Bellanino Gundogs are specialists in training Italian Spinone and Hunt Point Retrieve breeds.
We can help with any breed of gundog for training.
Italian Spinone have some unique characteristics which can be challenging, especially for the novice owner.
The Italian Spinone is an ancient hunting breed which is believed to be one of the oldest hunting dogs in existence. They can be traced back to 500 BC but only adopted the Italian Spinone name around the 19th century.
The breed is known for it’s docile, easy going nature. They are loyal family pets, that are intelligent and loving to humans and other dogs. Like all breeds though they still need careful socialisation, and gentle handling during training.
If you think the Spinoni is for you, you should be sure you can live with a large breed that shed, and slobber. Take a look at the different lines, and visit with as many as you can!
HUNT, POINT, RETRIEVER'S (HPR's)
HPR breeds are very versatile dogs that can be used for picking-up, deer stalking, roughshooting or wildfowling.
In the UK there is a vast range of HPR breeds such as Italian Spinone, Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla, German Shorthaired Pointer, Brittany, Bracco Italiano and Large Musterlander. You can view a full list by CLICKING HERE
When used as gundogs they should hunt the terrain they are in to find game. As the dog scents the game they should come onto point (when the game is still). The point should be held until the handler tells the dog to flush. As the bird lifts into the air the dog should stop (ideally in a sit) and watch it in flight. The gun is then tasked with shooting the bird, the dog should mark the land and then retrieve the bird when instructed to do so by the handler back to hand.
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished”
POSITIVE TRAINING METHODS
Triple Retrieve with Stops
Gundog Training for Beginners
Are you unsure where to start? Is your gundog ignoring you when off lead? Not sure how to train a positive way? Garden gundog training is the course for you!
All training needs a starting point and there is no better place to start than at home, especially for gundog training. The foundation course has been designed to start you from the beginning and take you through training in a structured, progressive way. Available as an online course with video's and written instructions to ensure successful learning. Delivered over 5-weeks with over 31-lessons and 30-vidoes to guide you. Find out more below or sign up!
ONE TO ONE TRAINING
Sign up for one-to-one training sessions to receive structured and individualised help. We will explore your goals, set you targets and work towards these targets.
Sessions are accessible to all students regardless of where you are in the world. Get in touch to find out more about how these sessions will work for you.
You can sign up for 2, 4 or 6 sessions, the more you sign up to the bigger discount you receive! Zoom sessions are cheaper then face-to-face sessions if you want to save even more!
“Spinoni girls love you, but spinoni boys are in love with you.”
ITALIAN SPINONE PUPPIES
Our last litter was in 2015 all successfully homed to loving families. We are not currently breeding any puppies nor foresee breeding any puppies. If you are looking to add the breed to your home you must do your research. Take a look at the resources below created by the Italian Spinone Club of Great Britain. Also, contact the clubs puppy register to express interest in future litters