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by Calisdad
Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Re: Exercise intolerance?

Sharon to a point it is. I used to joke that if I hunted my dogs on Sunday they would sleep until Tuesday. The problem I was seeing is after a nonstrenuous 2 hour hunt he would sleep for a day plus. I was glad to have found SOMETHING and now the difference is night and day. If someone can make use o...
by Calisdad
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Re: Exercise intolerance?

Thanks Corry-
by Calisdad
Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Re: Exercise intolerance?

Hi Guys- I know this is an old thread but I wanted to chime in to tell what I've found and maybe help someone else. During a routine exam 3 or 4 months ago our vet tested for tick bourne diseases. I don't know the name of the test but blood is drawn and a strip tests for about 5 issues. Well, Trap t...
by Calisdad
Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Re: Exercise intolerance?

While there may be abnormalities in red blood cells I'm not sure there would be a low RBC count. From another site: Phosphofructokinase (PFK) is a major regulatory enzyme found in all cells of the body, which catalyses (stimulates by means of a chemical reaction) the metabolism (conversion) of sugar...
by Calisdad
Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Re: Exercise intolerance?

What are you feeding your dog? I may have missed it in your post but is the concern only for when he returns home from a weekend of hunting? Most dogs sleep the next day. At the risk of turning this into a dog food thread I'll say Taste of the Wild- Wetlands. He liked it better than Wellness Core b...
by Calisdad
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Re: Exercise intolerance?

Never a cough and no sign of pain. Heck, he can jump 14' from a standing position across our pool. I just don't think he's getting the full benefit of his food, hence the PFK test. I can't find anything about organ damage from snakebite. His liver and kidneys check out so that indicates they weren't...
by Calisdad
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Re: Exercise intolerance?

All the bloodwork came back great. Nothing even close to marginal. He gets run at least twice a day and swims every day in summer. We live in the mountains so he gets lots of hill work. His younger brother has 10 pounds on him and doesn't have this issue.
by Calisdad
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: English stock shotgun ?
Replies: 12
Views: 3670

Re: English stock shotgun ?

I picked up an English stock Citori a couple of months ago on Gunbroker for a nice price. Just put 'English' in your serch criteria and keep looking.
by Calisdad
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Re: Exercise intolerance?

The desire is there but he just sleeps alot. After the snake bite we tested liver and kidneys but never did a heart stress test. We hunted the weekend and he slept most of yesterday.
by Calisdad
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:57 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: New Ammo
Replies: 12
Views: 3448

Re: New Ammo

I thought about picking some up, as it was on sale as Scheels for $14.99/box. Then I looked across the isle and saw Fiocchi pheasant max shells on sale for $7.99. Figured I could shoot 2 to 1 with the Fiocchi's and still come out about even. I used Fiocchi nickle plated pheasant loads(1485 fps) for...
by Calisdad
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Ca. Phez hunt
Replies: 18
Views: 3454

Re: Ca. Phez hunt

Way to go. CA is tough and getting tougher. Weather was great for the opener tho.
by Calisdad
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:35 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Exercise intolerance?
Replies: 19
Views: 4518

Exercise intolerance?

Trying to sort out why my almost 3yo springer is so tired after a hunt. Just had a full blood panel done and he is 'a picture of health'. Waiting for a PFK test result. Did start enzyme supplements a week to 10 days ago with minor improvement. One of the problems is he can't put on any body fat. He ...
by Calisdad
Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Field Trials rigged?
Replies: 96
Views: 15435

Re: Field Trials rigged?

You say he hunts his dogs and there could be the rub. Springers are required to be steady to flush and shot in trials. That is not a trait some hunters consider valuable. If its what you want get started by at least getting your dogs junior hunt test where steadiness isn't an issue. Then you can dec...
by Calisdad
Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Bonding a pup around an older dog
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Re: Bonding a pup around an older dog

What have you done for me lately? We brought a pup home last March to a house with a 12yo springer who recently lost her sister. We wanted a bonding between them and I wanted a hunter. While I was busy fencing 2 acres during the pups 'formidable' months it seemed as tho the pup, Trap, was bonding to...
by Calisdad
Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:06 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Distracted by anothers whistle
Replies: 13
Views: 2716

Re: Distracted by anothers whistle

Have your partner lighten up on the whistle long enough so you know which problem you're dealing with. I taught my ESS whistle commands first then used the same commands with the collar tone. I rarely have to whistle now. He just hears it as a warning to avoid a nick and so he can find me as we hunt...
by Calisdad
Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: The NOVA
Replies: 14
Views: 3927

Re: The NOVA

3 of us actually took half a dozen guns out yesterday to shoot a box of clay birds. I shot the Nova but it seemed to me to be designed to sit in a duck blind all day as I sure didn't want to carry it in the field and try to swing it in heavy cover. Recoil wasn't out of line it just seemed bulky. The...
by Calisdad
Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Detective Work Pays Off
Replies: 13
Views: 2212

Re: Detective Work Pays Off

I've been supplementing with fish oil for about 5 years with no issues. Now I find out I should have been adding Vita E also. One of those things you find out while looking up other things. Fish oil does great things for their coats.

regards-
C-dad
by Calisdad
Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Training
Topic: e-collar for training
Replies: 4
Views: 614

Re: e-collar for training

Here's a review of the SD 1825: http://www.gundogsupply.com/sportdog-sd-1825-review-by-steve-snell.html I've been using it for 5 months with no problems. Charges quickly and survived the 3 minute puppy chew test. It has a multitude of programs and is adaptable to 2 dogs with an advertised range of 1...
by Calisdad
Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Feather haters
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: Feather haters

Sounds like he had a bad experience. Did he get 'nicked' for lollygagging on a retrieve?

I'd start over. Show some enthusiasm like you did when he was younger and keep the sessions short, ending on a positive note.

Patience. good luck.
by Calisdad
Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: S&W Model 1000 jams
Replies: 5
Views: 1041

Re: S&W Model 1000 jams

Thanks fase3. I cleaned it today and it was dirtier than I would have expected after 75 rounds. It was also missing the shock washer. How often did you find you needed to clean yours?
by Calisdad
Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: S&W Model 1000 jams
Replies: 5
Views: 1041

Re: S&W Model 1000 jams

Hung up again today on the Federal load. Seems to shoot the target load fine and its 1200fps. Could that little difference make a difference???

Called S&W and they referred me to LSG who didn't answer the phone.

No ideas? Guess I tear it apart tomorrow.
by Calisdad
Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: S&W Model 1000 jams
Replies: 5
Views: 1041

Re: S&W Model 1000 jams

Not sure. I know it hung up yesterday with Federal Game loads. (2-1/2 dram 1210fps 7/8oz shot)
This is a 20ga btw.
by Calisdad
Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:34 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: S&W Model 1000 jams
Replies: 5
Views: 1041

S&W Model 1000 jams

Anyone know what would cause a S&W 1000 to hang up and not feed an occasional shell? Gun has little use and was just disassembled and cleaned at a gunsmiths. He couldn't find anything wrong with it.

Thanks
C-dad
by Calisdad
Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: is it better to ff before or after the dog is broke
Replies: 16
Views: 2571

Re: is it better to ff before or after the dog is broke

snips wrote:The 2 yr old wold be goo to start now..I would not consider the younger one at ths point.
Just wondering on the logic here. I suppose there could be some detriment but not sure what it could be.
Also if a dogs is an excellent retriever is FF training necessary?

TIA-
by Calisdad
Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: 2-year-old Black Labrador with Hair Loss/Itching
Replies: 78
Views: 19692

Re: 2-year-old Black Labrador with Hair Loss/Itching

ok so we are back from the vet. with abby. her ears are getting better and vet put her on a allergy free dog food for two months. it is called hills prescription diet z/d dog food does anybody know where to get this stuff cheaper than (I hope your sitting down)$ 91.50 a # 27.5 bag? the bag says to ...
by Calisdad
Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:04 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Nice Retrieve
Replies: 1
Views: 316

Nice Retrieve

I took Trap out yesterday and we busted a covey of quail right next to a berry thicket. I shot one and he kept flying. I saw him dip when I hit him and saw the cloud of feathers so I know hes hit. We get to where I think he is and its in a deerbrush thicket about 200 yards long, backed by a river an...
by Calisdad
Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New to the forum, check out my animal shelter Brittany
Replies: 11
Views: 1014

Re: New to the forum, check out my animal shelter Brittany

Ross...welcome and you should be commended for your efforts! Job well done and you will be hooked! Sounds like the pup needs to understand the whoa command. However you do it, stick to your program and have a ton of patience! Best of luck the pup is a looker too! Yup. What he said. And get a whistl...
by Calisdad
Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: THought to help the sport grow
Replies: 13
Views: 2259

Re: THought to help the sport grow

Ross its sounds like your kind of thinking out loud so I'll toss in my 2 cents: 1. Find the kids BEFORE you breed the dog. It's realy sad to see a well bred dog go to a not so good home and although at 8 weeks they are really cute at 4 months you will almost give them away. DAMHIK 2. Come up with a ...
by Calisdad
Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New to training, new to board
Replies: 11
Views: 2217

Re: New to training, new to board

wow- sounds like you and your dog are doing great- enjoy it- don't make it so much as trying to keep up with your freinds dogs- read your dog and adjust your attitide to fit- teamwork Excellent advise. I use 2 pips on the whistle or 2 beeps on the collar. Once mine got the whistle commands ingraine...
by Calisdad
Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: 2-year-old Black Labrador with Hair Loss/Itching
Replies: 78
Views: 19692

Re: 2-year-old Black Labrador with Hair Loss/Itching

She sounds too young to have Cushings but the hair loss pattern fits:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm ... 97&aid=416

Here is a list of other causes you might want to read through:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm ... 11&aid=421

best of luck
by Calisdad
Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Taste Of The Wild - Ethoxyquin
Replies: 32
Views: 11486

Re: Taste Of The Wild - Ethoxyquin

Nice bit of fiction there Ezzy. Iams, some Eukanuba, even some Science Diet have E listed on the ingredient panel. In fact if its not excluded it's in it. Monsanto studied it for 5 years and found no adverse effects. Inchem planned a one year study and was 'sacrificing' dogs after only 9 weeks. I'd ...
by Calisdad
Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Taste Of The Wild - Ethoxyquin
Replies: 32
Views: 11486

Re: Taste Of The Wild - Ethoxyquin

I don't wish to feed my dogs ethoxyquin. None. Nada. I've been feeding Natural Balance and I just emailed them asking if they could guarantee there is no ethoxyquin in their food. They responded with a list of things they test for. I replied asking why they don't test for ethoxyquin. It turns out th...
by Calisdad
Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Looking for NON-forced fetch tips
Replies: 21
Views: 4036

Re: Looking for NON-forced fetch tips

Whether you think you can or think you can't you're probably right on both counts. Don't give up until you try.

Hate to bring this up but what's the common denominator with both dogs? (No, it's not your wife.) :D
by Calisdad
Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Another Diamond Pet Food Recall
Replies: 9
Views: 2026

Re: Another Diamond Pet Food Recall

mcbosco wrote:Maybe I have bad eyes, but the recall notice is not even on the company's website. I am sure I missed it.
I didn't see it either. Why would you give a company that killed at least 76 dogs another chance?
by Calisdad
Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: keeping quail
Replies: 11
Views: 2523

Re: keeping quail

Surprisingly tough. It got down to 12 degrees last night and all mine made it ok. (in the garage toinght). I did lose a few to raccoons? the other night. Pulled them right through the chicken wire.
by Calisdad
Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: He done me Proud
Replies: 0
Views: 227

He done me Proud

One of the hardest things to get Springers to do is to hold on a flush and my 10mo is no exception. 2 weeks ago he busted a covey before I got there and I 'explained' to him that behavior is unacceptable. Since then he heels off lead no problem. Yesterday we had a covey flush early, as they all do h...
by Calisdad
Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Seperate fighting dogs UPDATE-PLEASE ADVISE
Replies: 45
Views: 8273

Re: seperate fighting dogs

My vet has had some experience with police dogs. He said they maintain control by grabbing their testicles (NOT something I'd ever try). Oddly enough they had a fine canine officer who had to have his removed. They wanted the officers to think they could maintain control so they secretly inserted a ...
by Calisdad
Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Extreme Gun Shyness
Replies: 10
Views: 3196

Re: Extreme Gun Shyness

Sounds like you have the patience required to turn him around.

Best of Luck
by Calisdad
Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: E-collar Fear
Replies: 15
Views: 3275

Re: E-collar Fear

Just the same go slowly. You know how some dogs get excited when you pull out their leash? Mine does when he sees the e-collar. He loves to collar up. But its a conditioned response. Your dog has a different conditioning. Before it can be useful for you he has to be taught it is nothing to fear. If ...
by Calisdad
Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Just when ya think ...............
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: Just when ya think ...............

That is versatile ! He's just so happy he could ....... multitask. :)
by Calisdad
Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: E-collar Fear
Replies: 15
Views: 3275

Re: E-collar Fear

That does sound like someone who was trying to train with a collar and not teach cues so that the collar had a meaning then took the collar off so the dog associate the collar with negative I would also just put the collar on and do fun things and ignore the dog while in a shut down mode as everyti...
by Calisdad
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: raw diet
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: raw diet

"Give Your Dog a Bone" : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0646160281 A word of caution: Understand what you are doing before you do it and go slowly at first. No need to shock you dogs system but it makes sense when you digest the whole concept and are willing to commit to it. Best of L...
by Calisdad
Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: finally decided on a collar... what do you guys think?
Replies: 17
Views: 2968

Re: finally decided on a collar... what do you guys think?

I use the SportDog 1825. It has nick, tone (which I can hear at about 40 yards in heavy cover) and vibrate. I like the vibrate because I can get his attention quietly without using a nick he didn't deserve. You can program it a multitude of ways. Trap whistle trained easily and now I can give whistl...
by Calisdad
Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Setter flea question
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Setter flea question

So perhaps its the lack of humidity they can't tolerate. I don't miss them. When I lived in Monterey if you had a dog you had fleas. That led to the use and misuse of every flea product imaginable and the sometimes a missed diagnosis of flea allergies. Products have improved I suppose but all those ...
by Calisdad
Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Setter flea question
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Setter flea question

From what I understand Fleas are more present in high humidity areas. When it freeze it kills the fleas. Not knowing where you live... if you don't have any fleas your luckier than most. Bingo ! Every place I've lived that had a hard frost didn't have fleas. But then its bone dry here in the summer...
by Calisdad
Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: hunting vest
Replies: 10
Views: 2223

Re: hunting vest

Almost bought a 'Bird n Lite' strap vest yesterday on ebay. Has water bottles and a spot for a collar controller. There is also a 'Sling vest' on the market with one strap but doesn't have the above features. You can get to the back pocket without taking it off tho. I'd be interested in other respon...
by Calisdad
Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pinkish/white bump on foot - ADVICE/HELP ?
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: Pinkish/white bump on foot - ADVICE/HELP ?

I don't know how old your dog is but one thing dogs do over the years is collect bumps, lumps and growths. Because you say it has a discharge I would think there is a foreign body inside. I would think it can wait until Tuesday. BTW- I have a 13yo with bad knees. Synflex has made her life more comfo...
by Calisdad
Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Cocker trainer in need of help.
Replies: 7
Views: 874

Re: Cocker trainer in need of help.

I'm not a Pro. But I would give up the chase. Next time he takes off after sitting play hide and seek. When he's running away duck down in the grass or hide behind a tree. Keep him in sight but don't let him see you. He'll start looking for you with his nose and come to you. When he does come to yo...
by Calisdad
Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: is 20 min a day enough to work with a pup
Replies: 15
Views: 3280

Re: is 20 min a day enough to work with a pup

Not really. I think you need to find more time. You are quickly going to miss a window where he is very impressionable and easier to train. It sounds to me that you haven't established a bond with him and that's why he doesn't come as frequently as you would like or stay as near. An e-collar is inte...
by Calisdad
Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Males vs Females and training abilities
Replies: 9
Views: 3053

Re: Males vs Females and training abilities

[quote="kninebirddog"]it is the breeding and the dog not the gender as to which is easier to train


I agree 100%. I've had females for 40 years as I thought they were easier but I have a 10mo male now and he 'gets it' quickly.