This guide to all aspects of working and training gundogs has become a popular classic, as demonstrated by the fact that it has now reached its eighteenth edition. The Kennel Club appendices in this edition have been fully updated as necessary. Written for the novice trainer, this book covers everything from the choice and selection of a gundog puppy through to participation in a field trial.
The author's approach is thoroughly practical and his style is that of a practised writer who is able to make his meaning perfectly clear. It is the work of an expert who has great confidence in his methods and can also convey that confidence on to the reader.
The selection of a suitable puppy and preliminary training are found in the first three chapters, followed by retrieving from water, practical shooting work, and then the more specialised areas of spaniel, pointer and setter training. Field trials are explained and the current Kennel Club regulations and breed clubs are included in an appendix. Closing chapters offer advice on housing, feeding and general management.
"We do not hesitate to say that this is the best of its kind we have ever read."
Shooting Times (on the 17th Edition)
"This latest edition includes all the original material such as advice on selecting puppies, first lessons and training to gunfire, but also has fully updated appendices which cover the latest Kennel Club field trial "J" Regulations as of January this year... A welcome new edition of a popular classic."
Shooting Times (on the 18th Edition)
"The fact that this is the 18th edition of a book first published in 1952 says it all. It tells you everything you need to know about acquiring, training and handling a gundog. Plus updated appendices to cover Kennel Club Field Trial J Regulations."
"After being badly advised when training my first spaniel (it ended up completely wild and virtually useless) I decided to find out how to do it properly. Which is how I came to buy the 14th edition of Peter Moxon's book 'Gundogs - Training and Field Trials' reprinted in 1982. Although this book was first written in 1952 I found it to be a complete revelation on how to train a gundog. I bought another pup and, by following Peter's advice to the letter, I ended up with a very competently trained spaniel! You could say that this was what started me on my way to a career in gundog training. It might be in its 18th edition but this book is still as relevant to gundog training today as it was when first written. Thanks to good colour photographs it is far more appealing to the eye than my original copy - but the techniques and tips on training continue to be of great value to the experienced or novice trainer alike."
Tony Price, Sporting Gun