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by DonF
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worried I picked the wallflower pup
Replies: 15
Views: 468

Re: Worried I picked the wallflower pup

At that age I wouldn't worry to much, it's a 6 week old puppy! People go out of their way to evaluate litter's of puppy's but for me it's a waste of time. I see a puppy I like and that's pretty much it! tween 6 wks and say 12 wks and 20 wks your gonna see changes!
by DonF
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timid GSP
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Timid GSP

I would say you have a rare bird dog, timid to a fault! Have you ever shot around the dog? I suspect it will be what we tend to call gun shy without you doing anything to cause it. Simply timid to a fault. It happens just not very often. I should have mentioned, you have a good idea where this probl...
by DonF
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pup Update
Replies: 5
Views: 459

Re: Pup Update

That is a nice looking dog!
by DonF
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 17
Views: 1339

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

I've been in the grain business for 38 years and the companies I am or have been associated with have traded millions of lb's and bushels of grains, byproducts, and feed ingredients to most of the major pet food manufacturers. I can't tell you which food is the best for your pet, but I can assure y...
by DonF
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: How much olive oil ?
Replies: 14
Views: 674

Re: How much olive oil ?

My 3 weims are on a 22-14 food 4 cups a day. They all weigh about 70. Get quite a bit of exercize almost daily.They are just too thin. Tops of hip bones are visible.I have fed more but this seems to be about the correct amount judging by their stools. I. Want to add olive oil to fatten them up a li...
by DonF
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy food help...
Replies: 12
Views: 1872

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Take a look at some of these bowls on Chewy.com. They should solve your fast eating problem. https://www.chewy.com/s?rh=c%3A288%2Cc%3A338%2Cc%3A339%2Cc%3A1424%2CBreedSize%3ALarge+Breeds I'll be darned. I didn't know that bowls like this existed. Good idea. The reason for them is that many people be...
by DonF
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Loft Plans
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Loft Plans

Something I've done with water'ers I sit them on something to keep as much of the base off the ground as I can. Have plastic in the pigeon pen's and glad they are inexpensive, after to short a time the crack and need fixed or replaced. For my chicken's I have galvanized water'ers and they also sit w...
by DonF
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Other Hunting, are You Done.......
Replies: 17
Views: 754

Re: Other Hunting, are You Done.......

Been a lot of years since I've been without a bird dog, lot! But I also used to hunt deer and elk a lot too Don't hunt a lot of big game any more, draw system really the pit's, most time's can't hunt close to home and I live in the middle of no where! Used to reload and shoot a lot to but lagging on...
by DonF
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Loft Plans
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Loft Plans

That's a good looking loft! How much trouble is it to clean the wire floor? I have plywood floors and easy clean unless it freeze's to hard. I used wire floor's in a few rabbit hutch's and they got super plugged up. Never did get them cleaned well. Look's like 1/2 x1 wire?
by DonF
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Loft Plans
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Loft Plans

Build your loft about 4x the size you think you need and get a few pairs started in it. In six or so month's you'll never have to catch another pigeon. You'll have to shoot them or sell them! It's been thirty some years since I've had to. That loft, ferals, is 12' x 12'.
by DonF
Fri May 31, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP attacking ducks
Replies: 12
Views: 560

Re: GSP attacking ducks

Possibility exist's if the lady had had a blue bird in her yard the dog could catch it would have been a prize for your dog also! :D
by DonF
Fri May 31, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy food help...
Replies: 12
Views: 1872

Re: Puppy food help...

Something I've noticed about every dog and puppy I've ever had is that normally they do well on what ever I feed them. I've got Sis on Purina puppy chow,,,sometimes! It was what she'd been on when I picked her up and what I kept her on. Something I've noticed about all my pup's and even adult dog's ...
by DonF
Thu May 30, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crappie fishing
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: Crappie fishing

:-)
Got a call from Amer Fld yesterday. Can't use Ironfire in sis's name without written permission from the breeder. I'll write him later about it, don't think it will be a problem, and then change it down the road. Reg name now will be simply "Twisted Sister".
by DonF
Thu May 30, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crappie fishing
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: Crappie fishing

:-)
by DonF
Sun May 26, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crappie fishing
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Crappie fishing

Went to Prineville Res but got rained out! Out there about 40 min and got seven but got the do scared out of me. Just got out and stopped the motor to fish and Sis jumped over the side of the boat. I didn't think she could do that. Well she didn't again. She came back up and started swimming. Thank ...
by DonF
Sun May 26, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quail in a travel cage overnight?
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Quail in a travel cage overnight?

Haven't used game birds in years but I did notice something about quail when I did. If you have them in a pen, they covey up and sleep at night in about the same space as you might have in a travel crate! When I did shoot to retrieve, they brought the quail in in those large travel crates and kept t...
by DonF
Thu May 23, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Lab puppy food
Replies: 6
Views: 590

Re: Lab puppy food

Three different post's in a row dealing with what to feed. Read the bag and determine if it's adequate for the age and activity level of your dog and go for it. If the dog won't eat it, change food. Boy dog food it a huge business and people pay out a lot more than they need to thinking they really ...
by DonF
Thu May 23, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 36
Views: 1068

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

I find whoa a very necessary command. It give's you control over the dog in all situations. Example, years ago I went to a vet that was right on a busy stretch of US 30 in Oregon. While I was inside someone came along and let my old GSP, Hannah, out of her kennel box in the truck. I didn't notice it...
by DonF
Thu May 23, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training method comparison
Replies: 15
Views: 569

Re: Training method comparison

I wouldn't concern myself much with method other than which can you stick to yourself. The flaw in the program is the trainer that can't read his dog and can't be consistent in how he goes. Just pick on and go for it. I suspect if either done properly, you'll get the same end result with both.Contin...
by DonF
Wed May 22, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ironfire's Twisted Sister
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Ironfire's Twisted Sister

Got her out yesterday for a couple new photo's. Noticed when I got her home she was pretty bold! Got a creek bed on my place that has really heavy cover in it. Took her over and she looked at it a moment and bailed right in! https://i.imgur.com/B5c7Qfyl.jpg Then a bunch of pigeon's landed fairly clo...
by DonF
Wed May 22, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 28
Views: 1823

Re: Costco Dog Food???

My thought's on the dog food discussion's are that for the most part all the stuff about my food is better than your's is it's just a scam. I've fed Nutro Max in the past and it's good food but just to expensive for me. Only food I ever fed that was a total failure was some stuff by American Nutriti...
by DonF
Tue May 21, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ironfire's Twisted Sister
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Ironfire's Twisted Sister

Be extra careful or you may end up looking for another place to sleep. :lol: Don't forget to keep the pictures coming. Naw. Just me and the dog's. Do have a girlfriend but she's a bit dog crazy too. Gonna try to get her going with shotgun's this year and maybe get back to NSTRA and have her run Sto...
by DonF
Sun May 19, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ironfire's Twisted Sister
Replies: 10
Views: 483

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: 310

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: 10
Views: 483

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: 10
Views: 483

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: 10
Views: 483

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: 704

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: 17
Views: 1339

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: 226

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: 565

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: 812

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: 1474

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: 342

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: 812

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: 812

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: 1474

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: 812

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: 812

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: 14
Views: 909

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: 812

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: 761

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: 761

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: 318

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: 15
Views: 1714

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: 761

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: 303

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: 826

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: 491

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: 755

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...