I think many gundog owners and trainers would agree that dog training during the lockdown has been quite a challenge.
This year’s Crufts was a different experience than in previous years. Maybe because I am older and looking at it from a more mature perspective.
With the shooting season coming to an end soon, many pickers up are introducing their young gundogs to retrieving game and having them sit behind the drive to observe experienced dogs work the field.
If you are interested in working gundogs be sure to visit Crufts this year.
Most of my training has come from listening and watching my mum with her dogs and her trainees and attending training days and sessions with dog clubs.
Are you having trouble finding things to keep your dog busy during the time away from the shooting field?
Following on from my last article about the Irish Water Spaniel, my next breed of interest is the Chesapeake Bay retriever or more affectionately known as the Chessie.
Well, the season is over and here we are again getting our dogs steady and ready for working tests on dummies.
Following my first article about picking up and having the experience of many shoot days from a young age, I have discovered that very little acknowledgement is given to the game cart and its driver.