The ground used for lessons is the land situated around our farm and owned by ourselves. It is mainly arable, worked farmland yet we grow Sugarbeet and Mustard as well as having over-wintering stubble with wildflower mixes. All of which are great for walked-up, beating and field trial training, especially as we have a large family of hares! There are margins of maize, fields of potato, carrots and parsnips with lots of dykes, hedges and some fences. Once out of the winter months we can train in the woods which have different levels of cover within, such as bracken and grassy terrain. We have 3 different sized ponds with varying levels of difficulty to enter and cross. We also have access to other land nearby, such as open grassy fields, land on the wolds (for gradient terrain) and ponds with islands.
Sinead has been providing gundog demonstrations for local gun clubs, shows and agricultural events for a couple of years. The aim is usually to provide humour but also present the talent of a working gundog to the public. Regularly seen at the Bishop Wilton Show and at events such as the Countryside Day at Askham Bryan College, York. Contact Sinead to discuss requirements and availability.
Mekoro Labradors is fully insured and offers 1-1 lessons which are suited around individual requirements. Usually knowledge regarding the dog and handler’s ability and previous training is needed to decide upon the length of the session, especially if pre-set up is required (such as blinds). 1-1’s are a good idea if you want help with a puppy or are new to training yourself. 1-1’s are a great place to resolve problem behaviours or if you want specific guidance on an element of training, such as placeboard training, water retrieves, tackling fences.
If a handler would like to organise a small group lesson of between 2-4 people it is advised that all handlers/ dogs are of a similar ability to ensure the training is worthwhile to everyone, most importantly the dogs. For group training organised by Mekoro Labradors please visit the Training & Events page. HYPERLINK HERE TO THE EVENTS PAGE OR BOOKING PAGE.
Dogs requiring long-term consistency can be provided with residential training. This is a limited form of training. It is recommended that the dog be left for a minimum of 3 weeks to allow for settling in before training can commence and a maximum of 6 weeks (in one block). A training schedule will be completed with aims/ goals of what the owner would like to be achieved in the time period given. RESIDENTIAL TRAINING IS NOT OFFERED AT MEKORO LABRADORS AT PRESENT.