Bitch or dog

Bitch or dog is a question all dog owners must face. David Tomlinson considers whether one really is better than the other, or if it’s just down to personal preference.…

Gundog puppy schools

When to start training a gundog puppy is the million-dollar question. Janet Menzies believes that putting in the groundwork to establish the basics will pay dividends in the field later…

Retrieving instinct

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…

Outbreeding

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 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…

Gundog coat colour. Yellow lab.

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.

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…