Gundog training

PETER BLATCH

When gundog training dummy launchers have definitely got their uses – and one of them is being able to teach a dog how to mark retrieves at a distance.

Not everybody is blessed with a cricketer’s arm but a blank-firing launcher can easily throw a dummy around 80 yards.

Furthermore, when held at arms length, a dummy launcher can also simulate the gun and can be used more easily when you’re training alone – especially when you are trying to manage a gun and a dummy and a dog at the same time!

I still think throwing dummies by hand has its place in training and combining the two is the best way to get the dog to mark short or long distances.