PETER BLATCH says: The reason spaniels are taught to drop to shot is because most of the time they will hunt around 25 yards in front of the handler. Because of this it is necessary to have the dog drop as a matter of steadiness and control. You might also like to know that most spaniels are also taught to drop when flushing game.

The same requirement is not needed where labradors are concerned because this breed mostly walks to heel where it can be very easily controlled by a handler.

A spaniel working much further away from you has got a head start should it decide to play ‘deaf’ and start doing its own thing. Teaching it to drop to shot and game is simply your way of keeping control as the excitement mounts when birds start flushing and guns start banging.

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