Many retrievers, spaniels and other traditional breeds trained in gun dog work don’t get anywhere near an actual shoot. Rather, it’s a satisfying hobby that keeps a working breed happy and stimulated, and intensifies the bond between a dog and its handler.

Kate Fairweather introduces Clover, whose need to work soon became apparent when only a puppy to her owner, Jo Bennet. Jo started gun dog training as a way of keeping her stimulated, but it wasn’t long before Clover’s natural talent showed itself. Jo and this lovely springer spaniel have competed as a team to considerable success in scurries (scurries are competitions, in which gun dogs have to find and retrieve a series of lures in a certain order, working against the clock).  

Clover’s sits on Jo’s knee by the side of the gun dog demonstration area at the South Downs Show 2022

The backdrop to the interview is the South Downs Show in August, where Clover was demonstrating her talents as part of the Hamble and Hound Gun dog club. 

Doing demonstrations with other gun dogs at country shows is part of Clover’s working life.  Jo explains how working breeds need stimulation as well as exercise, and discusses training tips for keeping clever dogs stimulated and happy. 

Clover, Jo (far left) and other members of the Hamble & Hound Gun Dog Club

The Hamble & Hound Gun Dog Club is on Facebook if you’d like to get in touch.

Working cocker spaniel Bramble has fun with his owner at the Show

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If you would be interested in coming on the show, please get in touch with Kate at or call 10730 555 500.  Kate is particularly keen to interview a sniffer dog!