A much cheaper option may be to train the dog yourself.
This has the advantage of training you at the same time, and giving you a huge amount of pleasure.
But training your own dog is not cost free, especially if you intend to get involved in fieldwork.
You will need help, and access to other working dogs, and to training facilities that most of us cannot replicate in our gardens.
All this comes at a price. And this section is about finding the right equipment and facilities, and making the best use of your hard earned cash.
Below are some of the resources on this website
- How do I get land to train on
- Why you cannot train your dog alone
- Basic equipment to get you started
- Retrieving dummies
- Gundog whistles
- Lessons from a professional trainer
- Gundog training manuals
For general training support and an opportunity to chat with other gundog owners, join my forum: The Labrador Forum. You don’t need to own a Labrador to be a member, we have spaniel and HPR owners there too! (Membership is free)
If you enjoy my articles, you might like my new book: The Happy Puppy Handbook – a definitive guide to early puppy care and training.