Queensberry Initiative and Pupils Get Tails Wagging During Visit to Buccleuch Gundog Kennels

2nd June, 2015

A group of pupils from Wallace Hall Academy in Thornhill donned their wellies earlier this week to experience a day in the life at the Buccleuch Gundog Kennels.

The visit was organised through the Queensberry Initiative, a community and outdoor learning charity project, linking Wallace Hall Academy to local businesses of all sorts, including farms and other land-based industries, local colleges and universities and third sector enterprises through the Queensberry Estate, a local country Estate with extensive outdoor opportunities.

The pupils visited the Buccleuch Kennel based at Chapel Farm, home to the historic Buccleuch Labradors, English Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels and were welcomed by a litter of new cocker spaniel puppies, which they got to handle and learn the importance of health and hygiene as part of Activities Week.

The group then got their hands dirty helping to wash and groom some of the dogs and also helped to fill up water buckets and clean out some of the kennels.

The pupils were also treated to a training demonstration with including some of the kennel characters; Naughty Norah and Cracker the Mighty Atom.

The pupils enjoyed watching the dogs being put through their paces by trainers Scott Esquardo and Fraser Clarke; pupils were shown puppy training right through to adult dogs. The trainers also highlighted the importance of health and hygiene and learning how important voice and tone is when communicating with the dogs.

David Lisett, Buccleuch gundog trainer said: “It was great to welcome the pupils from Wallace Hall Academy and give them a glimpse of our daily routine here at the Kennels.

“Experiences like these not only give the children some invaluable work experience but help improve their team working and general life skills as they get closer to the world of work.

“We are always keen to look at ways we can engage with the local community and we hope the children enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed hosting them. The dogs and puppies certainly loved all the attention.”

Leanne Peoples, project officer for the Queensberry Initiative at Wallace Hall Academy added: “The visit to the Buccleuch Gundog Kennels was a real life view into the work of a local business. The children’s experience was incredibly interactive which helped bring it to life and got them engaged from the start of the visit right through to the end.

“Thanks to all at the Buccleuch gundog kennels for making the trip such a success and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.”

David Lisett and the Buccleuch Gundogs will be making their arena debut at this year’s Galloway Country Fair, allowing a wider audience to see the incredible skill of the dogs and securing some invaluable training tips from the expert handler.

As a final treat before leaving the Kennels, each pupil was presented with a free pass to this year’s Galloway Country Fair on August 22 and 23 to see Naughty Norah and Cracker the Mighty Atom in action in the arena.

For all Gundog enquiries and further information on any of the services David and his team offer, including stud dogs, email Buccleuch Gundogs at [email protected]