Training the Working Spaniel
Training the Working Spaniel makes it simple for anyone to train their working springer or cocker spaniel, whether beginner or more experienced owner. This book starts from early obedience training all the way to competing in working tests and field trials.
Those with more experience will appreciate the detailed advice on advanced work in the field, rough shooting, picking-up, and training as a peg dog. While first-timers will find plenty of help on how to keep a working dog in a family home, as well as introducing their spaniel to a variety of shooting situations.
Reflecting the huge popularity of the cockers, the author gives plenty of advice aimed specifically at cockers as well as springers. There is also information on the lesser-known spaniel breeds including Irish Water spaniels, Clumbers, Field spaniels, Sussex spaniels, Welsh springers and Brittany Spaniels.
With unique access to the most successful spaniel trainers, the author brings exclusive tips from the top that can be used by any beginner. The book contains information on modern training in urban environments as well as insights into elite spaniel work and gives guidance on
breeding your own spaniels.
Reviews for Training the Working Spaniel
While focussing on cockers and springers there is also plenty of information on rarer breeds, like Clumbers and Brittanys. It is a thorough guide to getting the best from your spaniel and will be of great use to the existing or wannabe owner.
She is very good at recognising that all dogs are different and that you need to be aware of your own dogs’ abilities. I like the fact that she emphasises that when things start to go wrong, go back to basics and make sure that they are solid before pushing ahead. Each chapter has a useful troubleshooting section which covers problems that may arise. The book is well illustrated with colour photos. I thought it was an interesting book and should be very useful to those training their spaniels for the field.
Dog Training Weely
Janet Menzies is a very experienced gundog trainer but unlike some other experts she can see things from the novice’s point of view, covering many of the little worries that are often neglected while remaining absolutely sound on the basic principles. And her troubleshooting tips at the end of each chapter are welcome. She is also well aware of the difficulties which face today’s gundog trainer in an increasingly urbanised world and has thoughtfully included a valuable chapter on the urban gundog, showing that you can have a working spaniel in the city. If you are thinking of training a spaniel this book really is worth reading.
BASC, Shooting & Conservation
The author’s knowledge and experience at the highest level of the discipline comes across clearly in the detailed guidance and easy-to-follow explanations.