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by DonF
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 29
Views: 418

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: 29
Views: 418

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: 29
Views: 418

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: 29
Views: 418

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: 240

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: 293

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: 171

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: 180

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...
by DonF
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Training
Topic: English Setter I need your advice
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: English Setter I need your advice

I have trained quite a number of show bred gundogs. This applies to retrievers, spaniels, the versatile breeds and to pointers and setters. Their owners wanted them to work as gundogs , they liked the idea of turning up to shoot with a "beautiful" dog but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Almos...
by DonF
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Starting Them Early
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: Starting Them Early

Looks to me like puppy's that are looking at something they haven't a clue what it is and are being cautious!
by DonF
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Problems with 8yr old GSP
Replies: 16
Views: 387

Re: Problems with 8yr old GSP

I think you definitely need the training field. You have a big running dog and you don't see it other than the tracking collar but see birds flush and from that determine that the dog is pushing the birds? Actually if that's it, you don't know what is pushing the birds! Dog has been fine for 8yrs an...
by DonF
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: THE ROAD WELL TRAVELED
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: THE ROAD WELL TRAVELED

Very nice photo!
by DonF
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BIRD CAMP
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Re: BIRD CAMP

Funny thing about hunting I discovered about myself. For big game I hate to travel very far from home, it about filling the freezer! I am a shooter, not a hunter really. But hunting birds I've traveled all over the state. It's about enjoying my dog's. Used to take the dog's out during season now and...
by DonF
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: dog kennels
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: dog kennels

Well I built budget kennel's, side walls made with reg 2x4's. Have the 2x4 bottom's held off concrete with all weather wood blocks. Wire is 4x6 sheep pasture fence. Just had the yard fenced and went with 2x4 pasture fence. Don't like welded wire fence, breaks at the joint's to easily.
by DonF
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Member and gun dog owner
Replies: 9
Views: 637

Re: New Member and gun dog owner

There ya go, club training day in your town. Something to keep in mind as you go, different trainer's have different way's of going about training. Choose one and follow it till you know what your doing. My first GSP had me, a check cord, couple live pigeons and "the Best Way to Train Your Bird Dog-...
by DonF
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: My Reba solid on point
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: My Reba solid on point

Looking good!
by DonF
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stand Proud
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Stand Proud

Very nice photo!
by DonF
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pigeons: How long til they pair and nest
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Re: Pigeons: How long til they pair and nest

My nest's are box's! I hang a cloth down over the opening and that's the one's they go to fist. Also made a slide in shelf with a lip on it. Slides out to clean. I think it's just the wrong time f year for nesting. Mine will usually start about Feb and lay till I don't know when. I did notice this y...
by DonF
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: My little man
Replies: 15
Views: 759

Re: My little man

Nice puppy!
by DonF
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Famous Springers
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Famous Springers

I had them about 40 yrs ago. Loved them to pieces but when I lost my old Skipper I found myself rejecting litter's because it was Skipper I was looking for. They are a super breed!
by DonF
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 1029

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Featherfinder wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:14 am
Well Don, while I might go a different path, if this girl looks anything like your other dog....keep it up!
Thank you for the explanation.
You bet!
by DonF
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 1029

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Looks and sounds like you have one heck of a cracker! Just wondering why you are letting this dog stand "til the flush" and then break? Why are you not helping her to naturally stand until YOU want her to move on? Or, perhaps you are happy with her standing to the flush which is perfectly fine. Jus...
by DonF
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 1029

Sis about 22 weeks

She hit #5 way out and on the edge of the scent cone, Re-located on her own and stopped about 10 yds out and stood to the flush. Number 6 She hit about 15 yds out and never moved till the flush. This photo is number 7. she hit it maybe 8yds out going cross wind to her left as she's standing here. Fl...
by DonF
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: Sis started pointing
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Sis started pointing

Started several days ago but didn't have a camera with me. She stands there and doesn't move till I flush and doesn't chase real far and is back. Gonna start popping then sooner to style her up a bit now. Stormy was 11 mos before he started. https://i.imgur.com/qC3sIT4l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3aUo7...
by DonF
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?
Replies: 39
Views: 10567

Re: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?

12ga or 410, once you pass the KFC on the way out of town, you've left rational behavior behind. Buy and shoot guns that make you smile. If that's a 10ga 3 1/2" for quail or a 410 for pheasant, it doesn't matter since the goal is fun. You only have to satisfy yourself. For those who claim the moral...
by DonF
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis is growing up!
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: Sis is growing up!

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by DonF
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis is growing up!
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Sis is growing up!

Only 18 weeks now and getting big. Color is darkening up, getting close to Stormy. Unfortunately it doesn't show that well in the photo's I got of her. Took her out alone with birds in the traps and popped some birds for her. Had her out with the traps about a week ago and the first pp startled her ...
by DonF
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: American Brittany Breeder?
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: American Brittany Breeder?

Haven't seen K9 around in quite a while. She raise's them. You can find her on Facebook at Arlette Hennessy. She'll probably know where litter's are. Picking pup's, I look at field bred litter's then I pick the one I like to look at. My last pup is a Red Setter and I just had the breeder pick it out...
by DonF
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Not holding Birds
Replies: 30
Views: 2833

Re: Not holding Birds

Dakotazeb, your trainer should resolve your concerns but since you are typically the handler, you will need to understand the rules of engagement. Somehow, dogs know if YOU know. I use wild pigeons to exhaust a dog's penchant for chasing. Once they get the picture RELIABLY, I transition into quail/...
by DonF
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's
Replies: 52
Views: 12330

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

So, does anyone know what type a dog the OP got?
by DonF
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worried I picked the wallflower pup
Replies: 17
Views: 1239

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: 649

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: 721

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: 18
Views: 1997

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: 1157

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: 2250

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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: 750

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: 1174

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: 750

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: 750

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: 894

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: 2250

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: 529

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: 529

Re: Crappie fishing

:-)
by DonF
Sun May 26, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crappie fishing
Replies: 5
Views: 529

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: 727

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: 7
Views: 1086

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: 51
Views: 2398

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: 890

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: 752

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...