Gundog Trainers Academy Membership

Online training designed to help you get your ethical gundog training journey off to the best start.

There has never been an easier way to get started with ethical, science-backed, non-coercive gundog training... no matter where in the world you live!

No more...

  • Going out not knowing what to train.
  • Wasting time training your gundog the wrong skills.
  • Feeling embarrassed of your dog's behaviour in public.
  • Wondering if positive reinforcement only methods can really work with gundogs.
  • Worrying about your gundog misunderstanding the basics.

Instead you'll have...

  • Proven, science-based methods and strategies to implement.
  • Easy to follow written exercises (which we like to call recipes) and video demonstrations.
  • A clear structure to follow to make sure you don't rush the basics and do build solid foundations.
  • Support and guidance to ensure you're implementing what you're learning.
  • A safe space to meet and chat with other R+ gundog trainers.
  • And most importantly... FUN with your gundog which will help you build and develop a solid relationship and bond for life.

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting advice on the internet and social media over what is the best way to teach your gundog the foundation skills?

Are you tired of being given outdated advice and being expected to correct or punish your gundog if they don't get things right?

Has your confidence been knocked by a bad training experience?

Do you have a puppy or young dog who is a gundog breed and would benefit from putting their natural hunting instincts to good use?

Are you looking to work or compete with your gundog? OR are you looking to develop a solid bond with your gundog breed while teaching them to be well behaved family pets?

Do you feel like everyone else has secret gundog whispering powers meanwhile you're left wondering why your training isn't working and what you're doing wrong?

Let us take the guesswork out of training your gundog the essential foundation skills, so you can focus on enjoying time out in the field, watching your gundog harness their natural talents and get the results you both deserve.

When you join the Gundog Trainers Academy Membership you'll get...

Progressive online training programme
Each month we release a new tutorial for you to follow. As well as step by step instructions and video demonstrations to help you train your gundog, these also include plenty of information on the theory and why we are training the particular skills. These materials alone are worth over £699!
Group coaching / Q&A session
On the first Thursday of each month we host a live Q&A session where you can ask questions and we can help troubleshoot any issues you may be having. This will be available on replay if you can't attend live.
Private members only community
A safe and secure place for you to ask questions, upload photos and videos of your training and chat with likeminded ethical gundog trainers.

Why train with us?

Well, we don't usually like to blow our own trumpets, but you probably should know that we have...

  • Over 50 years' dog training experience between us.
  • Worked and competed with our gundogs, so know how to train to the highest standards.
  • Own Vizslas, Spaniels and Labradors, and have a first-hand understand of the different types of gundog work and how to train it.
  • Been teaching established professional pet and gundog trainers, as well as behaviourists, for many years. Not many of the successful R+ trainers in the UK haven’t been taught by us at some point in their career.
  • Co-founded the Gundog Trainers Academy to support, nurture and encourage high standards of ethical, science based, non-coercive and effective methods of training for gundogs in the UK and overseas.
  • Been (and still are) teaching the next generation of R+ gundog trainers through the GTA Teachers Course since 2018.
  • Our own gundog training businesses, Clicker Gundog in Worcestershire and Teach Your Gundog in Surrey, through which we have educated thousands of gundog owners, showing them how to teach their dogs using only the best, ethical, science-backed methods. 

What our current members had to say...

"Access to learning online is great as allows time to watch and really understand the aims before getting your dog out to train."
"With the help of this training and the associated group we understand him a lot more and when we can push things and when to just call it a day and go home!"
"I did not know much about training a gundog so with GTA membership, reading a lot, and participating in workshops I went from zero to quite good."
"Previously we understood the basics, but this has helped take us to a much more detailed level."
"If you want the best relationship with your gundog, you need to understand them and train them in a way they love, this membership will give your dog the life they deserve."
"It also helped me learn how to use other reinforcement other than treats."
"This course has given the structure needed, and will be applied in full with my next pup."
"The material is clear and concise. It has re-enforced to me that gundog training can be done with a clicker, and to a high standard."
"It's a great way to access two positive gundog trainers without needing to travel miles!"
"It opened my eyes to new ways of training."
"The new tutorials that come every month as they give me a set of things to work on for several weeks."
"The feedback has helped us tweak our training."
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Even if you have never trained a gundog before, there's no need to worry. We'll walk you through everything you need to know. From the learning theory and how to use a clicker, to identifying what motivates your individual gundog, to the equipment you'll need, how to plan your training and the practical steps needed to teach your gundog the foundation skills.

Once inside the Gundog Trainers Academy Membership you will learn how to teach your gundog to...

  • Focus on you in the environment.
  • Recall (come when called) quickly, every time.
  • Target a placeboard.
  • Walk at heel.
  • Retrieve with confidence and return with purpose.
  • Delivery to hand.
  • Marks, memories and blinds.
  • Casting and directions (left, right and go back).
  • Sit and stay/wait reliably.
  • Stop whistle.
  • Hunt with style and purpose.
  • And much, much more.


This online membership is designed to help you get your R+ gundog training journey off to the best possible start, no matter where in the world you are. Suitable for all breeds of gundog, puppies, inexperienced handlers, and those looking to embrace ethical, non-coercive training methods.

Instead of waiting for a class or programme to start, you can join the membership at any time. To ensure you don't get overwhelmed by the content, we will supply you with one tutorial each month to make sure you are not rushing ahead and are focussed on putting the foundation blocks in place to shape a happy and successful gundog. 

There are lots of reasons why joining an online membership will help you move forward in your gundog training. Firstly, the methods and techniques we teach mean you can start with a puppy as young as eight weeks and build the skills needed before you enroll or join an in person group class. Not everyone lives near to a force-free, R+ gundog trainer and many have sadly had bad experiences in the past with trainers who expect them to correct their dog. Or you might just be looking for a way to find a supportive community of likeminded gundog trainers.

The live at 5 Q&A session will take place at 5:30PM GMT/BST on the first Thursday of every month. If you cannot attend live there will be a replay for you to watch. The tutorials will be issued to you via the members section on the website. You can read through and implement these at your leisure.

Together Helen and Jules have over 50 years' dog training experience. Both are talented handlers and work and compete with their dogs. With two Vizslas, three Spaniels and a Labrador between them, they understand gundog work from all aspects.

Most of all, Jules and Helen are deeply passionate about the way they train. They co-founded the Gundog Trainers Academy to support, nurture and encourage high standards of ethical, science based, non-coercive and effective methods of training for gundogs in the UK and overseas. Both are currently teaching the next generation of R+ gundog trainers through the GTA Teachers Course and have successfully educated and instructed many other professional gundog and pet dog trainers on how to teach their proven methods in classes and to students. 

While the membership does not included 121 coaching from Helen and Jules, it is possible to book 121 sessions with them through their own gundog training businesses, Clicker Gundog and Teach Your Gundog. 

There is a private community for you to ask questions and upload any videos to share with other members. There will also be a live Q&A session each month to troubleshoot any problems you are having.

A new tutorial will be released every month. You will have access to the tutorials for the period of you membership.

Your first three tutorials will be available as soon as you sign up. The next three will be released three months after that, giving you time to focus on working through the materials issued and ensuring the foundations are put properly in place.