Amateur dog handlers tend to be forgiving of their dogs' faults. However, consistently good behaviour is important for progress

For those training their first gundog, the gap between theory and practice can seem almost impossible to reconcile.

An alternative to expensive London guns and risky auctions - the merits of turning an old classic into a top-quality gun.

The Italian Fabarm Beta 3T side-by-side is a gun with a conventional aesthetic but with the handling qualities of an over-under.