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.

dog ear mites checking by vet

Could my dog catch ear mites from another dog?

Q: My next-door neighbour’s 
dog has mites, which has led 
to an ear infection. We walk the dogs together each day and I was wondering if mine would be at risk? What are dog ear mites and are they catching? What dog owners need to know about ear mites Ear…

protect dogs from horsefly bites

How can I protect my dogs from horsefly bites?

Q: I usually take my two Labradors with me when I tend to my horses and have noticed that there seem to be a lot of horseflies around this year, which can give 
a nasty bite. I generally spray myself with insect repellent to keep them away from me, but…

clip your dog's coat

Should you clip your dog’s coat for the summer?

I own a working cocker spaniel that is 12 months old. Can you please give me advice on how to look after its coat, as some say you can cut it but others say not to. I do not know what to do for the best.

Gundogs with beater

Do dogs have to wear collars?

Q: I pick-up with a very experienced dog person who has a team of dogs under immaculate control. None of them wear a collar. I thought dogs were obliged to by law. I asked him about it and he said that a collar could injure his dogs and he wasn’t…

spaniel puppies

Should you neuter your dog?

Neutering dogs 
has become such routine practice that I’m sure many people don’t give it a second thought. Bitches always seem to come into season at the most inappropriate time, such as the middle of the shooting season, so unless you want to breed from them there is a strong…