Our canine family
(Click on their pictures to learn more about them)
who we are
We are Philip and Rachel Birt and we are privileged to live in a beautiful part of Dorset with our gundog family.
Our gundogs are a big part of our lives, we live with them, play with them, have fun with them and train them, but above all else, we love them.
We have a passion for all things canine and particularly the working and gun dog breeds. Over the last 40 years we've had several different breeds including G.S.D.'s, Labradors, and Border Collies. In fact my first dog, a poodle, was bought for me when I was eleven, to cure my fear of dogs!
My experiences in the world of dogs, has been varied; volunteer work with Canine Partners for Independence (CPI), living and working at a breed kennels, training for my City & Guilds Grooming Cert, and teaching agility and running my own agility school. All these played a part in developing my deep interest in dog psychology, and how dogs learn.
Currently our canine family consists of our working cocker spaniels, our clumber spaniel, our flat coated retriever and our latest arrival who joined us in May 2014 our lovely border collie.....
(click on the picture to learn more about him)
They are an active bunch and the varied mix of characters means there is very rarely a dull moment in our house and their antics always manage to bring a smile to our faces and brighten the most miserable of days with their enthusiasm for life and having fun.
Our dogs have excellent temperaments and are all well adjusted, healthy and fit for function. They are our loyal, loving companions, and have the benefits of an active life with the luxury of curling up with us in the evening.
We have owned, trained and bred several different working breeds more recently working with those in the gun dog group, concentrating on the working variety of Cocker Spaniel and the Flat Coated Retriever.
We compete at Flyball and train with Hampshire Harriers Flyball Team in Brockenhurst and thoroughly enjoy our times away competing with our dogs.
Our dogs enjoy a variety of disciplines. We encourage their natural working abilities, combining these with steadiness, basic obedience and good manners, all mixed up with a good measure of fun, and together we build the foundations for our working relationship.
We sometimes have puppies or older gun dogs available.