I feel it is going to be a big step for both of us, can you give me any tips and training advice?

Mark Whitehouse says: For any young dog to gain experience it can only be a time issue.

The first few outings into the shooting field should be well controlled and monitored closely.

Progress can be made accurately without over excitement.

On a formal day, stand well back in a safe position and allow your dog to observe as much as possible as the drive progresses.

Always have an older and more experienced dog to cope with difficult situations, such as wounded game and runners, and be very selective on any early retrieves for your young dog.

Training a dog on a shooting day can be complex at times but not impossible, providing you keep focus on both tasks in hand.