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by DougB
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 50
Views: 1597

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: 320

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: 320

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: 394

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: 2640

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: 7
Views: 578

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: 1802

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: 5517

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: 13863

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: 843

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: 4366

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: 2829

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: 2324

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: 732

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: 2180

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: 2338

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: 4913

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: 2244

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: 26672

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: 1314

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: 3618

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: 4023

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: 4353

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: 7667

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: 1788

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: 3493

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: 4568

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: 911

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: 3926

Re: Hard keeper

Gravy.
by DougB
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best breed for beginner?
Replies: 20
Views: 6124

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: 670

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: 5163

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: 5163

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: 7997

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: 11767

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: 7227

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: 1414

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: 17659

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: 5597

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: 14565

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: 3671

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: 3470

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: 914

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: 2999

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: 4774

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 ...
by DougB
Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Setter Cut His Tongue....Bloodbath!
Replies: 6
Views: 1591

Re: Setter Cut His Tongue....Bloodbath!

I've had a few Springers that seemed to have made a hobby of cutting their tongues while running in corn fields. Always bothered me more than them.
by DougB
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black Mouth Cur Lines
Replies: 4
Views: 1279

Re: Black Mouth Cur Lines

What do the cats seem to prefer for dinner?
by DougB
Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GWP x Small Munsterlander
Replies: 4
Views: 1235

Re: GWP x Small Munsterlander

See some of these custom hunting breed crosses show up at the local shelter. Or premium priced in the want ads with a cute name. They might be good dogs. Might even turn out to be fine hunters. But for the money involved, I like to hedge my bets and get known genetic blends.
by DougB
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Reclaiming property for bird hunting
Replies: 5
Views: 1277

Re: Reclaiming property for bird hunting

Talk to your DNR.
by DougB
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Color of clothing
Replies: 9
Views: 2102

Re: Color of clothing

Blaze orange hat and vest. Blaze orange vest for the dog. There are some crazies out there, and I don't really want to have to shoot back at some one to protect myself or have to track down someone who shot my dog.