springer spaniels retrieving

Why won’t my springer spaniel deliver game to me?

Q: I have a 10-month-old springer out of a rescue kennel. He is obviously working stock, good looking, full of life and hunts like a demon. He was completely wild when I got him but after a year of hard work we are now enjoying shooting rabbits over the moors.…

gundog's first shoot day

Is your gundog ready for its first shoot day?

Rather than ask how old your dog should be, ask yourself the following … Does the dog walk to heel on and off the lead? Is the dog steady to game, both fur and feathered? Is he on the stop whistle? Does he recall on the whistle? If the answer to any…

cocker spaniel as a peg dog

What happens when you try to train a spaniel as a peg dog?

My new cocker spaniel puppy is eventually going to replace my 10-year-old springer spaniel. I have spoken to several people and have received different views on training a cocker spaniels. I would appreciate some advice.

spaniel training

Teaching your gundog to work hedgerows

Q: I have a young spaniel, and when hunting along hedgerows he always pulls ahead and sometimes gets through to the other side — a couple of times he has run off. As I plan to do a lot of rough shooting with him, this is something that I really need…

Roan springer spaniel

Can you prevent arthritis in dogs?

Q: Is there anything that can be done to delay or prevent the onset of arthritis in older dogs? Controlling your dog’s weight 
by feeding a healthy diet and keeping your dog fit by providing regular exercise are probably the most significant things you can do to prevent or delay…

English springer puppy

What food is best for my gundog puppy?

I'm 15 years old and about to buy a ten week old cocker spaniel bitch. At the moment it is being fed on Beta puppy food as I'm planning to work her when she’s older.

not the best water for dogs

Be careful of the water your dog drinks

Dogs need lots of water. There are records of dogs living for weeks without food, but if they are deprived of water their survival is limited to days. Quite how much an individual dog needs to drink every day depends on a number of factors, ranging from diet to the…

Labrador bitch with puppies

New regulations on breeding dogs

A reader writes: “I have a really good black Labrador that I would like to have a litter from and keep back a puppy. Any others from the litter I will sell and use the profit and have the puppy professionally trained. However, a friend has told me that there…

Avoiding bad habits in Labradors

Bad habits in Labradors

I have a 14 month-old lab dog who will have to put him in kennels for two weeks while we are on holiday. I'm concerned he may pick up bad habits while in the boarding kennels?

Gundog anxiety

What can I do to protect my dog against Alabama rot?

Q: Is it true that Alabama 
rot is most prevalent in the autumn and winter? If that is the case, is there anything I can do 
to protect my dog? A: We refer to this disease as CRGV (idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy). It was first recognised in the…

gundog with gamebird

How can I stop my gundog eating game?

Q:  My gundog eats game instead of returning and leaving it. Twice last season my Labrador ate 
a brace of partridges laid to cool in the back of the pickup. The dog, a six-year-old, had never done this before. Would it help if I gave him a good feed after…

English setter

Why is my dog losing weight?

Gun dog health: My dog has always lost a lot of weight towards the middle of the shooting season.