Thrilled to say we've been invited to do some shooting and picking up during our visit to the UK. OH thinks he can shoot and handle Poppy at the same time, so I'll be in charge of Merlin. Maybe I'll do one day picking up with Poppy, and OH can look after Merly. I was thinking of taking Merlin along, but staying way, way back, ready to leave completely if he gets overexcited. Do you think this is a viable plan, or should I keep him completely away? He'll be 10 1/2 months old, and is by nature a calm dog, not worried by shot at all. @heidrun what would you advise?