There might be no quick fix for dogs pulling on the lead but it can be solved easily by going back to basics.
Janet Menzies, the author of Training the Working Spaniel; From Puppy to Perfect; and PsychoDog shares her top tips to get rid of any bad habits during the close season.
New research in Scotland showing that docking the tails of working gundogs can prevent suffering from tail injuries has been welcomed by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
Ragnar, a rehomed seven-year-old German wirehaired pointer has taken the top trophy in the Gamekeepers’ Classes at Crufts 2014.
Gamekeepers, beaters and pickers-up from across the UK are getting ready for one of the highlights of the gundog calendar – Crufts 2014. The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), will host the gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts. Gamekeepers, owners of working gundogs, gundog teams and young handlers will compete in the classes. They will be held on Gundog Day, Sunday 9th March 2014 in Hall 5 at the NEC in Birmingham. The BASC gamekeepers’ classes are unique at Crufts. Each dog in the gamekeepers’ classes is a genuine working dog and Crufts gives handlers an opportunity to show their gundogs in their prime. The top individual gundogs owned by gamekeepers will go head-to-head in the main arena for the Best in Gamekeeping class title, competing for the Northesk Memorial Trophy. BASC will once again hold the popular demonstration scurry, where dogs undertake retrieves against the clock. The demonstration will start at 12:30pm. Glynn Evans, BASC's head of game and gamekeeping, said: "The gamekeeper classes at Crufts put working gundogs in front of a global audience at the biggest dog show in the world.” The BASC gundog programme is sponsored by Chudleys.
BASC is reviewing proposals to exclude dogs at certain times from land owned or managed by Coleraine Borough Council in Northern Ireland.
The Scottish Government is consulting on the introduction of compulsory microchipping of all dogs in Scotland. The consultation also seeks views on the re-introduction of a dog licensing system and the muzzling of all dogs when in public places. Lastly, suggestions are invited on legislative or other measures that might reduce dog fouling.
The deadline is approaching for entry into the BASC gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts 2014. Owners of working gundogs need to register by the 6th January 2014.
A gundog evening with expert speakers providing guidance on the health and well-being of gundogs will be held at Stockbury village hall, Stockbury, near Sittingbourne, Kent on the 7th December 2013.