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by marysburg
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Woodcock help PLEASE
Replies: 8
Views: 456

Re: Woodcock help PLEASE

Sharon, thanks for posting that excellent episode of Angler and Hunter TV. Great work by dogs, handlers and gunners, and so nice to see three generations all out together. Very interesting show.
by marysburg
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Selling the concept
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: Selling the concept

Polmaise, I have used launchers to good effect with pointers, but now I have a young Springer bitch and I wonder how I could use launchers to set up training sessions for her. We have an unlimited number of homing pigeons to use, but they are difficult to dizzy and plant for the flushing dog. Any sa...
by marysburg
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us for all these years. Godspeed.
by marysburg
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Pneumonia
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Pneumonia

I have had pneumonia twice. It's nothing to trifle with, and it took months to fully recover, although from the outside I wasn't coughing and probably looked fine. Think about your long term goals for this dog, and weigh the potential costs if you run the dog too soon.
by marysburg
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Trust the Dog
Replies: 9
Views: 957

Re: Trust the Dog

Very nice. Thanks for taking us along.
by marysburg
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog got sprayed by skunk
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Re: Dog got sprayed by skunk

About 3 weeks ago, two of our dogs were out for the last pee before bed, and they surprised a skunk when they went into the long grass at the edge of the yard. One got it in the mouth and the other got it in the eye. They had yellow skunk juice dripping off their faces. I called our local vet, and s...
by marysburg
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dog drank pond water and has diarrhea
Replies: 26
Views: 1709

Re: Dog drank pond water and has diarrhea

Your story sounds very familiar to me. I have 4 gundogs at present, but only one has chronic gut issues. When she first got sick about 4 years ago, the vet put her on metronidazole, .......4 times in a row. The dog would be fine while on meds, but the diarrhea, loss of weight and appetite, and distr...
by marysburg
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: alpha vs 550 plus
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

Re: alpha vs 550 plus

The TT 200 is the first ecollar I started with. Since then, I have ploughed my way through 2 Sportdog systems, 2 G3 transmitters and now have a Garmin 550. Throughout the years, when the newer ecollar systems were out of service, I would charge the old TT 200, and work one dog at a time on that old ...
by marysburg
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Seat covers for pets?
Replies: 12
Views: 1273

Re: Seat covers for pets?

Mine ride in the back of the Expedition in crates. It cuts down on mud, and odours on the seats.
by marysburg
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: crazy twisting dog
Replies: 10
Views: 983

Re: crazy twisting dog

Shags and Don F have it right. And remember what Rick Smith always says, "It takes as long as it takes." If you pick a time when you are not in a hurry, you can wait for calmness in your dog. Rick taught us that when you go to take the dog off the chain gang, if he doesn"t stand still, you just take...
by marysburg
Sun May 27, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alberta hunter with a question
Replies: 32
Views: 2579

Re: Alberta hunter with a question

Getting back to the original question, I would back up exactly what deseeker said in his two posts. My experience has been the same, and we have 3 to 5 spayed females in the house. Our Britts came from strong NAVHDA breeding because that's the on foot hunting style we wanted to develop. Good luck in...
by marysburg
Sat May 12, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's
Replies: 44
Views: 9089

Re: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's

Well, we have quite a crew of oldsters here, and I'm glad to see I'm in such good company. Last year, when our 12 yr old lab died, we got a Springer pup which will likely be our last pup. We're both 65, and hope we can keep up with the dogs for another 10 years or so. We also have two Britts (10 yrs...
by marysburg
Mon May 07, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Superstitions...
Replies: 6
Views: 803

Re: Superstitions...

Nice work. He dealt with the fence problem just fine, then used his nose to find the retrieve target. You're going to have a lot of fun this summer.
by marysburg
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's the most unusual breed bird dog you ever saw?
Replies: 19
Views: 2368

Re: What's the most unusual breed bird dog you ever saw?

I have a friend who has a Border Collie cross. It's the family pet, and one of those dogs who you could teach to do any job. This dog does a nice field search and flush, then he's steady to wing, shot and fall. Nice retrieve too. Not flashy like a pointy dog, but a very useful dog. He also will do w...
by marysburg
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pup!
Replies: 9
Views: 1198

Re: New pup!

Wow, your're going to have a great summer. There's nothing cuter than a Brittany pup (we've had 3).
by marysburg
Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crate VS X-Pen
Replies: 14
Views: 2502

Re: Crate VS X-Pen

I have used the x-pen and doorless crate setup as per cj's suggestion. It has worked well for us for the last 7 gundog pups and several others. The pen was 42" tall, and climbing was never an issue. The timing for a pup at Christmas, and cold weather for a few more months is going to be tough. A tir...
by marysburg
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Before and After - Pup to Bird Dog!
Replies: 47
Views: 10046

Re: Before and After - Pup to Bird Dog!

Great pictures and stories. I guess I am one of the oldies too. We got a FB Springer pup last spring, and she will likely be our last bird dog. We have 2 Britts, and a GSP, but like to run a flushing dog in the mix too. We'll be 75 when the pup is 10, so we can hobble off into the sunset together. I...
by marysburg
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Versatile Hunting Vehicle
Replies: 26
Views: 5119

Re: Versatile Hunting Vehicle

We drive a 2011 Expedition and hunt with 3 or sometimes 4 dogs. The back is set up with a homebuilt platform on legs, under which we fit 2 plastic "under the bed" type drawers. On top of the platform, we use two large wire dog crates which hold 2 Britts (snuggled up in one crate) and a GSP. When we ...
by marysburg
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: feeding pigeons
Replies: 26
Views: 5926

Re: feeding pigeons

I feed my pigeons medicated chick starter in the spring, summer and fall when they are still nesting. When it gets really cold, I switch to unmedicated chicken layer ration, as there are no more babies in the loft. Ionophore medication (rumensin or deccox) is present in the starter ration to control...
by marysburg
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: It's always something...
Replies: 15
Views: 3793

Re: It's always something...

Sharon, it sounds like the situation is under control now, and using the bark limiter on high is a great idea. Good thing those JRTs are vocal when they go after something, as it sets things up so he delivers his own correction instantaneously. Bravo for you. Lucky for him that he lives with you, or...
by marysburg
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wild bird
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: Wild bird

Pretty soon I will be too old to start another pup, but this summer we hope to be getting one more. Any day in the field beats the heck out of doing housework. Glad you are getting out with your pups Don.
by marysburg
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Yeast infection
Replies: 11
Views: 2637

Re: Yeast infection

If you and your vet suspect allergies in your dog, why not just get allergy testing done to find out what is really the culprit? There may be many environmental allergies (plants, dust mites, etc), as well as food allergies. You can spend a lot of time and money fooling around with different rations...
by marysburg
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Porcupines
Replies: 18
Views: 4125

Re: Porcupines

After two fairly mild porcupine encounters this summer, I used a fresh road kill porkie for avoidance training with our GSP. Worked great so far. They only have to learn to avoid the scent; just like snakeproofing. This is the 4th dog who got porkie-proofed in the same way.
by marysburg
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: RIP Bodie
Replies: 26
Views: 5676

Re: RIP Bodie

Don, your beautiful pictures of Bodie made us feel like we knew him. So sorry for your loss.
by marysburg
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: R.I.P. Elle
Replies: 18
Views: 7131

Re: R.I.P. Elle

She's lovely, have a great time getting to know her.
by marysburg
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do if the bird will not fly ??
Replies: 12
Views: 3076

Re: What to do if the bird will not fly ??

Ray, as usual your advice is spot on. Carrying a live bird is very useful in a lot of training scenarios that don't go quite the way we expected. Years ago I took coaching from an old hand who said to always carry a fresh dead bird and a live one. The live one is great for steadiness to flush, and i...
by marysburg
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: R.I.P. Elle
Replies: 18
Views: 7131

Re: R.I.P. Elle

Hope your new pup helps to brighten your days. They sure will get busier! Pics would be great.
by marysburg
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: R.I.P. Elle
Replies: 18
Views: 7131

Re: R.I.P. Elle

It's so very hard to lose a once in a lifetime dog at such a young age. That's the part that takes a long time to reconcile in your heart. Sincerest sympathy.
by marysburg
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Clothes for cold weather pheasant hunting.
Replies: 19
Views: 4831

Re: Clothes for cold weather pheasant hunting.

As said by others, lots of options for breathable layers, face protection, and wind proof outer layers. For the dog, you might want a Rivers West H2P Dog Vest. I've got them for both Brittanies, the GSP and the Lab, and they are good for turning the wind and also water. Have a great time out west wi...
by marysburg
Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pup intro to grouse
Replies: 12
Views: 3271

Re: Pup intro to grouse

Yup, get him out there. Gonehuntin' has given great advice, but make sure he is ok with the gun, as advised.
by marysburg
Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Seeds in Eye
Replies: 11
Views: 2389

Re: Seeds in Eye

This late summer, we had a lot of moisture which resulted in a heavy seed set on just about everything. I have had one Brittany and a GSP with eyes full of seeds after a hunt. Flushed both, one was fine, the other is still weepy and red-eyed after treatment by the vet. It is definitely not a structu...
by marysburg
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need help/advice
Replies: 11
Views: 2629

Re: Need help/advice

Instead of avoiding cattle, you could set up training outings using planted birds that you flush and let the dog chase. Use the wind in your favour and put the cattle upwind of the training exercise, and let the dog see them as well. Maybe an association will form between cattle and fun birds in you...
by marysburg
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whistle Training
Replies: 6
Views: 1625

Re: Whistle Training

I have used the acme 6-40 with all of our 6 gundogs and each dog showed an individual response to the two tones. I use 2 short on the pealess for whoa, and one long on the pea for recall. I have (of course) used the wrong end when in a hurry and the dogs usually reacted obediently to the command whi...
by marysburg
Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: 1st birddog and first time training
Replies: 9
Views: 2984

Re: 1st birddog and first time training

Sounds like you have started out on the right track. You could join a local NAVHDA chapter for access to birds, training land and mentors. You could also get the George Hickox DVDs which describe training pointers during the first year, and I think he has a puppy one too. You are right not to try to...
by marysburg
Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Show us your unconventional bird dog
Replies: 3
Views: 1699

Re: Show us your unconventional bird dog

I have a friend who hunts with a Border Collie cross. He does a real nice field search and flush, stop to flush, and retrieves to hand. Also does water retrieves, and blood tracking, but mostly upland work. Sorry, I don't have a picture. He's a really nice dog, the kind who wants to work for his own...
by marysburg
Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Food Allergy
Replies: 22
Views: 6204

Re: Food Allergy

You can use up a lot of time and money trying different dog foods and doing elimination diets. We fiddled around with our itchy lab for about 2 years, then finally requested allergy testing from the vet. The dog did have food allergies, and it was simple to find the right ration for her. The complic...
by marysburg
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Shoulder injury
Replies: 5
Views: 1638

Re: Shoulder injury

A visit to the vet will let you know what you are dealing with in terms of injury. No sense letting a good young dog end up lame if there is a way to avoid it.
by marysburg
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Birds
Replies: 22
Views: 10161

Re: Birds

Cass, we have hatched, brooded, and raised birds for ourselves and for our NAVHDA Chapter tests. It was a PIA, so we went to buying adult birds from Gerber's near Guelph. Much better. Buy 'em, use 'em. We have a "two holer" outhouse which is our homing pigeon loft, and two 12' by 30' flight pens whi...
by marysburg
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The ever popular question...Which Breed?
Replies: 15
Views: 3527

Re: The ever popular question...Which Breed?

Well, you may be disappointed in this answer. Having said that; I don't think you should focus on which BREED, but instead, which DOG. What if you looked for a started dog from those breeders who sell them? Then you would know exactly what you HAVE, instead of what you might have. It would take a lo...
by marysburg
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 485459

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Congratulations gundogguy and Miss Zeta. You two are really racking up the wins. Very nice.
by marysburg
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog jacket
Replies: 15
Views: 4027

Re: Dog jacket

Burrs would probably stick less on a neoprene vest than on the fleece one, but we haven't had too much trouble with the fleece; no rubbing either. You might find that one fleece and one neoprene vest would let you be ready for pretty much anything that comes up. I think I'm going to try a Cabela's n...
by marysburg
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog jacket
Replies: 15
Views: 4027

Re: Dog jacket

My favourite vest for upland work on the GSP and both Britts is the Rivers West H2P dog vest from Ugly Dog Hunting. It is waterproof, breathable fleece which keeps them very much warmer and is rugged too. I just wish it was about 4 to 6 inches longer on the top of the back to give better coverage to...
by marysburg
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Good Upland magazines?
Replies: 14
Views: 3909

Re: Good Upland magazines?

I received a copy of PDJ as a gift when I got my first pointing dog in 2000; have been a subscriber ever since. I purchase Gray's and Shooting Sportsman from time to time at our local bookstore. I am a NAVHDA member, so I receive the Versatile Magazine regularly, and it is quite good. Gundog Magazin...
by marysburg
Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: clicker training
Replies: 59
Views: 30867

Re: clicker training

Clicker training can be used in the development of the very young pup, but it only lays groundwork for the transition to fieldwork. It is well explained in George Hickox's training DVDs or in articles on his website. It sure worked well on my last pup, and I would use it again on my next one. The fi...
by marysburg
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: clicker training
Replies: 59
Views: 30867

Re: clicker training

I have used the George Hickox clicker training for my youngest dog, and it worked very well. Clicker methods are easy with a very young pup, and they teach the dog 'how to learn' and how to offer behaviours. I think it sets the dog up for an easier time with more advanced training.
by marysburg
Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 485459

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Wow, I'd take one like her anyday. You'll sure miss her when she goes back to her owners. Thanks for sharing her with us.
by marysburg
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training pond maintenance
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Re: Training pond maintenance

|Thanks, guess I'd better get busy. I'll take your advice and do the job a bit at a time. No sense letting them get any worse.
by marysburg
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training pond maintenance
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Training pond maintenance

Our training pond is about 1/2 acre, with 2 steeply sloped sides, and 2 ends which have a gradually sloped bottom. Bulrushes are taking over in the shallow entry areas. We have tried cutting them off and pulling them out, but it isn't really working. Any ideas out there?
by marysburg
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hello all. Just wanted to introduce myself
Replies: 7
Views: 1341

Re: Hello all. Just wanted to introduce myself

Welcome aboard. Glad to have you here.
by marysburg
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What does "Mature" mean?
Replies: 13
Views: 2809

Re: What does "Mature" mean?

The lab and golden retriever were fast to grasp obedience and manners on game, but were not consistent until age 3. The three Brittanies were our heart's delight, but did not become consistent until age 4. The GSP has been the 'hands down' easiest pup we ever had , and at age 2 is developing beyond ...