"Don't rush your gundog training, progress in tiny increments and keep exercises fresh and exciting."

Ben Randall, Field Editor

Gundog breeds

A closer look at the many working breeds to help you choose the right dog for you...

Labrador retriever

We take a closer look at Britain's most popular gundog...
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English springer spaniel

We take a look at the UK’s third most popular gundog...
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In the field

Exclusive interviews, unforgettable experiences and fascinating gundog history...

A history of picking-up

Up until the 1920s, picking-up was always carried out...
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Dogs that track deer

How prepared are you for when things don’t quite go as...
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Instruction & training

Expert gundog training tips and advice from some of the most respected handlers...

Training a young labrador retriever – part 1

Gundog expert Jayne Coley summarises the early training...
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Choosing the right breed of gundog

When considering which gundog breed is best for you, follow...
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Gundog Journal

Gundog Journal – Volume II • Issue V

It’s a new year and, as Ben Randall suggests in this issue, this is the perfect time for some honesty in assessing how our dogs are performing. We can all be guilty of overlooking the odd misdemeanour when it comes to our beloved canine companions, but ignoring these transgressions will only lead to long-term trouble. Even well trained dogs can lapse if they are allowed, and Ben has some well-timed words of wisdom on how to be objective and keep your dogs on the right track.

Have you ever thought you have something in common with Sir Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho? Well, our dogs all have different personalities and varying strengths and weaknesses, just like their owners. And in this issue Michelle Oseman suggests that working a team of gundogs is akin to the job of a football manager. Michelle goes a little further and selects her perfect formation for a successful day’s picking-up; it’s all about making the right decisions to allow the team to fulfil their potential.

We are still in the darkest months of the year and this can be a tough time to find time to train gundogs but Jayne Coley has some perfectly practical suggestions for overcoming this hurdle. As usual Jayne and her fellow experts Laura Hill, Jeremy Organ and Gareth Davies, combine to help us deliver this stunning new edition of Gundog Journal.

Don’t miss this issue: 

  • KC grandee Wilson Young on his love of pointers
  • When to work, and when to rest
  • A deer stalker’s perfect companion
  • Are dog coats worth it?
  • The Sussex spaniel in profile
  • Confessions of a field trialler
  • The pointer who wouldn’t give up
  • Expert advice on all things training
  • President George HW Bush’s service dog
  • The curly coat retriever conundrum

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