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by aulrich
Mon May 02, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: new to gun dog training. need advice.
Replies: 71
Views: 22293

Re: new to gun dog training. need advice.

+1 for taking another look, unless you are in a jurisdiction that has gone all progressive and banned them. They are part of a good OB program along with clicker or other positive training methods. Gorge Hickox has a puppy program https://www.georgehickox.com/about_george_hickox_dvd.html I did not u...
by aulrich
Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ruining A Dog With E Collar
Replies: 12
Views: 3189

Re: Ruining A Dog With E Collar

+1 to finding a proper training program, personally I used the one on the George Hickox Pointing dog DVD. In general it follows the standard teach, enforce and re-enforce progression. One thing I liked about it was it’s not about 50,000 volts of compliance. The teach phase was very open and on my ne...
by aulrich
Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: I've lost my pointer!
Replies: 4
Views: 2020

Re: I've lost my pointer!

It's been just about 4 years with mine definitely no loss of birdyness , and basically after a winter of free flying it's like he hates them even more.
by aulrich
Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: Training
Topic: WATER RETRIVE FOR BRITTANY???
Replies: 7
Views: 2973

Re: WATER RETRIVE FOR BRITTANY???

Equate water = ducks = fun and you are half way there. I was sort of i the same boat with my LMhis first summer fall I had figured I had wreck his water work somehow, he only went for a swim once that first year. The following spring we were opening up the cabin and the ice was just coming off the l...
by aulrich
Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 20ga recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 24487

Re: 20ga recommendations

My son runs a Weatherby SA-08 in 12 for waterfowl and it's been a solid performer. The wood 20ga version was very much in the running when he got his Franchi.
by aulrich
Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 20ga recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 24487

Re: 20ga recommendations

I have a Yildz but in 12 my son has the Franchi in 20 the only regret with my yildz is it is in 12. 1-1/8 oz loads can still turn a bird inside out if you are to snappy off the mark. The Franchi is the steel receiver version and with 1 oz or 7/8 oz loads recoil is minimal. One thing is at least with...
by aulrich
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: Pigeon flying in winter?
Replies: 5
Views: 3370

Re: Pigeon flying in winter?

This is the first winter I have been having them free fly, there is not many hawks around here in the winter. and to be honest I have been running them very low maintenance, I have not watered them since it got cold (I live a half mile or so from open water) and during cold snaps I feed them daily b...
by aulrich
Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: HELP! My 9 week old Brittany is so full of energy!
Replies: 17
Views: 6299

Re: HELP! My 9 week old Brittany is so full of energy!

There is an eleven year old Britt at the dog park I frequent, that the owners are down to twice a day with. :) If you can always try to throw in mental stimulation of some sort, that is where the sniffing is a good thing. x2 on finding puppy sized hunting area just to fart around in. Oddly enough ev...
by aulrich
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: points and commanded flushes
Replies: 22
Views: 5594

Re: points and commanded flushes

What Sharon said, as I understand it some never learn, with my limited experience with dogs I had expected at least one encounter as a "right of passage", still might get it. I have only seen mine point a rabbit once, he will track them, one day I watched him track a rabbit in and around the mother ...
by aulrich
Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: points and commanded flushes
Replies: 22
Views: 5594

Re: points and commanded flushes

In general The rabbits I have run into are cottontails , snowshoe hares and jack rabbits. In the part of Canada I have hunted cottontails are usually in southern grouse country and jacks are on the prairie The hares are in the mountains and northern boreal forest. in the places I have hunted in Cana...
by aulrich
Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Flusher or pointer
Replies: 25
Views: 7841

Re: Flusher or pointer

I don’t have a lot of experience flushers but the little I do have is that with a bigger party of hunters 4 or more where you have to move more formally point a to point b flushers are a better fit.

But mostly is just me and the dog in the wide open west so I run a pointing dog.
by aulrich
Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coywolf?
Replies: 16
Views: 3926

Re: Coywolf?

There is a NOVA doc on this on Netflix, IIRC it’s a Coyote and a Red Wolf cross, and supposedly that is the only possible cross.
by aulrich
Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: New guy with some questions:
Replies: 7
Views: 2406

Re: New guy with some questions:

x2 on NAVHDA helped me a lot
by aulrich
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Single Shot 20GA
Replies: 16
Views: 4623

Re: Single Shot 20GA

My kids had complained a bit about starting with a single, but then I tell them about the single I started with no recoil pad and no forearm ! I can’t say how many times I got bit by that forearm bracket. Sure made me appreciate my first pump gun. As for kick, our H&R is chambered to fit 3.5” 12 gau...
by aulrich
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Yildiz
Replies: 25
Views: 10890

Re: Yildiz

I have one in 12ga, should have bought it in 20 but that is not the guns fault. it's an excellent field gun it's light , points well mine has gone bang every time for 3 years now. I would classify it as the point where good starts, nothing fancy but still gets the job done. And sure the B's my have ...
by aulrich
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Shed hunting with gsp
Replies: 4
Views: 1869

Re: Shed hunting with gsp

I played with this some this spring(more just for fun with a dog just over 3years) , I look at it like a duck search for antlers. search an area for a scent and bring it back. Just like duck search training does not conflict with upland training I don't see a conflict here. a warm bird will always t...
by aulrich
Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Are we slowly killing off our dogs?
Replies: 35
Views: 10672

Re: Are we slowly killing off our dogs?

For a long and healthy life you must feed your dogs, kittens, baby bunnies and butterflies.

Raw naturally, live preferably

And if you can get them baby seals, because they have high omega-3 fatty acids

Holy cow not even a week since the last feed thread
by aulrich
Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog Food Study
Replies: 80
Views: 16142

Re: Dog Food Study

Yes but what is better 270 or 30-06 and can I use the 17 hmr for coyotes.

dead horse alert

The what do you feed should be limited to 2 flame wars a year maybe 1 a quarter if things are slow.
by aulrich
Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: catch me if you can and the retrive, an impromptu game
Replies: 3
Views: 1534

Re: catch me if you can and the retrive, an impromptu game

Mine developed that and it really only went away once I properly formalized “here” with an e-collar and then did force fetch. Fun bumpers are a double edged sword they do help maintain the dogs engagement but they also encourage sloppiness, for now I would consider dropping them. My LM is not that b...
by aulrich
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadiness Training Question
Replies: 28
Views: 7973

Re: Steadiness Training Question

Funny how folks get even with blanks, I even got the you can't use a gun in the city, and I'm calling the cops speech one day :) he was still grumbling after I showed him the bumper launcher which bears no resemblance to a gun.
by aulrich
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadiness Training Question
Replies: 28
Views: 7973

Re: Steadiness Training Question

That is an important part of the bird development when they fly out of sight, that means they are routing and learning the area. In theory a good genetics young birds homer will route as far as 5 miles though 2 seems more normal according to the internet. I do the compass thing to make up for my poo...
by aulrich
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadiness Training Question
Replies: 28
Views: 7973

Re: Steadiness Training Question

It almost sounds like you need to back track a bit, work whoa without birds and in different places to give it a bit of polish, PS/PF is incremental enough that if the dog is not getting a step it's safe to say the dog did not quite get the step before. For mine I had to go back an add some twists t...
by aulrich
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadiness Training Question
Replies: 28
Views: 7973

Re: Steadiness Training Question

I did start in a non hunting area (but even though it was in the city it does resemble hunting area) it helped early , but it also delayed me when I needed to get the gun out, since using them also delayed me from getting my pigeons distance trained so I don't know if it helped over all vs getting m...
by aulrich
Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blue Picardy Spaniel
Replies: 32
Views: 12483

Re: Blue Picardy Spaniel

I have run into a few of that gentleman's dogs over the years, but only in pet dog mode at the park, nice dogs. The owners commented that they were pleased with the hunting skills. And as vague as this is the dogs seemed well wired.
by aulrich
Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Type of duck to train with?
Replies: 15
Views: 4338

Re: Type of duck to train with?

Our club gets farm raised Mallards(though they could also be Call Duck they look about the same), nothing like a good quacking hen to help crank up the prey drive. Even if your local NAVHDA is too far to participate in training days, joining just to get access to their bird supply especially somethi...
by aulrich
Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Building a puppy's confidence?
Replies: 15
Views: 5119

Re: Building a puppy's confidence?

Just for clarification do you still live in town and have a fence and just getting use to a dog that spends most of it's time away from you when hunting. Or have you moved to the country no longer have a fence ? Personally I have low tolerance for unattended dogs running loose, I live in a City but ...
by aulrich
Tue May 26, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: navhda upt
Replies: 12
Views: 4110

Re: navhda upt

Pretty much, Steady to flush vs steady to release retrieve to 1 step vs to hand Dead duck vs live duck in the search drag is not as long and more distractions at the water work Are the hi lights of the top of my head. Folks in our club say, if you honestly think you are a utp prize one you should ju...
by aulrich
Tue May 26, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: Couple Pigeons Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 2331

Re: Couple Pigeons Questions

Chicken scratch should be OK, but just like with the dogs feeding can be as simple or complex as you want. Cheap, available and about 18% protein and your good. If you feed grains vs pellets you will have to feed grit, around here we can get a product called “chicken grit” , it’s regular grit plus m...
by aulrich
Tue May 12, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: When will she stop chaseing birds?
Replies: 15
Views: 6456

Re: When will she stop chaseing birds?

x2 I am guessing you are just doing steadying drills that you see off of youtube, the big problem with that is they are not complete, the steadying (along with most other advanced training) is a process that is best done in logical small increments. Though there are probably more here are a couple o...
by aulrich
Fri May 01, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Of possible interest...pigeon poop
Replies: 9
Views: 3127

Re: Of possible interest...pigeon poop

Big emphasis on "composted before use" I had lots of seed in my first few usages and I am still paying the price weed wise.

I switched to straight pellets for feed so it's less of an issue now. but even as small as my loft is I get way too much of it.
by aulrich
Fri May 01, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Brought home an 8 week old GSP..........now what!!
Replies: 12
Views: 5368

Re: Brought home an 8 week old GSP..........now what!!

Lots of time in puppy sized hunting country and puppy sized water, other wise known as FUN field romps. And remember at this stage you need to show the pup that you walk through cover not on the path. And as long as you don’t over do it, the wing on a string drill is something you can do now. introd...
by aulrich
Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: pigeon contraception
Replies: 11
Views: 5436

Re: pigeon contraception

I had to look it up but it seems they will set on wooden eggs a few weeks anyways. For me training losses, lead or a fish bonker keep my population in check. One thing I have not tried yet is squabbing the extras I would imagine they would taste like quail or Cornish game hens they get high quality ...
by aulrich
Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: pigeon contraception
Replies: 11
Views: 5436

Re: pigeon contraception

Wooden eggs
by aulrich
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need Help Setting Up Pigeon Coop
Replies: 3
Views: 1334

Re: Need Help Setting Up Pigeon Coop

What birds you start out with is more a function of how far away your training grounds up to a certain distance just feral birds will work just fine but eventually starting with actual racing birds will pay off since you will lose fewer training. The fastest way to get a flight team is unflown young...
by aulrich
Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: shaking with excitement
Replies: 9
Views: 2391

Re: shaking with excitement

The desire to go is a good thing, but it does need to be controlled, you don’t want a vibrating whiny dog in a duck blind as an example. Lots of times I will toss the pigeons right as I leave for an evening walk if I time it right the birds will be staging on the roof of the house before trapping. S...
by aulrich
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: Squabs dying
Replies: 3
Views: 2044

Re: Squabs dying

I have caused myself trouble when I was not diligent enough and let there water run out.

What are you using for nests, the better the nest the better my success rate, at first I had chicks falling out and freezing to death. It is worth the effort to get your nest boxes just right.
by aulrich
Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeon Coop Question
Replies: 9
Views: 3050

Re: Pigeon Coop Question

One thing to watch out for is to have the trap high enough and/or in a spot where the dog can’t unduly harass the birds as they try to go in. It can be annoying to have to keep the dog inside while you loft fly young birds.
by aulrich
Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Beeper or GPS
Replies: 23
Views: 6183

Re: Beeper or GPS

This one has me confused Changes made from version 3.40 to 3.60: ◦Disabled dog tracking when used in countries for which the radio frequencies are not authorized. From http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=5483 So I guess folks are not doing firmware updates or hacking the unit some...
by aulrich
Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Beeper or GPS
Replies: 23
Views: 6183

Re: Beeper or GPS

mnaj_springer wrote:What does the frequency interfere with?
Farmers and their combines :)

In Canada the range of frequency that the Garmin uses is used under license only(usually specialty GPS applications like precision farming) , so a regular consumer device is SOL.
by aulrich
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Beeper or GPS
Replies: 23
Views: 6183

Beeper or GPS

It is a regulatory thing with the frequency the collar uses, they even patched it that it won't work north of the border. What do folks think about the sport dog gps collar that one does work in Canada .
by aulrich
Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: do you save a bird or two for training?
Replies: 7
Views: 2385

Re: do you save a bird or two for training?

Retrieve from drag training ( typical V-dog thing)
Beginning duck search, before we use live birds (another V-dog thing)
FTP
Water marks
Saving a goose or two helps smooth the transition

Though mostly waterfowl, once thawed I keep them in the fridge between sessions, they usually last a week.
by aulrich
Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Socialization issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6007

Re: Socialization issue?

How is your dog meeting new folks at home. At home mine is maybe too friendly and excited though he does settle down Out and about he is fairly off stand-ish, it takes a special regular at the off leash for him to go in for a greeting. Oddly folks at training days do get more attention but they are ...
by aulrich
Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Blood tracking training kit
Replies: 0
Views: 622

Blood tracking training kit

So I ran into this at BP the other day, http://www.gundogsupply.com/dog-bone-game-recovery-system-dog-training-kit.html Has anyone used this kit ? For me it under the heading of “Fun things to do with your dog” since using a dog for big game recovery is not actually legal here(nothing but big cats c...
by aulrich
Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Do you allow your dogs on the furniture?
Replies: 47
Views: 15154

Re: Do you allow your dogs on the furniture?

Some yes, some no, but it also depends on who is on the furniture at the time.
by aulrich
Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: lab catching pheasants
Replies: 17
Views: 5163

Re: lab catching pheasants

Crappy fly birds are hard on pointers too, they are usually throwing tons of stress hormones and they smell wounded to the dog.

From a safety point of view, I would think stop on flush would be a desirable thing on a preserve, since you can’t bank on the client not shooting at a low birds.
by aulrich
Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: 15 WORDS OR LESS ... NEXT SEASON, I'M GOING TO HUNT
Replies: 52
Views: 21804

Re: 15 WORDS OR LESS ... NEXT SEASON, I'M GOING TO HUNT

Shoot some snip, blue grouse and sharptails along with the normal stuff
by aulrich
Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Launcher Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 6155

Re: Launcher Questions

As close as we have been able to figure out, It's more the flapping , rather than the color. That is why some folk use clothes pins, no flapping , for myself I just use as little tape as possible.
by aulrich
Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Launcher Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 6155

Re: Launcher Questions

Lots of it is how you approach the plant site, the best is have a friend do it. But I like to loop wide then swing down wind then back track and repeat for the next launcher. Sometimes they cut your track , I just recalled and start off a new direction if they start following , at any point they get...
by aulrich
Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Launcher Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 6155

Re: Launcher Questions

To paraphrase , you are looking to formalize steadiness in your dog. There are a number of ways to do that job and this is one of those spots where it is wise to find a system and follow it to the end, especially if you are new(ish). I used Perfect Start/Perfect finish Other systems that I know of t...
by aulrich
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Deutsch Drahthaar Training
Replies: 9
Views: 4532

Re: Deutsch Drahthaar Training

Relax and have fun, do your reading. When I got mine folks said let your puppy be a puppy, I did not get the comment at the time, I think I do now. The first year is not so much about training as it is about exposure. Exposure to field , forest, water, birds and guns, now don’t get me wrong some tra...