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by ArcticRetrievers
Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Avery True Bird ATB vs. Dokken Dead Fowl
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: Avery True Bird ATB vs. Dokken Dead Fowl

Training with birds really is the way to go... I carry the dead fowl only in case I get off work in time to head out to our spot to train, as I am in a position where my dogs are welcomed at my work.
by ArcticRetrievers
Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Avery True Bird ATB vs. Dokken Dead Fowl
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: Avery True Bird ATB vs. Dokken Dead Fowl

For me it really depends on the situation. I love dokkens as their feel is closer to a bird. The averys are more of a hard plastic with grooves for better grip and IMO better for water work as they Do not retain water if damaged. The dokkens on the other hand are made from a latex high density foam ...
by ArcticRetrievers
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: retriever rehabilitation from bad training experience
Replies: 18
Views: 2642

Re: retriever rehabilitation from bad training experience

I agree, more details would be helpful. Build her trust in you. Leave out the retrieving right now, just get her enjoying every second she's with you. She most definitely knows what a collar is, and what it does so it looks like you'll need to train "old school" before collars. And there are some gr...
by ArcticRetrievers
Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Trainers in Washington State
Replies: 14
Views: 1488

Re: Trainers in Washington State

Hi , todd Manuel at snowqualmie river retrievers is a great guy, I'll be sending my male there when it warms up( I live in AK) he only charges $600 a month

You might want to give him a shot

Edited to add: he also trains pointers, the male that's going down is my avatar dog. He needs a brushup
by ArcticRetrievers
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: 4 month old Lab retriever does well, seems lazy. Help please
Replies: 30
Views: 5204

Re: 4 month old Lab retriever does well, seems lazy. Help please

I would back off the birds until he is through the teething process, Keep up fun retrieves, and puppy play-work.

Another thing is to freeze those birds, but if he is truly teething a nice frozen bird will feel good when he bites down hard on them.

Have fun
by ArcticRetrievers
Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: 4 month old Lab retriever does well, seems lazy. Help please
Replies: 30
Views: 5204

Re: 4 month old Lab retriever does well, seems lazy. Help please

By the way you worded your post, and the frequency in which you said you train retrieves, it sounds like your little pup is bored. Back off of retrieving a bit, play and bond with your pup. He will still know how to retrieve when you go back to it. I would only retrieve with him maybe 1 time a week,...
by ArcticRetrievers
Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: REALLY NEED HELP
Replies: 12
Views: 2776

Re: REALLY NEED HELP

Hi, Just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. I had a wirehaired girl that did the same thing, to fix her we did a combination of things. First I re-did her "forced training" that her previous owner didn't get quite right, then we worked on land that had 2 ft or so drop offs, working into forcing to wat...
by ArcticRetrievers
Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:22 am
Forum: Forum News & Announcements
Topic: Just renewed gundogforum.com through 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 8495

Re: Just renewed gundogforum.com through 2020

GGGGGGGGRRRRRREAT! Thats wonderful, I Love this site!
by ArcticRetrievers
Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: bad timing...
Replies: 39
Views: 5508

Re: bad timing...

Proudag, Usually in that Circumstance You can Offer to help with the Kennel, but additionally help with any training he does that may require 2 people. Go to this breeder, and tell him that your an open Book when it comes to training, but that you would like to learn how. If anything this will give ...
by ArcticRetrievers
Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: bad timing...
Replies: 39
Views: 5508

Re: bad timing...

Some breeders wait 6 months (maybe they have a different Female to breed, and dont want two litters on the ground at once). If you want the same Sire and Dam you'll have to wait at least a year, and even then they may not do a rebreeding. The breeder may only breed very occasionally, and may not hav...
by ArcticRetrievers
Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: bad timing...
Replies: 39
Views: 5508

Re: bad timing...

The way I see it, you have 3 options. Talk to your wife, and explain whats going on. If you can have a pet there, put down the deposit (is it refundable?) and have him/her there. Talk to the breeder, work something out with them, arrange for boarding until you can move into a more suitable place.(no...
by ArcticRetrievers
Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: NSTRA - How does it compare?
Replies: 57
Views: 10574

Re: NSTRA - How does it compare?

Thanks, I appreciate the Reply K nine. It answered a lot of my questions.
by ArcticRetrievers
Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: Events
Topic: NSTRA - How does it compare?
Replies: 57
Views: 10574

NSTRA - How does it compare?

I just saw some forever ago posts on this subject with a-lot of "Bad - Press" If we could keep that to a minimum, That'd be great! Looking for Factual Positive, or negative answers please Hey all, I wanted to ask how NSTRA Trials compare to any other Trial out there? What do you like better? What do...
by ArcticRetrievers
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: Forum News & Announcements
Topic: GDF CONTEST: CONGRATS: Ricky Ticky Shorthairs
Replies: 200
Views: 150465

Re: GDF CONTEST: Ending Soon!

I'll enter...been looking for a copy for a while!

Arctic
by ArcticRetrievers
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy guarantee
Replies: 23
Views: 3120

Re: Puppy guarantee

I have a lifetime guarantee on Listed Genetic issues (hip Dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia EIC, CNM, prcd-PRA For Labs, and Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Thyroid, vomwillebrands for GWPS) Since Those are the Tests I put my own Breeding stock through, how am I supposed to guarantee against something that...
by ArcticRetrievers
Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy contract ????
Replies: 81
Views: 11111

Re: Puppy contract ????

I wouldn't buy a pup with a contract...nor would I sell one. I'm a hand shake kind of guy myself. You all say you wouldnt buy a pup with a contract, but the contract isnt to "Dictate" what the buyer must do, it is there to Protect you,The breeder as well as the buyer I call mine a "Puppy Pre-Nup" I...
by ArcticRetrievers
Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy contract ????
Replies: 81
Views: 11111

Re: Puppy contract ????

Have Fun, and I hope you Have a Great Litter!
by ArcticRetrievers
Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy contract ????
Replies: 81
Views: 11111

Re: Puppy contract ????

I dont know that having No contract is the way to go...alot of things can happen and get left out. Though I suppose it depends on what you breed for, I do DC, and Hunt testing on my kids...so any Puppy with Full Reg. leaves here with a contract...those with limited leave with a contract that is more...
by ArcticRetrievers
Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy contract ????
Replies: 81
Views: 11111

Re: Puppy contract ????

I dont think that your getting too complicated with it, mine is much more extensive... I might Offer a Longer Guaranteed for HD , I offer a Lifetime against Genetic Defects, not that everyone should I just feel that any dog I breed should be backed for life. Ezzy, How do you guarantee that the futur...
by ArcticRetrievers
Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy contract ????
Replies: 81
Views: 11111

Re: Puppy contract ????

It looks good, I do the same thing with titles (it encourages Limiteds to get titles too!) A few things I would alter the wording on : Unless you want the Congenital, or Defected dog Back, I might phrase it to say that: "7. All puppies are guaranteed against crippling or disabling congenital defects...
by ArcticRetrievers
Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Breaking Process
Replies: 11
Views: 2398

Re: Breaking Process

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by ArcticRetrievers
Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Breaking Process
Replies: 11
Views: 2398

Re: Breaking Process

I know its a Weird Suggestion, but since your not allowed a "Regular" E-collar, you might try this one by Unleashed ( http://futurepet.com/cgi-bin/FULLPRES.exe?PARTNUM=UN00101 )...It is a completely NO-Shock collar, and works through different levels of Vibration. Its a thought, and it will give you...
by ArcticRetrievers
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: Wild Game Recipes
Topic: Wild turkey
Replies: 1
Views: 1188

Re: Wild turkey

That sounds Mouthwatering!

Wild Turkey are non-indigenous to Alaska, But we have a Big Family that is surviving the winter, so all of the hunters up here (unanimously) voted to leave them be so that they can flourish...Cant wait for the day I can go turkey hunting again!

Your Making me miss VA alot!
by ArcticRetrievers
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: That's it, I am shooting bird from now on!
Replies: 18
Views: 4291

Re: That's it, I am shooting bird from now on!

^^^^^^Forgot to mention he has only been out a Few times^^^^^^ I live in alaska, and it is getting much colder, we will keep hunting (even in the negatives) but he gets a little chilly
by ArcticRetrievers
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: That's it, I am shooting bird from now on!
Replies: 18
Views: 4291

Re: That's it, I am shooting bird from now on!

I am on the side of I want the dog work...if I just want meat I will go to the store Agreed, I have a Nine month Old DD who is just beginning, I have gotten about 8 birds with him total (that he was steady t wing and shot) If I want to go out for meat, I take my 2,3,and 4 year olds out. Then We usu...
by ArcticRetrievers
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training progress
Replies: 11
Views: 1106

Re: Training progress

Thanks a lot for the help! So you are saying that I should force fetch her? I've been told that it isn't a necessity and that practicing fetching in a closed off hallway will eventually teach her that she has to bring it back to me. I do not have much experience with force fetching, and would rathe...
by ArcticRetrievers
Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Wet Dog Drops Birds
Replies: 16
Views: 2202

Re: Wet Dog Drops Birds

I have always worked this issue from the waters edge, yu start on a basic retrieve, and as they come out of the water command "hold", or whichever word is used, then make her heel up, and deliver to hand. slowly work away from the bank until you are a reasonalble distance off, and she is still obeyi...
by ArcticRetrievers
Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Wild Game Recipes
Topic: Sharptail grouse recipes
Replies: 6
Views: 4528

Re: Sharptail grouse recipes

The recipe Above Was excellent on...Spruce Grouse...The Family wanted to Taste the Difference between Ruffies and spruce, So we made 2 different recipes with 4 different tastes. That was an awesome recipe!!! I will be doing it again.
by ArcticRetrievers
Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Male or Female Pup?
Replies: 11
Views: 2733

Re: Male or Female Pup?

I know that I am not either of the people you mentioned, but I will put in my 2 cents. IMO Male dogs are harder working , more solid gun dogs when they are finished, they are Faster, and they Listen Better. They have learned to deal with their Handicap (testosterone) That being Said I prefer Females...
by ArcticRetrievers
Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Where to go from here?
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

Re: Where to go from here?

The First thing I would do, even with my labs, is to get a pair of bird wings (you can find them at sportsmans warehouse)and to ziptie them around a 3 inch soft training dummie, Get her used to retrieveing feathers without shoving a bird at her. If she doesnt retrieve go ahead and start the force fe...
by ArcticRetrievers
Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Storing / Discarding Birds??
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Re: Storing / Discarding Birds??

the other option is to talk to some Local Farmers with pigeon problems, and ask if you can set out a live trap for them, most farmers are Very agreeable. this way you get plenty of birds for free (the trap pays for itself in no time) and you can shoot them. Personally I trap pigeons right outside my...
by ArcticRetrievers
Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: gun shy??
Replies: 25
Views: 3753

Re: gun shy??

As for the original posters question I would Back up a Few steps Go Back to your Training Pistol for a week, but use it with more frequency, same with the shotgun, If you can get you hands on a 20G (you probably have one) and step up to that in between. some of the other posters said Keep going like...
by ArcticRetrievers
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Anyone Own & Hunt Flusher and Pointer ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1044

Re: Anyone Own & Hunt Flusher and Pointer ?

I have Labs and GWPs I do hunt with them at the same time by myself, but as the first Poster said it is a LOT of work, sometimes it is easier to just put one away, another problem Friends of mine have run into are these "POINTING LABS" they tend to just Back, even if you want them to flush. IMO don'...
by ArcticRetrievers
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cost of your dog food?
Replies: 46
Views: 7524

Re: Cost of your dog food?

Taste Of the Wild - Wetlands (higher protein than other Varieties) $49.90/Bag 40# Bags, but even during hunting season I only feed 1 1/2 - 2 cups a day with National Energy Pak which is $15.95/5lb Tub which lasts 6-8 months

I gat it from my Local feed store, and I live in ALASKA
by ArcticRetrievers
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Possessive Eating?
Replies: 7
Views: 1168

Re: Possessive Eating?

I know this is a little older, but I also wanted to say that I had a dog with that problem, I put Carpet Tacks under the skin and feathers of a Grouse, and froze it, we used that as a training tool (frozen) for a bit until I saw that she was Gingerly picking the bird up, then I started letting the b...
by ArcticRetrievers
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Training
Topic: help with everything!
Replies: 12
Views: 1845

Re: help with everything!

Sounds like your doing good.

One thing to remember is to Play Train her...Make everything a Game for her, but the first steps to a command you are going to want later...Heck thats why we do Fun Bumpers, and "Use your nose" games...Keep It FUN!!!

Good Luck, and she is a Very Pretty Girl
by ArcticRetrievers
Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Diffrence between a DD and a GWP ?
Replies: 60
Views: 9828

Re: Diffrence between a DD and a GWP ?

Can a dog be both? If an AKC registered dog has passed the tests for the DD can it then be called both a GWP and a DD? I dont know if this was answered but to make it easier, a DD can be registered as a GWP, but a GWP cannot be Reg'd as a DD (from my understanding) so you can take a dog from the VD...
by ArcticRetrievers
Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who says pointers don't like water.
Replies: 76
Views: 13123

Re: Who says pointers don't like water.

No I don't. Not in cold weather, and I don't believe most pointers have the hardware to handle hand signals like labs can. heck, DDs aren't as good as a labs, and I freely admit that. DDs/PPs are better waterfowl dogs than pointers are. You may disagree, but I think that if pointers could do it, pe...
by ArcticRetrievers
Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Just another hello, this time from Idaho
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

Re: Just another hello, this time from Idaho

I was thinking about getting into Falconry...I have seen some seminars, and helped with some smaller birds like Kestrels, and Redtails. I have plenty of time and space as well as knowhow...I was just wondering how you like doing it, and how you got started, as well as some info about Falconry with d...
by ArcticRetrievers
Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Howdy From Alaska!
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Howdy From Alaska!

I hunt with and show my GWPs and Labrador Retrievers. and I love forums they are a great place to keep yourself informed. And yes we live in igloos and ride moose to work...not to mention Nanook my polar bear is in the backyard sleeping (Common Questions...LOL!) Arctic Retrievers and Pointers www.ar...