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The Accidental Breeder

or one of the best kept secrets on dog-breeding… Coping With A Bitch In Season Practically speaking, the owner of an unspayed bitch will expect her to come into season every six months. The season will last approximately 3 weeks and on average she'll be receptive to the dog during her middle week. As with […]

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Dog Breaking by General Hutchinson

First published in August 1848 when shooting over dogs was the normal way of hunting, ‘Dog Breaking’ by General Hutchinson was one of the first books written on the subject of gun-dog training. In the preface to the 1909 version, the general’s son discusses the improvement in dog welfare during the intervening years. This he […]

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Training The Working Spaniel

  I recommend a number of books on this site, principally ones I have had on my shelves for some years, and know from cover to cover. I do not make recommendations lightly, but I have noticed that this book is proving very popular with our visitors. The author, Janet Menzies, is a journalist who […]

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The Happy Puppy Handbook: Your Definitive Guide to Puppy Care and Early Training

Although we are all naturally focussed on training our dogs for the field, so much important work has to be carried out before the pup is old enough to start learning, and this popular book is a step along the way to getting our puppy ready for ‘real’ training. I cannot stress enough just how […]

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Some thoughts on dog whistles

Dog whistles may be one of those things that you buy without giving a second thought to, but with a littleconsideration you can avoid some annoying mistakes.

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Dog training by amateurs – author R Sharpe

The following excerpt is taken from the introduction to the book ‘Dog Training by Amateurs’ by R Sharpe, a professional dog trainer who published the first edition of his book in 1924. Although some of his techniques are no longer acceptable, there is still a lot to be learned from this book, in particular the […]

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And for those of us who think a half trained dog is worse than useless

here is some proof in the form of Benton/Fenton. I am not picking on the dog’s owner. I have been in the same position (more or less) with my first Springer Spaniel. Bonnie would take off after any bird, rabbit, rat that caught her eye. Fortunately we never came across deer with her, and for […]

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The Best Pointer In Pakistan?

One of the earliest uses of setting dogs was to allow partridges to be netted. Unlike the pointers, setters would naturally tend to crouch or lie when they were holding game, allowing a net to be dragged over the crouching birds. This is still an effective way of catching partridges, and there is a video […]

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Training a Gundog Quickly

A new ezine I have subscribed to is written by someone who has learned his dog training skills the hard way – by making mistakes. Richard Allen has the knack of being honest about his errors, and in the latest copy of his ezine he talks about some of those. I always say that training […]

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The Down Command

The down can be taught in much the same way as the sit, with food treats being used to encourage the dog into a comfortable position. Useful if you wish to leave a dog in position for a while, the down is comfortable for a moderately extended period.  Starting from the sit, the dog can […]

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