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    Gundogs (Spaniels), Shooting and anything country related that I can get into.

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  1. butcherboy

    Out Ratting

    Brilliant pic
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    Show Us Ya Gundogs

    Some of mine. Sadly the Liver & White dog died last week at a grand old age.
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    Show Us Ya Gundogs

    Lovely coat on the GWP. That was the same as my old GWP, far better than the "shaggy" coated version (I know it makes no working difference but....)
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    Back to the woods.

    Well the old boy so nearly made the end of the shooting season. Spent his life hunting in the woods so only right he gets to rest there. My first & well loved Cocker will be missed.
  5. Remember when the "shows" came to town and they had the air-rifle shooting stalls. Took about 5 go's before you worked out the rifle was shooting about 3 foot to the right..........................and that was only over 10 yards
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    Pups first rats

    Excellent my friend. Far too many want to leave nothing behind and so destroy any future sport.
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    dog used for beating issue!

    Simply, the dog is not trained to a standard where it should be in the field. The longer you continue to let this happen the worse the poor dog will get. You do not say what type of dog it is but any dog used should not be that far away from you to need a long line, either in the field or the training pen. In fact I would be surprised if any keeper would allow you to run a long line & train a dog on a shoot day. Go back to the beginning , basics, basics & more basics. Do not rush a dog into the field & let it learn / make mistakes in an environment where it can be corrected immediately (live training days / dogging in with keepers permission etc.) A dog getting excited is not an issue but spoiling both a shoot day & the dog is. Don't lose heart we all have bad days. As Dave P states a dog sat on its arse won't get much wrong. Good Luck.
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    stolen terriers

    Been there, not nice. Hope you get them back. Keep an eye on the usual suspects (pets4homes, gumtree, preloved. etc)
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    Training the Dog to Track a Wounded Deer

    (Taken from web) Blood training It is advisable to get a pup started on blood trailing at an early age, I have started my own pup at about 4ths old, but she has had deer skin and feet to play with since her eyes where open . I have found a large syringe (without the needle) is very useful when collecting blood from a carcass, I also take an empty plastic milk carton with me , the small ones are ideal, they take little room up in the roe sack. Blood can be frozen and kept for many weeks but before I use any blood , fresh or frozen I use a small hand held blender to take out any clots, To start with I use the large syringe to lay the trail. It will only get maybe 12-15 yds, but long enough to start with. As the pup progresses I use an empty washing up liquid bottle. This will be enough blood to lay a good trail. One tip I have is to use markers as you lay the trail, it is so easy to lose the start when you come back with the dog ! markers also help in advanced training to mark turns in the trail etc. I always leave either a deer foot or piece of skin for the pup to play with at he end of the trail, if this is not enough to keep it interested try leaving small pieces of meat or even dried dog food along the trail, with a larger portion of meat or dog food at the end.
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    German Wirehiared Pointer

    What do you want from the Stud? What are you looking to try and add to your Bitch to take the breed forward? Without knowing what you want to produce or where you want to go how can you pick a Stud? Is your bitch too small, need more drive, better coat, softer mouth etc etc Decide then look for that. Enjoy.
  11. I have been fortunate enough to beat on some very big shoots days & the dogs have been the usual mix of spaniels & labs. However when it came to areas we knew to be be holding hundreds of birds in a tiny area the best dog was the terriers used by one of the lads. These were dogs used on several of the local hunts so they had no interest in any of the birds and just pottered about gently bumb flushing a few birds at a time.....perfect. Some of them did go a bit AWOL if we came across ground game
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    Bbc Panorama Tonight About Rspca

    The original aims of the RSPCA were noble enough but this has become lost, partly due to changes in the public perception of what purpose animals serve. The fact they have become political doesn't even bother me, that is up to its members but the fact they are allowed to retain charitable status is beyond a joke.
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    Nice thread. Great to read some honest assessments of people own dogs.
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    Gwp Stud Recomendations

    Kimmax GWPs
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    Buccleuch Springer

    When I enquired about a cocker a few years back they were no dearer that other dogs out of similar breeding (which compared to how the terrier lads operate is still toooooooo dear) & I say that as someone who buys / sells at that same price.