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The problem: How to acclimatise your dog to gunfire

EXPERT ADVICE: from SG’s gundog guru Graham Watkins

The causes:

Introducing a dog to gunfire needs careful consideration. Nowadays, I see few dogs that are genuinely gun-shy; I do see, however, dogs that are “gun nervous”, which in most cases has been brought on by incorrect or hurried introduction to shot. Depending on how bad the dog is, we may be able to work through and rectify this issue.

I have heard it suggested on more than one occasion that taking a dog to a clay shooting ground is a

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