Christmas has finally arrived, and we are all starting to relax and get into the festive mood. Hopefully the frantic shopping is done, and the presents are wrapped and ready under the tree. You … [Read more...]
Handling your gundog: teaching the four casts
Today’s article is a resource for those wanting to teach their gundogs to handle at a distance Casting is the second of our four key blind retrieving skills The act of casting a dog simply means … [Read more...]
3 ways to help your gundog want to retrieve – but should we use them?
Your dog’s ‘desire’ to chase and grab a moving object, is the engine that powers the retrieve. If he doesn’t want that ball or dummy, it can seem as though you are stuck. And if he wants it, but … [Read more...]
Whistle or clicker – which do I need?
I am often asked questions along the lines of ‘should I whistle train or clicker train my dog’ Or, “will I still need a whistle if I clicker train?” It is clear that whistle training and clicker … [Read more...]
Gundog training concepts – what is a permanent blind?
There are a number of articles on teaching your dog permanent blinds on this website. The purpose of this article is: To introduce the concept of permanent blinds To explain why you’ll find … [Read more...]
What is a Positive Gundog?
At the end of June this year I started a Facebook Group called Positive Gundogs. In just over four months we have been joined by over 1300 members. The aim of the group is to support and … [Read more...]
6 myths and the truth about food in gundog training
Most modern dog trainers use food in training. Yet the antipathy towards the use of food in gundog training circles persists. This article is about busting some of the myths that surround the … [Read more...]
Raising Awareness of Exercise Induced Collapse
Exercise Induced Collapse is an unpleasant disease that strikes down young and apparently healthy gundogs. Often in the prime of their lives, or at the peak of their working or competitive … [Read more...]
Gundog Fieldwork: What equipment do you need for picking-up?
Just a couple of weeks to go until the glorious twelfth! And thoughts are obviously starting to turn to the coming shooting season "What equipment do you need for picking up?" Was a question … [Read more...]
Gundog Basic Back Cast – Step Two
Missing out? Click here to get my new articles delivered to you This is the second step in my six step basic back cast programme Before you commence the exercise below, you need to complete … [Read more...]
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