Podcast Episode 98: Working Your Partner’s Gundog


Training a gundog that originally belonged to your partner, or vice versa, can be a very delicate dance. Whether you’re following your partner’s well-established training plan,  or inviting them into yours, this blog will be your ultimate guide to working with your partner’s gundog. We’ll walk you through aligning your training methods, building both your own and your gundog’s confidence, and creating a hopefully joyful training journey for all.

Sue Lister of Field and Fireside and Claire Denyer of Family Dog Services will have you in giggles as we chat through this canine challenge.

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Different Training Approaches

Training a gundog together works best with open dialogue. But reaching this isn’t always easy. Start with a heart-to-heart chat to understand your partner’s approach to training. While you don’t have to adopt their methods, it’s crucial to discuss each other’s thoughts and find a middle ground. Watching each other’s training sessions and sharing insights without judgment is our suggested plan here. Open communication is key—after all, you’re in this as a team. However, when you listen to this week’s podcast you may find yourself laughing at how difficult this can sometimes be 🙂

Building a Bond with Your Partner’s Gundog

Trust is always your foundation for successful training with any gundog. If you’re stepping into the role of trainer for your partner’s gundog, spend quality time bonding before diving into the actual training. Walks, playtime, and consistent feeding times are excellent ways to establish trust. A strong bond not only makes your gundog more responsive but also boosts your own self-confidence.

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Balancing Teamwork and Individual Responsibilities

The key to pain-free training is setting clear roles from the get-go. Whether your partner focuses on physical exercises while you manage care, or you split training days, make sure the arrangement works for everyone involved, including the gundog. Roles aren’t set in stone; maintain an open dialogue to adjust as you progress, becoming more confident and in tune with your gundog’s needs.

Acknowledging Initial Ownership

Recognising who was the gundog’s initial owner sets the tone for your shared training journey. If you’re stepping into a routine your partner established, your task is to blend in your own methods without causing upheaval. Conversely, if your partner is joining you, it’s about making room for their input without feeling your tried-and-true methods are being overturned. Emotional intelligence and open conversations are crucial to these dynamics successfully being implemented.

Final Thoughts

Whether the gundog was originally yours or your partner’s, this shared training journey is rewarding in multiple ways, from fostering stronger relationships to achieving a well-trained gundog and individual growth. With clear communication, trust, and defined roles, you’re well on your way to creating a harmonious training environment for all involved…hopefully…

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Episode 97. Unveiling Trainer Dysmorphia in Gundog Training

Today, we’re going beyond the slip lead and into the mind. We’ve got LWDG Mindset Coach Emma Liddell with us to delve into something many of you might be experiencing but perhaps didn’t have a name for— Trainer Dysmorphia.

It’s that nagging feeling that your training skills just aren’t up to par, even when all signs point to the contrary. But guess what? You’re not alone. We’re here to arm you with enlightening insights and practical strategies to shake off self-doubt on your gundog training journey. So, are you ready to transform not just your training, but your entire mindset? Let’s dive in!

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Understanding Trainer Dysmorphia

First off, let’s understand what Trainer Dysmorphia is. This term refers to the disconnect between how you perceive your training skills and how they actually are in reality. You might find yourself downplaying your abilities or feeling like you’re not as competent as others think you are. But who experiences this? Well, you might be surprised to know that it can affect anyone, from newbies to seasoned pros. The early signs to look out for include constant self-doubt, reluctance to celebrate small wins, and the tendency to compare yourself unfavourably to others. By recognising these signs, you can start the process of reclaiming your confidence.

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The Psychology Behind Trainer Dysmorphia

Why does this mindset issue seem to hit women particularly hard? The answer lies in the societal expectations and norms that we’ve been conditioned to absorb. Often, women are more scrutinised in their roles, and this extends to areas like gundog training. This societal pressure can create a mental divide between your self-perception and the reality of your skills. But awareness is the first step to change. By understanding the psychology behind Trainer Dysmorphia, you empower yourself to take control.

Practical Steps to Overcome Trainer Dysmorphia

So how do we bridge this gap between perception and reality? Here are some actionable steps you can take:

  • Mindset techniques: Consider adopting affirmations or guided visualisations to boost your self-confidence.
  • Training strategies: Take time to document your successes, no matter how small, and review them when doubt creeps in.
  • Community support: Don’t underestimate the power of a supportive community. Share your experiences, seek advice, and celebrate wins together.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, in this week’s podcast, we’ve demystified Trainer Dysmorphia, dived into the psychology that often underpins it, and equipped you with practical, actionable steps to overcome it. Remember, the first step in breaking free is awareness. So let’s embrace our strengths, lean on each other for support, and continue to grow in our gundog training journey. With the right mindset and strategies, we are unstoppable!

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Podcast Episode 96: The Emotional Journey of Losing a Pet Gundog

The loss of a pet gundog brings a profound sadness that’s hard to put into words. The bond you share with your gundog is unique, built on years of trust, training, and companionship. When that bond is broken, the emotional toll can be overwhelming. You’re not alone in this journey of grief and healing.

This blog aims to guide you through both the emotional and practical aspects of coping with the loss, honouring your gundog’s memory, and finding strength among a community of women who truly understand your sorrow and loss.

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Acknowledging the Grief

The pain of losing your gundog is like losing a piece of your heart. The emotions you’re going through are completely natural and deserve time and space to heal. Recognising the stages of grief can help you better understand what you’re feeling and why. It’s a tough journey, but understanding your emotions is the first step towards healing.

Finding Community Support

In times of grief, community can be a balm for the soul. When you’ve lost your gundog, talking about it with people who understand your specific loss can be comforting. It’s a space where your feelings are validated, and you can find emotional support. Sharing your story and hearing others can often bring a sense of comfort and lessen the burden of your loss.


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Practical Steps for Emotional Healing

Healing is not just an emotional but also a practical journey. Consider memorialising your gundog in a way that resonates with you—be it a photo album, a keepsake, or even a small ceremony. Personal rituals can help you accept the reality of your loss while offering a meaningful way to say goodbye. Also, never hesitate to seek professional help when the weight of grief becomes too much to bear alone.

Final Thoughts…

The path to healing after losing your beloved gundog is a journey made of multiple steps—acknowledging your grief, leaning on a supportive community, and taking constructive steps towards emotional healing. Each of these aspects contributes to a healing process that, although challenging, can help you find a new normal. Your gundog may not be by your side anymore, but the love and lessons they brought into your life can continue to inspire you. We’re here to support you in each phase of this difficult journey, reminding you that it’s okay to grieve, and it’s okay to seek help. The community we build together becomes a comforting space, helping each other turn our deep sorrow into a source of shared strength and resilience.


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Scurry Results from the Welsh Game Fair

Hello, gundog enthusiasts! We hope you had a fantastic time at the Welsh Game Fair this past weekend. It was wonderful to see such a diverse and passionate group showing off their dogs’ talents in the Scurry competition. Below are the hard-earned results:


Scurry Results Saturday

Over The Bales

Handler Name Dog’s Name Class Best time
Harry Frieda Junior 00:14.13
Harry Lola Junior 00:16.57
Ruby Bonnie Junior 00:16.91
Harry Lola Junior 00:16.93
Ruby Maisie Junior 00:17.34
McKenzie Buddy Junior 00:32.88
Peter Digger Novice 00:12.72
Joe Shadow Novice 00:13.41
Lucy Athena Novice 00:13.78
Peter Monty Novice 00:13.85
Steve Hugo Novice 00:14.60
Charlotte Dart Novice 00:14.75
Mike Buster Novice 00:14.79
Lynda Florence Novice 00:14.97
John Frieda Novice 00:15.62
Emma Hardy Novice 00:17.47
Mandy Gin Novice 00:17.82
Angela Bee Novice 00:19.09
Jenny Clay Novice 00:19.41
Helen Libby Novice 00:19.97
Ruth Winnie Novice 00:20.16
Hilary Ghillie Novice 00:20.66
Karen Padme Novice 00:23.12
Kat Bonnie Novice 00:23.29
Sarah Juno Novice 00:23.62
Emma Laurel Novice 00:25.41
Angela Bee Novice 00:27.00
Beth Elmo Novice 00:32.75
Steve Dawson Novice 00:40.12
James Bruno Novice 01:19.00
Gillian Dyfan Open 00:12.63
Nick Bonnie Open 00:16.06
Sarah Juno Open 00:21.63
Nick Maisie Open 00:23.07

3 Dummy Pick Up

Handler Name Dog’s Name Class Best time
Ruby Maisie Junior 01:09.00
Harry Lola Junior 02:07.00
Ruby Bonnie Junior 02:08.00
David Ginny Novice 00:23.88
David Ginny Novice 00:29.40
Joe Shadow Novice 00:31.34
John Freida Novice 00:32.72
Mike Buster Novice 00:37.81
Lynda Florence Novice 00:40.35
Richard Jack Novice 00:50.04
Charlotte Dart Novice 00:54.16
Steve Dilys Novice 01:25.06
Rob Storm Novice 01:34.41
Mark Llando Novice 01:43.10
Emma Laurel Novice 02:13.00
Iain Eddie Novice 02:15.00
Emma Hardy Novice 02:45.00
Mark Lilly Novice 04:00.00
David Ginny Open 00:25.48
Nick Maisie Open 00:40.02
Nick Bonnie Open 01:52.00


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Scurry Results Sunday

Over The Bales

Handler Name Dog’s Name Class Best time
Harry Dobby Junior 00:13.12
Bridget Georgie Junior 00:14.67
Sky Taz Junior 00:16.13
Sky Taz Junior 00:16.75
Sky Taz Junior 00:20.25
Rob Duggie Novice 00:11.82
Tian Teddy Novice 00:13.10
Cadi Cora Novice 00:13.16
Katie Tan Novice 00:13.66
Katie Tan Novice 00:14.16
David Ginny Novice 00:14.69
Kate Flee Novice 00:14.84
Kate Flee Novice 00:14.87
Kate Flee Novice 00:16.07
Caroline Milly Novice 00:16.50
Hugo Pip Novice 00:17.66
Luke Teddy Novice 00:18.07
Lynn George Novice 00:22.73
Wendy Tarran Novice 00:23.53
Trudy Elli Novice 00:28.32
Daniel Madi Novice 00:30.50
Jack Ralph Novice 00:35.41
Ella Aoife Novice 00:47.22
DJ Jess Novice 00:52.54
Gillian Dyfan Open 00:12.71
Lucy Athena Open 00:13.50
Gillian Dyfan Open 00:13.50

3 Dummy Pick Up

Handler Name Dog’s Name Class Best time
Tallulah Summer Junior 00:36.00
Ruby bonnie Junior 00:57.00
Ruby Maisie Junior 00:57.72
Zoe Poppet Novice 00:45.43
Rob Duggie Novice 00:47.29
Hugo Pip Novice 01:05.00
Jonathan Teo Novice 01:09.00
Ruth Bran Novice 01:12.38
Rob Duggie Novice 01:20.04
David Ginny Open 00:27.12
David Ginny Open 00:27.35
Gillian Dyfan Open 00:29.54
Gillian Dyfan Open 00:29.59
Zoe Ruby Open 00:32.75
Zoe Ruby Open 00:34.91
Jamie Twm Open 00:40.00
Sarah Juno Open 00:45.32
Zoe Poppet Open 01:10.00

Final Thoughts

A huge thank you to everyone—men and women alike—who participated this weekend. Your passion and skill are what make this community truly special. Keep up the fantastic work and remember, we’re all on this journey together. If you didn’t have a final time, please don’t be disheartened, its a learning curve for us all and many of you had never done anything like it beforehand. Now you know what to work on in time for next year!

A huge thank you to Field and Fireside and Hoddy’s Dog Food for providing prizes, and to all our volunteers for making the event such an incredible success! Also big thanks to The Welsh Game Fair for asking us to collaborate with them,  and to  The Pop-Up Photographer for taking such beautiful photos which can be found here:

Much Love,

Jo and Team LWDG

Images courtesy of The Pop-Up Photographer

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Podcast Episode 95. Square Peg in a Round Hole – When Your Gundog Isn’t Interested in the Task at Hand

Today, we’re diving into an issue that, let’s be honest, most of us have struggled with at some point on our gundog training journey: trying to engage our dogs in tasks that they seem naturally resistant to. We understand the frustration and even the sense of defeat that can come from these challenging moments. But don’t worry; you’re not alone, and we’re here to help!

Introducing Our Special Podcast Episode

We’re absolutely thrilled to invite you to listen to our latest podcast episode, featuring Claire Denyer, our LWDG Group Expert and a seasoned guru in the world of gundog training. The episode provides valuable insights into how to work harmoniously with your dog, even when they’re not as enthusiastic as you’d like them to be about certain tasks.

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What You Can Expect to Learn

In this enlightening conversation, Claire and I delve deep into:

  • Recognising the signs that your gundog isn’t keen on a task
  • Understanding the risks associated with pushing your dog too hard
  • Implementing alternative strategies that make training enjoyable for you and your dog
  • It’s more than just a podcast episode; it’s an essential guide to fostering a  great training environment for you both.

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The principles we discuss aren’t just applicable to your relationship with your dog; they’re life lessons. Our approach to training can often reflect our approach to challenges in our own lives. By adopting a mindful, understanding, and patient approach, you’re not only paving the way for a happier dog but also for a more fulfilled you.

Don’t Miss Out!

If you’ve ever felt like you’re trying to fit a square peg into a round hole with your gundog, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for. So don’t miss out! Click the link above to listen and take another empowering step on your journey with your gundog. And as always, we encourage you to share your thoughts, tips, and experiences with our supportive community.

We’re all in this together, and together, we thrive.


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Air Versus Ground Temperature- How Each Affects Your Dog

As always, the summer holidays are over in the UK, and the rain has stopped, replaced with scorching sun. As responsible owners, it’s essential we arm ourselves with knowledge about how different weather conditions can influence our gundogs’ behaviour, energy levels and overall health. This isn’t merely about training routines; it’s about equipping ourselves with the understanding of ground versus air temperature to ensure our dogs stay safe and happy when outside no matter the weather.

The Difference Between Air and Ground Temperature

When assessing the weather conditions for our dogs, many of us tend to focus solely on the air temperature, often forgetting that the ground temperature can vary significantly. We look on our app, or on the internet, but these can massively affect our understanding and choices as we only see air temperature.

It’s crucial to understand this contrasting information as the air and ground temperatures can impact your gundog differently, and both are significant. Air temperature is what we usually refer to when we talk about the weather. However, ground temperature, the temperature of the surface where our dogs walk, run, and sit, can be much hotter or colder than the air above it.

For instance, on a really sunny day, the pavement can absorb heat and become scorching, potentially causing discomfort or burns to our dogs’ paws, even though the air might not feel as hot to us.

When the weather gets warmer, it’s essential to be extra cautious and take preventive measures to keep our dogs safe. Many of us may instinctively think that keeping our dog in a shaded area is enough; however, it’s essential to also be mindful of the ground temperature as it can easily exceed what our senses can detect.

For instance, on a hot day, asphalt pavement may reach temperatures up to 50°C, which could potentially become incredibly dangerous for our dogs.

A common sight in countryside regions is sheep resting on roads during dusk. The explanation for this relates to the comparison in warmth between the road and the surroundings. When the sun goes down, the air becomes colder much faster than the earth does. Roads, particularly those made of asphalt or concrete, keep their heat longer than areas covered in grass. This makes a ‘warmth comparison’, with the road staying hot while the area around it gets colder. As a result, sheep, looking for the lingering heat of the road, decide to lie on it when the evening is cool. This action is a clear instance of how contrasting temperature situations can influence how animals interact with their environment.

To help protect your pet from potential burns, it’s best to avoid prolonged walking on hot asphalt or concrete pavements. If at all possible, try and find grassy areas for your dog to walk on or take them out early in the morning or late in the evening when both air and ground temperatures are cooler.

In opposite, in colder climates, the ground can retain cold more than the air, leading to cold surfaces that can chill your dog. Imagine your gundog lying down on a cold surface for an extended period during the training; it can lead to hypothermia, even if the air temperature doesn’t seem dangerously low.

Understanding these differences is of great importance, as it equips us with the knowledge to make informed decisions about when and where we should train our dogs. Always remember to check the ground temperature as well, in addition to the air temperature, when planning your gundog activities.

How Air Temperature Affects Dogs

Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to extreme air temperatures, which can pose serious risks and challenges to their health and well-being. During hot weather, dogs can suffer from heatstroke, a dangerous condition that occurs when their bodies can’t cool down effectively. Symptoms include heavy panting, drooling, increased heart rate, and lethargy.

To prevent this, ensure your dog has access to shade and fresh water, and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest hours of the day. Cooling mats, cooling coats paddling pools, access to water both to drink and play and dog-appropriate sunscreen can also be beneficial.

Conversely, cold air temperatures can pose just as many challenges for dogs, especially smaller ones, short-haired breeds, and puppies. Hypothermia, where a dog’s body temperature drops below normal, is a common risk during cold weather, with symptoms such as shivering, lethargy, and weak pulse. Frostbite, although less common in dogs, can affect areas with less fur such as the tail, ears, and paws.

To protect your dog during cold weather, consider using dog-appropriate clothing like sweaters and boots, limit time spent outside, and provide a warm bed away from draughts. Always monitor weather conditions and adjust your dog’s care accordingly to keep them safe and comfortable no matter what the weather throws your way.

Understanding the Impact of Ground Temperature

Ground temperature plays a substantial role in your dog’s comfort and health, particularly as it pertains to their paws. Unlike humans, dogs can’t wear shoes to protect their paws from the hot or cold ground, and different surfaces can significantly influence the ground temperature. For instance,  sand, even though it doesn’t retain heat as well, can still become hot enough to be uncomfortable, as can grass in direct sun. On the other end of the spectrum, snow and ice can lead to cold-related injuries like frostbite, especially in the sensitive areas of the paws.

To ensure your dog’s paws are protected from regular extreme ground temperatures, consider using dog boots. They provide a barrier between your dog’s paws and the ground, shielding them from hot pavement or icy paths. If boots aren’t an option, paw balms can also be beneficial as they form a protective layer on your dog’s pads, preventing burns and abrasions. Regardless, it’s crucial to regularly check your dog’s paws for any signs of injury or discomfort, and always consider the ground temperature when planning any outdoor activities with your dog.

You can look at a website like Soil Temperature to roughly gauge, however, bear in ming this is for soil NOT pavement or concrete.

As a general rule, when the ground temperature is too hot or cold for your own comfort it’s likely too extreme for your dog as well. By practising caution and taking extra measures to protect them in extreme weather conditions, you can ensure they stay safe and comfortable no matter the season. If you take off your footwear and find the ground too uncomfortable for your feet, it’s time to take the same precautions for your dog!

Empowering Gundog Owners with Actionable Tips

To effectively manage air and ground temperature challenges, here are some practical and actionable ideas every pet owner can utilise:

  1. Monitor Weather Conditions Regularly: Keep an eye on the daily weather forecast. During extreme weather conditions, limit your dog’s outdoor activities. Remember, if it’s too hot or cold for you, it’s likely the same for your pet.
  2. Modify Exercise Routines: During hot summer days, consider exercising your dog early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler. In winter, shorter and more frequent walks can help to limit exposure to the cold.
  3. Use Appropriate Gear: Invest in weather-friendly gear like cooling vests for hot days and warm coats for cold days. Protective boots can shield your dog’s paws from hot pavement or icy paths.
  4. Create a Comfortable Indoor Environment: Ensure that your home temperature is comfortable for your dog. Provide cooling or warming bedding depending on the season.
  5. Encourage Community Support: Join or create a pet owners’ community where experiences, questions, and advice can be shared. This can be a valuable resource in navigating weather-related challenges.

Remember, our dogs rely on us for their comfort and safety. By proactively managing temperature challenges, we can ensure they remain happy and healthy, no matter the weather conditions.

Ensuring Your Dog’s Comfort, No Matter the Weather

In conclusion, it’s important to recap that air and ground temperatures can vary significantly and can affect your dog’s comfort and well-being. Weather challenges are a constant part of being a pet owner. However, by understanding the differences between air and ground temperatures, and how each can impact your dog, you’re empowered to make the best decisions for your dog’s well-being.

We encourage you to join the LWDG. Not only will you gain access to a wealth of resources and expert guidance, but you’ll also be part of a community that understands and supports your journey. Remember, we’re stronger together in ensuring the happiness and health of our pets, come rain or shine.

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Podcast Episode 94. Changing Perceptions and Plates with Louisa Clutterbuck

If you’re someone who’s passionate about field sports, gundog training, or if you’re just curious about sustainable meats, you’re in for a real treat. We are incredibly honoured to have Louisa Clutterbuck, the CEO of the British Game Assurance, join us on our latest podcast episode

In today’s episode, and consequently, in this accompanying blog post, we’re delving deep into the transformative role that women are playing in field sports and the game industry. And let me tell you, it’s not just about participating; women are leading the charge in changing how game is perceived and enjoyed.

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The Changing Role of Women in Fieldsports

Once upon a time, field sports might have been considered an area dominated by men. But times have changed. Women are making their presence felt, not as bystanders or casual participants, but as trailblazers in their own right. Historically, women were often relegated to peripheral roles, but today we see an increasing number of women not only participating but shaping the very landscape. From hunting to gundog training, women are embracing these activities as a part of their lifestyle, proving that the field is as much a woman’s place as anyone else’s.

Spotlight on Louisa Clutterbuck and the British Game Assurance

Louisa Clutterbuck is more than just a participant in this landscape; she is one of its defining leaders. As the CEO of the British Game Assurance, her influence has helped shape the perception and practices surrounding game. Under her stewardship, the organisation has made significant strides in promoting ethical and sustainable game practices, ensuring that the sport is both humane and environmentally friendly. The future will see Louisa’s role change as the assurance scheme moves under the collaborated umbrella of Aim To Sustain, and Eat Wild becomes Louisa’s main focus.

Game Meat: Breaking Stereotypes

When it comes to game meat, there are often misconceptions that can discourage people from exploring this culinary avenue. Whether it’s the idea that game meat is ‘wild’ or ‘exotic,’ these stereotypes often overshadow the real benefits. Game meat isn’t just a culinary experience; it’s a sustainable and often healthier option compared to factory-farmed meats. Rich in protein and low in fat, game meats like venison and pheasant offer a unique combination of flavours and health benefits.

A New Way of Looking at Game

Louisa Clutterbuck isn’t just revolutionising how we view fieldsports; she’s also helping to change how we enjoy game as a part of our modern lifestyle. From creative cooking methods to incorporating game meat into your everyday meals, Louisa has some incredible tips to help us enjoy this often underappreciated resource to its fullest. By embracing a modern approach, we can not only enjoy these activities and foods but also align them with our broader life goals and wellness objectives.

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The Relationship between Fieldsports and Food

It’s fascinating how one’s perspective on fieldsports can influence their view on sustainable meats, and vice versa. For instance, becoming proficient in gundog training and understanding the ethics of hunting can lead to a deeper appreciation of where our food comes from. This newfound respect often translates into making more ethical and sustainable choices in the kitchen.

The beauty lies in how one area can enhance the other, creating a cycle of respect and appreciation that elevates both activities. Understanding the origin of game meat can make the culinary experience even more satisfying, while the joy of cooking and savouring game can add another layer of meaning to field sports activities.


We’ve covered a lot of ground today, from the groundbreaking roles that women, like Louisa Clutterbuck, are playing in field sports, to the joys and benefits of incorporating game meat into our diets. Each of these aspects, while enriching on its own, becomes even more impactful when we see them as connected parts of a larger, enriching lifestyle. We hope that you leave not just informed but also inspired to explore the world of fieldsports and sustainable meats in a new light.

So, what’s the next step? We invite you to listen to our podcast episode 94 with Louisa Clutterbuck, where we delve even deeper into these compelling topics. Your participation doesn’t have to stop at listening—join the conversation in our community and share your own insights and experiences.

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Contact Information: To learn more from Louisa Clutterbuck and about the British Game Assurance, you can reach out via the British Game Assurance Website or Email.


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Time-Savvy Training: Master the Minutes and Train Your Gundog Effectively

We get it—life’s a whirlwind. You’re spinning plates with work, family, and the other challenges of your daily life and sometimes the dog is the last of the worries. And there’s no judgment here because we understand. And we also know with a few simple tips you absolutely have the power to carve out meaningful time for training your pet gundog. No compromises on quality, no shortcuts. So let’s dive into 10 game-changing tips that elevate every training minute into pure gold.

Tip 1: Set Clear Goals

Knowing what you want to achieve gives your training sessions direction. By setting a focused goal for each session, you’re making your time—and your dog’s time—count for something special. It transforms every tick of the clock into an opportunity for growth.

Tip 2: Prep Like a Pro and Get Your Gear Ready

Preparation is more than half the battle. Organise your training essentials beforehand and step into each session ready to shine. This ensures that you and your dog can engage deeply without distractions or delays.

Tip 3: The Stopwatch Strategy – Time It Right

Utilise a timer to manage your sessions. No, timers aren’t just kitchen gadgets—they’re your secret weapon for ensuring optimal focus and engagement from your gundog. It also helps you avoid overstretching, keeping each training moment potent.

Tip 4: Keep It Brief

Long sessions can make training feel like a chore—for you and your dog. Short, impactful moments of training can ignite enthusiasm and make the learning stick. Quality always trumps quantity, ladies.

Tip 5: Family Time

Training is a family affair! When everyone’s on board, it not only divides the workload but also teaches your gundog to be receptive to different handlers. It’s not just about listening to Mum; it’s about being a well-rounded family member. Make sure they know your cues and your ways of training so they can help keep it consistent.

Tip 6: Plan B, Always Have One & Stay Flexible

Adaptability is your friend. Unexpected things happen, but don’t let them derail your training. Flexibility means you can quickly pivot and keep the training momentum going. It’s resilience in action, and that’s a life skill worth mastering.

Tip 7:  Be a Routine Queen and set a Schedule

Setting a consistent training schedule creates an enriching routine for your gundog. This regularity adds a layer of security and trust, making your pup even more enthusiastic about learning new things with you.

Tip 8: Make Training a Treat and Have Some Fun

Liven up your training with playful moments and rewards. When training sessions become a happy playground, you and your dog will be counting down the minutes until the next one.

Tip 9: Review Regularly

Regular progress checks are essential. Take a step back and evaluate how far you’ve come, and adjust your goals accordingly. This ensures that both you and your pup are always growing, always evolving.

Tip 10: Cheer the Little Wins

Don’t underestimate the power of small wins. Every ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ or ‘fetch’ is a micro-victory that builds up to significant life-changing habits for you and your gundog.


Time management isn’t just about fitting in training; it’s a masterclass in living a balanced, fulfilling life. Apply these enriching tips and transform every training minute into a two-way street of personal growth and gundog greatness.

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Why Does Your Dog Eat Poo and What Can You Do About It?

The joy and companionship that come from owning a dog are irreplaceable, but every pet owner knows that dogs can sometimes exhibit bewildering or downright repulsive behaviours. Among these confusing activities is the act of eating poo, known clinically as coprophagia. While this behaviour may manifest within the home, it can also occur in public settings, adding another layer of concern regarding hygiene and social norms. This comprehensive blog aims to explain why your dog may be inclined to eat poo and what actionable steps you can take to address this perplexing habit.

Understanding Coprophagia: Why Do Dogs Eat Faeces?

Instinctual Traits

In the wild, the ancestors of today’s domesticated dogs had a practical reason for eating faeces: survival. Consuming their own waste or that of their pack mates helped eliminate odour traces that could attract predators. While the domestic dogs of today no longer have to worry about predators in the same way, this instinctual behaviour could still be influencing them. It’s not uncommon for mothers of newborn puppies to eat the faeces of their young to keep the den clean and scent-free. This is an evolutionary trait that prevents predators from detecting the vulnerable young.

Nutritional Gaps

If your dog’s diet lacks certain essential nutrients or digestive enzymes, it may resort to eating faeces as a makeshift dietary supplement. Commercial dog foods are generally designed to offer a balanced range of nutrients, but sometimes they may fall short. Always consult your vet to ensure that the food you are providing is appropriate for your dog’s age, size, and health condition. Dietary inadequacies are among the more straightforward reasons to rectify, and doing so could put an end to the behaviour.

Curiosity and Exploration

Young dogs, just like human toddlers, are keen on exploring the world through their senses, and this includes taste. Puppies may experiment by eating faeces during their sensory discovery phase. While most dogs grow out of this behaviour, some may continue into adulthood if not properly guided. As owners, it’s essential to redirect this curiosity towards healthier and more hygienic activities.

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Behavioural Issues

Boredom or attention-seeking can also serve as triggers for this peculiar activity. In households where dogs feel neglected or under-stimulated, eating faeces may be an unorthodox method of seeking attention or stimulation. Therefore, addressing your dog’s emotional needs and providing sufficient mental and physical engagement could alleviate this behaviour.

Medical Conditions

Finally, it’s crucial to consider that your dog could have an underlying health condition. Certain ailments, such as issues with nutrient absorption, gastrointestinal problems, or even parasitic infections, can increase the likelihood of coprophagia. A veterinary evaluation is critical for ruling out these concerns.

The Public Problem: Dogs Eating Poo in Public Places

Why Does It Happen?

Seeing your dog eat another dog’s poo in a public setting can be both embarrassing and concerning. While the motivations at home and in public are generally similar, being outside offers dogs a variety of faecal options, from various animals, that they might not get at home. This “buffet” of options can sometimes exacerbate the habit, making it a more common occurrence during walks or outings.

How to Prevent It

Vigilance is your first line of defence when out in public with your dog. Keep a watchful eye on your pet’s activities and consider using a shorter lead for better control. Training your dog to obey commands like “leave it” is a valuable asset in public spaces and can help in immediate intervention. Carrying distractions like toys or treats can also divert your dog’s attention away from faeces. If you notice that your dog frequently indulges in this behaviour at specific times or locations, consider altering your walking routine to avoid these triggers.

What Can You Do to Curb This Behaviour?

Prompt Clean-Up

An immediate step to discourage coprophagia is timely clean-up. The less time faeces spend on the ground, the less opportunity your dog has to engage in this unwanted behaviour. Some owners opt for poop bags with scents to mask the odour, making the waste less appealing to the dog.

Balanced Diet

Meeting your dog’s dietary needs can significantly reduce their interest in consuming faeces. A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients can satisfy your dog’s dietary requirements, lessening their impulse to seek nutrients elsewhere. Consult with your vet for tailored dietary recommendations.

Training Commands

Effective obedience training can also serve as a deterrent. By teaching your dog to understand and follow commands such as “leave it” or “drop it,” you can gain better control over their actions. Positive reinforcement is key: reward your dog with treats or affection when they obey, creating a positive association with the desired behaviour.

Keep Them Engaged

A well-stimulated dog, both mentally and physically, is far less likely to engage in undesired behaviours like eating faeces. Interactive toys, agility training, or even just frequent playtime and walks can go a long way in keeping your dog adequately stimulated. Engaged dogs are happy dogs, and happy dogs are generally less inclined to partake in undesirable behaviours.

Regular Vet Checks

Frequent vet visits are essential for monitoring your dog’s health and any behavioural changes. Your vet can provide valuable insights into why your dog may be eating faeces and offer medical or behavioural remedies.


While the consumption of poo is a behaviour that can unsettle any dog owner, understanding its possible root causes—instinctual, dietary, behavioural, or medical—can give you the necessary insights to deal with it effectively. By using a multifaceted approach, including a balanced diet, obedience training, emotional engagement, and regular veterinary consultations, you can address this issue in a comprehensive manner, whether it occurs at home or in public settings. Society members can learn more about this topic in Ask Us Anything 23rd August 2023

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Podcast Episode 93. Unlocking Canine Connection with Pilley Bianchi – Book Launch Episode ‘For the Love of Dog’

Hello to our incredible community of passionate and empowered women! We’re thrilled to bring you something extraordinary this week on the podcast. We’ve got Pilley Bianchi, the celebrated author of “For the Love of Dog,” joining us for a special book launch episode that promises to be an absolute treat for anyone who loves gundogs as much as we do.

A Journey with Chaser, the World’s Smartest Dog

Pilley’s journey with Chaser, the world’s smartest dog, is nothing short of remarkable. Not only has Chaser showcased an extraordinary level of intelligence, but the story behind this incredible dog-human bond is filled with inspiration. It’s a testament to the power of mutual respect, ongoing learning, and the profound impact of love and care.

Decode Your Dog’s Language with Pilley Bianchi

Ever wondered what your gundog is trying to tell you? Pilley has valuable insights into canine body language that can benefit you in your gundog training journey. Imagine understanding what your gundog needs or feels just by observing them; this episode will guide you through the basics and beyond.

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Embrace Perpetual Learning

One of the key takeaways from Pilley’s experience with Chaser is the idea of perpetual learning. The truth is, gundog training isn’t a destination but a journey of lifelong learning—for both you and your dog. This episode offers not just training techniques but a philosophy that aligns with our core values of empowerment and personal growth.

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Why You Should Tune In

  • Get firsthand wisdom from an author who’s navigated the joys and challenges of living with a highly intelligent dog.
  • Discover strategies for decoding your gundog’s body language and needs.
  • Embark on a journey of perpetual learning, an attitude that will enrich every facet of your life, including your relationship with your dog.

The episode is packed with wisdom, practical advice, and the inspiration you need to take your gundog training to the next level. Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding. We’re excited to be part of your ongoing journey toward excellence in gundog training.

See you on the podcast!

Warm regards,
Jo and the LWDG


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A Splash of Success: Highlights from Our Water Training Workshop in Kentvent Page Template

We hope you’re all doing amazing and enjoying your journey with your gundogs. We’ve just wrapped up our exclusive Water Training Workshop in Kent on the 23rd of August, and we can’t wait to share the delightful details with you!

Dive Right In: What Went Down

This was not your ordinary training session! Ran by the amazing LWDG Group Expert Claire Denyer, we delved deep into advanced gundog training techniques, focusing on a range of water-related skills:

  • Steadiness and Control: We kicked things off by building steadiness and control around water. The focus was on training the dogs to obey commands before taking that refreshing dip!
  • Retrieves Across the Water: Retrieving across the water, past it, or even away from it, we covered it all, making sure that your gundogs were confident in their approach and delivery.
  • Special Drills: Marks, memories, and blinds were on the menu, tailored to the confidence and ability levels of each gundog present.
  • Mastering the Retrieve: One of our main goals was to polish the delivery of the retrieve from water, making sure your gundogs bring back that dummy to you like the champs they are.


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Cheers to Learning: The Wrap-Up

We capped off the day in style! We had a delightful debriefing session, accompanied by a refreshing glass of nosecco (that’s non-alcoholic prosecco for the uninitiated!).

What You Missed, You Can Still Catch!

  • Little Wins: Attendees left the workshop glowing, with their gundogs achieving numerous small victories and showing heightened confidence around water.
  • Get First Dibs: Remember, as an LWDG member, you get priority access to all our upcoming events. Don’t miss out on the next one!

Ready for the Next Splash?

If you didn’t make it to this one, make sure you’re on the lookout for our upcoming events. They’re specially designed to support you and your gundog, and as a member, you’ll always be the first to know and the first to secure your spot.

Until the next adventure, keep making those splashes and sharing those smiles!

Sending you love, strength, and wagging tails,

The LWDG Team 💖🐾

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Navigating Gamebird Health – Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions

Avian Influenza, often called bird flu, is a virus that can make birds sick, sometimes severely. It’s similar to the flu viruses we’re familiar with but mainly affects birds. On the other hand, Mycoplasma is a type of bacteria without a typical cell wall, which can cause breathing problems in birds. Both can impact the health of bird populations, but they’re caused by different microorganisms: one by a virus and the other by bacteria.

There are many various old wives’ tales that wind their way through the shooting sector, often embellished or lost in translation within the broad scope of the internet about these diseases. As an active online community, we wanted to set the record straight as we know how important it is for those within the shooting sector, particularly as many live in rural areas, to have access to informed guidance on game bird health. We therefore spoke to Dr Kenny Stokes-Nutting, Director of St David’s Gamebird Services, who here gives us some expert veterinary advice, debunking some of the most common myths and misconceptions we often hear within the shooting community, and putting us back on track.

From conversations with customers, colleagues, and observing things online, I have seen and heard a fair share of tattling tales in my time. Often these come with goodwill but can cause negative end results. Here, I want to run through a few key areas of our sector which are often misunderstood and iron out the creases so that rural communities can feel safe in the knowledge that they are doing the right thing. 

This advice applies not only to those working directly with gamebirds, but also to those who work indirectly with them; those working more closely with gundogs, or more generally on shoots and estates throughout the UK. No matter where you sit within the shooting community, everyone plays a part in maintaining it and securing its future and having a strong awareness of the health and welfare of the game birds is a good place to start. 

The Pros and Cons of the Internet

I often get asked if I am a Google doctor, which is quite a questionable label…and to clarify, I am not. I am a vet and Director at St David’s Gamebird Services, so am able to provide some help and advice to shoots and businesses across the UK.

As we well know, the internet can be a good thing and a bad thing. It can be a brilliant place for connecting people, and also sharing advice. When it comes to gamebird disease, however, there is a lot of scope for error…

Often when people spot a diseased bird and aren’t sure where to turn, they naturally direct their concerns to google and the wider shooting community on online forums. I’m on some of these forums and have seen people posting pictures of diseased birds, asking the community what the issue might be. Inevitably, 10 different diagnoses come rolling in as many minutes and not only is this confusing for the person posting, but for onlookers too.

I would strongly encourage you all to be wary of what you read online, and to just pick up the phone if you have any concerns – you can get a quick, accurate answer to your questions from your local vet, remove any uncertainty, and act with confidence. Time is of the essence when it comes to things like Avian Influenzaand Mycoplasma, and you don’t want to be going down the wrong route off the back of someone else’s advice, doing something with the bird that then prolongs the disease.


How will Avian Influenza affect this season?

There has been, over the last couple of months, a rapid rise of bird flu in Southern France. Their second-largest duck area has increased significantly in cases, primarily due to being a densely populated poultry area, and also because ducks are particularly good at spreading AI. It’s concerning that the level of bird flu is not only active but also has been rising at these temperatures when really it should be declining at this time of year. While this has not affected the mid-west of France where most game bird breeding takes place at the moment, and while we are getting to the end of our laying season now, this does give us an important warning not to be idle. There is nothing to say that this time next year such a rapid rise in bird flu couldn’t happen in mid-west France, Hungary, Poland, or other areas of densely populated poultry areas and have severe ramifications on us again.

There are also a lot of wild birds that are still affected both in England and Europe which suggests that bird flu is probably going to continue to show over the summer period and therefore over the winter. At the moment, farmers on the ground are saying that they are seeing fewer dead seagulls than this time last year, which is certainly a positive to hold on to, but across the world, the situation is getting worse and AI is spreading into new areas such as South America where it hasn’t been before.  

France in particular obviously has a huge impact on us and our supply chain. Businesses there will likely continue to diversify their breeding stock to spread the birds out into other areas and protect themselves, and our UK businesses should do the same. I wouldn’t say there are any “safe” regions – everywhere carries its own risk.

While there are vaccines out there with relative efficacy, and there are countries around the world that do vaccinate against Avian Influenza, the UK does not do so. This is because with the testing we currently have, once the bird has had the vaccine one can’t tell if that bird has been vaccinated or if it has been infected with a wild strain. This lack of ability to differentiate means that we can’t export the poultry because we wouldn’t be able to prove AI negative status.  

Everyone who works directly or indirectly with gamebirds should be precautious. We strongly recommend limiting wild bird contact and reporting Avian Influenza if you see it in the birds. Clinical signs can be seen as soon as 24 hours after initial infection (usually in cases of a ‘high pathogenic’ strain). Sudden death is the most dramatic effect of Avian Influenza. Dullness, a loss of appetite, depression, coughing, nasal and ocular discharge, swelling of the face, nervous signs such as paralysis and sometimes green diarrhoea are all also clinical signs. However, birds infected with ‘low pathogenic’ Avian Influenza may not show any clinical signs at all. 


How does Mycoplasma affect gamebirds?

Mycoplasma is in the reservoir of the birds themselves; when a bird is positive for mycoplasma, it has got that disease for life, and it will transfer that through its droppings, saliva, and mucus secretions for life. The science has clearly shown that mycoplasma doesn’t last in external environments for very long e.g. shed walls, or the bottom of boots, because of how it is made up. It doesn’t have a cell wall which means it is very susceptible to environmental conditions. It only survives from year to year on a shoot or game farm in the reservoir of the birds themselves. 

Do Mycoplasma vaccines work?

I get asked this question a lot because it can be quite controversial. It’s a difficult one because I don’t want people to ever think that the bird is never going to get the disease if it’s had the vaccine. That’s not what happens at all. It’s the same with all vaccines – we’ve all experienced it recently with COVID, how the vaccine doesn’t do everything but is an integral part of a prevention programme.

Like the COVID vaccine, Mycoplasma vaccines have their place and from our clinical experience on the ground, and the science behind what they do in poultry, they do work. Importantly though, gamekeepers have to have good husbandry, cull birds, and continuously test to make sure they know what’s going on in that flock.

The research behind the mycoplasma vaccines or any vaccines used specifically in gamebirds is very small, but that’s the same with pretty much everything we do in game because it’s a small market and very unique to the UK. There isn’t the same money, science, and research as in other sectors but a lot of clinical experience and science can be translated from the poultry world to the game world. 

No vaccine is ever going to solve every disease. So, to be clear, the mycoplasma vaccine is not a plaster that is going to stop the bleeding so to speak, but it is a tool to help us fight the disease. We’ve got to have good biosecurity, and good husbandry to support its efficacy.

Whatever your role on a shoot, everyone has a vital role to play in protecting the future of shooting, and this starts with having an awareness of the challenges facing our sector. If we can work together to minimise those challenges, lower game bird disease rates and mortality, and share our knowledge, we are making progress. All in all, I hope this helps to give some guidance to those concerned. If you have any further questions or queries, please do get in touch.

For more information on disease and gamebird health and welfare, you can contact St David’s Game Bird Services by calling 01392 872932 or emailing 

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Podcast Episode 92. Between Grouse and Pheasant with Insights from LWDG Group Expert Emma Stevens

Hey ladies! Welcome back to another episode of your favourite gundog training podcast. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Episode 92: “Between Grouse and Pheasant with Insights from LWDG Group Expert Emma Stevens.”If you’ve ever been curious about how working grouse differs from working pheasant, this episode is a must-listen.

LWDG Group Expert Emma Stevens walks us through her first-hand experiences—right from the exciting challenges to the nuances in etiquette. Despite her nerves, she embraced the adventure and has valuable insights to share with us all.

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Working with gundogs is a niche field, and each type of game has its own set of challenges and rewards. While some aspects are universal, there are key differences between working grouse and working pheasant that can change your training approach, tactics, and even your enjoyment of the sport. Emma’s insights offer a detailed look at these differences to help you decide which game may be best suited for you and your gundog.

Different Ground, Different Game

One of the most striking differences is the terrain. Working grouse often takes place on open moorland. Pheasants, on the other hand, are more commonly found in wooded areas or fields. Emma loved the challenge of adapting to new landscapes and believes it’s an excellent training ground for both the dog and the trainer.

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Different Etiquette

Emma found that there are some distinct customs and traditions in grouse working that are different from those in pheasant working. These could range from how the shoot is organised to the specific way the day runs. Understanding these differences can help you integrate more seamlessly into either activity if you wish.

The Scent Challenge

One thing Emma didn’t anticipate was the different scent profiles between grouse and pheasant. Each bird has its own unique scent, which can be more or less challenging for your gundog to pick up. Emma’s experience tells us that understanding these scent differences is essential for effective training and successful outings.


Emma thoroughly enjoyed her time working both grouse and pheasant and is looking forward to many more adventures. Her experiences serve as a testament to what we always say here at LWDG: Every challenge is an opportunity for growth and learning. So, if you’re up for embracing new challenges, broadening your gundog training horizons, and joining a community of like-minded women, don’t forget to tune in to Episode 92.


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Celebrating ‘Check the Chip Day’: Keeping Your Pet Safe with a Microchip

Remember to circle the 15th of August 2023 on your calendar! That’s when we come together to celebrate “Check the Chip Day”. This special day focuses on promoting pet safety and helping lost pets find their way back home. We will discuss the small yet powerful microchip, a tool that plays a significant role in protecting our dogs. We’ll also delve into the importance of microchipping and the necessity of maintaining up-to-date microchip information.

Getting to Know Microchipping

Microchipping provides your pet with a unique identifier. It’s an easy, virtually painless process, making it a safe and reliable identification method. Unlike collars and tags, which can be lost or damaged, microchips are permanent.

The Meaning of Check the Chip Day

Check the Chip Day is more than just a celebration; it’s a symbol of the united efforts between veterinarians, animal shelters, and pet organisations who work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of every pet. This day was specifically created to highlight the vital role that microchipping plays in pet safety. By raising awareness about this advanced technology and its significance, “Check the Chip Day” serves as a call to action for pet owners. It inspires them to take positive and proactive steps in safeguarding their pets by utilising microchipping and keeping the information up to date. It’s a day that reminds us all of the simple measures we can take to make a significant difference in the lives of our dogs.

Updating Microchip Information is Key

With our hectic routines, we might forget to update our pet’s microchip details. But failing to do so can lead to unfortunate circumstances. Regularly updating your pet’s microchip information is a simple yet crucial step towards reuniting lost pets with their families. Consider the joy a family experiences when they are reunited with their pet, made possible by maintaining updated contact information. Such happy reunions should motivate us to keep our pet’s microchip information current.

Keeping Microchip Information Current

Updating your pet’s microchip information is straightforward. Start by checking with the microchip registry or your vet to ensure the data is accurate. If you’ve recently changed your phone number or moved, update these details immediately, and commit to doing this check regularly. You could set a yearly reminder, perhaps on “Check the Chip Day”, to review and confirm the information, ensuring your pet’s safety.

Additional Pet Safety Measures

While we’re discussing microchips, it’s worth mentioning other important pet safety steps. Keeping a current ID tag on your pet’s collar offers an additional layer of identification. A fenced garden and supervised outdoor playtime help to keep your dogs safe from potential dangers.

Final Thoughts

As we mark “Check the Chip Day” on 15th August 2023, let’s acknowledge the critical role microchips play in securing our pets’ safety. By ensuring your pet’s microchip information is up-to-date, you are playing a vital role in the mission to reunite lost pets with their families.

Even a small action can make a significant difference. By raising awareness about microchipping and responsible pet ownership, we can help make the world a safer place for our pets. So let’s express our love for our pets and commit to “Check the Chip” regularly, essentially making every day a “Check the Chip Day” in our hearts!

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Celebrating the Glorious 12th in the British Countryside

The British countryside, with its sweeping moors, tranquil heaths, and rich history, is a tapestry of traditions. One of the most anticipated traditions is the Glorious 12th, a day that signals the beginning of the grouse shooting season. While it might be synonymous with sporting enthusiasts, the resonance of this day, the Glorius 12th,  extends far beyond the realm of game shooting. It’s a celebration of the land, its bounty, and a time-honoured way of life that has played a pivotal role in the heritage of the British countryside.

For those unfamiliar, the Glorious 12th is not just about the sport. It’s about community, the economy, conservation, and, most importantly, the profound relationship between the British people and their land. Let’s delve deeper into this celebration, shedding light on its origins and what makes it so integral to the British countryside traditions.

Historical Significance of the Glorious 12th

Rooted in the annals of British history, the tradition of the Glorious 12th dates back centuries. With the advent of rail transport in the 19th century, accessing the remote moors of Scotland and Northern England became easier, ushering in the era of driven grouse shooting. The sport quickly became a symbol of status and affluence, drawing royalty, aristocrats, and socialites from across the country and beyond.

But why the 12th of August? The Game Act of 1831 set the start of the grouse shooting season on this date, ensuring that the young birds were mature enough to be hunted, while also providing them with ample time to breed and increase their numbers for the next season. It’s a perfect balance, striking harmony between sporting interests and the natural cycle of the bird’s life.

Over time, the day has evolved into more than just an inaugural shoot. It has become a cornerstone of British sporting culture, marked by gatherings, feasts, and a spirit of camaraderie that transcends social strata. The Glorious 12th is not just a date on the calendar; it’s a cherished institution, a testament to the enduring love affair the British have with their countryside and its myriad traditions.

The Beauty and Bounty of the British Countryside

The Glorious 12th wouldn’t be as cherished if not for the breathtaking backdrop against which it is set: the British countryside. Rolling moors, tinged with the purple hue of heather in bloom, stretch out as far as the eye can see. These vast expanses of land are not just aesthetically pleasing; they form the habitat for the red grouse, a species unique to the British Isles.

The red grouse, unlike its relatives, has adapted to thrive in the heather moorlands. As one traipses these moors, the distinct call of the grouse, a rhythmic ‘go-back, go-back, become a familiar sound. These birds, with their russet plumage and quick flight, become the emblem of the countryside during the shooting season.

But the British countryside’s beauty isn’t just limited to its landscapes and the red grouse. It is a symphony of life, home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Skylarks soar high, curlews echo their haunting calls, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot the stealthy hen harrier gliding above. It’s a testament to nature’s grandeur and the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

Economic Impact of the Glorious 12th

As the day draws near, a palpable excitement courses through the rural communities. The Glorious 12th isn’t just about tradition; it’s a significant economic catalyst for the regions involved. Every year, enthusiasts, both domestic and international, flock to the British moors, bringing with them not just their passion for the day but also a boon to the local economies.

Local businesses, especially those in hospitality, experience a surge. Hotels are booked, restaurants serve traditional British fare with a special emphasis on game, and local shops benefit from the influx of visitors.

It’s not just about the immediate commerce either. The preparation for the shooting season creates employment opportunities year-round. Gamekeepers, essential to the management and conservation of the moors, are busy ensuring habitats are maintained and predators are controlled. Furthermore, beaters, loaders, and pickers-up are employed during the season, all pivotal roles ensuring the smooth running of a shoot day.

To understand the full economic impact of the Glorious 12th is to appreciate its role in sustaining rural communities, supporting local businesses, and fostering a sense of pride and identity for those who call the British countryside home.

Conservation and Sustainability Efforts

While the Glorious 12th is traditionally known for its sporting appeal, what’s less commonly discussed but equally crucial is its significant contribution to conservation. The grouse moors managed for shooting, play an indispensable role in preserving some of the UK’s most threatened habitats and wildlife.

Gamekeepers, often considered the unsung heroes of the moors, are dedicated to habitat management and conservation. Their efforts ensure that the heather thrives, providing not just for the grouse but also for myriad species, many of which are endangered. Thanks to managed moorlands, birds like the curlew, lapwing, and golden plover have a fighting chance against decline.

Furthermore, sustainable shooting practices have been embraced widely. These ensure that the grouse population remains robust, with only a sustainable number taken each season. Such practices reflect a deep-seated respect for the land and its creatures, ensuring that the tradition can be enjoyed by generations to come.

The Social and Community Aspects

At its heart, the Glorious 12th is a social event, that fosters a deep sense of community and togetherness. As shots ring out and grouse fly, there’s more happening on the ground. Families, friends, and even strangers come together, united by shared passion and tradition.

Post-shoot gatherings are a thing of beauty. Tales of the day’s triumphs (and those many misses) are shared over hearty meals, with game often taking centre stage on the dining table. Traditional recipes are passed down through generations, each adding its own twist but maintaining the essence of this respected tradition. But it’s not just about the sport or the meal. It’s the laughter, the coming togetherness, and the shared memories. The Glorious 12th acts as a bridge, connecting urban dwellers with rural communities, the young with the old, and tradition with modernity.

Controversies and Modern Perspectives

No tradition is without its share of debates, and the Glorious 12th is no exception. Over the years, the ethics of shooting for sport has been questioned by animal welfare advocates and certain environmental groups. They raise concerns about potential disturbances to the ecosystem and the morality of hunting.

It’s essential to address these concerns head-on. Many within the shooting community are continually evolving their practices to be more sustainable, to improve understanding and to educate. Education plays a pivotal role here, emphasising the conservation efforts tied to the Glorious 12th and the symbiotic relationship between man, its wild birds, and the land.

By encouraging open dialogue and understanding, it’s possible to find a way forward. One where tradition is respected, nature is preserved, and future generations can debate, discuss, and ultimately decide how the story continues.

Grouse in its natural habitat

Personal Experiences and Anecdotes

While I’ve never personally taken to the moors for a grouse shoot, the beauty of our membership community is that it allows individuals like me to experience the Glorious 12th through the eyes of our members. Through the vivid imagery, wonderful videos,  and heartfelt stories shared, I’ve been transported to those vast stretches of heather-clad lands time and again.

One element that consistently stands out in these shared experiences is the invaluable role of working dogs. Their commitment, whether it’s an eager spaniel working,  or a loyal retriever meticulously carrying out its task, is profoundly moving. These images and tales not only highlight the skills of the dogs but also the remarkable relationship they share with their handlers.

The heartwarming moments captured – a weary dog finding solace in its owner’s embrace, the joyous celebrations of a job well done, or the shared serenity after the day is done – make the tradition come alive for me. I’d love for our readers to continue sharing their own experiences and stories. Whether it’s a proud moment of your dog’s achievements or a family tradition intertwined with the Glorious 12th, it’s these personal narratives that keep the spirit of the day alive and burning bright.


The magic of the Glorious 12th is that, even if you’ve never set foot on the moors, its essence can be felt and lived through the shared experiences of our community. Working dogs, with their unwavering dedication and loyalty, stand at the heart of these narratives.

For many gundog owners and enthusiasts, the bond they share with their dogs goes beyond the moors and the shooting season. It’s a year-round companionship built on trust and respect. And while I may not have personally felt the heather beneath my feet or heard the call of the grouse echoing across the moor, I’ve come to deeply appreciate and respect this tradition. Through the lens of our members, I’ve felt the passion, the camaraderie, and the love for the British countryside.

In a rapidly changing world, the Glorious 12th serves as a poignant reminder of traditions that bind communities together, the beauty of the natural world, and the age-old bond between humans and their canine companions. Let’s celebrate, cherish, and continue sharing these days and stories for future generations to discover and appreciate.

Further Reading

The Glorious 12th: A Guide to Grouse Shooting in the UK

Counting Grouse With Gundogs On Spectacular UK Moorland

Why is the Twelfth so glorious?

Preparing Game Birds For The Table


Podcast Episode 91. Aggression in Dog Training – How It Does More Harm than Good

Hey there, lovely LWDG members and wonderful women who are a part of our ever-growing community! We are beyond excited to bring you Episode 91 of our podcast, a deeply enlightening session focused on a topic we all care about—dog training. But we’re not just skimming the surface; we’re diving deep into the controversial topic of aggression in dog training.

Our Incredible Panel of Experts

We are absolutely thrilled to feature three extraordinary gundog trainers from our very own LWDG community—Group Experts Claire Denyer, Jemma Martin, and Samantha Thorneycroft-Taylor. These wonderful women are here to share their invaluable insights, accumulated over years of experience, to address a crucial and often misunderstood part of dog training.

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The Myths and Truths About Aggression in Training

One of the biggest misconceptions we confront in dog training is that enforcing consequences somehow translates to being aggressive. Let’s set the record straight: it doesn’t have to be that way! Our panel of experts takes you through the realities of consequence-based training. They’ll explain how consequences can be used positively, helping you to strengthen your relationship with your gundog rather than damaging it with aggressive tactics.

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Why This Matters for You

Understanding the nuanced aspects of dog training is vital, not just for the well-being of our dogs but also for our own sense of fulfilment and achievement. It’s about building a bond based on mutual respect, where the dog feels safe to learn. Wherever you are in your training knowledge, there’s something valuable for everyone in this episode.

What You’ll Take Away

Prepare yourself for some eye-opening discussions, fascinating anecdotes, and practical advice that you can start implementing right away. Learn how to use consequence-based training to its fullest potential, and take a step closer to ensuring the happiness and well-being of your gorgeous gundog.

Don’t Miss Out!

This episode promises to be an insightful journey into the world of dog training that you won’t want to miss. It aligns perfectly with what we stand for at LWDG—excellence in training, with no harsh treatment of the dog in front of you. So plug in those headphones, press play, and get ready to expand your knowledge and understanding of this vital subject.

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How to Crate Train Your Gundog Puppy: A Comprehensive Guide

Owning a new gundog puppy is a lot like welcoming a new baby into the family. It’s a whirlwind of emotion filled with joy, excitement, and, admittedly, a fair bit of apprehension. And much like bringing home a new baby, it also calls for plenty of preparation and the implementation of some critical training methods including crate training.

Let me share a personal story to illustrate this point. We recently welcomed a spirited poodle x pup into our family – a lively little bundle of fur he’s been lovingly named Goose by our Top Gun-loving teenager. His boundless energy and inherent hunting instincts are a joy to watch and provide endless entertainment. But as with any puppy, he has his moments of mischief and his constant trying to play with our older spaniels hasn’t made them his biggest fans, and it’s during these moments that the importance of crate training has truly become apparent to us.

The Importance of Crate Training

Crate training is one of the most effective methods of instilling a sense of security and routine in a new puppy. But more than just a training tool, a crate serves as a comfortable haven for your pup, a place of their own where they can retreat when they need rest or quiet time. Gundog puppies, in particular, have a lot of energy and can sometimes become overexcited or overwhelmed. Having a crate provides them with a safe place to calm down and regroup.

Despite what some may think, crate training is not about confining your pup, nor is it a form of punishment. Instead, it’s about leveraging their natural instincts as den animals and providing them with a space that makes them feel secure and protected. It’s a safe space, a place they will often go to on their own when they want to relax or sleep. Our older Spaniels love a crate and choose willingly to spend time inside them.

As we progress through this blog post, we will explore the concept of crate training in detail – the benefits it offers, how to properly introduce your gundog puppy to their crate, maintain a crate routine, and troubleshoot common issues related to crate training. The goal is to help you understand that crate training, when done correctly, can be an invaluable tool in the overall training and well-being of your gundog puppy.

The Benefits of Crate Training

Crate training your gundog puppy comes with a multitude of benefits. Beyond offering your pup a sense of security and routine, it also has practical implications that can make both your lives easier. Let’s explore these benefits in more detail:

Creating a Safe Environment

As previously mentioned, puppies are naturally inclined to seek out den-like areas for rest and security. By providing a crate for your puppy, you are essentially fulfilling this instinctive need. The crate becomes their sanctuary, where they can feel secure. It protects them from potential dangers when you’re not around to supervise and prevents them from getting into mischief that could harm them, or damage your belongings. Similar to a child’s playpen, it gives them boundaries that keep them safe.

Aiding in Toilet Training

Crate training plays a significant role in successful toilet training. Puppies naturally avoid soiling their sleeping areas, which makes the crate an incredibly effective tool for establishing a toilet routine. Regularly scheduled trips from crate to outdoors will teach your gundog puppy where it’s acceptable to ‘go.’ So far Goose has managed to toilet outside nearly every time, with two exceptions and both have been where we haven’t got him outside quick enough after he’s slept

Building Positive Associations with the Crate

With the right approach, your puppy will come to view the crate as a positive space. It’s essential to associate the crate with good things from the beginning. Offering toys, treats, and meals in the crate will make it an enjoyable place for your puppy, reinforcing it as their go-to comfort zone. Goose eats his meals inside his crate, whilst the spaniels eat around him. Its teaching him that its part of family life to eat as a group, without him trying to pinch from the other’s bowls.

pup in crate with toys

Assisting Recovery from Injuries

If your gundog puppy ever gets injured or needs surgery, a crate can prove invaluable during their recovery. It restricts their movement, preventing them from exacerbating their injury and allows them to rest and heal properly. Moreover, being familiar with and comfortable in a crate can alleviate some of the stress associated with vet visits and medical procedures, especially where they need to stay overnight

Easier Management during Emergencies

In situations of natural disasters or emergencies, having a crate-trained puppy can significantly reduce stress and panic. A crate can serve as a safe and familiar place for your puppy during evacuation or while staying in unfamiliar surroundings. Whilst we don’t need to worry heavily in the UK about volcanoes or hurricanes, we do get flooding and other emergencies where our dog being calm in their crate is of benefit.

Travel Safety

Finally, crate training ensures your puppy’s safety during travel. Whether it’s a short drive to the vet or a longer journey, a crate can protect your puppy from the potential hazards of moving vehicles, keeping them safe and secure.

By understanding and leveraging these benefits, crate training becomes a positive and rewarding experience for both you and your gundog puppy, setting a solid foundation for their development and well-being.

Crate Training: How To

The following steps will guide you through the process of effectively crate training your gundog puppy:

  • Initial Setup and Placement of the Crate

When setting up the crate, choose a quiet but not totally isolated part of your home where your puppy will be able to feel part of the family’s everyday life. This could be in the kitchen, living room, or a corner of your bedroom. Place comfortable bedding inside the crate and consider covering it with a blanket to make it more den-like and cosy. Goose has a crate in the kitchen where he sleeps overnight with the other dogs, and a smaller crate for travelling in the car.

  • Allowing the Pup to Explore and Associate the Crate Positively

Once the crate is set up, open the door and allow your puppy to explore it at their own pace. Never force them in. Make the crate inviting by placing treats, toys, and meals inside, thereby creating positive associations.

  • Gradual Introduction to Closing the Door

Once your gundog puppy is comfortable entering the crate, you can begin to close the door for short periods. Initially, this should be done while you’re still nearby and while the pup is occupied with something enjoyable like a meal or chew toy. Always open the door before they become anxious or start to whine.

  • Increasing Crate Time and Leaving the Pup Alone

Gradually increase the length of time that the door is closed, starting from a few minutes and eventually working up to longer periods. Once your puppy is comfortable in the crate for about 30 minutes without showing any signs of anxiety, you can start leaving them alone for short periods.

  • Starting to Leave the Pup in the Crate During Absences

When your puppy is comfortable being left alone in the crate, you can start using it for longer absences. The first few times you leave the house, try to limit your absence to just an hour or two. Over time, you can gradually extend this period.

The Right Crate for Your Pup

Choosing the right crate is crucial for a successful crate training experience. Here’s what to consider:

Material Considerations: Soft vs. Hard Crates

Soft crates are comfortable and lightweight, making them ideal for travel or for puppies that are already crate-trained. Hard crates, on the other hand, are more durable and provide better security, making them a good choice for puppies who are still learning or for situations where safety is paramount, such as car travel.

Size Considerations: Ample Space for Movement, but Not Too Large

Your gundog puppy’s crate should be large enough for them to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. However, it should not be so large that they can use one end as a toilet and the other end as a sleeping area. If your puppy is still growing, choose a larger crate with a divider so you can increase the space as they grow.

Remember, crate training is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but a gradual process that requires patience and consistency. With the right methods and mindset, you’ll help your gundog puppy to see their crate as a safe haven, aiding in their overall development and well-being.

Common Crate Training Misconceptions

There are a few misconceptions about crate training that can deter some pet owners from using this helpful tool. Let’s debunk them:

  1. Some people worry that a crate might feel like a prison to a dog. In reality, when used properly, a crate becomes a secure and comfortable space for your puppy. Dogs are den animals by nature, and a crate can provide that safe, enclosed space they instinctively seek. It’s important to never use the crate as a form of punishment. Always keep interactions with the crate positive to help your pup understand it’s a safe and comforting place.
  2. Contrary to the belief that crates increase separation anxiety when used correctly, they can actually help manage it. For a dog suffering from separation anxiety, a crate can provide a secure space that helps them feel less anxious when you’re not around. However, it’s essential to gradually train your dog to feel comfortable in the crate, and never force them into it.

Final Thoughts

As we wrap up this guide to crate training your gundog puppy, let’s revisit some key points:

  • Crate training is not about confining your pup, but about providing them with a safe, personal space where they can relax and feel secure. It aids in training and instills good habits, while also keeping them safe when you can’t supervise them directly.
  • Crate training requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. It won’t happen overnight, but if you stick with it, your pup will come to see their crate as their personal safe haven.
  • Crate training your gundog puppy may seem like a daunting task at first, but the benefits it offers are well worth the time and effort. Remember, the key to successful crate training is making it a positive experience for your pup. Be patient, stay consistent, and always associate the crate with good things.

We hope this guide helps you and your gundog puppy embark on a successful crate training journey. Good luck, and happy training!

spaniels in their car crate

If you have a new pup you should watch: Course 36. Instilling Confidence and Cues In Your Puppy

Another Amazing Game Fair Experience – Highlights, Gratitude & Looking Ahead

I’m thrilled to bring you a recap of this weekend at The Game Fair – an event filled with teamwork, camaraderie, and memorable experiences.

LWDG Shines at the Game Fair

With mostly ideal weather, lively traders, and awe-inspiring exhibitions, this year’s game fair was an event to remember. The Ladies Working Dog Group (LWDG) not only participated but truly shone, demonstrating our passion and commitment to the spirit of the countryside and the fair.

LWDG Volunteers – The Lifeblood of Our Success

No words can express my heartfelt gratitude towards our LWDG volunteers who ran the scurries with utmost dedication over the three days. Your impressive performance made the ‘have a go’ scurries event—an invigorating choice of a five dummy pick-up and a scramble—a massive success. Your exceptional efforts have earned us glowing reviews from participants. I extend my biggest thanks to each one of you.

Overcoming Challenges Together

Stepping into new experiences always comes with a learning curve. And yet, you all rose to the occasion brilliantly, embodying the same spirit that our team demonstrated last year. Your ability to collaborate, improve, and execute the event flawlessly has been truly inspirational.

Strengthening Our Bonds

Beyond the competitions, the game fair offered a unique opportunity to strengthen our bonds as a community. Nothing beats the joy of spending days together, camping, dining, chatting, and laughing, with many of our faithful dogs by our side. The sense of team spirit and friendship was a joy to behold.

Our Experts – The Guiding Lights

We were fortunate to have the expertise of LWDG group experts Emma Stevens, Jemma Martin, and Claire Denyer, along with our mindset coach, Emma Liddell. Their invaluable contributions in making people feel at ease, assisting them with dog-related and mindset issues, and encouraging them to join our community made a tremendous impact.

Memories Captured

If you haven’t yet seen some of the heart-warming moments captured from the weekend, do visit our Instagram reels. The joy and unity showcased in these pictures will certainly make your day.

The Future – The Welsh Game Fair

With the beautiful memories of this event still fresh, I’m delighted to announce that we’re gearing up for the Welsh Game Fair on the 9th and 10th of September. I invite all LWDG members to volunteer and join us for this two-day event at a spectacular location. We’d be overjoyed to have you with us.

Special Acknowledgment

Lastly, I extend a special thank you to all the men. Firstly to my husband for his unwavering dedication and hard work. His efforts in helping me get the trailer there, setting up and troubleshooting were appreciated so much. It takes an incredible amount of energy out of me chatting to everyone and he helped kept me fed, watered and ready to face each day. And he wasn’t the only guy there supporting the ladies in their lives, you were all fab and we thank you all for being there cheering us on and helping us out.

LWDG 2024 Game Fair Participation

For those who’d like to join us in creating more such memorable experiences, we’ll soon be releasing a Google Form for you to express your interest in participating in the July 2024 Game Fair at Blenheim. Your involvement would be greatly appreciated!


Don’t Miss Our Game Fair Special Offer!

For those who are not yet members of our incredible group of ladies, we’re excited to extend our Game Fair special offer to you! Until the end of this week, you can still access our membership for a trial period of three days absolutely free.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore what the LWDG has to offer and become part of our vibrant community. Don’t delay – this limited-time offer ends soon, so make sure to seize the opportunity!

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Finally, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed to making this game fair a resounding success. Your participation truly made a world of difference. I can’t wait to create more beautiful memories with all of you at future events!

Much Love,

Jo xx

Joanne Perrott, Founder, LWDG

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Podcast Episode 90. Using Behavioural Medication With Your Gundog

Welcome to another exciting episode of the LWDG podcast! In this edition, we delve deep into the topic of behavioural medication for gundogs. Join us as we discuss the increasing trend of using medication to address behavioural issues in dogs and how it impacts their well-being. Our Group Experts Claire Denyer, Jemma Martin and Samantha Thorneycroft-Taylor share their valuable insights on when and how to consider behavioural medication as a viable solution.

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Behavioural Medication: A Growing Trend

The podcast kicks off with the host, Joanne Perrott, and our experts discussing the rising usage of behavioural adaptive medication for gundogs. They highlight how many dog owners resort to medication without addressing the root cause of the behavioural issues. The experts emphasise the importance of combining medication with appropriate training for a holistic approach.

The Concerns Surrounding Behavioral Medication

The panel raises valid concerns regarding the use of behavioural medication without proper evaluation. They discuss cases where veterinarians prescribe medication without exploring behaviour modification first. The experts express their worries about dogs being put on medication without fully understanding their true behaviour and personality.

The Influence of External Factors on Medication Use

The conversation touches on the impact of external factors on the increasing use of behavioural medication. The panel speculates that changes in dog ownership, including the COVID-19 pandemic, might contribute to the surge in medication usage. They discuss how inexperienced dog owners might misinterpret natural dog behaviours as problematic and rush to medication.

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Identifying Behavioral Issues Warranting Medication

The experts identify anxiety and reactivity/aggression as the most common behavioural issues for which medication is prescribed. They discuss how anxiety can manifest in various ways and sometimes be misinterpreted by inexperienced owners. Additionally, they highlight that dogs’ behaviour should be evaluated thoroughly before considering medication as an option.

The experts debate whether behavioural medication can provide a “window of opportunity” to facilitate training. While some believe that short-term medication can be useful in certain cases, others express concerns about long-term usage and its potential negative effects on the dog’s behaviour.

The experts stress the significance of collaboration between behavioural trainers and veterinarians when medication is considered. They propose that trainers and vets work together to ensure the best outcome for the dog, rather than relying solely on medication as a quick fix. This collaboration allows for a comprehensive understanding of the dog’s needs and tailors the approach accordingly.

Exploring Alternative Approaches: Calming Supplements

The panel discusses the use of calming supplements as an alternative to sedatives and tranquillizers. They share examples from their experiences with both horses and dogs, highlighting the benefits of these supplements in certain situations. Calming supplements can help dogs relax without the potential adverse effects of traditional medications.

The Challenge of Monitoring Medication’s Effectiveness

The podcast acknowledges the difficulty of assessing medication effectiveness in dogs due to the lack of direct communication. Unlike humans, dogs cannot provide detailed feedback on how the medication is affecting them, leading to a reliance on owners’ interpretations.

The experts provide insights into how trainers can help dog owners make informed decisions regarding behavioural medication. They stress the importance of thorough evaluation, behaviour modification plans, and continuous assessment to determine whether medication is genuinely necessary.


In this thought-provoking podcast episode, the experts shed light on the growing trend of behavioural medication for gundogs. They focus on the significance of collaboration between trainers and vets, a thorough understanding of the dog’s behaviour, and the cautious use of medication as a last resort. By taking a holistic approach that combines proper training and, if necessary, medication, gundog owners can ensure their dogs lead happy and balanced lives. So, if you’re considering behavioural medication for your gundog, this podcast is a must-listen to make an informed decision for your canine companion’s well-being.

Finally, it is essential for gundog owners to be aware of the potential risks associated with behavioural medication. Certain medications can have serious or even life-threatening side effects when used incorrectly or in high doses. As such, any decision to medicate a gundog should involve close monitoring and regular vet appointments for checkups and assessments. With this[Podcast Text]


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Book Review Pointer training guide – Laverna Holloman

This month I will be looking at ‘Pointer Training Guide’ by Laverna Holloman first published in 2015.

I bought this book at the same time I took on my first dog a German Shorthaired Pointer x Labrador rescue aged 4 at the time called Fudge (who is still snoozing by my side as I type)

When I stumbled across the book on Amazon, I purchased it with the aim of making my first foray into having a working dog.

First Impressions

The book itself is around 133 pages long with a wide spacing between the lines and larger than expected text it is between A4 to A5 in size and is a similar size to the majority of other training books you can buy out there.

It became clear on arrival this was a self-published type book which for me was a little disappointing as I suddenly was a little hesitant as to the validity of the content.

The inner cover does state thanks to her publisher however on looking up the author I could not find any background or history in her skills in dog training or behaviour, lesson one to me is to do my research before buying!

However, qualifications aren’t everything and skills and knowledge shouldn’t be overlooked.

The Content

The book itself is split into 9 chapters

  • Introduction
  • Socialising
  • Housetraining
  • Crate training
  • Obedience training
  • Clicker training
  • Training the difficult pointer
  • Behavioural training
  • Conclusion

The book starts with an overview of the evolution of dogs and some discussion of some well-known research linked with dogs such as the fox farm experiment and I was pleased to see a much more updated theory around the family concept of a wolf pack rather than the more archaic alpha of yesteryear, the book also goes on to dispel those myths around dominance theory and puts forward a much kinder concept of mutualism as a way of relating to and working with dogs.

Chapters two and three go into the basics of socialising and housetraining and actually, I was very surprised about the balanced, positive advice that was given around being realistic about what to expect from your puppy and explaining developmentally what is going on with the dog, especially around house training and why it is not useful to use punishment. The author does however advocate the use of a bellyband (to prevent marking behaviour in male dogs) which I had never even heard of and had to google. Again, this may be down to personal preference and just variations in training opinions.

The author is a big advocate for crate training and gives some good tips about why and how to introduce your dog safely to the crate, interestingly however it also speaks about when not to use a crate or when to stop the idea of crate training. Again personally I may not agree with some of the opinions expressed here for example when discussing crating your dog overnight ‘This is wrong – your pointer should either sleep in your bed with you or sleep in a bed next to yours’.  It is clear this is very much her expressing her own personal opinion and experience with her dogs, rather than the unbiased view of a professional.

As the book goes further into obedience training there are some basics in there around sit, down and heel, and it is nice to see that there is a balanced approach to training and no mention of physical punishment or pain to the dog. There is also an interesting section about classes and training as well as what to look for when you look to select a trainer, something I haven’t seen in many previous books.

It also has an interesting part on types of collars including more aversive collars including, prong and shock which the author clearly advocates against. Interesting the slip lead wasn’t included.

I found the chapter on clicker training a bit confusing, it covered all the basics including some conditioning theory but then went off on a tangent about using pointers as therapy dogs, which seemed a little confusing and off-topic for the book. The rest of the book went on to cover common behavioural issues and how they could be addressed before concluding

In conclusion

I think what attracted me to this book was the fact it spoke about working with adult dogs and having got a rescue I felt it would be relevant to me, however, little was covered about adult dogs and nothing was covered about rescues.

For me the book was a combination of the author’s perspective, as well as some basic dog training guidance and theory and the bit that I felt really was missing was information about the pointer’s temperament, how this could be factored into their training, how you can work with their natural instincts to help them lead happy healthy lives, what kind of enrichment work would suit them e.g., gun dog work, scent work etc.

I was hoping for something much more breed specific and ended up with something more generic with a bit of personal experience thrown in. You can find more gundog books on our list here. 

Emma xx

Podcast Episode 89. Tis A Funny Thing Them Gundogs – An Interview With Simon Grace

A Blend of Laughter, Wisdom, and Canine Connection!

Hello! Today, I’m excited to talk about our latest podcast episode that’s sure to make your day brighter and your gundog training journey richer. It’s Episode 89, titled “Tis A Funny Thing Them Gundogs,” and let me tell you, it’s a treat for anyone who loves gundogs, laughter, and meaningful conversations.

Meet Our Fantastic Panel

Your host for this episode is none other than our very own Joanne Perrott, who brings her wealth of experience and heartwarming enthusiasm to the table. She is joined by LWDG Regional Organiser Sue Lister, who always provides insightful and practical advice. But that’s not all! Our special guest is Simon Grace, a professional gundog trainer and field trial enthusiast, whose journey with his Springer Spaniel led him down a road filled with excitement, challenges, and of course, lots of wagging tails.

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What’s In Store For You

Simon shares his engaging stories about gundog field trials, which are not just about showcasing your dog’s skills, but are events full of camaraderie and spirit. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between field trials and tests, Simon clears it up in a way that’s easy to understand and incredibly interesting.

Prepare to be entertained! Simon’s hilarious doggy tales are the icing on the cake, and they serve to remind us that our journey in gundog training is not just about mastery but also about joy, the little quirks and the unforgettable moments that make us love our canine companions even more.

Why You Should Listen To Simon Grace

  1. Empowerment: Gain valuable insights and tips on training your gundog. Simon’s expertise is a goldmine for anyone keen on becoming more skilled and confident in their training journey.
  2. Community: Feel the warmth and support of a community that understands your specific needs and aspirations. This episode is a perfect example of people coming together to share, learn, and grow.
  3. Wellness: Beyond training tips, this episode is a gentle reminder to celebrate the joy and laughter that our furry friends bring into our lives, contributing to our overall well-being.
  4. Excellence: If you’re aiming for high-quality gundog training, this episode is a resource you don’t want to miss. Simon Grace and our team offer advice and stories that come from years of experience and genuine passion for the subject.

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How to Listen

Don’t miss out on this enriching and entertaining episode. Subscribe now to “Tis a Funny Job Them Gundogs” on LWDG POD DOG, and join us in celebrating the wonderful world of gundogs and the remarkable bond between humans and their loyal four-legged companions.

So ladies, get your tea ready, find your cosy spot, and tune in. Trust me, it’s an episode you’ll want to share with all your friends, both two-legged and four. Here’s to more laughter, learning, and leaps of progress in our gundog training journeys!


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