It’s rare to make it through the shooting season without encountering at least a few poorly behaved gundogs, but some bad habits and issues crop up more than others. Ben Randall considers the most common problems and how to prevent or resolve them.
Despite a bad start in life, with the right approach, rescue dogs can make capable working partners. Will Pocklington joined dog trainer Jonathan Roberts and his team of unlikely recruits to see for himself.
In the first part of a new series, Ben Randall shares his advice on raising a rock-steady gundog for the shooting field.
Breeding from our own dogs is an exciting prospect, but it is not a decision to be made lightly. Our team of experts offer their advise based on a wealth of experience.
There's much to consider when introducing your dog to the shooting field, says Ben Randall as he highlights the potential sticking points many fail to prepare for.
Over the past couple of years, countryside author and journalist Jeremy Hobson has fallen in love with working Sealyham terriers.
After considering the basic principles of scent and how we can best make use of our dogs’ noses in the field, Ben Randall presents a new theory which he believes might just hold the answer to a burning question.
George Padley acknowledges the vital role that pickers-up play on shoot days, but argues that they should be conscious of Guns who have a dog of their own.
Jayne Coley offers her advice for those who will be working a dog on the moors for the first time this season.
The sight of dog and Gun working together to put game in the bag is a joy to behold, says Ben Randall as he offers his advice for the training and handling of a gundog for walked-up sport.
Ben Randall considers the increasing demand for gundogs which double as family pets.
Well-laid plans yield greater results, says Ben Randall, who explains the merits of a more considered approach to gundog training.
Gundog expert Ben Randall highlights the training mistakes we should be careful to avoid.
There are a number of things to consider when investing in a kennel for your gundog, says Ben Randall.
Jayne Coley offers some valuable tips for the shooting man who is training a young dog.
Gundog expert Jayne Coley summarises the early training routine that she has followed with her own young labrador, Trade.
In esteemed canine company, Will Pocklington joins gundog expert Ben Randall to learn more about the value of gundog training days as a platform for polishing your dog’s performance in the field.
Gundog expert Ben Randall explains the importance of getting your working dog’s diet just right.
In the fifth and final part of this series, champion trainer Ben Randall advises on introducing your dog to the shooting field.
In the fourth of his five-part series, Ben Randall shares his advice on introducing your dog to live game.
In the third of his five-part series, gundog trainer of the year Ben Randall shares his advice on heel work and retrieving.
In the second of this five-part series, champion trainer Ben Randall offers advice for establishing a good working relationship with your puppy.
In the first of this five-part series, champion trainer Ben Randall offers advice on choosing a gundog puppy.
Make time for the older dog and they'll thank us for taking the trouble, says Fieldfare.
In order to get the most out of your gundog, your approach needs to be firm, fair and fun, says Fieldfare.
In establishing a good working relationship with your gundog, building solid foundations is all about getting the basics right, says Fieldfare.
It is in a dog's nature to push the boundaries every now and then, says Fieldfare. So it's necessary to ensure that their steadiness is maintained.
When your dog is ready to make the transition from dummy to game, the precautionary principle is crucial, says Fieldfare.
Maybe you think you don't need a field trial champion, but as Martin Deeley explains, you probably expect more of your dog than you think.
Adrian Blundell is getting a new dog and takes some professional guidance in negotiating a canine minefield.
You may think you have fully trained your gundog. In fact you know that it is the best dog you have ever owned. Now comes the test - your first day's shooting together. Tony Brazier looks at how to avoid heartbreak.