Gundog training book recommendations?

(15 Posts)
JustCallMeBaldrick Sun 30-Apr-17 07:08:04

I'm after recommendations for a good book on gundog training for our cocker puppy. There are so many on Amazon that it's quite mind-boggling, and I have no idea which one might be best for teaching a pup (and us!) the basics, before starting more 'formal' gundog training when he's older.

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BiteyShark Sun 30-Apr-17 07:16:09

Hi OP, how old is your dog?

I do gun dog training with my 7 month old and did a puppy course with them as well so you can find places that take young dogs.

Other than that I paid for a book which I ordered from a gun dog training site. Will post details later.

Honkyzeke Sun 30-Apr-17 07:17:06

Training retrievers with Nigel Mann not a new book but really good for training any dog, gundog or not.

BiteyShark Sun 30-Apr-17 07:18:10

If you PM me or if you are happy to give a rough area of where you are on here I can let you know if you are close to the trainers I use as they are brilliant.

Renaissance2017 Sun 30-Apr-17 07:18:28

Why not have a poke around on the BASC (British Assosiation of Shooting and Conservation) site?

BiteyShark Sun 30-Apr-17 07:27:38

Right I got my books from but I would recommend trying to find a trainer as soon as you can because there are certain things I am having to correct with my dog that I did at home as a puppy that are not helping now with things such as retrieve. For example as a puppy I rewarded bringing me his ball with a treat so now he drops the retrieve dummy thinking he is getting food when I actually want him to keep hold of it sad

Bubble2bubble Sun 30-Apr-17 09:11:11

Pippa Mattinson has written books and specialises in gun dogs - all very good, practical advice


Noitsnotteatimeyet Sun 30-Apr-17 09:54:36

Another vote for Pippa Mattinson's books - very clear and with the dog's best interests at heart

LilCamper Sun 30-Apr-17 16:56:22

'Clicker Gundog' by Helen Phillips.

villainousbroodmare Sun 30-Apr-17 21:32:59

Lez Graham's Pet Gundog

DramaAlpaca Sun 30-Apr-17 21:37:08

DH used Training the Roughshooter's Dog by PRA Moxon. It's old, first published in 1977, and I don't know how well it fits in with today's beliefs on dog training, but DH found bits of it really good for our working gundogs.

sparechange Thu 04-May-17 15:48:16

The Pet Gundog by Lez Graham
It is absolutely brilliant for anyone with a working breed

borisboy Fri 22-May-20 23:59:33

I've been training spaniels for a long time and many of the best books have been around for a while. You'll find a good list of resoures at which will help.

GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Sat 23-May-20 12:43:35

There's also a helpful FB page called Gundog Training for Novices. I've had some good advice from there.

universallychallanged Sat 23-May-20 19:33:00

Joe Irving book - available on Amazon. Aimed at spaniels and I have used it for springers - brilliant. Not sure if it is good for other breeds but I can't see why not.

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