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  1. There won’t be many that don’t go back to a badger court Moss or Druid....even if the papers say otherwise! Moss was an incredible spaniel, possibly one of the most successful ever, despite never winning the championship.
  2. Have a look at Chris Linney’s method ‘Hampshire spaniel training’ on YouTube, essentially teaches to spit and sit, really sharpens the ‘sit and face me’. Interesting way to keep it fun and teach some new skills...not for every dog though so be careful...
  3. All in the camera angle. Plenty of practice making small things look bigger! 😂
  4. Wanted: rabbit shooting permission for field trial standard spaniels. Looking for permission to shoot rabbits from white grass, marsh reeds and rushes. Safe, respectable and polite. Fair prices paid any areas considered (Kent marshes, Yorkshire dales, Pennines)
  5. Harkila Sporting Estate GTX 17" leather boots/Wellingtons size 9 Goretex- virbam sole, rear zip Harkila leather boots. Very comfortable and they look very smart. A few small marks- worn on the peg for a season, will give them a clean up before posting. £120
  6. Meindl Dovre Extreme boots UK 9 Excellent condition, worn round the house and in the field once, just a little too tight for me. Since bought another pair. Anyone who knows boots know these are the ones to have. Gore-tex super comfortable, German quality. £140
  7. Buyer never showed up and the urgent requirement to sell was no longer there... in answer to the various PM’s; yes, will consider an offer but not a silly one and; cased with Guerini chokes (1/4, 1/2 and full) it also comes with a pair of Teague chokes
  8. Tempt yourself! It is the year of the 20 after all...
  9. You’re now at the stage he’s largely learnt a difference in training and proper shooting. Knock full days driven shooting on the head, he’s over excited. Allow some more time to mature and focus on doing live training days and rough shooting. You’ll have chance to proof the dog in a live, but also controlled shooting environment. Again, don’t be too keen to shoot over him yourself. I’ve not seen one handler yet who can shoot well and watch his dog simultaneously. one faultless drive and back in the box is better than one faultless drive and three with faults. loving the read, keep posting!
  10. This is correct. If you plan to actively campaign him in trials, resist the urge to shoot over him yourself. Even with someone watching him, if he takes a step, moves, loses focus can you really trust your partner to read him like you can and correct it? Standing on a peg and trialling are different sports, if you want a utility dog, you’ll need to accept he’s unlikely as a jack of all trades to be a master of trials. Ted is still very young despite his experience. You enjoy your training and that is clear. My advice: leave him behind this season, trial him next year and if you decide not to continue on the trialling you’ve got a wonderful peg dog, beating dog and picking up dog you can enjoy for the next 10 seasons. If you shoot over him now, you may find yourself in two seasons time wondering had you’d not been so keen to use him, if he’d be a FTW etc?.
  11. You ask a Labrador you tell a springer you negotiate with a cocker
  12. With a confident bold dog, I prefer to maintain strict discipline. Never have a grey area, steadiness is as important as drive in a shooting environment. Given his age, and a lot of experiences for a young dog, he’s testing his boundaries to see what he can get away with. With a softer dog, I’m happy to go two steps forward one step back, buzz them up in a pen to build confidence, but I can’t say I deliberately let them chase, especially rabbits. If you decide you want to let him loose a bit, I recommend quail or pheasants. You shouldn’t worry about the drive right now, he’s still young it will develop as he gains game sense. Give him a refresher on recall, do some basics again to reinforce it. And remember, you have to have bad days to have good days!
  13. If he’s teaching line work for straight out runs and wants the dog to hold its mark, then yes, it makes some sense in an open environment over long outruns. Possible the client has misunderstood, possible the trainer just thinks a cocker should use its eyes to see retrieves, I can’t imagine he’s won much if that’s the case....
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