Welcome to workingflatcoats!

This is the website covering all aspects of well, working Flatcoats!

After a short period alongside the Flatcoated Retriever Society’s website, the organisers of workingflatcoats have decided to go it alone and provide what is hoped to be a training and information resource for anyone who wants to train a Flatcoat.
Our objective is simple: To encourage more people to work their Flatcoats, and for those that do, to work them to the highest possible standard.
Our focus will be on gundog work, but much of the basic training for all disciplines is the same or very similar, so hopefully there will be something here for everyone.
The FCRS has asked that we remove all material over which they claim copyright, and this we have done. As a consequence there won’t be much content on the site in the short term but we plan to address this over the coming weeks and months. Hopefully, over time, the Society will allow us to publish articles from Society yearbooks and newsletters that might be of interest to those working their Flatcoats but who don’t have easy access to this material.

The resource will comprise a number of component parts along the following lines but note that this is provisional:

  • Training topics and information
  • Videos demonstrating training
  • A directory of trainers
  • FAQs
  • Training events
  • Directory of dual-purpose stud dogs
  • Articles and blogs about the breed (articles by competition entrants)
  • Comments and feedback
We shall also advertise third party training, working tests and other competitions, that we think might be of interest to Flatcoat owners, some of which we will organise.
We also plan to periodically circulate a newsletter (using MailChimp) containing information on what we are planning and organising. You can sign up for these newsletters by following this link.
Finally, for now, we hope to create links with clubs and societies that are acting in the best interests of the breed so that we can help them to advertise their events and activities to a wider audience. We shall also continue to use the Facebook page: Flatcoat Training, Tests and Trials, which has always been run independently from the FCRS.
We hope that this site will help meet the needs of the growing community of people working their Flatcoats, and also encourage even more owners to see the benefits of working in what ever discipline you choose. Remember, Flatcoats are very versatile!

Why train and work your Flatcoat?

A Flatcoated Retriever is an elegant, energetic dog with an independent streak born from the fact that this breed was historically bred as a working dog. Now, working breeds without work can quickly find ways to become ‘self-employed’, which often means trouble!

Flatcoated Retrievers gain a great deal from working and training, as both are effective ways to occupy your dog’s brain and body. Working with your dog is not just a great way to satisfy your dog’s desire to be active and practical, it can also build an even stronger bond between owner and dog.

Latest results and reports

Here is a selection of results and reports from events within the world of workingflatcoats. We plan to bring this up to date over the next few weeks. Our reports are longer and contain more information about the day, whereas our results posts will just show the results from the event!

How to get involved

Unfortunately due to the C-19 pandemic we are not currently booking any events or training days. We hope that we will be able to update this section with some new dates soon and look forward to when we are able to do so.

If you are interested in taking part in our training days and events, be sure to first read about our training days and the rules and guidelines for the event you are interested in. Click on the links below to see the dates we have set up for each event.

Book training days

Book your dog on to one of our training days to increase your skills and the working ability of your dog.

Book a Working Test

Click here to book your place on a working test. You will also find the event Schedule, and a bit more information about working tests in general.               

Book Field Trials

Dates for the 2020 season’s field trials are currently being organised, and details will appear here in due course, and on social media. We plan to organise a Novice and an Open Trial, together with an All-Aged Stake. 

Book a FCRS Shooting Dog Certificate

The Shooting Dog Certificate tests the working capabilities of your dog in the shooting field, and is a valuable indicator of those dogs with the right characteristics for breeding. 

Book a Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate

Click here to book a place on an upcoming Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate event.

Book a Kennel Club Show Gundog Working Certificate

Sign up your retriever to one of our upcoming Kennel Club Show Gundog Working Certificate events.

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