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by DougB
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question to Minnesotans
Replies: 7
Views: 1313

Re: Question to Minnesotans

Some excellent private hunting grounds in MN. Traxlers, about an hour south of Minneapolis, is great. If you get there, have lunch. Elk burger with Montgomery beer is hard to beat. Lots of fine wildlife management areas to work in when birds are done nesting. Maps are on line at the DNR.
by DougB
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 20
Views: 3506

Re: COVID19

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/a-10-minute-coronavirus-test-for-1-researchers-in-senegal-say-its-coming/2020/03/17/43f82cb6-67ab-11ea-b199-3a9799c54512_story.html Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in coastal Senegal — a World Health Organization partner that has battled viral outbrea...
by DougB
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs under a truck topper
Replies: 15
Views: 6789

Re: Dogs under a truck topper

There are a number of good hammock style seat protectors available.
by DougB
Thu May 30, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP attacking ducks
Replies: 12
Views: 2604

Re: GSP attacking ducks

In Minnesota, a farmer can legally shoot a dog attacking livestock-including chickens and ducks. And you have to pay him damages.
by DougB
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Short summer.
Replies: 9
Views: 3646

Short summer.

Rained yesterday. Robins playing in the yard and a nest with 5 eggs in the entryway. Grass was greening up and trees starting to bud. Can not see across the street now. Went to the store at 8AM and the streets were clean and dry. but at 9, the front moved in with snow. Ground is now covered, schools...
by DougB
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 9644

Re: male or female puppy

A study of spay/neuter on the internet will lead to confusion. Strong arguments both ways. The Europeans don't tend to spay/neuter as much as the US. They use training and human responsibility to control their animals. Spay/neuter is surgery and does effect the animals hormones, growth, and behavior...
by DougB
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watch that ice!
Replies: 3
Views: 1240

Re: Watch that ice!

40Farenheit, sunny, rain with maybe snow forecast. People driving on ice to catch a fish. Run the dog for exercise and he comes in dripping mud. TV has the usual thin ice warnings, but apparently perch are needed for survival on a daily basis. It is easier to clean the dog run though.
by DougB
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watch that ice!
Replies: 3
Views: 1240

Re: Watch that ice!

Watch the ice in the parking lots. Step down from a pickup wrong and you discover the training films on how to fall on ice are meaningless.
Of course, I am living in the now sub-tropical part of Minnesota, so ice won't be a problem for long.
by DougB
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: More anti-hound activity in Colorado.
Replies: 3
Views: 3076

Re: More anti-hound activity in Colorado.

It's not all Americans. Just a few who are loud.
by DougB
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Positive enforcement
Replies: 110
Views: 13873

Re: Positive enforcement

If that is right, it seems impossible to train with only positive enforcement. since basically training is getting the dog to do something he would rather not do.
No. Dogs are bred to do most of what we want. We reinforce to get them to do it when we want it and the way we want it done.
by DougB
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: What is a good way to attract doves to one's patio?
Replies: 10
Views: 4591

Re: What is a good way to attract doves to one's patio?

We used to get doves with just a bird feeder. The seed spilled by other birds kept the doves happy. We now get a banded dove, sold in pet stores and raised for food, that tend to drive away the smaller morning doves.
by DougB
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: ticks
Replies: 11
Views: 4988

Re: ticks

The Soresta collars seem to work well for ticks and fleas, but they are not quick killers. Ticks take a while and can fall off and walk a bit before death. If your dog is in the house, you can find one crawling on the furniture. Kind of ruins an evening. I am going to spray the dog with deet before ...
by DougB
Tue May 29, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where does your dog ride?
Replies: 37
Views: 10877

Re: Where does your dog ride?

There are several different car harnesses available that can hold the dog like a seat belt, but let it move around a bit in the back seat. My wife insisted I get a crew cab f150 because than the grandkids could ride in the back seat. I didn't argue, and as the dog gets muddy, I bought a sling style ...
by DougB
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: cost of a pup
Replies: 121
Views: 22523

Re: cost of a pup

Had a guy a few years ago report here that his pit bull did a fine job of pointing and retrieving birds. He took it along with his pointer and it learned how from the hunting dog. Pits are smart and athletic. The mass market for dogs now is as pets. There are just more non hunters than hunters. Cute...
by DougB
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fun Video's
Replies: 5
Views: 1787

Re: Fun Video's

I am 71, my dog is 3 going on 4. If I last long enough to bury this one, the next will be a senior dog from a rescue, and I will have a talk with one of my kids about a fund to care for the dog if I go first.
by DougB
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pulling Pup
Replies: 22
Views: 6967

Re: Pulling Pup

Obedience class. Every dog should be taught to come, sit, heel, and stay. Stopping on command is also good. Most of us get out to hunt during a few months, but the dog is a pet full time. Polite behavior is a good thing in dogs and kids.
by DougB
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Non gundog related (Belgian Malinois)
Replies: 26
Views: 5101

Re: Non gundog related (Belgian Malinois)

Try an old fashioned dog training class, without electronics. Lots of rewards and not much yelling. Makes a good night out once a week. Malinois are supposed to be smart. Slow and easy until the dog bonds and figures out what you want.
by DougB
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black GSP'S
Replies: 19
Views: 4631

Re: Black GSP'S

Because they would win, based on appearance.
by DougB
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Springers in NY
Replies: 5
Views: 1708

Re: Springers in NY

Your friend may already know, but the field bred dog and the bench bred dog are almost different breeds. Most of the problems with breeding come with bench bred dogs. While both will hunt, the field bred is going to be better. More built in features. And still great house pets and great with kids. A...
by DougB
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Underbelly protection advice.
Replies: 9
Views: 3718

Re: Underbelly protection advice.

Anything covering his junk will tend to gather urine. Think diaper rash. I use a Duluth Trading vest, orange on top, black on the bottom, with snaps on the top. Haven't had overheating problems, limits burrs, and makes him visible. I cut out a section of the bottom to prevent urine stains. I hunt in...
by DougB
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting Vest features
Replies: 10
Views: 4129

Re: Hunting Vest features

I had a Columbia vest with the tubes. I cut them out. Felt like I was seeding the field with 12g shells. Also, I have different gauges. Tubes are unique for each gauge. Pockets hold any.
by DougB
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Pro Plan vs. Taste of the wild
Replies: 25
Views: 11711

Re: Purina Pro Plan vs. Taste of the wild

Most of the Purina foods are good quality and the dogs like them, but they run corn as one of the main ingredients. I feed Taste of the Wild grain free. Taste of the Wild is highly rated and in my experience, getting corn out of the mix means you can use a smaller shovel.
by DougB
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting Dog and house cat relationship
Replies: 13
Views: 4030

Re: Hunting Dog and house cat relationship

If you have an adult cat and bring in a puppy, the relationship will forever be CAT > dog. Our last cat used to stalk and ambush the pup, and once the pup gets used to being lower on the totem pole, he stays there. The dog might hunt other cats, but the home buddy is part of the pack and can be the ...
by DougB
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 38170

Re: Breeding question need help

Already enough mixed breeds at the rescue-unless you can come up with a cute name
by DougB
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: One more week for my new buddy
Replies: 5
Views: 2352

Re: One more week for my new buddy

I can't tell anyone since it is a surprise for the kids. I'm going nuts.
For the kids?

Good looking pup. Congratulations
by DougB
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keeping dog in kennel
Replies: 20
Views: 5525

Re: Keeping dog in kennel

A tired dog is a good dog. A bored dog will pull your house down one piece at a time.
by DougB
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How do I trust my pup
Replies: 28
Views: 6292

Re: How do I trust my pup

I am not an expert on training dogs, Not even in the top 10. But I get a lot of compliments on my dogs behavior and obedience, which speaks to the low level of training in the general dog population. Find an obedience class and work with the dog. The class makes you do the work to avoid looking fool...
by DougB
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's your dogs command words
Replies: 19
Views: 6394

Re: What's your dogs command words

woof-let me out
arf--feed me
growl- do it now.
by DougB
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun Dog Training/Discipline/Trash Breaking Old School Style
Replies: 33
Views: 10906

Re: Gun Dog Training/Discipline/Trash Breaking Old School Style

I prefer to do all training without a collar. Enclosed area, check cord, repetition, treats. I use the collar when we hit the great outdoors, to remind the dog that distance doesn't mean run free. But I hunt a Springer, and they like to see the boss frequently when hunting. I have noticed that when ...
by DougB
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: microchip
Replies: 8
Views: 2806

Re: microchip

Question is about odds. What is more likely to happen-dog disappears while hunting or dog develops a tumor that is caused by the chip.
by DougB
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why did the British have so many distinct dog breeds?
Replies: 15
Views: 5451

Re: Why did the British have so many distinct dog breeds?

Just a curious history question. Why did the British have so many specialized dog breeds? It's a pretty small place (geographically) and I'm guessing population wise, it was always smaller than France, Spain, Germany, and Italy. Flat coat retriever, curly coat retriever, Labrador retriever, golden ...
by DougB
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hard Setters
Replies: 22
Views: 6526

Re: Hard Setters

Troll. Let it go.

Denigrate. Call names. Probably start tweeting in the morning.
by DougB
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hives/Welts on GSP
Replies: 4
Views: 1492

Re: Hives/Welts on GSP

Mosquitos carry enough problems now that an active program to protect a dog should be used. Dump standing water, get rid of old tires, clean the buckets daily. My vet carries a product called Ultrashield used primarily for horses but also safe for dogs over 12 weeks. Strong citronella smell. Repels ...
by DougB
Sun May 28, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hard keeper
Replies: 18
Views: 5849

Re: Hard keeper

Gravy.
by DougB
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best breed for beginner?
Replies: 20
Views: 9109

Re: Best breed for beginner?

If you know someone in NZ, ask them what dogs are popular with hunters. Also ask about dog laws. Different country, different cultures, different laws. It might be easier to just wait and get a local dog. https://www.petrelocation.com/country/new-zealand If the following criteria have been fulfilled...
by DougB
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An insightful quote (and article) from a woman
Replies: 1
Views: 1047

Re: An insightful quote (and article) from a woman

Disclaimer: Two days after Gunther died, my wife said "we're getting another pup".

One of my wife little sayings, just to keep me alert; "You have to sleep sometime".
by DougB
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: new pup contract question
Replies: 29
Views: 7825

Re: new pup contract question

Until the dog is sold, it is the breeders private property. He/she can sell or not to anyone they want. You don't have to buy any given dog. There are lots of breeders out there. If the breeder insists on a contract, your choices are 1)sign and accept or 2)go elsewhere. If the pups are good enough, ...
by DougB
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: new pup contract question
Replies: 29
Views: 7825

Re: new pup contact question

You don't have to sign the contract. There are other breeders who don't care. Or you can pay more for a full ownership contract.
by DougB
Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: gsp pup and backyard chickens
Replies: 24
Views: 11375

Re: gsp pup and backyard chickens

If your neighbor catches your dog killing his livestock, the neighbor can kill the dog. It happens.
by DougB
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I have ruined my dog
Replies: 46
Views: 15835

Re: I have ruined my dog

Find a good dog trainer. One who has experience with aggressive dogs. Have the dog evaluated by someone trained in dealing with aggression. Some like the challenge, some just don't like killing dogs. Check with your local breeders, vets, rescues, training groups, maybe the local yellow pages or want...
by DougB
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Your Dog's Vocabulary
Replies: 29
Views: 9576

Re: Your Dog's Vocabulary

The ever popular "Move over, I'll drive".
by DougB
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany vs Springer
Replies: 4
Views: 4406

Re: Brittany vs Springer

There are now two kinds of English Springer. Field bred and bench bred. Been years since there was a dual champion. Both dogs will hunt, but the field bred is the way to go if you want a hunter. More stamina, more drive, more hunting built in. Yes, I am biased. If you want a high energy dog that poi...
by DougB
Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What gun dogs do you have and why?
Replies: 56
Views: 23158

Re: What gun dogs do you have and why?

English Springer, field bred type, from a family blood line. Had Skys' great aunt. My brother had his great grand father and now has Skys full sister. Was looking to get a pup from Skys litter(he was stud) but She Who Must be Obeyed pointed out that we had new carpeting and I really didn't want to s...
by DougB
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: RIP Bodie
Replies: 26
Views: 8741

Re: RIP Bodie

Handsome dog. Full sympathies. Been there.
by DougB
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: about the Are bird hunters afraid of field trial dogs?
Replies: 32
Views: 17813

Re: about the Are bird hunters afraid of field trial dogs?

Apparently, you don't hunt willow swamps , corn fields, or deep grass. Hunted a cornfield once with a pointer. Had to go back in to find the dog. He was on point. Hard to see in 6ft tall corn.
by DougB
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Obedience Training
Replies: 22
Views: 5605

Re: Obedience Training

Most dogs are pets all year round and hunt for a few month. An untrained dog is a pest, a trained dog can be a joy and a source of pride, and an AKC class can be fun. They teach you how to teach the dog, you get an evening out, and the dog stops being a feral home wrecker. You have an incentive to w...
by DougB
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Coffee cup
Replies: 8
Views: 6165

Re: Coffee cup

You can go one step farther: http://www.odditycentral.com/news/you-can-now-drink-from-a-cup-made-with-the-ashes-of-your-loved-ones.html Today, his company, Chronicle Cremation Design, offers people the chance to keep their loved ones close by having their ashes incorporated into everyday items like ...
by DougB
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: tanning a deer hide
Replies: 5
Views: 1632

Re: tanning a deer hide

What shape are your teeth in?
by DougB
Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog Off Food/Vomiting
Replies: 15
Views: 4717

Re: Dog Off Food/Vomiting

I always wait a couple of days to get very concerned about digestive problems and have been lucky that I have never had problem that turned into more than an upset stomach. Too many Dudes and Dudettes will rush their pooch to the nearest Vet at any sign of sickness. No matter how slight the problem...
by DougB
Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting "cabin"
Replies: 21
Views: 7011

Re: Hunting "cabin"

You are talking real estate over time. Talk to a lawyer before any money gets involved. It can get messy if not set up properly from the get go. Somebody dies-what happens to his share. Do his 6 kids get small shares of his third, or does it have to all get sold to settle his estate, or do you have ...