A Dog’s Life

Search and rescue dogs Sam and Gus with Karen

5 Careers for Dogs

Gilbertson & Page have always specialised in manufacturing dog food for working dogs. These dogs work hard every day for their masters. Often expending huge amounts of effort and displaying extraordinary intelligence and unswerving loyalty in the process. Here are five of the most widely-recognised careers for dogs. Sheepdog Long days out in the hills…

Search and rescue dogs Sam and Gus with Karen

Canine Careers: Search and Rescue Dogs

Over the next few months, Gilbertson & Page will highlight some of the careers that our canine friends undertake, from guide dogs to police dogs. This month, we’re looking at the vital role search and rescue dogs play and the work involved in training them. We spoke to Karen Fisher, who trains search and rescue…

Bonnie the Rescue Retriever

Story of a Rescue Dog – Bonnie The Golden Retriever

Giving a rescue dog a home reduces the pressure on overburdened rehoming centres as well as having its own rewards. However, a rescue dog with an unknown history can pose a real challenge to dog owners. We spoke to Vicki Trigg about the potential problems, hard work and rewards that can accompany a rescue dog.…

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Reading Canine Body Language

Learning about canine body language can help you bond with your dog. It can also help you understand other dogs that may not be so familiar to you. Knowing when to approach other dogs and when to stay away can keep you safe whilst out and about. Here we examine some dog body language and…

Border Terrier

Breed Profile – Border Terrier

Our latest Breed Profile features one of the country’s favourite breeds and one of the most familiar of the Terriers – the Border Terrier. Being a fun and less-demanding dog to own, it’s easy to forget that they’re also tough and wily characters. History of Breed: An ancient dog breed, terriers were originally bred for…

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Breed Profile – Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular breeds on the planet, the Labrador Retriever, is the subject of our latest breed profile. These fantastically versatile and intelligent dogs are one of our favourites. History of the Breed: The St John’s dog, a now extinct Newfoundland breed, is the ancestor of the Labrador Retriever. Brought to England around…

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Diary of a Gundog Episode 10: Oscar Stories

With all the breed profiles we’ve been publishing, it’s been a while since we were able to feature Oscar the gun dog. Anyway, to satisfy his many fans, here he is again – a bit older and wiser. Oscar is coming on in leaps and bounds, in both his physical fitness and his endearing temperament.…

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Diary of a Gun Dog Episode 9: Didn’t He Do Well?

Having put a huge amount of time and work into Oscar’s training ready for the pheasant season starting, it’s time to find out if it all came together on Oscar’s first shoot of the season a couple of weeks ago. In Episode 9 of our series in which we follow Oscar, a yellow Labrador, from puppy to…

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Diary of a Gundog Episode 8: The Season Begins

With the pheasant season just starting, it’s time to catch up with Oscar, a yellow Labrador Retriever, to find out how his preparation for the new season is going. Now over a year old, the effort that went into Oscar’s early training and the consistency with which his behaviour is handled on a daily basis is paying off. Little niggles are swiftly dealt…

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Breed Profile – German Shorthaired Pointer

History of Breed: It is thought that the German Shorthaired Pointer is descended from a collection of breeds known as ‘bird dogs’ that came to the UK following World War Two. One of the HPR (Hunt Point Retrieve) gundog breeds they are perfectly suited to hunting both on land and in water. They are strong and…