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The first day of a new shoot­ing sea­son is ex­cit­ing for ev­ery­one. Peo­ple are greet­ing friends they may not have seen since 1 Fe­bru­ary and, as a re­sult, may not be tak­ing a lot of no­tice of their own dogs. This can be a flash­point as older dogs try to es­tab­lish their dom­i­nance over new or younger dogs, and cars and four­wheel drives come in and out — there will be a cer­tain amount of chaos.

Remy can get a bit ex­cited when he meets new dogs, so while I spoke to the beat­ers and Guns I kept him on the lead at my side. Not only did I know where he was at all times, but it also set out the “rules” for the day — this was not go­ing to be a free-for-all and it was a good les­son, as he had to watch the other dogs meet­ing and greet­ing.


As this was go­ing to be an in­for­mal day I wasn’t ex­pect­ing there to be too many birds shot, but I didn’t want to put Remy in a sit­u­a­tion where his in­ex­pe­ri­ence could cause is­sues. My main area of con­cern was if one of the Guns pricked a bird and it needed re­triev­ing. Remy has “trained” with the other dogs in my pick­ing-up team but on this day I wanted to con­cen­trate on him, so I asked a fel­low picker-up to stand near us with an ex­pe­ri­enced dog, just in case we needed to pick a run­ner.

Remy’s time will come to deal with a sit­u­a­tion like this, but today was not go­ing to be that day. SHOOT­ING TIMES & COUN­TRY MAG­A­ZINE • 37

Remy is kept at Neil’s side while other dogs meet and greet. Be­low: Paired with an ex­pe­ri­enced dog

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