The spaniel hunts, quarters, in front of its handler while the handler moves forward to flush game for the guns to shoot, while the retriever hunts to retrieve. Thus for the spaniel the work before the shot is the most important, even if it also does easier retrieving work and with benefit can be thaught all parts of the retrieving work. The retriever should independently sweep up and hunt a larger area in front of the handler (while the handler stands still at the starting point) and retrieve what it finds (this type of hunting is a part of field trials in for example Sweden, but not in the US or the UK where only marked and directional retrieves searching a smaller area is included – however during shooting days sweeping up is very important as not to leave any injured game in the area). In this category you’ll find all our blog posts on hunting a larger area and quatering.
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