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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Now I am a great fan of some of the old trainers – by old I mean from the 19th Century – and yes, some of them did know how to train dogs in those days! Forget the horror stories of beating dogs into submission, the best principles used today were around in those days. […]
The third and latest of Joe’s books I have bought, the trade secrets give an insight to problems that you may encounter. Joe has in the past given me permission to quote from his ‘training spaniels‘ and I will be cheeky and extend that permission to quoting from this book, which as I write is […]
Training Spaniels was the first gundog training book I ever bought, in sheer desperation when I had an uncontrollable Springer Spaniel. As I have said elsewhere on the site, Joe’s approach is conversational and works for me by recognising that not all dogs are the same, and problems have to be approached on an individual […]
Gundogs, Their Learning Chain – the second book of Joe Irving’s that I bought to help me when I was struggling to get to grips with a particularly headstrong English Springer Spaniel.