Confident Canine - Nina, The Holistic Gundog Specialist

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The Good Gundog Hub

Helping frustrated gundog owners to bring balance both ends of the lead. Teaching a blend of traditional positive, reward-based training techniques alongside holistic methods to create reactive recalls, beautiful loose lead walking and to calm reactive &/or anxious dogs or owners.

Check out our transformational program: "The Good Gundog: A Frustrated Gundog Owner's Transformational Blueprint"
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15+
years of experience

About us

I got my first gundog around 15+ years ago, he was amazing, and a baptism of fire! I had no clue what I was doing and he was a working boy at heart.

I had problems with him on lead, I wish it was just dragging me around but he had a worse habit of just launching himself off the end of the lead when I wasn’t expecting it, at 36kilos he was killing my shoulders.

Recall was a challenge but I’ll be honest it wasn’t our most difficult one.

What was harder were lots of random behaviours he had, obsessing about leaves that moved when we walked, or stressing when left, or being more than a handful at puppy class then later gundog classes, to the point I actually walked out of one half way through!

I went to so many trainers and had so many awful experiences, especially with gundog trainers, that I eventually broke out on my own, I learnt what I could, I went back to my roots as a Reiki Master/Teacher and we created a different more gentle bond, I trained him to Trick Dog Champion level, he placed in working tests, worked on rough shoots, competed and won lots at agility and much more.

But all that only came after I gave up following what I now know is outdated training based on dominance theory (which has been thoroughly debunked) and I focused on us, I chose heart centred methods alongside positive reward-based training and never looked back!

My Mission

To ensure that no other gundog or owner has to go through what I went through with my boy, no leash yanking, no shouting, no harsh handling. Just kind training, positive, reward-based methods and teaching owners and dogs how to speak each others language!

Decoding your gundog for you and helping your gundog understand what you are trying to communicate to them.

My Vision

A world full of positively trained gundogs, happy dogs who can rely on their owners to listen, who feel seen and understood.

A world full of owners that understand their gundogs, take the time to listen and give them space to learn without pressure, who understand their dogs as sentient beings with feelings and emotions.

A world where there is balance at both ends of the lead.

Does This Sound Familiar?

Do you have a dog that won’t come back when you call them? or they come back but only if there are no dogs, people or birds to run after first?
Do you have a dog that can’t walk on a loose lead, or can’t listen when they leave the house?

Is your dog anxious, or reactive, or cannot stop, simply has no off switch?

Does this leave you feeling anxious, frustrated, tired of walks being anything but relaxing or fun?

Do you wish you had a fairydogmother to help you out, give you all the answers, teach you to understand your dog and work with them to build the kind of relationship that really reflects the love you share?

What you will get

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Reactive Recall Training

Fed up of standing there calling your dog whilst it is still heading in the opposite direction? or hanging around waiting for them to finish what they are doing before they come back to you?

Understand all the common mistakes, I can guarantee you are making some of them if not ALL!

Then learn how to teach your dog the kind of recall that is reactive, they hear your call/whistle and shoot back to you fast as possible, without even thinking about it first!
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Internal Overwhelm

Understand why your dog can't stay still for more than a second, why they can't settle, why they constantly seek their next task.

Then learn the right way to teach them to switch off. Build fluidity into their routines so they learn how to bounce between excited and quiet.

Reclaim your peace by giving them theirs!
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Loose Lead Walking (LLW)

Teaching your dog to walk nicely with you need not be rocket science, it is one of the most common things that owners struggle with, especially with working breeds but it doesn't have to be that way.

Understand why your loose lead walking isn't working for you and your dog.

Then learn how to get it right, simply!
Techniques that really work.

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What do my clients say about
working with me?

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Ben with Bo & Snoop
"We were prompted to call Nina when it was becoming difficult to take our two boys on walks. One was reactive, fearful, lots of barking and lunging and his brother started to copy/join in. Walking was anxiety invoking,stressful and not particularly enjoyable. We saw improvements from our first training session. Snoop and Bo responded to Nina’s magic straight away. Seeing the results, it was a no brainer to continue. We all have benefitted from training in the short time we have been doing it and will definitely continue. Not only do the dogs get taught but so do we. It’s absolutely amazing to be able to work with Nina and we would highly recommend her to anyone with dog training needs."
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Charlotte with Letty
"I would highly recommend Nina for any dog training needs. I go to her for gundog training and I have seen my cocker spaniel transform but Nina has also helped us out with our everyday problems such as loose lead walking. She has a natural ability to really understand the mind of my cocker and how she thinks which has made progressing with her training so much smoother! Thank you Nina!"
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Kay with Holly
"Nina has taught me so much with my young Springer. Have now had six springers, all different and Nina has supported me with a number of challenges with our number six!! e.g. bad lead pulling having exhausted other training methods, very high bird prey drive, poor recall. After three visits really turning a corner with new techniques and different ways of approaching things linking to the way the dog thinks and her instincts. So really working with the dog and not feeling its a 'battle of wills'. I highly recommend Nina as well worthwhile and such a fun session too."

Frequently Q & A

How do I join "The Frustrated Gundog Owner's Transformational Blueprint" ?

Simply go back to the top of this page and click the second button, the one that says "Join our online course Today Here"

What do I get when I join "The Frustrated Gundog Owner's Transformational Blueprint" ?

The question is more like, what don't you get! Jam packed with helpful training, you are supported with live FAQs to help you stay on track, video/pdf/audio libraries to access anytime you need them, subscription to The Good Gundog Podcast and access to our community group!

What do I do if I have problems accessing my course?

Simply email: [email protected]

What other products can I purchase from you?

See the Digital Downloads page for more products to help you and your gundog achieve amazing new heights!
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