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Clover, the accidental gun dog

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This month’s guest is Clover, a liver and white springer spaniel. The interview was recorded at the South Downs Show in August, where Clover was demonstrating her talents as part of the Hamble and Hound Gun dog club. 

Presenter Kate Fairweather chats to Jo Bennett about Clover, the first springer spaniel she ever owned. Clover’s need to work soon became apparent, and Jo started gun dog training as a way of keeping her stimulated and happy. It wasn’t long before Clover’s natural talent showed itself, and Jo has competed with this lovely spaniel 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).  

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

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Do you work your dog or dogs? 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!)

© & ℗ Kate Fairweather 2022




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