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The Gamekeeper's Dog

John Cowan is an experienced gamekeeper working in Scotland and here he shares a life-time’s expertise in using and training working dogs.

He covers each category of gamekeeper’s dog: Retriever, Terrier, Hunter Pointer Retriever, Pointers and Setters, Guard Dogs, Spaniels, Lurchers and Cross-breeds and discusses in fascinating detail the role that each group of dog plays in the working life on a sporting Estate, once trained.

He discusses the strengths and weaknesses of individual breeds and illustrates his points with some fascinating first-hand experiences with specific working dogs.

The Gamekeeper’s Dog also includes John Cowan’s account of how a gamekeeper trains his specific dogs, how he selects them and his relationship with them. Unique specialist advice on how to train a dog to 'bay' and to find and sit by fallen game is also included.

Author: John Cowan
ISBN: 978 1 910723 26 5
Published: September 2016
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 192
29 black & white illustrations
Price: £20.00

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The Gamekeeper's Dog by John Cowan

Press reviews

Reviewed in BASC Shooting & Conservation in December 2016

'The way the author intersperses tales of his own dogs with tips on training, makes this book not only enjoyable to read, but also useful when choosing a specific breed or facing trouble during training. This book will not only appeal to people who work their dogs but also dog lovers in general. I’m sure that anyone with an interest in working dogs would benefit from adding this book to their collection.'


Reviewed by David Tomlinson of Shooting Times & Country in December 2016

'A comprehensive and wide-ranging discussion of a fascinating subject, and though aimed at fellow keepers, it is the sort of book that anyone interested in dogs in general and working dogs in particular will enjoy. What makes The Gamekeeper’s Dog a good read, though, are the author’s stories and anecdotes that do so much to liven the text. Couple this with the wealth of training advice, based on first-hand experience, and you have a highly readable and useful book'


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