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.DVDs
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.
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...
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 months.
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.
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 them!
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 done!!
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 born.
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 my team'.
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?
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