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by Green
Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: GDF "Hall of Fame" Posts
Topic: If you could go back
Replies: 57
Views: 87095

Re: If you could go back

I would have taken my very 1st Brittany and deposited him with a trainer when he was a year old. He was my son's 8th birthday present and just turned 8 today. Every single time I run that dog, he runs bigger and faster! I made too many mistakes with him when he was younger ( including neutering him...
by Green
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: SPAZ at feeding time.
Replies: 26
Views: 3803

Re: SPAZ at feeding time.

Oops...I'll fix that. :oops:
by Green
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: SPAZ at feeding time.
Replies: 26
Views: 3803

Re: SPAZ at feeding time.

Knine...I owe you one. It took about 5 minutes of holding him off of his food (which was on the cookie sheet) and repeating "stay", but he finally broke. He held and did nothing more than look at it, without me touching him, until I gave a "release" command. Once I released him, he moved in slowly t...
by Green
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: SPAZ at feeding time.
Replies: 26
Views: 3803

Re: SPAZ at feeding time.

Ahhhhhh...I got it. Lol...thanks! I give him 1C in the morning, one at night. Tonight we'll try this and see how it goes.
by Green
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: SPAZ at feeding time.
Replies: 26
Views: 3803

Re: SPAZ at feeding time.

In addition to getting him to settle (whoa or sit on the leash), I would also take the time to hand feed him. You won't need to do it forever, but it would help him to remain calm while eating and also would keep him from gulping down the food. I've had to go to that with the GSP pup I've got here ...
by Green
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to play
Replies: 16
Views: 3124

Re: How to play

When Riley and I are done training for the day, I sit down on the ground and let him crawl onto my lap for a little petting/cuddle time.
by Green
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: SPAZ at feeding time.
Replies: 26
Views: 3803

Re: SPAZ at feeding time.

Ok, I've got him trained to sit before he gets his food. I put the food in his bowl, hold it out of reach, tell him to sit...and he does on command. Then I tell him to stay and start to lower the bowl. If he flinches, I raise the bowl and make him sit in the same place. I repeat this a couple times ...
by Green
Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: GSP pup eating question
Replies: 8
Views: 2579

Re: GSP pup eating question

If he's healthy, looks good, and activity level is normal then I say you're ok....nothing to worry about. This may change as he matures and his activity level increases...thus demand increases. I'd say you're lucky to not have a "scarfer". If he's skipping meals totally, you might want to consider ...
by Green
Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Small size
Replies: 9
Views: 2826

Re: Small size

Mine seems to be on the small size too (weight). I've been told that he looks tall, but I think that's because he's lean. I'd rather have him on the small side when he's full grown anyway.
by Green
Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: SPAZ at feeding time.
Replies: 26
Views: 3803

Re: SPAZ at feeding time.

The first thing that comes to mind when I read this topic is what difference does it make if he is happy to be fed. I think we forget sometimes what we need to fix and what we don't. And my method of making that determination is what harm is the act causing. If none, why fix it. If it is causing a ...
by Green
Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:34 am
Forum: Wild Game Recipes
Topic: GAME BIRD RECIPE'S..
Replies: 20
Views: 12456

Re: GAME BIRD RECIPE'S..

Hookadooka BirdDogs wrote:Being a saurerkraut lover, have you ever tried phez or grouse cooked surrounded with kraut and apple slices? yum, yum.
This is how I normally cook it. In a crock pot surrounded by Bavarian style kraut and apple wedges.
by Green
Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Tires for chewing?
Replies: 17
Views: 5289

Re: Tires for chewing?

I wouldn't. Most tires will have some kind of belting, possibly steel.
by Green
Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: SPAZ at feeding time.
Replies: 26
Views: 3803

Re: SPAZ at feeding time.

Cool. I'll keep going the direction I have been...mellow dog gets to eat. Thanks.
by Green
Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:43 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: SPAZ at feeding time.
Replies: 26
Views: 3803

SPAZ at feeding time.

My ESS is now 16 weeks old and growing nicely. He's been eating 3/4 C of Diamond Naturals Large Breed L&R, twice a day, and I recently bumped it up to 1 C x 2. When I go out to his kennel and he sees me with food, he completely freaks out. He jumps on the kennel wire, he will not listen to a single ...
by Green
Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...

Lol...I really hope he doesn't start that, he still has puppy breath. :mrgreen:
by Green
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...

Ezzy, I sincerely thank you for the advice. You are very knowledgeable and I've gained a lot of useful information from reading your posts in the short time I've been a member. However, your delivery could occasionally use a little work. You know you are probably right. But many times you have to t...
by Green
Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...

He was wormed for the second time a week before I brought him home. Should I take him to the vet already or ride it out a little longer. I don't want to panic. Reading your OP there are a couple of things that stick out. Sounds like the puppy was doing well till you decided what it should eat. Who ...
by Green
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Re: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...

He was wormed for the second time a week before I brought him home. Should I take him to the vet already or ride it out a little longer. I don't want to panic.
by Green
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...
Replies: 13
Views: 2154

Springer pup, new puppy food, and soft poo...

Riley, my new Springer pup, is now just over 9 weeks old and seems to be adjusting well to his new home. I've got a concern with his food and his poo though. The guy I bought him from was feeding Science Diet puppy food. I want to avoid corn based food, so I bought a bag of Diamond Naturals Large Br...
by Green
Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:22 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: n00b from Nebraska
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: n00b from Nebraska

howdy mike. I also live in nebraska. north platte. Springers will get along with any dog. kids will love him, though he will be very active for a year or so. the east end of the state has a couple of active springer clubs. I have an english cocker now, but have had at least one springer for the las...
by Green
Fri May 27, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.
Replies: 12
Views: 2365

Re: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.

Kmack, I don't think there will be any issues with them getting along. My MS has never shown any type of aggressive behavior around any other dog and as long as I pay attention with the pup, I can't imagine he'd grow up to be aggressive. My only concern is whether jealousy would cause behavior probl...
by Green
Fri May 27, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: n00b from Nebraska
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: n00b from Nebraska

Thanks for the reply and welcome guys. This is a field bred ESS. The best part is, I get pick of the litter, with AKC papers, shots, tails, and claws, for $100.

It was sounding like the wife was not going to be cooperative but she's warmed up to it now. The pup is ready to come home any night now.
by Green
Fri May 27, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.
Replies: 12
Views: 2365

Re: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.

Personally that just sounds mean to me. Why would you get another dog if it was not given the same pleasure as the other. Does one of your kids have to sleep in the garage and one gets a nice comfy bed? I have a springer pup right now, and there is no way she would be willing to sleep outside while...
by Green
Tue May 17, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.
Replies: 12
Views: 2365

Re: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.

Toby would be able to come out and play, he just wouldn't be able to be around when I was training the pup. He doesn't have any bad outside habits but I wouldn't want the distraction or the competition. I introduced them to each other last night, Tob sniffed the pup for a few seconds and went about ...
by Green
Tue May 17, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Size of Housing?
Replies: 8
Views: 1268

Re: Size of Housing?

I was thinking of building my own kennel. Concrete floor, 4x4 posts on the corners, 2x4 framing, a heavy gauge wire grate to surround it, and a plywood roof. Thoughts?
by Green
Tue May 17, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.
Replies: 12
Views: 2365

Re: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.

I'd thought about a kennel and would likely go that route (cleanup would be easier than searching for mines all over the yard). The wife is already worried about the added cost of another dog (which I think is negligible)...I don't want to throw the cost of a kennel at her.
by Green
Tue May 17, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Size of Housing?
Replies: 8
Views: 1268

Re: Size of Housing?

Cajun Casey wrote:Six by ten, or thereabouts, is plenty of room. Do it right from the get-go and put a wire top on it. Might consider a concrete pad, too.
Why a wire top? Is it common that they climb out?
by Green
Tue May 17, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.
Replies: 12
Views: 2365

Re: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.

The pup would live in the house, interact with the family and the other dog, but would sleep in a crate. It is my intention to keep him there until he is too big to slip under my chain-link gates...at which time he would be moved outside where he would be free to run the backyard. The house dog is s...
by Green
Tue May 17, 2011 6:41 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: n00b from Nebraska
Replies: 5
Views: 584

n00b from Nebraska

My name is Mike and I live in Nebraska. I don't have a Springer yet, but have been offered a chance to take a pup from a litter born in April. I've always wanted a hunting dog and field companion, but don't want a big dog...the Springer is perfect. I have a wife, two kids (9 & 11), and a Miniature S...
by Green
Tue May 17, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.
Replies: 12
Views: 2365

Need Advice: bringing an outside dog home to an inside dog.

Not sure if this is the right section or not, mods please move it if there is a more appropriate place. There is no question that I have the time and patience to train a pup, so I'm not going to get into my family life and schedule (introduced in the new member section). I'm considering bringing hom...