Stannington dog trainer is pioneer in the field

Lyndsey Rutherford who has just become the region's first and only fully certified Gundog Instructor.

Lyndsey Rutherford who has just become the region's first and only fully certified Gundog Instructor.

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When Lyndsey Rutherford learnt there was a shortage of gundog trainers she thought she would give the job a shot.

And now the Stannington-based businesswoman has become the region’s first qualified instructor for the Gundog Club.

Training the dogs according to their natural ability not only allows them to exercise their instinctive behaviour, but can create a fantastic dog/owner bond.

Lyndsey Rutherford

Ms Rutherford, 29, has been teaching obedience classes at her Central Bark Dog Training and Dog Daycare centre at Whitehouse Farm since 2011.

But since helping out at a shoot and game farm and getting her first gundog in 2009, her main interest has been in working dogs, and as there were no Gundog Club accredited trainers in the region, Ms Rutherford applied.

“I got in touch with the Gundog Club when many of my students were at the standard where they could pass the graded tests. As there is no trainer or assessor in the North East I applied,” she said.

“With my canine qualifications and experience, backed with testimonials from students and fellow trainers, I gained access to the Gundog Club Training Scheme.

“My classes are a mix of those who want to take their dogs shooting and those who just want to train their pet.”

She added: “We’re seeing an increasing number of working type breeds in homes. These dogs have been bred for centuries to create a finely tuned working animal. They could work tirelessly all day, every day, so modern urban life can be difficult. This can result in destructive behaviours. Training the dogs according to their natural ability not only allows them to exercise their instinctive behaviour, but can create a fantastic dog/owner bond.”

Ms Rutherford is also qualified in Canine First Aid and CPR, and is registered with The Guild of Dog Trainers.