Ellena Swift

Ellena Swift
Ellena has worked with and trained dogs for over 17 years. All her life Ellena has been surrounded by family gun dogs, mostly Labradors and Alsatians learning most of her skills from her dad; Robert Swift.
She completed a degree in Agriculture and Animal Science in 2005 at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and consequently lectured at Warwickshire College for over 8 years. She is a fully qualified lecturer, A1 assessor and V1 Internal Verifier in Animal Care & Welfare. Her speciality was canine training and behaviour, covering everything from heel work to music to puppy training.

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mown paddock for gundog training

When you think of a working gundog, the goals are relatively simple. We need to get the dog to an area and allow it to hunt. This might be hunting…

dog handler

I work with all levels of dog handler, from first-time owners to well-seasoned competitive handlers. I often refer to other sports and use them to explain a theory or aspect…

place board for dog training

Q: I have done everything I can to stop my cocker spaniel creeping. I have consistently put her back where she started, never allowing her to have a retrieve after…

working cocker spaniel puppy

Q: I am wondering whether getting a cocker spaniel was a mistake. I bought my first cocker spaniel last year. I was sure to do my research on reputable breeders…

stop a dog chewing

Q: I am having a problem with my 14-month-old spaniel. He seems to love to retrieve, but chews hard on everything. He has chews in the house, but I had…

Dogs on shoot day

Now more than ever, many gundog enthusiasts around the country are excited and preparing for the shooting season. A lot of those are novices or first-time handlers and will currently…

Gundog trainer

Ever since I was old enough to walk by myself, I have been going shooting with my family. I’ve always been attracted to the working gundogs side and, since I…

German Shorthaired Pointer

Q: I own a rather excitable dog, an exuberant German shorthaired pointer (GSP) that I take beating on several driven shoots. He works well once the drives start and always…

training a gundog to hold a line

At a recent gundog training session, all of my dogs were running well, handling and stopping, hunting hard and generally being very pleasing. However, the ground was a little different…

day-to-day gundog training

Day-to-day gundog training Lizzie, the young flatcoat, has gone home for a little break. She is now one year old and coming on a treat, but she needs time to…

black Labrador puppy

Q: I am doubtful of the pedigree details of some Labrador puppies I have been offered. Pedigrees are widely available online and provide information for those who can simply make…

rescue Labrador

Looking at rescue gundogs When clients approach me about getting a working dog, I have to admit that looking at rescue gundogs is not the first thing I’d suggest. But…