The summer months conjure up romantic images of walked-up sport over pointers and setters against a backdrop of beautiful heather-clad moorland. And that ultimate union of human and canine in sporting pursuit is reflected in four glorious features in this issue. From shooting over pointers in Perthshire to grouse counting in North Yorkshire we have it covered.
The humble whistle is synonymous with dog handling but our canine companions are not born fluent in this language. Therefore it’s vital to instil a good understanding of whistle work from puppyhood, and Field Editor Ben Randall explains how to do just that. Meanwhile our regular panel of training gurus deal with a range of issues, from retrieving problems to aggressive dogs.
When to say the final goodbye to a faithful friend is one of the most difficult decisions we all eventually face, and veterinary surgeon Laura Keyser offers sensitive advice on how and when to make the final call. Also on the subject of animal welfare, separation anxiety can cause serious behavioural problems, and we have some professional guidance on how to deal with this distressing problem.
Also don't miss this month
- Five classic feeding mistakes
- English setters in profile
- Dealing with separation anxiety
- Assembling the perfect team of dogs
- The working test virgin
- Dog training in the digital age
- Grooming advice for gundogs
- How to spot canine heatstroke
- The best accessories and top training kit
- Gundog Journal Bake Off recipes