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by phermes1
Tue May 14, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spin off the collar thread- Microchipping
Replies: 19
Views: 3754

Re: Spin off the collar thread- Microchipping

Chipped, absolutely. Plus a nameplate with phone #'s on the collar. One is not a replacement for the other.
by phermes1
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Is my dog a dud.. or just a different style?
Replies: 50
Views: 22902

Re: Is my dog a dud.. or just a different style?

Dog looks too concerned about silly stuff - you, the birdbag, etc. Could be because the dog doesn't 'have it', or because of training errors. No way for me to figure out which one.

Either way, as Sharon said - no guns, more birds. The dog needs to be more excited about the job.
by phermes1
Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Upland Pants?
Replies: 20
Views: 6292

Re: Upland Pants?

Columbia use to make some upland briar pants that were great - thick cotton, tough nylon facing. I have 3-4 pairs that have lasted very well. Unfortunately, I lost a bunch of weight and they're too baggy on me now. :( I had a tough time finding similar pants at anywhere close to what I paid for the ...
by phermes1
Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: puppy/started dog prices
Replies: 36
Views: 5901

Re: puppy/started dog prices

I don't think it is to much. But 30 birds isn't a lot for a puppy 9 months old which isn't enough to call her a started bird dog in my opinion. I think it boils down to pedigree? I tend to agree. 9 months old and having chased 30 birds and retrieved a few really isn't started. Personally, I'd rathe...
by phermes1
Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Field Trial question
Replies: 36
Views: 7873

Re: Field Trial question

It is my understanding, and I may be completely off hilt here that it was more than just gsp's, but gsp's gwp's, weims and pointer at the turn of the 1900's, for nothing more than what you stated to help rebuild. No idea if that is the reason for them being allowed in the NGPDA being a Hungarian br...
by phermes1
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Field Trial question
Replies: 36
Views: 7873

Re: Field Trial question

Vizslas are Hungarian, never heard of them being considered german dogs.

The breed has almost been wiped out more than once, and was rebuilt with the use of other breeds. I had always assumed pointers were used, but it might've been GSP's as well.
by phermes1
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Retrieving Stakes in Pointing Dog Trials
Replies: 217
Views: 41113

Re: Retrieving Stakes in Pointing Dog Trials

I never understood the "a retrieve just needs FF training, so it doesn't matter" perspective. Being steady to wing and shot is also all training. If the dog's ability to be trained and to cooperate is unimportant, why bother with broke dog stakes at all. That said, nearly every trial I've ever been ...
by phermes1
Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Electric fence for dogs
Replies: 12
Views: 2328

Re: Electric fence for dogs

Thanks - that's roughly the setup I'm thinking of, a wire across the bottom and a wire across the top. My yard was just cleared, so it's mostly dirt and weeds touching the wire wont' be a problem for a while longer. It's been so dry here lately that I'm a bit concerned about how good a ground I'll b...
by phermes1
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Electric fence for dogs
Replies: 12
Views: 2328

Re: Electric fence for dogs

When we're not home they're locked up, so that's not the issue. We have a 1 acre backyard that they do get access to when we're home, though. We don't throw them out there and ignore them all night, but we can't follow them around the entire time either, and it doesn't take long to hop a fence.
by phermes1
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Electric fence for dogs
Replies: 12
Views: 2328

Electric fence for dogs

Anyone here have any experience using an electric fence to keep your dogs contained? Not an invisible fence - I mean a regular ol' electric one where they touch the wire and get zapped. Just looking for tips on how to install/appropriate voltage, recommended equipment etc. I want them to get the mes...
by phermes1
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Need amateur Field Trial Handel for my dog.
Replies: 6
Views: 1138

Re: Need amateur Field Trial Handel for my dog.

In an amateur stake, you can run 3 dogs not wholly owned by you or your immediate family. If you co-own with your wife, dad, son, etc - that counts as wholly owned.
by phermes1
Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Smoking and dogs nose
Replies: 12
Views: 2651

Re: Smoking and dogs nose

I think it all depends. If you drive your dog to the field in a smoke-filled car, it stands to reason that his ability to smell may indeed be impaired in the short term. Unless you make a habit of always driving the dog around in a smoke-filled car, then I would not be concerned about long-term dama...
by phermes1
Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Is it possible to train a 2 year old Vizsla to hunt?
Replies: 22
Views: 9100

Re: Is it possible to train a 2 year old Vizsla to hunt?

A vizsla we bred didn't get a great deal of bird exposure as a puppy. Some, but not a lot, it's owners were more interested in the show ring. He didn't start in the field in earnest until he was over 2 years old, yet he finished his field championship at 4 1/2. So yeah, if he's got the natural skill...
by phermes1
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coyotes and Dogs
Replies: 225
Views: 66894

Re: Coyotes and Dogs

Make sure what the laws are about discharging a fire arm near a neighbor. We have to be 100 yards from a dwelling. And I am in the country on 34 acres. But here (kind of silly) you can discharge from in your dwelling with in 100 yards of your neighbor. :roll: Good point, I'll check it out, but i'm ...
by phermes1
Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coyotes and Dogs
Replies: 225
Views: 66894

Re: Coyotes and Dogs

We just moved to 10 acres and I saw some coyote prints on the other side of my backyard fence last week. Pretty sure they were coyote prints as they matched perfectly what I found online, didn't match my dogs', and the spot I found them would be an awfully difficult place for a neighbor's dog to jus...
by phermes1
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Please ID this Puppy
Replies: 26
Views: 7059

Re: Please ID this Puppy

That little guy couldn't be cuter. Good luck with him!
by phermes1
Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let's talk Viszla
Replies: 30
Views: 4455

Re: Let's talk Viszla

Like pretty much any breed, some lines are better at what they were bred to do than others. If you want a good field trial or hunting dog, your best bet is to go to a good field trial/hunting line. Just like if you want a good show dog, you don't go to a line with no proven success in the ring. It's...
by phermes1
Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: GARMIN ALPHA TRACKER/TRAINER COLLAR
Replies: 8
Views: 1817

Re: GARMIN ALPHA TRACKER/TRAINER COLLAR

Vonzeppelinkennels wrote:The tracking collars allowed have weight restrictions & I don't think it's light enough.

The AKC discontinued the weight restrictions a few years ago. They now approve collars on a model by model basis.
by phermes1
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Rattlesnake vaccine vs. aversion training?
Replies: 11
Views: 2302

Re: Rattlesnake vaccine vs. aversion training?

Aversion training definitely, without a doubt, do it.

Vaccine is a more debatable choice. In my area, I wouldn't do it, but you're not in my area.
by phermes1
Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from north fl
Replies: 11
Views: 1002

Re: Hello from north fl

If you're interested in field trialing or hunt tests, look up the Panhandle GSP Club. They do most of their stuff west of you in Quincy. Good folks.
by phermes1
Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Need some help
Replies: 18
Views: 6331

Re: Need some help

Is the super calming blend like aceing a horse? If so is it safe to give a 5 month old puppy 3x a day for about another two years? There really isn't anything in it that I think could be considered harmful; it's basically an oil with a bunch of different scents in it. Probably safe, but I think its...
by phermes1
Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Need some help
Replies: 18
Views: 6331

Re: Need some help

It presented itself so quickly that I'm not inclined to think it's because of her age, so most of the suggestions above sound good for diagnosing the cause. To treat her anxiety, I suggest Super Calming Blend. Google it, you'll find it. It's an all-natural oil which is supposed to really help with s...
by phermes1
Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Rattlesnake Vaccine lump
Replies: 12
Views: 3635

Re: Rattlesnake Vaccine lump

But you have to ask - if the manufacturer is essentially paying people off to not talk about adverse reactions, how much can you rely on anecdotal evidence regarding its safety?
by phermes1
Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Rattlesnake Vaccine lump
Replies: 12
Views: 3635

Re: Rattlesnake Vaccine lump

Heard this from a friend of mine that used to give the rattlesnake vaccine to her dogs regularly. One of her dogs developed a mast cell tumor at the site of the vaccine. Her vet indicated that the vaccine was the likely cause. She had it removed and contacted Red Rock to inform them of what happened...
by phermes1
Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Relocating at the GSP Nationals?
Replies: 71
Views: 13108

Re: Relocating at the GSP Nationals?

Actually, the gunner can't assist the handler in flushing the bird and isn't supposed to tell them where the bird is located. Once the dog is on point and the gunner sees the bird, he is allowed to point it out to the handler. Straight from the rulebook. In practice, it is very commonplace for the g...
by phermes1
Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Judges
Replies: 53
Views: 8079

Re: Judges

I do think the AKC is shooting themselves in the foot with the Hunt Test judge requirements. They also make it tough by specifying that trial officials cannot judge. It is hard enough to get good judges as it is...and it is only going to get harder. RayG I agree in part. Now that I understand it ri...
by phermes1
Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Judges
Replies: 53
Views: 8079

Re: Judges

Brazosvalleyvizslas wrote:Yep, 3 stakes at the level or higher to be judged, apprentice, test and seminar. And what does it take to become an FT (AKC) Judge?
5 adult stake placements, 2 apprentice assignments, and a test. The seminar is 'strongly recommended'.
by phermes1
Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Judges
Replies: 53
Views: 8079

Re: Judges

Check page 3... It is required to do the seminar. You're right, my bad. I was confused with the requirements to remain approved. In that case, yeah, they definitely need to change something. First off, it's hard to find enough attendees to A) convince the AKC to send a rep down and B) pull in enoug...
by phermes1
Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Judges
Replies: 53
Views: 8079

Re: Judges

A seminar is not required. You can just take a written test instead. I'm glad they upped the requirements for HT judges, as there are way too many out there that haven't the slightest clue what they're looking at. I only wish the requirements could have been made retroactive, as those same clueless ...
by phermes1
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What Makes a Good Trial?
Replies: 37
Views: 5050

Re: What Makes a Good Trial?

I have noticed AKC clubs that use Flexible Format seem to be losing entries and even whole stakes. It's definitely a plus to be able to depend on the premium, especially if you are entering only one stake in a multi-day event. That's the main reason I opposed the flexible format when it was propose...
by phermes1
Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What Makes a Good Trial?
Replies: 37
Views: 5050

Re: What Makes a Good Trial?

Judges are of course very important. Birds are as well, although at least around here, there aren't many bird sources, and if they're bad birds, there's not a lot you can do about it. I have to add a general category of reliability. Does the club in question generally run a well-organized trial? Do ...
by phermes1
Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Suppliments for older dogs
Replies: 24
Views: 5817

Re: Suppliments for older dogs

My older dogs get Synovi G3 granules at every meal. Not really a recovery supplement as much as for ongoing joint maintenance
by phermes1
Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vizsla Pedigree Insight
Replies: 15
Views: 3110

Re: Vizsla Pedigree Insight

If you're looking for field ability, you'll find plenty of it in that pedigree. Omega's a big-running dog, that's for sure. I've never seen Archiee and don't know anything about him, other than his daughter Kinze won the VCA National Gun Dog Championship last year. I watched her entire brace, and I ...
by phermes1
Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Events
Topic: January trials in Florida
Replies: 10
Views: 2598

Re: January trials in Florida

Hey Paul... know anyone that has one of those super cool huge buggies that might be talked into coming and giving rides that weekend? With luck, we will have a crab feast on the grounds one night... still working on the details for that! Fuzz I sure don't. You might also want to touch base with the...
by phermes1
Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: January trials in Florida
Replies: 10
Views: 2598

Re: January trials in Florida

Funny, I don't think I ever realized fuzznut was you, Bernee. :)

Looking forward to your trial in January. Should be a good time.
by phermes1
Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another LTD stakes ??
Replies: 20
Views: 3801

Re: Another LTD stakes ??

I seem to recall it was, and may still be the case. In the AKC Vizsla FT world DOY points come only from OLGD unless there is no OLGD offered at the FT. I believe only OLGD points are used towards Open rankings. Never OGD, even if OLGD is not offered at the trial. ALGD points are used for Amateur r...
by phermes1
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: New Master Hunter!
Replies: 12
Views: 1795

Re: New Master Hunter!

Good job, Kae!!!
by phermes1
Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC LITTER REG Q
Replies: 10
Views: 1118

Re: AKC LITTER REG Q

How long's it been since you picked the pup up?

Yeah, we try to send ours home with their papers.
by phermes1
Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Advice on buying used shotgun online
Replies: 9
Views: 2887

Re: Advice on buying used shotgun online

I have bought guns from both private sellers and dealers on GunBroker.com . I also was able to purchase a gun off of a forum. I was satisfied both times with the outcome. I have a local FFL license holder/dealer that will accept the transfer for $15. Make sure that you have someone that will accept...
by phermes1
Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Backing is it bred or trained ?
Replies: 35
Views: 8559

Re: Backing is it bred or trained ?

I think there is no question a natural element to it that can either make training for it MUCH easier or eliminate the need altogether. I have dogs that I literally have not worked on backing for a single minute and I never, ever worry about them blowing a back - and I have others that I've had to t...
by phermes1
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Looking for a Cull!
Replies: 85
Views: 29024

Re: Looking for a Cull!

I have no firsthand experience with hog hunting, but I happened to be talking to a buddy of mine this weekend, who has done it quite a bit. He doesn't hog hunt with dogs anymore, but said that he did make a point of not getting too attached to his catch dogs as they don't tend to live past the age o...
by phermes1
Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: In the blink of an eye
Replies: 28
Views: 11691

Re: In the blink of an eye

No words. I am so sorry.
by phermes1
Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Fromm's?
Replies: 6
Views: 1119

Re: Fromm's?

We feed Fromm's Four Star. Our dogs do well on it. Gold is also good.
by phermes1
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Finding AKC HT Judges
Replies: 24
Views: 3558

Re: Finding AKC HT Judges

I can understand where folks are coming from, but honestly, how many occupations require continuing education, recertification, classes to familiarize themselves with the latest rules changes, etc? I don't think a written test that takes all of 30 minutes to complete every 5 years is that big a deal...
by phermes1
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC Hunt Tests (Senior & Master)
Replies: 11
Views: 2025

Re: AKC Hunt Tests (Senior & Master)

Definitely not required, and I doubt, if he did manage to run it down, catch it, and retrieve it, that he'd get credit for it. Think it needs to be a shot bird.
by phermes1
Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC Hunt Tests (Senior & Master)
Replies: 11
Views: 2025

Re: AKC Hunt Tests (Senior & Master)

Page 23, Section 5 for SH: "The firing of a blank gun for a stop to flush is at the option of the handler. The dog must adequately display its steadiness to wing before the optional shot can be fired." I think it was modified slightly a year or two ago. Before, it was my understanding that a shot ha...
by phermes1
Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Caution, very emotional
Replies: 24
Views: 3812

Re: Caution, very emotional

wems2371 wrote:This one is sure to get tears from me. Not sure that it was originally written for a German Shorthair, or who even wrote it. I've just seen it on a few sites, in regards to condolences.
All of these are great poems, but I had never seen this one before and think it's wonderful.
by phermes1
Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Caution, very emotional
Replies: 24
Views: 3812

Re: Caution, very emotional

DonF wrote:That's a good story. I only have one problem with the whole thing, when I die, do I get to have just one dog back or all of them?
I surely hope it's all of them, and all at their best.
by phermes1
Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:52 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pointing drills for a young pup
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: Pointing drills for a young pup

I'd watch how close you let the pup get before triggering the launcher. Some of them are noisy and can freak a pup out, or just make them launcher-wise. I have 1 dog that won't point a launcher anymore because he knows it's BS. And yes, I know I created that problem myself, no need to be lectured on...
by phermes1
Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: dog in heat. breeders help!
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: dog in heat. breeders help!

You're pretty much SOL. Our boys go crazy, we usually try to ship them to a friends for a few days until the madness passes. It's easier on everybody.