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by DonF
Sun May 19, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ironfire's Twisted Sister
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Ironfire's Twisted Sister

She' learned her first trick and learned it fast too. Learned to sleep on the bed in one try!
by DonF
Sat May 18, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not A Bird Dog But.....
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Not A Bird Dog But.....

Love watching any well trained dog, doesn't need to be a be a bird dog. The lady that taught me obedience training had a Dobie with a UDT on it. With it and two Springer's before it she won the Dog World award in Obedience. Unbelievable how well her dog's worked, spell binding!
by DonF
Sat May 18, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ironfire's Twisted Sister
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Ironfire's Twisted Sister

Sharon wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 1:01 pm
Oh no, what are you doing to me Don? :) I've promised myself no more pups, but....... what a sweetheart. Enjoy!
Seem's like just after I put down a deposit, months ago, everybody started getting pup's and having pup's. Know what you mean, it's been heck! But I'm a happy guy now!! :-)
by DonF
Sat May 18, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ironfire's Twisted Sister
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Ironfire's Twisted Sister

Yes I do love my dog's! Why do you ask?


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by DonF
Sat May 18, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ironfire's Twisted Sister
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Ironfire's Twisted Sister

She's here now. Got home about 6:30 this morning. She's met the other's and everything is find, ran around outside a while, got her a drink and a milk bone and sleeping under my chair. Next step, I need a nap and she need's to learn to sleep on the bed! Call name Sis or Sissy! I ever go into a big a...
by DonF
Mon May 13, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NSTRA ages
Replies: 13
Views: 479

Re: NSTRA ages

I've been thinking about getting back into NSTRA. Hoping maybe the girl friend want's to run Stormy and if she doesn't dump me to soon maybe even my new puppy I pick up on Friday. I did NSTRA for several years but mostly judged. I'm not all that competitive but I do like to watch dog's. Didn't have ...
by DonF
Fri May 10, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 14
Views: 889

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

I got a bag of Purina Hi Pro years ago that had a dead dryed out mouse in it. Contacted Purina and they sent me a coupon for a new bag of food. Never used that coupon and never used Purina again. But as I think abut it, what else could they do? How mny millions of dog's have lived healthy lives on P...
by DonF
Tue May 07, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 9 more days
Replies: 1
Views: 149

9 more days

9 days and off to St Cloud Minn to pick up my new Red Setter pup. The wait has been h*ll!
by DonF
Sun May 05, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New to e-collars and bird dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: New to e-collars and bird dogs

I put an e-collar n a pup soon as it will fit well enough to stay on. But I don't turn it on till maybe a year old, depends on the pup. Get the pup used to it, don't just put it on one day and surprise the pup!
by DonF
Fri May 03, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting Springer to hunt closer..
Replies: 23
Views: 645

Re: Getting Springer to hunt closer..

Don, your intentions are honest and forthright, you are trying to help the lad with his dog but your information is really not helpful. The OP needs to off his kiester and go train with field bred spaniel people in his area. and he lives in hot bed of spaniel activity. Now if developing a honest sp...
by DonF
Fri May 03, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 1182

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

averageguy wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 7:29 pm
Don F, reread the second paragraph of the OP.
Missed that! Got old eye's and and don't see so gud anymore, duh! :roll:
by DonF
Wed May 01, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hot weather training
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Hot weather training

Trainer's used to bring string's of dog to Boyce Corrals in late spring and more so late summer. They would stay there most the week and train for the following week. They started early and quit early to avoid the heat. Back then, I started late and trained in heat, shoot heat was gonna be there wea...
by DonF
Wed May 01, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting Springer to hunt closer..
Replies: 23
Views: 645

Re: Getting Springer to hunt closer..

Just a thought, been years since I've had Springer's so don't remember a lot. Obedience it seem's was #1 priority! You had to keep the dog in gun range. Then I don't recall ever working my dog's on panted bird's but over the years I've done a lot of them, just not flushing breed's. Seem's to me tha...
by DonF
Wed May 01, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting Springer to hunt closer..
Replies: 23
Views: 645

Re: Getting Springer to hunt closer..

Maybe I shouldn't call it obedience training but I think it s. A flushing dog out of control won't get you many birds. What they will do is flush them out of range. Ya need to be able to stop the dog getting out to far and pull it back in. Dog need's to work with the handler much better than a point...
by DonF
Wed May 01, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 1182

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

I must have missed something. All I saw that the OP hunt's is grouse, where does the water foul come in? If grouse is all he hunt's, a setter would work fine. DD's are versatile as can be but from what I understand about them, keep your cat's away from them! They were bred for sharpness but I think ...
by DonF
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting Springer to hunt closer..
Replies: 23
Views: 645

Re: Getting Springer to hunt closer..

Just a thought, been years since I've had Springer's so don't remember a lot. Obedience it seem's was #1 priority! You had to keep the dog in gun range. Then I don't recall ever working my dog's on panted bird's but over the years I've done a lot of them, just not flushing breed's. Seem's to me that...
by DonF
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting Springer to hunt closer..
Replies: 23
Views: 645

Re: Getting Springer to hunt closer..

Tell me something. Does the ESSC of A still publish the "Springer Bark" magazine? If so it used to be in the back was all field trial new's and the guy could find people to help in it. Find a club close by that does field fun days with field dogs! Sorry Don F The Bark is no longer,It was the best T...
by DonF
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: A few pictures from the past season...
Replies: 13
Views: 612

Re: A few pictures from the past season...

Nice! Beautiful shotgun. What is it? That little lever on the left side should give it away but can't remember! What gauge is it?
by DonF
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting Springer to hunt closer..
Replies: 23
Views: 645

Re: Getting Springer to hunt closer..

Tell me something. Does the ESSC of A still publish the "Springer Bark" magazine? If so it used to be in the back was all field trial new's and the guy could find people to help in it. Find a club close by that does field fun days with field dogs!
by DonF
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Selling the concept
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Selling the concept

I use remote trap's, they always do exactly as I tell them. :-) I think the bad thing is those wanting to give the dog one more chance to do what we want. Slow's thing's down because when we do that, we teach a mistake. A wild bird will likely not do that! That is allow the dog leway! let's give him...
by DonF
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Selling the concept
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Selling the concept

Thing about pigeon's. if your dizzying them, don't use homer's. To much of a hand full, use feral barn type pigeons. Much smaller and much easier to get your hand around. I've only done a couple springer's and they were years ago. Back then I hadn't a clue how to get one to "hup" to flush. Todays if...
by DonF
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New guy
Replies: 6
Views: 211

Re: New guy

There are several way's of teaching whoa. The best one is the one that works for you. I use the orginal Delmar Smith whoa post, works great for me. Lady who's name escapes me now in the Dakotas, Gertie has used her, did a video using the barrel. Best video I ever saw on the barrel. Other's use the h...
by DonF
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Passing of Ezzy333 - Al Esger
Replies: 13
Views: 929

Re: Passing of Ezzy333 - Al Esger

Rest in peace Ezzy, gonna miss you!
by DonF
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Selling the concept
Replies: 16
Views: 616

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 s...
by DonF
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: A little steady to flush wing and shot video work.
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: A little steady to flush wing and shot video work.

Had Springer's many years ago. Watched a bunch of Springer field trials and did a bunch of Ore Springer club fun day's. Forgot how much I liked watching them work. Got to watch Doc Christensen and his wife's great dog's. They are really impressive!Beautiful video, super dog!
by DonF
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.
Replies: 19
Views: 627

Re: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.

:lol: I'm enjoying this thread ! :lol: I got lucky while I was still young enough to make some use of the luck . I seemed to attract "mentors" from among the old guard of gundog trainers. I took all of their often forcefully given criticisms and came back for more but I did not always do as they ha...
by DonF
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Quail pen/Johnny house
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Quail pen/Johnny house

If you have good flight conditioned Bob White's, they will work well from Johnny house's. They fly well and get fairly wild. But predators like cats will still take a toll on them. I'd train with pigeons and finish up on game birds. Something about game birds, they come back well but don't usually g...
by DonF
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Proper use of the Check Cord
Replies: 12
Views: 544

Re: Proper use of the Check Cord

There's different ways of doing everything but, two thing's absolutely necessary. Consistency and repetition! Don't care what method you use, mess up those two point's and you won't get there. I learned obedience training from a lady that ran obedience trials. We used properly fit and installed chok...
by DonF
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Despite my username... I'm getting a setter
Replies: 14
Views: 495

Re: Despite my username... I'm getting a setter

8 to 10 pounds over weight? Somehow I doubt that. That's a lot f weight and really shows. Dog in the photo looks pretty good.keep in mind that the setter's, most of them, are a lot softer than shorthairs! I'm guessing Holly put this together?
by DonF
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 749

Re: Hunting

In broke dog trials it's called yo yoing and frond on. It hunting, so what? Why do you really care? I sure don't! So it yo yo's a bit while hunting big deal. Buddy of mine years ago had a setter that was ok, not much better than that. Been a lot of time's I'd come along behind him and pick up a bird...
by DonF
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Pics from this fall.
Replies: 7
Views: 1004

Re: Pics from this fall.

That is a beautiful little dog!
by DonF
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Loft........
Replies: 9
Views: 419

Re: New Loft........

Beautiful job! Your never gonna regret it!
by DonF
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New puppy about ready
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: New puppy about ready

You must be super excited!! Wishing you many years of making memories afield Sir! That dog in the pic is stunning too! Congrats. New girl friend this year, first in a long time. She loves dog's! She's got a real soft spot for Stormy. Thinking I might lose my pup when I get it home or even sooner if...
by DonF
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New puppy about ready
Replies: 7
Views: 391

New puppy about ready

Heard from the breeder yesterday, maybe the day before, puppy will be ready to pick up May 17th. Red Setter from Iron Fire Kennel's in St Cloud, Minn. Gonna fly back and pick it up! Seem's like I've been waiting a long time! Thinking I'm gonna call her Mailli, Celtic for Molly. At least that's what ...
by DonF
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 2631

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Your a good man Ezzy!
by DonF
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 2631

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Any new word on Ezzy?
by DonF
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 1343

Re: The value of the force fetch.

I used to force fetch broke dog's for trials. But I only wanted a dog to fetch on command. Haven't forced a dog in years now and never had a problem getting most to retrieve well. A hard mouth dog I would force. Seem's I always ended up with a soft moth dog that way but Hard mouth seem's to me is a ...
by DonF
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog training
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: Dog training

Go to the NSTRA site and look up a club in your area. I just did. The region president is in Georgia and there's a phone number listed and address.
by DonF
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA best run yet
Replies: 10
Views: 1875

Re: NSTRA best run yet

Been out of NSTRA a long time but thinking about doing a little again. Seven find's is a super run! Something wrong with NSTRA just might be the rule you can't point a bird out of bounds If the bird is out and the dog in, why shouldn't it count? Every dog down has the same chance of pointing an out ...
by DonF
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Application rather than the tool.
Replies: 17
Views: 586

Re: Application rather than the tool.

There are a good number of pro, past and present, trainer's that have written book's on training bird dogs. Which one is right?
by DonF
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: It takes birds to make a bird dog.
Replies: 16
Views: 1383

Re: It takes birds to make a bird dog.

I use only pigeons training anymore. Put them in a remote trap and you can make them act a lot more wild than any pen raised game bird. Turning over to game birds is no problem either unless you used the pigeon as a training bird without a remote. Pen raised birds you have no idea what they will do!...
by DonF
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Application rather than the tool.
Replies: 17
Views: 586

Re: Application rather than the tool.

Thing wrong with a slip collar is they are to easily abused and most people using them have no clue there is a right way to put them on. I took obedience lesson's from a lady in Montana years ago that had the best obedience dog's I've ever seen. The opening lesson was the learn how to put the chain ...
by DonF
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 18
Views: 629

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

A trained dog. Well a trained dog really isn't there IMO when training is done. You have to put that training to work on wild birds and that finish's the training. Wild birds will not act like pen raised birds. But to get to the point where training is sufficient to go to wild bird's is gonna depend...
by DonF
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to fix>?
Replies: 19
Views: 790

Re: How to fix>?

I don't force a dog anymore, never did enjoy it. These days I play train fetch with a pup. Put it on a 20' check cord. On your end of the cord is a knot that keep's the pup from pulling the cord through your hand. Get on your knees and toss an object a short distance for the pup to go after, never e...
by DonF
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The leash law and the hunting dog
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Re: The leash law and the hunting dog

Funny thing, years ago I carried my old pointer, Rex, with me on the road driving. Stopped in the middle of no G.D. where in S. California, no traffic at all. Sitting there watching Rex run and up pop's a Cal Hwy Patrol officer. he's shooting the breeze and then notice's Rex running. Tells me that t...
by DonF
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pup names and tips
Replies: 12
Views: 513

Re: New pup names and tips

Why is the breeder registering them? I like to think awhile about a name and see what I get watching the pup grow. Of course that is how I get the call name and it doesn't need be anything like the registered name!
by DonF
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Slowing down the dog
Replies: 47
Views: 1295

Re: Slowing down the dog

You haven't lived until you've seen a really fast dog hit a bird close at about a 90* angle, whamo! My old Thea hit one that way one time and rolled completely over and came up on a super hard point, it was stunning. Stormy did one like that and flipped sideways so quick he was on point with no feet...
by DonF
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 2631

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Good to hear from you Ezzy!
by DonF
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: first time hunt testing
Replies: 19
Views: 575

Re: first time hunt testing

My advice would be to read up on the requirements of whichever tests or levels you want to run, then go to a test and observe. It's difficult to just read and figure out what you need to do. It's hard to explain from a keyboard also :D There are some youtube videos that show some tests. Here is one...
by DonF
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: It takes birds to make a bird dog.
Replies: 16
Views: 1383

Re: It takes birds to make a bird dog.

Never had a problem turning dog's on to wild birds from pigeons. Usually a couple birds and the wild one's are good to go. I don't check cord dog's into birds either, I let them go on pigeon's in remote traps and do my best to make them act like wild birds. You'll find when switching over if you che...