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by DonF
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!

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by DonF
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 39
Views: 798

Re: Steady then not

I apologize for not being clear Averageguy. I do that a lot trying to put racing thoughts into words for this medium. (Came with the gray hair, I think.) I'm with you. Obedience commands - all of them - SHOULD have little to do with how a dog applies itself in the field. In fact, my dogs admittedly...
by DonF
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 39
Views: 798

Re: Steady then not

Try stopping a dog that chase's on the flush or shot with the whoa command. A command you can't enforce when needed is un-teaching the command. ..Maybe ' whoa or Bananas , word command is interpreted as slow up there , as in a wagon with a horse , rather than Stop ? , then again, maybe some see it ...
by DonF
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hold Command
Replies: 14
Views: 486

Re: Hold Command

I have never understood the need for the hold command. What does fetch mean? I take that to mean go get it pick it up and bring it here! Now will hold send the dog? I don't think so unless the trainer interput's it different than I would. When taking the dog down to the table to retrieve, what comma...
by DonF
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!

Now it'a four girls and two boy's. My son got this photo with his phone. Love it!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 3Qb6vGOomo
by DonF
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!

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The first pup
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by DonF
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!

Second girl just hit the floor running. Born with a quail in her mouth! :mrgreen: Two boy's and two girls now!

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Update. Three girls and two boys!
by DonF
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!

As of 5:25pm it's one boy and one girl! She was laying across my stomach on the bed when he had it! :D
by DonF
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!
Replies: 7
Views: 207

New name for Sis. Now it's Mom!

First puppy dropped at 11:05 this morning, little male. Waiting impatiently for the rest! :D
by DonF
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 39
Views: 798

Re: Steady then not

I think I get what your saying featherfinder and if I do, I agree. But I've been thinking steady after the flush. Up to there it's hands off and mouth shut for me. I use the remote trap's, think you do to. To start out I don't give the dog much chance to point the bird. The dog come's into scent or ...
by DonF
Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Why Purina Pro Plan?
Replies: 51
Views: 10057

Re: Why Purina Pro Plan?

Over the years I have fed a number of different foods, mostly out of the grocery store. Fed Nutro when it first came out and I think it's good stuff, my dog's seemed to do well on it. There was one food I fed that was obviously trash. Came from American Nutrition in Utah! Now I've been criticized fo...
by DonF
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 39
Views: 798

Re: Steady then not

I like feather finder's stuff but one flaw here for me. Whoa is an obedience command but without it you simply substitute another command. We know what whoa means, we teach the dog what to do when it hears the command. In order to attain steady to wing and shot and especially kill, we have to have s...
by DonF
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Bird wings
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: Bird wings

When I tarted Stormy retrieving I just used a training buck with scent on it. Down the road I decided to turn him over to frozen birds and it didn't go bad but, when I tried a fresh killed bird, he wouldn't pick them up and bring them back. He liked pulling feather's but didn't care for holding them...
by DonF
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Starting search for next Vdog
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: Starting search for next Vdog

The subject of ugly dog's! Oh boy! I've seldom been attracted to ugly dog's but, one huge exception. I know GWP's make good dogs but seem's to me they are just ugly enough not to be cute at the same time. That's my own worthless though! But I've seem a couple WPG, Wirehair Pointing Griffons, they we...
by DonF
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tail Set
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Tail Set

12 O'Clock tail is extremely important if you're running FT Pointers or Setters. If you're not looking to compete in Field Trials, people that DO field trial will argue that it helps you find the dog in deep cover. But you have a Brittany so the tail is a moot point. CJHills is correct about a the ...
by DonF
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Should i let me Brittany actually play with and catch a live bird
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Should i let me Brittany actually play with and catch a live bird

I don't throw wing clipped birds for pups Throw one for a soft pup and you might end up with a pup learning to leave birds alone. What you allow, you teach!
by DonF
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Da*n!
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Da*n!

Stormy
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by DonF
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Da*n!
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Da*n!

Red Setter's

Sis
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by DonF
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Da*n!
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Da*n!

Wanted to breed Sis to Stormy her second season. Stormy had a different opinion! Pup's due the end of Feb. :(
by DonF
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 17
Views: 759

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

Been a few of these post's lately from guy's that don't seem to be able to let their pup grow up before they think there's some problem! Your dog is not a dog, it is a pup! Keep walking around water and throwing thing's to fetch where he doesn't have to swim. One day he'll grow into a dog and knock ...
by DonF
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush- question
Replies: 35
Views: 1276

Re: Steady to flush- question

First of all, I train with remote launcher's and the dog take's a deep breath and I pop the bird. The dog is taught that it's the dog's movement that flush' the bird. Next and probably more important, your way ahead of where I would want to be. Your dog is a pup for crying out loud! Pup's do thing's...
by DonF
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 39
Views: 798

Re: Steady then not

If I'm breaking a dog out I use a different method. For whoa I use the original Delmar method. I'm pretty sure the flank hitch works but I try not to mess with anything that already works. From the whoa post I go to stakes driven in the ground and dog on the check cord. As I'm CCing the dog around I...
by DonF
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Growing up
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Growing up

Very nice!
by DonF
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus

Garmin put in a deal about that when I gt my 320. They said it is normal to be off close in but improve's with range.Close in it sucks, always has but not a problem. Be sure to calibrate it regularly.
by DonF
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Favorite Christmas Present In Years
Replies: 12
Views: 703

Re: My Favorite Christmas Present In Years

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by DonF
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?
Replies: 18
Views: 966

Re: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?

I used to do all manner of nasties while training such as flying a cripple (tethered) bird, walking the bird towards the dog, flushing back towards the dog, having a young pup rip a bird the trainee was standing, verbal release ("Ok...Break!!...Fetch!!...Alright...Let's go..."), etc. And, that was ...
by DonF
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog not "going with" me
Replies: 23
Views: 1163

Re: Dog not "going with" me

Not relevant but how do you know if your dog has a mediocre nose? Can you smell what the dog is smelling? I've had dog's I might say had a good nose but actually is could be nothing more than a smart dog that has seen resulte from certain cover before and is simply testing. My old Hannah could prett...
by DonF
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Flush
Replies: 13
Views: 627

Re: The Flush

Very nice photo.
by DonF
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?
Replies: 18
Views: 966

Re: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?

There's quite a bit of difference between a good trial dog and a great bird dog. Great bird dog will probably get you picked up every time! Moving out of cover to mark a bird is allowed in the guidelines but not by judge's. Spending a lot of time searching for a bird the dog didn't mark is fine, ret...
by DonF
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 1635

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

A huge problem, I think, with horse back field trialing is they are looking for trial dog's. Often times great dog work is shot down as it's considered bad trial work. A dog not gone from sight for most the stake will likely not place. Problem being it didn't run big enough. The dog that run's less ...
by DonF
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training / hunting question - missed shots
Replies: 16
Views: 854

Re: Training / hunting question - missed shots

Missed shot? :D

Saw a good video on it years ago. The guy would release a bird from a trap and let his dog get under way chasing. once under way he started nicing it till it gave up the chase. Seemed to work well.
by DonF
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Funny or odd looking points
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Funny or odd looking points

Stormy in another over the shoulder point!

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by DonF
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Funny or odd looking points
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Funny or odd looking points

BigTub wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:22 pm
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The Lion In Tall Grass Point
Love that photo!
by DonF
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Bird launchers
Replies: 20
Views: 1129

Re: Bird launchers

The only knock against the LCS launchers is they are a little small for chukar and big homers- especially if it's hot. Actually the LCS launcher's are the first that I've ever had that have enough room in them for Homer's.All my older launcher's had smaller cages and in hot weather would kill a hom...
by DonF
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Alert to DonF!
Replies: 1
Views: 337

Re: Alert to DonF!

Well that may be great new's! What color were the hats? Mine had white hate's, the good guy's! :mrgreen:
by DonF
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany outside in doghouse
Replies: 11
Views: 745

Re: Brittany outside in doghouse

Don't use hay as bedding. It will work if it's all you can get but straw is a better choice. Straw is in hollow inside and hay isn't. Straw holds heat better. I've had dog's out in -10 degrees over the years on straw and min size house and they were fine. I think the best house will be a 55 gal drum...
by DonF
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: roading
Replies: 13
Views: 917

Re: roading

I think people that don't compete with their dog's might condition more than they need to. A hunting dog, hunted even long periods of time learns to pace itself. Competitive dogs are taught to run for specific periods of time. You have a dog you run in one hour braces and want to condition it, train...
by DonF
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Funny or odd looking points
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Funny or odd looking points

Those are great! I like to see a dog lock up and stay in the position it hit's the bird! Sometime's Stormy hit's in strange positions. This bird he'd passed and some how hit it on the down wind side! Bird is about a foot behind him. You can see it at the base of the sagebrush. https://i.imgur.com/xP...
by DonF
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 22
Views: 3201

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

We're on our first bird dog (GSP) and I wanted to make sure he got the "best." We were probably also a little too susceptible to blog-based nutrition fads. So we fed Orijen Puppy to our GSP for the first year. He loved it, he grew nicely with a very good coat and he took to all his training just fi...
by DonF
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Bird launchers
Replies: 20
Views: 1129

Re: Bird launchers

If you use a launcher, make the bird in it act like a wild bird. Otherwise a check cord and birds sat on the ground with their head tucked will train your dog if you do your part. Of course the same goes for the remote launcher, you have to do your art or it won't work that well. Bird's in the remot...
by DonF
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Almost out of pigeons
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Almost out of pigeons

Can't believe it. Had abut 40 homer's and 40 feral's about a month ago. Have 4 homer's and 5 feral's today. Cats found a way in and destroyed them! Thinking really hard about shooting them but one is a pet of mine! Did several different thing's to keep the cat's out but seem's nothing has worked yet...
by DonF
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Bird launchers
Replies: 20
Views: 1129

Re: Bird launchers

I have a set of three LCS launcher's. Been using them close to 12 years now. Had one motor go bad several years ago but other wise I don't have a complaint one with them. I've used Dogtra, DT Systems. a set I got out of Amer Fld from the S.E. and first set was Wag Ag. The Amer Fld set lasted very we...
by DonF
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 1868

Re: hunting too fast

Mmmmmm ??? I'm not at all sure on the question of human scent on caged birds. I've had one dog, a Brittany, that despised smelling human hand scent on a caged bird. She would point the bird but then almost immediately charge the cage, jump on top of it, carefully position herself …..and then pee al...
by DonF
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 1868

Re: hunting too fast

I don't believe that having human scent on a bird your training with matter's one bit. It's the bird the dog want's and it's scent is also there and probably stronger. I've never had a dog leave a wild bird because there was no human scent on it. Go rub a sage brush real well and see if your dog wil...
by DonF
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 1868

Re: hunting too fast

A Garmin doesn't tell if a dog is pointing. It indicate's if the dog is stopped, nothing more. Sometime's when the dog is stopped it will indicate "tree'd"! Your dog decide's to lay down and take a nap to the Garmin the dog is not moving so it indicates pointing and often tree'd. How long the point ...
by DonF
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 1868

Re: hunting too fast

For a dog handling birds right, 200 to 300 yds is not really a bad thing. At my age I'm where I like a dog in that close. Problem being getting to the dog. Most trialers like a dog way out there and pretty much un-seen till they find the dog on a bird. I believe that dogs like that flush far more bi...
by DonF
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Use a Muzzle During Dog Intro
Replies: 13
Views: 740

Re: Use a Muzzle During Dog Intro

Depending on the aggression, I would not tolerate it, get rid of the aggressive one. Aggression doesn't generally get better over time, it get's worse and from the other dog it could be a family member. Had a Britt in that was that way years ago and told the owner he needed to get rid of it. He like...
by DonF
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: So you think you know dogs?
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: So you think you know dogs?

I've got one but it's not as good as your story. I was training a pointer (English) for a friend and she wanted her to retrieve as well as hunt and point...in Britain pointers are seldom worked as retrievers. The training in all aspects of her work was going well and she liked to retrieve …..usuall...
by DonF
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Reptiles
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: Reptiles

I have never worried about what a young dog chase's. Seem' all the one's I've worked with pretty much quit chasing all off game when I started them on planted bird's. Two exception's are most will chase a deer and some really like porcupines. Generally on porcupine's they don't do bad till after the...
by DonF
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Whoa Post-Neck vs Flank
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: Whoa Post-Neck vs Flank

I do Delmar's version from the book. It's never failed me. Doesn't get much better than that. When the dog is ready to leave the whoa post, I check cord it around and try to catch the CC on stakes I drive in the ground, catch's the dog and stops it and I immediately flip the cc off the stake and hav...