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Mountgrace Gundogs

Les Dixon has been a professional gundog trainer for over twenty five years. He has been touring the country show circuit with his dogs for the last six years. Originally based near Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire from where the gundog team gets its name he now lives and works a few miles away in East Harlsey and has a gundog training ground in mixed woodland near East Rounton.

After many years on the show circuit Les has decided to stop touring the country shows and concentrate on training at his base in North Yorkshire. This means that his dog trailer is now for sale.

Dog trailer for sale with room for at least 8 dogs and galvanised steel frame.
6 foot run fits on the back. Four wheels with 3 new tyres.
Previously used for travelling to Gundogs displays at Country Fairs.
Please contact Les for more details or to arrange viewing ( Mobile 07803 556351 ).

Please contact Les for more details or book a lesson.

Les Dixon

Close-up of quartering demonstration
with homing pigeon

Mountgrace Gundogs with my granddaughter         

A typical show day would be two half hour ring displays, times to suit, but we are flexible and can change to fit in with your arrangements. We normally bring about eight dogs, some fully trained, some partly trained and one or two untrained. This allows us to demonstrate how a trained gundog team works together. Then we can show the basic steps of training young dogs and puppies at various levels of training. We find this is always a good crowd puller as the training for young gundogs is the same as for a pet dog. Also if time permits we like to involve children in the display. My granddaughter loves helping with the dogs and wants to be a vet.

Mountgrace Gundogs Training Video.

Les shares his training secrets to help you train your own young dog as a gundog.

When to start training. How to train a dog from scratch. Choosing the right equipment.
Don't start too young. Everything you will need to know in one convenient DVD.

Sample clips are online or order a DVD for 24.99 including postage & packing

In June this year I will have a small number of spaniel puppies for sale in June/July from top class working stock.

A selection of new photographs of dogs and their owners working together at our woodland training ground.

Dam is Loxy (black). Sire of the puppies is Glen (fox red). Both parents are hip and eye tested and bred from field trial champions. Puppies arrived 7th July. Two black dogs from the litter are available.

This year we have two liver and white spaniel dog puppies available from top class working stock.
Born on 21st November 2020 and will be available early next year when weaned and vaccinated. [sorry all sold]

The Great Yorkshire Show

Quartering demonstration with homing pigeon

Dogs at work at Murton Grange -        
one of the premier high bird shoots        

Great Yorkshire Show


Ready for action with a dummy

Swimming Lesson - go fetch


A fair sized crowd gathered to watch the Mountgrace Gundogs display at the Great Yorkshire Show. The weather was kind this year fine and dry but not too hot and we were not rained off like last year. The dogs as ever were very attentive as they were put through their paces. Towards the end of the display we had some audience participation for the little ones. Later at the static display we were also kept busy.

Now pay attention class

Closeup photos below taken at the South Weald Show

Les display

Les with dogs ready for action at a local shoot

Les with his trailer for the Mountgrace Gundogs Display Team.


Snow! Brr!

Essex Game Fair - first show of the year.
The weather in North Yorkshire was reasonable when I set off but it got much worse further south with 4" of snow lying and a full blizzard at the Showground.
The dogs enjoyed it even if the audience and I shivered a bit. The carved wooden owl didn't seem to mind the snow.

Fram1 Fram5

Framlingham Country Show - mid April and much better weather bright sunshine and blue skies. Action!

 Beginners class with the castle in the background.

More pictures from previous shows are included on the Displays page.

The larger shows that we cover includes Newark and Nottingham, Herts County, East of England, Great Yorkshire, Alnwick Castle as well as many smaller one day shows. When not in the ring we have a static display so that the public can come along and see our dogs and discuss any training problems they may be having with their own dog. Our working gundogs are Labradors and Spaniels.

Dogs exercising at our new training site. Left to right Loxy, Guss, Sophie, Rob
(three generations of spaniel - grandfather, mother and son) and in the foreground Zena (grandmother of the kennel).

The Team

TV Work
Available for TV work with Labradors and English Springer Spaniels and has worked on episodes of Heartbeat and Luke Casey's Dales Diary. Sample video clips

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External Links 

Sponsored by Sneyd's Wonderfeeds dog food

Les recommends Northallerton Shooting & Countrywear.

Our trailers are maintained by JSW Horseboxes 

 Sponsored by Sporting Saint  Gun dog training equipment


Northallerton district local 5 day
weather forecast from the Met office (RAF Leeming)

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