Category Archives: Gun Dog Articles

These articles have been written by Martin for magazines throughout the world. No article or part of an article should be reproduced without the express written permission of Martin Deeley. We hope you will find them useful in training your pet dog.

More Waterwork

More Waterwork In the last article we were talking about the very basics of water work, getting your dog into water and having him come back to you with a retrieve. But as anyone that goes hunting realizes, it is not always that simple. A fast flowing river or tide can easily wash a bird…

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The Beginnings of Waterwork

The Beginnings of Waterwork For the Wildfowler and the shooting man who shoots over land that includes lakes and rivers, a good water dog is essential. Although most dogs love water once they have discovered the enjoyment of swimming, many encounter problems in water or can be difficult to control once they are in it…

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More Gun Work

More Gun Work In familiarization with the gun we talked about introducing our dog to the gun but there is far more to gun work than just this. Once we have introduced the gun and our dog is familiar with the sound and movement we can then use the gun to teach him other aspects…

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Introduction to the Gun

Familiarization With the Gun Over the years I have only come across a handful of dogs that were gun shy. In most cases these were not dogs of good working pedigree and the problem had no doubt come through the genes. However I have had dogs brought to me by clients that are gun nervous…

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Scent and Scenting (Part 4)

Scent and Scenting, Part 4 ONLY YOUR DOG KNOWS (NOSE?)  Martin Deeley When we are watching trials, tests and certainly when when training or shooting we often comment on scenting conditions, good, bad, fair. Usually we are judging the scent conditions on how the dogs have performed. If they have difficulty in finding birds and…

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Scent and Scenting (Part 2)

Scent and Scenting, Part 2 There is nothing so exciting as watching a gundog using his nose and find game. Unfortunately I have seen handlers who do not notice when their dog is touching scent and also not realise where their dog will ‘hit’ the scent he is looking for. From the very beginning watch…

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Scent and Scenting (Part 1)

Scent and Scenting, Part 1 The main reason we have dogs when we go shooting is to find game that we could not find ourselves. First hunting up un-shot game hiding in cover and then secondly retrieving it from places we would find difficult to get to or tracking wounded game that has moved. Watching…

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Using the Whistle

Using the Whistle Being a Limey in America, one thing that always amuses and fascinates me is that I often have to pronounce the same word in a different way in order that an American can understand me. Even my name Martin (Mar-tin) I often have to pronounce Mart’n without any emphasis on the “i”…

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Commit it to Memory

Commit it to Memory Whether duck shooting or picking up on estates one of the most valuable assets of a gundog is his ability to remember where birds have fallen. Often on a formal shoot you will be asked not to pick up until the end of a drive and on a duck flight you…

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Sticking the Fall

Sticking the Fall In the shooting field we need a dog that will stick to the fall and have the determination to succeed. Some dogs will give up when they do not find quickly and others will stick to the hunt no matter what you do to call them off. The latter is a different…

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Good Marking

Good Marking Whatever form of shooting we do, when we send a dog out on a retrieve we not only want him to pick the bird but to do so quickly, cleanly and with the minimum of disturbance to other game that could be on the ground. To do this effectively it is an advantage…

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Keep Them Close

Keep Them Close It wasn’t all that long ago that I was talking about and encouraging you to get your spaniel going. Now with the season  starting and plenty of young game about it may be that it is  advisable to talk about keeping them under control and hunting a  good pattern  whilst they are…

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Hunting Under Control

Hunting Under Control We discussed in another article how to get your dog hunting and finding tennis balls and dummies and then progressed onto the use of the rabbit pen to get your dog enjoying hunting. Some owners do not have the convenience of a rabbit pen and have to work out in the open…

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The Sporting Canine

The Sporting Canine (First printed in AKC Gazette) “What a great piece of work, the dog made it look so easy!” How often have we heard these words when a dog wins a competition? A casual tip Ian Openshaw (a top British professional), once gave me has stuck,  “If you haven’t prepared for every eventuality,…

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Puppy Retrieving (Part 3)

More Early Retrieving This evening I watched my four and half month Labrador bitch fumbling for the first time with a puppy canvas dummy. It  had slipped out of her mouth while on a retrieve and she was having problems picking it up. I encouraged and laughed at her antics, she was trying so hard,…

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Puppy Retrieving (Part 1)

Encouraging Natural Retrieving in Puppies In order to be able to train a dog it has got to want to learn and be trained. Some dogs have a natural learning drive and high intellectual ability, others may be willing but have no aptitude for certain tasks and some will have the ability but no willingness,…

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Qualities of a Good Trainer

Qualities of a Good Trainer In  most instances when talk is about dog training, it hinges  on  techniques  and methods  – the basics which  are used to  develop in the dog the habits and natural abilities which will enable  it to  do  a  good job. Dog psychology is touched upon but rarely trainer psychology –…

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Selecting a Trainer

Selecting a Trainer For General Good Manners and Obedience The correct selection of a professional trainer to help a family with their dog training and behavior problems is essential. A good trainer should combine a variety of methods and be sensitive to the individual needs of the owner and the dog. While convenience, cost and scheduling…

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Limits and Boundaries

START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON ‘Start as you mean to go on’. That was a motto my father always quoted to me whenever I did something new, It holds especially true with dogs as any minute spent with you is time when your dog is learning habits and behaviours. You are always training…

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A New Puppy

A NEW PUPPY – THE BEGINNING OF A RELATIONSHIP by Martin Deeley There are so many articles written on selecting the right pup that  I am going to presume that you, as owners of a new pup, have done a lot of homework already and selected the right breed, the right sex, and gone to…

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