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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

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