My labrador bitch is now 18 months old and Im intending to pick-up with her this season. My inexperience led me to concentrate too much on marked retrieves in her early raining which has meant that her work on unseen retrieves leaves a lot to be desired.
I have recently been on a training day with a professional trainer organised by my local gundog club. These days really do show up your shortcomings as an amateur trying to train his first dog. I was pulled up for giving too much encouragement.
The South Eastern Gun Dog Society held a novice stake for 12 gun dogs at Knowle Hill Farm, Ulcombe, near Maidstone, Kent by kind permission of Steve King and at the kind invitation of Roger Wade and guns.
The Ampton Shoot, Great Livermere, Suffolk was the venue for the Labrador Retriever Club's all aged stake by kind invitation of Peter Hammond and Mike Scales's party of guns, who shot extremely well throughout.