Regardless of what you plan to do with your pet gundog puppy, from lying at your
feet in front of the telly or taking him shooting, the basics are the basics are
the basics; and the basics apply whether that’s a Springer Spaniel, a German Short-Haired
Pointer or a Labrador... more so if your gundog is indoors with you.
And what are the basics I hear you ask... oh that’s easy; good manners, good obedience
and a good retrieve all combine to make a gundog a pleasure to live with.
That is exactly what this book is all about; starting with can I have a puppy, this
book guides you through not only selecting a breeder and a puppy, but critical life
stages and, just as importantly, laying down solid foundation training with your
puppy to enable you to own a dog to be proud of.
The Pet Gundog Puppy covers all areas of behaviour and training from the moment
your puppy enters your home through to the young dog being around 8 months old and
about to embark on more advanced training.
Lez has, in conjunction with Nick Ridley, produced DVDs to underpin The Pet Gundog™ series of books. These exciting DVDs mirror the exercises in the books which means you can read about a technique, watch how to do it and then go practice them with your own dog.
The DVDs are only available with the books and are attached to the back cover.
Author’s note :
If your puppy is well on the way to being an adolescent, and by that I mean he’s
four and a half months old or older, then do yourself a favour and go for The Pet Gundog rather
than this book as The Pet Gundog Puppy is, as the title says, for training the pet
gundog puppy, although if you have a puppy of a different breed then this book is
also for you...
...extract from the book
Please can I have a puppy..... pleeeeeze??
How many times have you heard this? Or were you the one doing the asking?
Making the decision to welcome a dog into your home is absolutely huge; the dog
is a different species with different needs, and although you think you know what
a responsibility it is, if it’s your first dog then there’s no getting away from
it - it is going to be a shock to your system.
Just the amount of time involved looking after them, walking them, training them,
thinking about them and generally planning your life around them - and that’s before
we even consider the amount of equipment we need to buy; from beds and bowls, collars
and leads, toys, toys and more toys, and please, don’t get me on to the amount of
dog hair involved and the merits of the various hoovers on the market at the minute!
As you’re reading a book titled The Pet Gundog Puppy I’m presuming it’s a gundog
that you either want or that you have just brought home with you.
A very wise choice in my eyes... or is it?
Do you really know what you are letting yourself in for?
The gundog is an amazing companion; intelligent, biddable, trainable, powerful,
good fun, good looking, has a great outlook on life and is full of savvy. Before
we go any further though, please re-read the previous list... the second adjective
especially; it reads biddable, not pushover.
Many people who get a gundog as a pet (and if your dog is indoors with you, regardless
of how many days shooting you have planned, he is first and foremost a pet) read
pushover rather than biddable and spend the first year pulling their hair out in
despair as they realise their dog is more intelligent than them, is stronger physically
and mentally, and has them wrapped around his little paw; presuming they still have
him that is and the dog hasn’t been re-homed at 9 months after 3 gruelling teenage
Once you’ve come to terms with the fact that you’re going to be tripping over toys,
standing in ‘accidents’ or ‘little presents’, finding chewed furniture, having soggy
chewsticks stuck to the bottom of your bare feet, have dog beds in every room (downstairs),
given over half of your cupboards to dog food and the other half to equipment, are
going to be walking (and training) your dog every day, rain or shine, are going
to be hoovering every day and picking up between two and four dog poo’s a day, it’s
time to answer the truly daunting question of ‘where do I get a dog from?’ A question
that I must point out is getting harder and harder to answer these days.
Foreword to The Pet Gundog Puppy
I have been breeding working Labradors for over 20 years and have always tried to
send my puppies off to their new homes with as much information, advice and guidance
as possible. Oh how I wish I had had this book to give with each and every one of
Whether the puppy is going to a 'working home' or as a family pet, a good grounding
is so important. Nobody should think that having a puppy is a 'doddle', and at no
stage does Lez shy away from how time consuming the initial training can be, however,
the long term benefits are enormous.
Unlike many 'Puppy Books', Lez helps us to understand how our puppy develops from
day one of its life; the transition periods before and after we acquire him, the
importance of learning to communicate with your little bundle and to see life through
the eyes of your puppy. The early basic training should set boundaries for years
of enjoyable companionship with our dogs.
However many puppies you may have in your lifetime, each one is different and you
tend to forget from puppy to puppy all the things you should, or should not, have
This book sets out just about all the scenarios you may come across with your new
acquisition and deals with them with a straight forward and common sense approach.
Fascinating, amusing and informative, but not afraid to admit that even 'the professionals'
can make mistakes; a result of which, improved timings and training methods are
All of which makes this book a must for both those with their first puppy and those
who have been lucky enough to have had many puppies in their lifetime; we are never
too old or experienced to learn!!
I have known Lez for 10 years from when she came to me for her first working Labrador
– Bart, and more recently Ziggy, and have been privileged to watch her develop successful
training techniques on the back of her 'behaviour' background.
I have proudly witnessed many of her 'pupils' in action both in pet homes and working
environments, have participated in training sessions over the years and been grateful
for her advice on numerous occasions to improve and assist with new 'members of
Her enthusiasm and good humour is infectious and this is as apparent in her writing
as in real-life! How could you not want to follow all that is contained within these
pages in order to have the best behaved dog in the world?
Tagtastic Labrador Retrievers