The Canterbury Gun Dog Club was formed by a group of working gun dog enthusiasts in Canterbury in 1935. The Club is based in Christchurch and is dedicated to improving the standard of all breeds of working gun dog. The club runs field trials and training days for gun dogs of all breeds and ages. Field Trials, where dogs and handlers compete in a simulated hunting environment, are held locally 3 times a year.
Training club days are held every other month for beginner dogs and handlers as well as senior field triallists. Training days and novice trials use dummies and cold game for retrieving and live homing pigeons for range/flush events. Blank shot is used to simulate the firing of a gun.
Who competes in these trials?
Members range from active hunters to gundog pet owners who wish to extend their dogs ability.
There is an old and well-proven adage that "birds make a bird dog". While field trialling cannot make an average dog into a great hunting dog, it will always make them a better hunting companion. Your dog will learn discipline and self-control, and how to work with you as a team.
Your dog will be a pleasure to hunt with and a better companion at home!
The Club is affiliated to the NZ Gundog Trial Association.
New members and dogs of all abilities are welcome.