Archive for the 'Fallowfen Owners' Category

Spring is just around the corner!

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Happy new year! As the days start to get longer again over the coming months the seasons will start to change and bring on the spring months with growth and life.

We are hoping for new arrivals in the spring months so if you would like to be kept updated with future Golden retriever litters or Labrador litters please email ourselves to be added to our mailing list.

Well done Boys!

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Hi Amanda and Phillip,

I hope you are well and getting some opportunity to enjoy the better weather finally…. We have been busy attending some working tests this spring. Looks like the many hours of training have finally paid off. Both boys did really well at a test day of the South West Golden Retriever Club.

Fallowfen Tinker (left) won the Special Puppy and Fallowfen Olympic Rings won Novice Dog Novice Handler.

Let’s see what is coming next….

Best wishes

Christine & the boys

Group dog training sessions.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

As the shooting season comes to a close I’m sure there’s many of you that want to start to rectify any issues that may have crept into your dogs during shooting season.

Or on the other hand you want to start to put training in place into any younger dogs coming through for the next shooting season which will be here before we know it.

If you would like dates for our group training sessions please feel free to email ourselves and we will be happy to provide the coming dates.

Happy Christmas.

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

We hope you all have a great Christmas and fantastic New Year and thank you all for all your support in 2013.
Have a prosperous 2014.

Fallowfen’s annual fun day – working test!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

On 11th May we had our annual fun day come working test.

This day is to give handlers an opportunity to work towards something with their dogs and to test both the handlers and dogs ability in test conditions.

We started the day at 11 o’clock when i was joined by our 2 judges John Hilton and Barney Hall. John being a spaniel man and Barney a Labrador man so thought this would be a good combination. I choose John and Barney for 2 main reason’s they both work their own dogs to a good level picking up all season but more importantly I  knew they would be fair on each handler without being to harsh in there scoring.

I set the tesst earlier in the week. The tests consisted of 4 individual test.

Test 1 was a timed memory retrieve between two sets of straw bales. I done this test first to settle the handlers down and to give the dogs a chance to have a quick burst run to get rid of any edge or tension they were picking up off  there handlers.

Test 2 was a marked retrieve followed by a blind retrieve. Puppies which were dogs under 18 months of age were allowed to pick these in which ever order however the adults had to watch the marked retrieve then retrieve the blind retrieve first.

Test 3 was a double mark once again the puppies which were dogs under 18 months of age were allowed to pick these in which ever order however the adults had to watch both marked retrieve’s then pick the dummy which was thrown first.

Test 4 was a marked retrieve followed by a distraction, which was a bolting rabbit! Which is a dummy on a piece of elastic. The puppies then had to leave the distraction and pick the marked dummy. Once a gain a little harder for the adult, there were to marked retrieves then the bolting rabbit. The handler then had to send their dog past the distraction ant the first dummy to retrieve the dummy behind the first two distractions.

Both handlers and dogs had an eventful day whilst trying to avoid the rain, but when the sun did show up it made the day more pleasurable.

After all four tests were complete we stopped for lunch.

Whilst everybody enjoyed the hog roast i added up the score’s and made our cut for the final.

5 adults made the cut for the Adult  final and 3 puppies made the cut for the puppy final.

The test we set for the adults was a blind retrieve over a jump followed by a duck call then a marked retrieve from the dummy launcher. Then duck call and marked retrieve came first then the handler set there dogs up to retrieve the blind retrieve from the jump first.

The puppy test was very similar, we didn’t use any shot due to the age of the dogs so they had a thrown dummy and a blind retrieve over a jump.

We had 25 entries 15 adults and 10 puppies.

3 golden retrievers

1 Cocker spaniel

1 Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.

5 English springer spaniels

and 15 Labradors.



1st Ella with her black Labrador Gin

2nd Paul with his golden retriever Seth

3rd “T” with her black Labrador Lillie.



1st Kieran with his English springer spaniel Arwen.

2nd Mark with his black Labrador Jetta

3rd Robert with his yellow Labrador Miester


Fastest retrieve also went to  “T” with her black Labrador Lillie with a winning time of 14.13 seconds.

Steadiest dog also went to  Ella with her black Labrador Gin.

Top handler went to Natalie with her black Labrador Floss.

I just want to thank everyone for there hard work in setting up the day and all the donations for the raffle and desserts.

Thank you to quest gundogs for donating raffles prizes for our dogs for the disabled raffle.




How to start training with your puppy.

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

This video is to try and show how we introduce our puppies into training.

We don’t start until the puppies are 9 – 10 weeks of age. Up till this point all we do is shake their food bowl to encourage them to be very excited around feeding time.

When we are ready to start we are looking at gaining eye contact from a young age, if a dog isn’t looking at you how do you know they are listening. We also Don’t give them any command to sit,. When you first do this you shake the bowl to gain there interest then when they are interested you stand still no words no movement. They will lose interest and continue to move, this is normal.

When they loose interest you shake the bowl again to regain interest. Eventually your puppy will put there bum on the floor for a split second you then put their food down with praise “Good girl or boy”. Within days you will go to feed them and there bum will be glued to the floor and there eye’s will not leave you.

This is the first test or your patience as a owner – handler. This could take up to 10 minutes the first time you do it depending on your dog and surroundings. But done right could give you a lifetime of good eye contact.

Home Bred Black Labrador Bitch Being Trained for the Gun.

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

This is a short video of Sky a black Labrador bitch sired by our chocolate stud dog Jim – Pechasi Hazel Nut of Fallowfen. Her dam is our black Labrador bitch Millie – Brocklebank Kitty.

Sky is being trained for a shooting man and is coming on very well. In the video you will see there is very little pressure put on her. She is allowed to run in for the retrieve at this point to keep things exciting but you will alos see every time she is told to stay she then waits for the command to collect the retrieve.

In the video i also use a dummy she has never picked up before, you will see how different she is when this happens and how we over come this to get her back to ourselves. Enjoy!


Working Golden Retriever update.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

We thought we would post a few emails received of late regarding Working Golden Retrievers we have breed and how they are coming along.


Hi Amanda and Phillip,

I thought its time for another little update on Rocco. He is doing brilliant and his retrieving is coming on nicely. Just doing some more obedience classes at the moment before gundog training will begin in April.
He is strong boned and still gaining plenty in size. I think he will end up not much smaller than the other dog was. However he is ever so easy to train and it is almost like a walk in the park by comparison to training Charlie.
Well a little ‘more diluted’ Holway seems to make a difference perhaps. He is very alert but much easier to control. Good fun all round really.

Keep you posted and health and well being permitted he will certainly enter one or the other puppy working test this year.

Hope all is well with you – Christine + Rocco


Here are a selection of pictures we have received of Golden Retriever Puppies sired by Angus – Soinneanta Capercaillie of Fallowfen.

Fallowfen’s Silver Cairn.

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Hi there Amanda & Philip,

Just thought I would give you an up date on Cairn “wow” its been a really quick three years.

Cairn has matured into a very loving member of our family. she just wants to do what ever you ask, showing, obedience & agility.

Agility is her favourite she has advanced into grade 6 this is just 1 bellow the top grade in only just over 1 year competing she is a bit small so she measures a medium.

We are in the special good citizen final at Crufts again this year now she is older I hope she will not be as overwhelmed this year as she was 2 years ago just to keep us busy she is in the breed ring on the same day and YKC obedience with Callum on Thursday.

This is just to say a big thank you for giving us this perfect little Toller. I have attached some photos, will send video separate.

Janet, Michael & Callum.

The Apprentice! Who will win!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Fallowfen Gundogs is looking for an apprentice, but there can only be one winner!!

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