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Training begins long before a lead is placed around a puppy’s neck.

From the time the puppy comes into its new home, it can be taught simple things, as it is important to build a strong bond with the puppy before its serious training begins.

For example, sitting for food can be started early, simply sitting is not enough. The puppy must learn to feast its eyes on you before it is allowed to eat.

Formal obedience training can begin between six and 12 months, but this depends on the individual puppy’s physical and mental development.

In human terms, these are its teenage years and the problems of adolescence happen just the same. I would suggest that you seek the advice of a recognised gundog trainer in your area, preferably one who has gained success with gundogs in the field and is also a gundog training instructor.

For more details on instructors in your area, contact Sue Evans at the KCAI (Accreditation Scheme for Instructors),Tel: 020 7518 1039 or email saevans@thekennelclub.org.uk