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by Doc E
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Fecal Incontenance, I need the wisdom found here.
Replies: 18
Views: 7971

Re: Fecal Incontenance, I need the wisdom found here.

WOW Ezzy, I had not realized you've become so cranky! You are the very one here I credit with saving her life from the strangles and now you have nothing to offer but arrogance. Sorry I asked. GL No kidding ! ! ! If any one of the rest of us had posted those words, we would have been "banned for li...
by Doc E
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: sneezing and coughing
Replies: 6
Views: 1805

Re: sneezing and coughing

I hope your Vet is right.
A weed seed (awn) can cause the same symptoms, but can end up in a bad situation.
And -- Why an antibiotic without a bacterial infection ?
I'd get an opinion from a different Vet.

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by Doc E
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: "Strength" training for leg injury
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Re: "Strength" training for leg injury

Without an accurate diagnosis, you can't have an accurate treatment plan.
See your Vet.

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by Doc E
Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a Live One Here
Replies: 29
Views: 13189

Re: Got a Live One Here

Gertie wrote:. She's still too small for the e-collar but this is new turf for me.
Too small or too young ?

My PL pup will be 4 months old next Friday, so (following Smartwork), we will begin "ecollar to HERE" on Saturday.

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by Doc E
Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Interesting blog from Clicker Training Pioneer
Replies: 9
Views: 2921

Interesting blog from Clicker Training Pioneer

Interesting blog post from clicker training pioneer..... http://clickandtreat.com/wordpress/?p=884 Although I've long understood the deficiences in the purely positive approach, I am surprised by the level of deceit by the "founder". There is nothing more despicable in my opinion than a dog training...
by Doc E
Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Feds to make 21 Minimum Age for Hunters
Replies: 17
Views: 4744

Re: Feds to make 21 Minimum Age for Hunters

But - gee - It came in an email, so it MUST be true. :lol:

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by Doc E
Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: can ground sniffers hunt ruff grouse?
Replies: 24
Views: 9013

Re: can ground sniffers hunt ruff grouse?

Maybe following a scent trail.
With experience, he will air scent when he gets closer.

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by Doc E
Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:55 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: mid day snack
Replies: 20
Views: 9314

Re: mid day snack

1 . End of whose day ... the dog's (hunting) day (activity), right? If you rotate dogs, the last hunt of each dog's "day," right Doc E? 2 . I like VitaCal from Drs. Foster & Smith ... primarily fat (corn oil) ... metabolizes quickly and FAT is the "quick energy" material versus carbs as in humans. ...
by Doc E
Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pointing Lab wont hunt in group
Replies: 7
Views: 1754

Re: Pointing Lab wont hunt in group

OP

I hope you have the book, "Training the Pointing Labrador", by Julie Knutson.
If you don't, GET IT -- then drop Julie an email and she will get back to you with the answer to your problem.

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by Doc E
Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Thinning spot on GSP head?
Replies: 15
Views: 6934

Re: Thinning spot on GSP head?

dog dr wrote:
So what's the difference between animal protein and non-animal protein, besides the source?
Amino acids and amino acid ratios.

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by Doc E
Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Smart Fetch
Replies: 22
Views: 7508

Re: Smart Fetch

I don't care how much "natural retrieve" my dogs have --- they are all going to be FF.

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by Doc E
Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs Eye Twitching
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Re: Dogs Eye Twitching

shags is correct.
It can also be a piece of 'something' behind the so called 3rd eyelid.

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by Doc E
Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Little help with retrieve
Replies: 11
Views: 2679

Re: Little help with retrieve

desertcountrygsp wrote:Been FF completely with great results.
chewing while bringing the birds back but he will get within 3 feet and drop the bird.
I disagree with your first statement. If it was 'complete', he wouldn't be dropping.
Might need to revisit FF.

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by Doc E
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:46 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: feeding pork cause pancreasisis
Replies: 30
Views: 9630

Re: feeding pork cause pancreasisis

"Raw" Pork has nothing to do with pancreatitis. The "no raw pork' came from the old days when eating raw pork was the source of trichinosis (a disease).
In the modern world of "confined hogs", there is no more worry about trichinosis.

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by Doc E
Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Fly By Retrieves
Replies: 9
Views: 2913

Re: Fly By Retrieves

Couch_NT wrote:10-4. This is my first attempt at training a dog, so suspect I'll be the cause of most problems...all problems. Appreciate the advice. Back to obedience it is.
Instead of "back to obedience", I'd recommend "on to a modern training program".

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by Doc E
Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Smart Fetch
Replies: 22
Views: 7508

Re: Smart Fetch

Get the book as well as the DVD.
"SmartFetch is the way to go.

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by Doc E
Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Natural Retrieve Training Using a "Here" Command
Replies: 7
Views: 2498

Re: Natural Retrieve Training Using a "Here" Command

Might work well ----- sometimes. Like when the dog is distracted -- when the dog doesn't want to bring the bird and a myriad of other reasons when a well done FF program would have prevented it in the first place. I have always had Labs with great "natural retrieve" -- but I guarantee you that all h...
by Doc E
Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Trainer suggestions for bird eating retriever
Replies: 4
Views: 2142

Re: Trainer suggestions for bird eating retriever

How far along in training is the dog ? What training program have you been following ? Why haven't you Force Fetched the dog yet ? Virtually even a totally 'green' novice can FF a dog if you follow the right program. Once you have Basic Training well established, you can follow "SmartFetch" by Evan ...
by Doc E
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with potty training a 10 week old GSP, PLEASE!
Replies: 11
Views: 3354

Re: Help with potty training a 10 week old GSP, PLEASE!

Maybe I failed to understand, but is the pup going potty when he's In the crate ?
If so, how big is the crate ?

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by Doc E
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dilemma on feeding night before hunt
Replies: 21
Views: 7230

Re: Dilemma on feeding night before hunt

The dog needs a big meal the evening before the next day hunt.

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by Doc E
Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:59 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: mid day snack
Replies: 20
Views: 9314

Re: mid day snack

OK- I posted a little too quickly and just pasted a recipe from a couple of years ago. the rice is cooked to a mush the ground pork liver I had to get beef because that is all the Butcher had and I had to take and freeze 11 pounds due to the size of their grinder. it is cooked all together then bak...
by Doc E
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: mid day snack
Replies: 20
Views: 9314

Re: mid day snack

This what is in them- end of the hunt give it to them Ingredients 2 cups of raw rice Why raw ? 6 cups of water 1/2 pound ground pork liver Why pork and not beef ? 1/4 cup honey I'd leave the honey out 1 cup of bacon fat I'd use coconut oil instead 6 eggs 1 1/2 cups maltodextrin How long is it cooke...
by Doc E
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: mid day snack
Replies: 20
Views: 9314

Re: mid day snack

Doc- I am just asking for educated info- so the energy bars sold or the home made energy bars that I make do no good ? It depends on the ingredients and the blood sugar levels in the dog. As for Maltodextrin, if it is given within 20 minutes or so of the "end of the day", it does a great job of rep...
by Doc E
Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: mid day snack
Replies: 20
Views: 9314

Re: mid day snack

nevermind wrote:Agree with Doc E....What breed of dog do you have OP? Reason I'm asking is my English Setter needs a mid day snack for low blood sugar. I've heard male ES have a history with low blood sugar.
Yep -- My point exactly.

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by Doc E
Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: mid day snack
Replies: 20
Views: 9314

Re: mid day snack

Since it takes 12 to 16 hours for a dog to digest food, what good would a mid-day snack do ?
The only time a dog needs a mid-day snack is if they are hypoglycemic.

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by Doc E
Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting Practice
Replies: 4
Views: 1085

Re: Hunting Practice

"Retrieves consistently" does not have much of anything to do with FF. You don't need to be "testing" your retriever --- you need to be training your retriever --- following a modern, sequential training program. The best way to "test" your retriever is to run in some Hunt Tests. That will definitel...
by Doc E
Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New here and training a puppy with wings and things...
Replies: 4
Views: 1488

Re: New here and training a puppy with wings and things...

The problem with saving whole body Doves for training is that Dove feathers come out extremely easily and "clog" the dog's mouth. You'd be much better off using pigeons for training. Of course you will also need some training dummys (bumpers). For a retriever training program, I (and thousands of ot...
by Doc E
Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: What the heck happened?
Replies: 14
Views: 4604

Re: What the heck happened?

Young english pointer was perfect on retrieving last year. Soft mouth, bring bird right to you. All you could ask for. Natural, I did no training what so ever other than throwing him a ton of bumpers. Fast forward to this year and he is trying to eat the downed bird. He still brings him to me, but ...
by Doc E
Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Is the Meat Listed on Your Bag actually the Meat Contained
Replies: 5
Views: 2738

Is the Meat Listed on Your Bag actually the Meat Contained

Study on meat in pet foods shows not all brands follow regulations Oct 01, 2014 Study on meat in pet foods shows not all brands follow regulations Researchers in Chapman University's Food Science Program have just published a study on pet food mislabeling. The study focused on commercial pet foods m...
by Doc E
Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: upcoming season preparedness
Replies: 8
Views: 2638

Re: upcoming season preparedness

I've never understood "getting them ready for hunting season".
If you keep your dog trained and conditioned all year, you don't need to do anything to 'get them ready".

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by Doc E
Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Supplements for a new Mom ( dog)
Replies: 14
Views: 5107

Re: Supplements for a new Mom ( dog)

The primary supplement that I recommend is TUNA Oil (not regular Fish or Salmon oil). This is due to the high levels of DHA in Tuna Oil compared to other fish oils. Also, Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate -- until the pup is 12 to 14 months old -- then switch to Glucosamine Sulfate + MSM. .
by Doc E
Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dog eats almost nothing
Replies: 16
Views: 5284

Re: Dog eats almost nothing

I'd have a FULL THYROID PANEL Done just to make sure.

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by Doc E
Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with my first GSP
Replies: 17
Views: 5065

Re: Help with my first GSP

I really think she is pointing birds and not the launcher. I have planted birds without the launcher and she points them. She is also pointing far enough way that she could not see launcher. I have not tried and empty launcher though. Thanks for all the help The only way you will know is to put out...
by Doc E
Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with my first GSP
Replies: 17
Views: 5065

Re: Help with my first GSP

Are you sure she is pointing birds in the launcher -- or is she pointing the launcher itself ?
Take her out with an empty launcher and see if she points it or not.

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by Doc E
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Metamucil or ?
Replies: 11
Views: 4494

Re: Metamucil or ?

10Sam29 wrote:I was told to use pumpkin to eliminate the opposite problem?
Pumpkin is a "normalizer". Use it for diarrhea use it for constipation.
Canned pumpkin provides a nice environment for the beneficial bacteria in the gut to reproduce.

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by Doc E
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:50 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Metamucil or ?
Replies: 11
Views: 4494

Re: Metamucil or ?

1 Heaping Tablespoon of Pure canned pumpkin + 1 Heaping tablespoon of a quality Yogurt (no flavors, no sugar) three times a week and all is well.
I think Nancy's brand or Stonyfield are the best ones.
Good for all dogs, not just the geriatric.

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by Doc E
Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Hunt Day Nutrition
Replies: 14
Views: 5447

Re: Hunt Day Nutrition

I suspect the "nutrition" arrives via the previous day's feeding. Exactly correct. It takes around 12 hours for a dog to fully digest a meal. this is easy to prove. Give your dog a few kernels of corn in a meal and see how long it takes for the corn to show up in the poop. Regular days = Equal amou...
by Doc E
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Give or Drop command? And others...
Replies: 18
Views: 3956

Re: Give or Drop command? And others...

Huh. I don't use give or drop. I use "leave it"! Words I use for commands are words easy for me, not the dog. More important that I give commands and teach commands I understand and teach the dog a function when it hears the command. I only use "Leave It" when a dog needs to leave it . Can be used ...
by Doc E
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Give or Drop command? And others...
Replies: 18
Views: 3956

Re: Give or Drop command? And others...

I use GIVE for the end of a retrieve (put the bird in my hand).
I use DROP for "remote drop" .

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by Doc E
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What breed to buy? NEW GUY NEEDS HELP!
Replies: 18
Views: 4968

Re: What breed to buy? NEW GUY NEEDS HELP!

You should definitely consider a Pointing Lab - - - That way you only need one dog.
I'm not sure, but I think Sauk River Labradors currently has one or two litters of PLs on the ground.

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by Doc E
Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Going Grousin'
Replies: 3
Views: 792

Re: Going Grousin'

We just did some "laid back" hunting this morning and got one big Blue (over 3.5 lbs) one "mountain" Dove. Mountain doves are mourning doves that live in the high mountains -- but because of their diet, they have a better flavor. Also got two Snowshoe Hares.... Nami is going to make Rabbit Stew with...
by Doc E
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Going Grousin'
Replies: 3
Views: 792

Going Grousin'

Grouse season opened up here today. so in about a half-hour we'll be headed out :)
Might go out for Doves later today -- depending on how the grouse hunt goes

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by Doc E
Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Retriever Dog Food- DO NOT PURCHASE
Replies: 49
Views: 18842

Re: Retriever Dog Food- DO NOT PURCHASE

IMO, any meat meal (chicken beef, lamb etc) as a first ingredient is markedly better than if it is not a meal.

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by Doc E
Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Good Training Decisions
Replies: 3
Views: 866

Re: Good Training Decisions

It can definitely be a balancing act.

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by Doc E
Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is there really an off season?
Replies: 13
Views: 2836

Re: Is there really an off season?

Our adult dogs hunt 5 months a year with "tune-up" training every day. They run in hunt tests 7 months a year with "significant" training two or three days a week and tune up training the other days. On days that we don't hunt, they are 'free roaded'. During Hunt Test season, they are 'free roaded' ...
by Doc E
Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Retriever Dog Food- DO NOT PURCHASE
Replies: 49
Views: 18842

Re: Retriever Dog Food- DO NOT PURCHASE

I think that many of us (me included) prefer to err on the side of caution.

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by Doc E
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: dog wrist injury
Replies: 4
Views: 1281

Re: dog wrist injury

Out of curiosity.
Have you had your dog on any nutritional joint supplements ?

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by Doc E
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Force Fetch question
Replies: 9
Views: 1996

Re: Force Fetch question

Personally, I prefer SmartFetch far more than Fowl Dogs.
If what you are doing now isn't working, change methods.

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by Doc E
Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: A New Look in His Eye
Replies: 21
Views: 6702

Re: A New Look in His Eye

So are there any wild birds on this abandoned golf course ?
If not, are you planting any birds for him to find ?

If not, why not ?

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by Doc E
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for physical pre-season exercise?
Replies: 5
Views: 1105

Re: Tips for physical pre-season exercise?

Keep the dog in top notch physical condition all year around.

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