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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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Training Spaniels by Joe Irving

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 […]

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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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Gundogs, Their Learning Chain by Joe Irving

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.

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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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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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