Read about gun dog training, exercise and healthcare advice from the leading writers in the gun dog world.

Retrieving instinct

The retrieving instinct in pointers and setters

The retrieving instinct comes naturally to our pointers and setters, but over time we have supressed it, relying instead on our spaniels and labradors. David Tomlinson encourages training pointers and…

Gundog retirement

Gundog retirement: looking after an old dog

Gundog retirement seems to come far too early, and knowing how to care for an elderly dog is crucial when their working lives come to an end. David Tomlinson shares…

Outbreeding

Outbreeding: essential for gundog survival?

Outbreeding could be critical for gundog survival. As accustomed as we are to having springer spaniels, labradors and other such familiar gundogs around, we fail to realise that they are…

Field trials for golden retrievers

Field trials and tribulations

Field trials are unique sporting competitions. What other sport is open to both sexes of any age, professional or amateur, is growing in popularity, requires little personal fitness and receives…

The clumber spaniel. A clutch of clumber spaniels.

Clumber spaniel: the Bentley of gundogs

Clumber spaniels are not often seen on a shooting day. But when they are they make an impression. If you use your clumber spaniel to pick up make sure you…

Gundog coat colour. Yellow lab.

Gundog coat colour: does it matter?

Gundog coat colour is crucial to some when it comes to choosing a suitable gundog. Chocolate labradors have only recently rectified their reputation as being lazy and overweight and are…

The etiquette of picking-up on a shoot Black lab.

Etiquette of picking-up on a shoot

The etiquette of picking-up on a shoot can be beset with problems. When should a gun send in their gundog? When should a picker-up keep still? The Field has tips…

Gundog grooming. Spingers on the grouse moor.

Gundog grooming – top tips and techniques

Gundog grooming is completely dependent on the breed of your dog. Labradors might only require a quick brush, while the long locks of the spaniel will require a bit more…

Should your gundog live in or out.

Should your gundog live in or out?

Should your gundog live in or out?  It’s the great debate between professionals and amateurs. Both sides are entrenched in their views. Amateurs tend to prefer gundogs that live in.…

The sealyham terrier. looking for rats on pond

Sealyham terrier: a real rat catcher

We want a sealyham terrier. Who doesn’t? These small, white ratters are full of pep, but when ratting with terriers, which terrier is top? The sealyham is definitely in with…