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  1. What you have described is not hard mouth. Hard mouth would be if the dog was picking the bird and crunching the ribs in. What you have is a dog that is unsure / a reluctant retriever. Possibly caused by you telling the dog off when near game / flushing or chasing? It can be sorted out, there’s various tricks, put the bird in a stocking, let the dog run in whilst enthusiastic etc. Go and see a (good) professional for a lesson if your not sure.
  2. Vet won‘t do it. It’s got to be done before the pups 4/5 days old. Count’s as an amputation after that and they won’t do it just because you fancy it. This is why it’s important to choose the right pup from working parents, who’s breeder bothers to dock them / raise them properly.
  3. Lloyd90


    My mate did the Milk for Muller, prices of everything gone through the roof. Contract came to an end, they refused to pay anymore. He worked out he would make almost nothing on the milk, they still refused to pay anymore. He told them to find someone else to work for free and sold his entire herd. 200+ Cows I think.
  4. What do you use em for mate? I’ve only seen one in person working and I’ll be blunt but honest weren’t that impressed sadly. Was real disappointed as heard a lot of good about em.
  5. f**k me lad here's me thinking you was qualified in World politics and had a masters in mordern warfare! Your wasted on the pests lad.
  6. What do you do for a living lad? I bet it aint anything complex ...
  7. Right here we have someone who can’t even spell warfare or don’t know what an ex Pat is coming and calling the Prime Minister of the U.K. thick Saying we should go and shoot down Russian planes in a war we aren’t even involved in. Thinking if the Russians did ever launch a nuclear attack they’d send 1 single missile to the U.K. and that’s all Im glad the lads running the country aren’t some of the thicko’s shouting about how they could do a better job. Leave the shite talk down the pub where it belongs with ya idiot mates. Here’s
  8. Pm sent cheers p3d. Good man. Hi King, Do you still have the pics P3D sent you? Tried to send you a PM but says you can’t receive it.
  9. Terrible Anyone else get the pics?
  10. You still got the pictures from this thread mate? pics are no longer showing but sounds a good setup.
  11. He’s taking the piss out of you
  12. Did you fire a shot as he hit the fence? Just run him on game a bit he should fire back up. Dangerous things those electric fences, get a shock at the wrong time and it can totally ruin a dog. My mates lab picked a bird as it landed on one, she got a nasty shock and never picked game again.
  13. Or a dog with the size and power of a lab, which likes to bugger off like a spaniel? Most people get these top bred dogs, and don't put in much effort training to be blunt, many a wild dog on a shoot thats far better bred than the owner needs. Put the work in and I imagine it will do you well. From what you have described I'd train it like a spaniel, but it might be a bit harder if it takes after the lab character wise.
  14. Brilliant that, what's it made of?
  15. What it cost to know them up mate? I’m going to do something similar when we move
  16. Got any more pics of them kennels mate? What’s inside for the dog to sleep in etc? I like them mate they look tidy. Want to know up something like that myself when we move, atm just got some galv panels in the garage with a dog box but want something like yours outside when we move somewhere with a big garden.
  17. Without a doubt, but it’s still more verified than the bloke down the local shoot breeding his bitch and telling you what a great worker it is, when it’s hard mouthed, makes noise, runs in and is a shit game finder. Most triallers wouldn’t waste their time with a dog with major faults. A know several such people who are pumping out cocker pups, raving about the dogs and claiming they are working, and they do little more than take their dogs for a walk on a shoot and the parents are awful. One bloke brags his dog has sired over 100 pups, the dog crunches birds
  18. What do you want it to do? How often? What mix will it be used for retrieving (I assume shot game?) vs following up shot deer? To be honest I’d do yourself a favour and just get a decent bred Labrador. For a first gundog you can’t go wrong, they can turn their hand to most jobs easily enough. Those pointer breeds can be a nightmare and a spaniel isn’t the most suited dog for sitting calmly and then trailing up a shot deer, although many can do it. A Labrador will just make things a lot easier.
  19. Paid £550 and £600 for my 2 springers, both from top trialling lines. Next summer they will be 4 and 2 years old. I looked for trial lines because I wanted some sort of verifiable way that the dogs would have some quality to them and I genuinely think it’s hard to get a honest review of a dog. I see a lot of owners who think or tell everyone their dog is a good worker and when you see it it has major faults and should never be bred! Trialling isn’t the only important thing but at least you know on that day the dog was good and verified by judges etc.
  20. Good to know mate I will get a cocker one day, maybe as the next one, if I can find the right pup
  21. I prefer McCain, last better in the freezer.
  22. I've never had a cocker myself, what sort of differences can you see? Interesting to know Regardless, are you happy with the dog?
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