourne Spaniels have now resumed one to one lessons if you are interested drop us a message or an e mail to Info@kirkbournespaniels.co.uk to find out more information.
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DARREN KIRK
May 10, 2020
In General Discussions
Would some of you add a small blogg on how you are doing amd what you.are doing to our wix blog site please. In this current climate we all care and would love to hear from you. It does not have to be massive blog but it also can be. Its up to you but please try to take ten mins to write one. Thank you in advance. Kirkbourne Spaniels
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DARREN KIRK
Apr 30, 2020
In General Discussions
Whilst we are all still in lock down we have to remember we have our dogs to keep us company. The sale of dogs has rocketed up as has the cost of pups. Its crazy to think that people have gone out to buy dogs just because of the lock down. A few things could happen here when its all over. People will need training or lots of dogs that have been failed by their new owners will be re homed or put in kennels. We are in a changing world amd we need to keep our eye out for these poor pups that have got out of hand because the owners thought it was a great idea. We will soon see what mess it has made in the dog world and not only ours. Take care everyone and we look forward to seeing you soon
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DARREN KIRK
Apr 23, 2020
In General Discussions
So we are getting there , no spinning however delivery needs sorting. Holding area nice though. Nice and powerful young dog.
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DARREN KIRK
Apr 02, 2020
In General Discussions
**REMOTE TRAINING, NOW AVAILABLE** REMOTE 1-1 It will be some time before we can continue our group training and 1-1s, so we are now offering remote 1-1s! We at Kirkbourne want to keep everyone up to date with their training and when we get back up and running we will hopefully all be up to speed. We hope you take advantage of this new training method and it will be limited to first come first basis as Darren also need to train his own dogs. 1. Book directly with Darren 2. Email Darren with details on where you are with your training and any specific issues 3. Darren will provide advice and suggestions on what/how to train in this session 4. Send a video of your training session to Darren 5. Darren will review and report 6. Verbal feedback from Darren via a 10 minute phone chat £10 per session REMOTE TRAIN TO WIN BRONZE and SILVER ASSESSMENTS Be ready to move up a class as soon as we can get back to training, with remote Train to Win Assessments! (Current club members only) 1. Book directly with Darren 2. We will email you the TTW requirements (PDF) 3. Train the required exercises 4. Send a video of your test session to Darren 5. Darren will score your test 6. Verbal feedback from Darren via a 10 minute phone chat Note: Certificates will be presented once we get back to training £10 per test Contact details Info@kirkbournespaniels.co.uk Take care everyone and wash your hands
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 29, 2020
In General Discussions
Hand made slip leads. Tell me what you want and I make them. Also you will see our train to win book. This book sets out what is required to progress through to advanced handler. You and your dog could grow together. All available on line click on the shop to.order.
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 25, 2020
In General Discussions
This is one powerful dog. Starting to listen and in his own mind the training we are doing is fun so we are currently winning. If the dog enjoyes it then we will . Love to see some of your dogs in here with a bit of a write up.
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 22, 2020
In General Discussions
Had a great session with chris and George today well done
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 22, 2020
In General Discussions
Look at these sleepy ones and we have only just started. Have a super day folks
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 21, 2020
In General Discussions
Next saturday 29th at leeds Adel we will be holding our intermediate day training. Why not step it up, push you and your dog. The only limit is yourself. Some people worry it will be too hard. What if it is we will give you the training and homework for you to achive. Go on line on our shop or book from this app. Any problems send us a message
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 08, 2020
In General Discussions
What a super day with amazing people. A great introduction to the really shoot day but in a controlled environment. Thank you to all the helpers
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 01, 2020
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Have a look at the new training days on our shop. Just click on shop tap at the top of this app and you will see them all there
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DARREN KIRK
Feb 01, 2020
In General Discussions
29th feb intermediate leeds 7th March advanced Chesterfield 28th March spaniel day Doncaster 4th April Novice leeds
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