A Dog’s Life

Image courtesy of Charlotte Tudor

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…

German Shorthaired Pointer dog

Charlotte Tudor Discusses Dog Breeding of German Shorthaired Pointers

In our last article, we talked to Charlotte Tudor about the work involved in showing dogs to Championship standards. It turned out to be one of our most popular articles so far this year, so it’s just as well that Charlotte had already been kind enough to talk to us again… but this time about…

Gundog at the seaside

Diary of a Gun Dog Episode 7: The End of the First Year

Oscar is now turned one year old and a lot has happened in the last year. He has settled well in his home with his family. He has taken to gun dog training like a duck to water, making his owners exceptionally proud. Oscar’s turning-out to be a well-behaved and good-natured dog and has grown…

Puppies Feeding

Puppy Power! Part Two – Settling In

In Part One of our three posts dedicated to puppies, we discussed choosing a puppy and looked at the first eight weeks of a puppy’s life. In Part Two, we’ll be starting with the momentous occasion of bringing a puppy home and what happens between eight to twelve weeks. This is a period of huge…

Books for Dog Owners

Top 5 Reference Books For Dog Owners

Whilst many of us opt for a quick search engine over a reference book these days as a quick fix for those niggling questions like ‘Who won Crufts in 2005?’, there are definitely times when a good book, written by a knowledgeable expert is the preferred option. Detailed issues regarding dogs require the right kind…

Diary of a Gun Dog: Episode 6 – The Training Continues

With Oscar fully recovered from his bout of kennel cough and going from strength to strength on his new dog food, his owners are making sure they don’t rest on their laurels in the off season. By keeping up with his training and ironing out little foibles and problems now, they can be sure to…

Gun dog training with Oscar

Diary of a Gun Dog: Episode 5 – Oscar the Teenager!

It’s been a busy month, with Oscar contracting a bout of kennel cough and he’s also trying out a new diet. He’s now a junior dog and moving into the ‘teenage’ phase, which can potentially bring its own challenges to rearing a dog and is a classic time for rebellion and boundary pushing. As Oscar…

Labrador on first shoot

Diary of a Gundog: Episode 4 – Oscar’s First Shoot

Here is the fourth episode in our Oscar series, Oscar attends his first shoot, albeit mostly as an observer, rather than a retriever. He still has a lot to learn before he will be deemed mature enough and obedient enough to take part fully in a shoot. Let’s find out how Oscar’s retrieval skills are…

Top 10 Gifts For The Dog That Has Everything

It’s that magical time of year again! Christmas will be here in no time, so let’s start thinking about food, presents, trees and decorations. In all the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to treat your canine companion to a little, or big, something, especially if he or she is a family pet. Children or grandchildren…

Oscar the Gun Dog in the River

Diary of a Gundog: Episode 3 – River Stories

Episode Three of our Diary of a Gundog series will concentrate on a combination of rivers and dogs. Now approximately five months old, Oscar the yellow labrador is being trained to be comfortable and confident in water in preparation for his first day of shooting in a few weeks. Why is it so vital for…