She has been like this since a puppy.

Is there anything I can do to stop her making the noise, or should I just keep her for rough shooting and get another dog for the driven days I go on?

GUNDOGS

Peter Blatch

If someone out there has a ‘cure’ for whining then I would like to hear about it because, in my experience, there’s nothing you can do to stop the condition.

And I’m sorry to say it’s a problem that often gets worse rather than better the older the dog gets.

If she hunts and retrieves well while shooting on your own then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep her for that purpose and, as you say, train another dog to take on formal game days.

However, be careful…whining is catching and your new dog could end up warbling along as well if the two are kennelled together or worked together.

You’ve been warned!