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The early training for either breed is the same.

You will need to establish a good bond with the puppy at heel and close to your side before progressing to any areas which would apply specifically to either breed, such as hunting live game for the gun as a pure-bred spaniel would, or long-distance handling as required for picking-up with a labrador.

You can try and choose which path you wish to follow, but I have found through experience that continual assessment of your springador as it develops should help make some of the decisions for you.

It is possible you will not get the best of both worlds. If you over-develop the dog’s long-distance retrieving skills, it could seriously affect control when you then expect it to quarter close to you when hunting for game to flush within gunshot.

As you intend to use the dog for roughshooting, then good close control is essential if you are going to fill your gamebag.

  • brian

    Any info on starting shooting again after a heart bypass operation. i.e. Time, Cartridge loads ect. I’m 73 yrs old and shooting a 20 bore. Driven game.
    Thanking you in anticipation. Brian.

  • phil

    I have a 1 year old springadore, she is the best dog ever. I’ve already taken her on several shoots and found she needed no training at all, it seemed to come natrally to her. Give it time they seem to know what to do. Good luck

  • jane

    i have a female labrador cross spaniel she is the besr dog ever all she has ever needed from me is patience and ongoing commands not changing ones just the same all the time and very repetative she is so clever and i am sure that your one is too just be patient

  • jane

    i have a female labrador cross spaniel she is the besr dog ever all she has ever needed from me is patience and ongoing commands not changing ones just the same all the time and very repetative she is so clever snd i am sure that your one is too just be patient

  • vivien mccrerie

    i have just got a spaniel lab cross he is one year old and has been brought up living in a kennel, he is now in our house and is running a riot! No house training what so ever, bu tis such a lovely wee lad that just needs some loving and training.
    an you advise me on th ebest way to start with him.
    regards viv