TAKE A FENCE
Encouraging a dog to jump a wire strand fence (The future’s bright, 25 October) is somewhat dangerous. I have seen lots of dogs on shoots do this and they are quite capable of it. However, I have heard of some dogs getting caught up in the wire, wrenching the animal’s leg. This is a painful experience for the animal and it could be a costly exercise, perhaps putting the dog out of action for the season.
I never trained my dogs to jump fences, especially ones topped with barbed wire, which was not the case here. I would have thought that a former Kennel Club chairman could have shown a better example, especially if a rookie handler were to see this and try it with an inexperienced dog, or one too old or fatigued on the day. What’s wrong with picking up the dog and putting it over the fence, or lifting the wire for it to get through?
P. Kenyon, by email