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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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The element of surprise

We discover how the element if surprise when training your gundog can help embed teaching....
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What’s the going rate?

Just how much you should pay for a puppy is one of the most difficult questions because there are so...
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Difficult Days

In social media world every dog handler seems to be perfect, but this is not reflective of real life...
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Gundog Journal

Have you become increasingly concerned about the security of your dogs in the last few years? If so then our in-depth investigation into gundog theft in the UK in this issue will be a fascinating read. We speak to some victims of this awful crime, learn about the organisations trying to fight it and update you on the present approach in parliament.

Imagine winning the Cocker Championship after only a handful of years training gundogs, at the royal estate of Sandringham, and then being presented with the trophy by none other than HM The Queen? It’s fantasy stuff really, but that’s what Jamie Smith did in 2018, and in this issue he shares some of the secrets of his success. Meanwhile two-time Cocker Championship winner Ben Randall has some more pearls of wisdom for anyone bringing on a young dog and hoping to integrate them into their team this spring. As usual, Ben’s common sense approach will ring true.

And in the dog of a lifetime slot BASC chairman Eoghan Cameron recounts the terrifying moment his beloved fox red labrador fell through ice on a pond; it’s scary stuff but makes for a gripping read. 

Don’t miss this issue:

  • Dog theft – the full story
  • Are you a soft touch with treats?
  • How to deal with gun shyness
  • Does competition success alone equal greatness?
  • The 2018 Cocker Champs winner shares his secrets
  • Why too much exercise is bad for a young dog
  • To kennel or not?
  • The flatcoat retriever in profile
  • Basic puppy care advice
  • The Buccleuch story - a famous line re-instated
  • Expert training advice from the Gundog Journal team

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