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Teach Your Labrador to Retrieve

Retrieving is an important part of any gundog’s training. With an understanding of the basic signals and how to teach them, you can be much more confident about your Labrador’s ability to retrieve shot game. Here we discuss how to teach a Labrador to retrieve a dummy which is behind the dog, away from the trainer.

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Trials and Tribulations

There comes a point when you realise that with a little more effort on your part, your dog really could be good enough to enter a trial. If the thought of taking part worries you, why not spectate for a while? An article by Jonathon Preston of Hawshill Kennels

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What Do YOU Want a Gundog For?

Where the dog is used solely for the purpose of retrieving, you will not need to study the hunting sections, and instead will concentrate on improving the dog’s performance on retrieving. This will involve building a relationship of trust, where the dog believes you when you tell it that there really is a bird down, […]

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Training a Gundog Puppy to Sit

I will let you into a gundog training secret – don’t let the pup know she is being trained! What do I mean by this? All training should be fun, and it starts when the puppy is first brought home, with the SIT! command. The first lessons Whenever you feed the puppy, you should take […]

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The Recall

The recall is one of the basic commands for a dog, but it pays to spend the time getting this absolutely right. From the very beginning you must ensure that the dog comes in directly in front and sits square in front with her head raised, in preparation for the later lessons of retrieving. The […]

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Horses for Courses

Where the dog is used solely for the purpose of retrieving, you will not need to study the hunting sections, and instead will concentrate on improving the dog’s performance on retrieving. This will involve building a relationship of trust, where the dog believes you when you tell it that there really is a bird down, […]

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Heelwork for the Working Gundog or Pet Dog

There are few things more satisfying than owning a dog or gundog that you have trained yourself. The good heelwork is one of the first things that you will notice about a well-trained dog; they will be under control, alert and aware of their trainer, even if there are distractions. If they are off the […]

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Seven Essential Gundog Training Tips

We are breaking this article into lists of do’s and don’t dos, with explanations for the reasons. Although some may seem common sense, you will not believe the number of people who make these mistakes and who end up with a dog that is confused. Do buy a dog from working stock Breeding is important […]

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Basic Retrieving

What Are We Trying To Achieve? The obvious aim of retrieving is to get the shot game to hand; however the love of retrieving is the tool that we use to teach a dog to follow signals to an unseen quarry that may have been wounded but able to fly on, maybe across water, before […]

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Bad Manners

When I go through a door, the last thing I need is for two dogs weighing nearly half of what I weigh knocking my legs out from under me. I may be well padded, but landing on a hard floor unexpectedly hurts enough to reduce me to tears. Now what is interesting is that even […]

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