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by gonehuntin'
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Next step in training my 5 and 1/2 month old GSP
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: Next step in training my 5 and 1/2 month old GSP

You'll have to keep in mind with these German dog's that some take to becoming a handling waterfowl dog and some don't. They are brilliant dogs which can make them very difficult to train; they bore easily. So, if you are to make it a full fledge waterfowl dog, keep sessions short and interesting. R...
by gonehuntin'
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Old dog, new trick: Training a rescue
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Old dog, new trick: Training a rescue

Not so sure I'd even mess with him at 9 if you have a nice youngster coming along. Every minute you spend with the rescue is detracting from time spent with the youngster.
by gonehuntin'
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Next step in training my 5 and 1/2 month old GSP
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: Next step in training my 5 and 1/2 month old GSP

As Ray said, the program you will want to follow for a duck dog is the Smart Fetch series from Evan Graham. I really don't understand why you got a GSP for duck IF you don't also do waterfowl. A retriever breed would have suited your needs better and been easier to train as a handling waterfowl dog.
by gonehuntin'
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Started Lab Retriever
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: Started Lab Retriever

Sharon probably has it nailed. However, I have seen dogs from certain strains that were raised in homes and still acted like you are describing. He will adjust and work well for you but you MAY never be able to socialize him in a public setting. Be also aware, dog's like this can sometimes be very p...
by gonehuntin'
Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy intro to quail - let them catch or no
Replies: 14
Views: 560

Re: Puppy intro to quail - let them catch or no

It's a GWP. Many of them make their livings retrieving birds as well as pointing them. It's HOW you let them have the bird. I start them from 8 weeks handling the bird BUT: Pointing is pointing and retrieving is retrieving. So, to clarify, I'll let the pup point hidden birds on a light CC. Then, I'l...
by gonehuntin'
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Walking Bird Dog on Lead
Replies: 21
Views: 641

Re: Walking Bird Dog on Lead

Pinch collar and heeling stick. Fastest method there is. You need a release command also like OK. Later, when he's a little older, you will WANT him to pull you as an isometric muscle builder. When you say heel, he should heel. When you say OK, he should pull.
by gonehuntin'
Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy obedience timeline
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Puppy obedience timeline

GRAMPS BASIC DOG TRAINING RULES 1) NEVER GIVE A COMMAND YOU CAN’T ENFORCE. For instance, if you can’t catch the dog, don’t say HERE. If you command and don’t enforce, the dog learns it only has to obey when IT wants. 2) USE A RELEASE FOR EVERY COMMAND. For instance, when you say SIT, don’t just walk...
by gonehuntin'
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 76
Views: 7342

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

I haven't read through this whole thread or previous ones but your trainer must have told you the pup was hit by a launcher in training. There aren't many left, but a few trainers still hold on to the old TriTronics Green Boxes. They were a magnetic launcher with hard top and sides. They had the dis...
by gonehuntin'
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Is playing tug with a puppy a bad idea?
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Is playing tug with a puppy a bad idea?

With some dog's, tug is a good idea. It can give a soft mouth dog a better grip on a bird. As a general statement though, it can be very harmful if done wrong. Never let the pup permanently possess what he is training with. I always have them on a check cord. I'll throw a toy, dummy, etc. and when h...
by gonehuntin'
Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Over correcting and fear in gsp puppy
Replies: 12
Views: 510

Re: Over correcting and fear in gsp puppy

First off I don't think dogs are capable of forgiving. All you did was show who was boss. He will forget the worst part of that experience and you will both be better for it. I don't use no because it sounds a lot like whoa for what that is worth. I don't use whoa on my own dogs either. This is a p...
by gonehuntin'
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Breeder Contact
Replies: 15
Views: 1669

Re: Poor Breeder Contact

Find a different breeder. This fool has no interest in selling you a pup. If you have a problem with the pup, health or otherwise, the lack of response will probably be about the same. Go Elsewhere.
by gonehuntin'
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: GSP Water Introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: GSP Water Introduction

What you NEVER want to do, is to force him in to the water. My favorite way is to find a small pond or creek. The pond should have an island and both should be wadeable. I simply walk across them and if the pup doesn't follow, sit down. If you have an older dog, or have a friend with an older dog, b...
by gonehuntin'
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handler errors
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: Handler errors

What kind of competition?
by gonehuntin'
Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: English Setter Pup - Aggression or Not?
Replies: 24
Views: 1283

Re: English Setter Pup - Aggression or Not?

You've gotten some very good advice here. My number one puppy rule is, NO BITING! Like others, I start by pinching the nose, the jowls to the teeth and the simple word NO! NO! is one of the most important commands a puppy will learn. If he snaps back at me, I say NO! and immediately bite him on the ...
by gonehuntin'
Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wow!!
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: Wow!!

Around us, one of the prime dangers to a dog is rolling in rotting salmon guts in the fall. It doesn't hurt the dog until I catch him. :D That also makes for a fragrant ride home.
by gonehuntin'
Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Advice for a new owner
Replies: 9
Views: 842

Re: Advice for a new owner

The best advice I can give you is to hold off a year. Wait until you move back then get a pup. Spend the year watching DVD's like Perfection's and Hickox and plan your training program. Next year when you're settled, get the pup. You can thank me later.
by gonehuntin'
Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Few Images from the Season.......
Replies: 11
Views: 1043

Re: A Few Images from the Season.......

All very nice photo's.
by gonehuntin'
Fri Jan 29, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Alfa 200i
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Alfa 200i

Easiest way to transition is the use the same commands on the collar ( tone or vibration ) you use for the whistle. I use ONE whistle blast for stop, TWO meaning "No, shorten your range" and THREE for here. Then I simply transition to tone on the collar on walks. That feature is very handy for pheas...
by gonehuntin'
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall tips
Replies: 19
Views: 3870

Re: Recall tips

Garrison wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:32 pm


It’s been awhile, good to see your name on a post.
Thanks Garrison. Got Covid and Covid Induced Pneumonia. I lost the entire bird season and am just recovered now. Then, thought I'd go to Kansas for a hunt and the dog tore a toe nail off. A fitting end to 2020.
by gonehuntin'
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall tips
Replies: 19
Views: 3870

Re: Recall tips

Sorry CJ, I misunderstood. There is always a release command like "OK". When you're working him on this, you should also instill the release. However, it really isn't necessary. This training only takes one to two weeks, then you're back in the field. With a trained dog.
by gonehuntin'
Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall tips
Replies: 19
Views: 3870

Re: Recall tips

cjhills wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:41 am
My question about the debolting is this. How do you keep the dog from not wanting to leave your side.
Tell him to heel. He should not leave you side until released.
by gonehuntin'
Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall tips
Replies: 19
Views: 3870

Re: Recall tips

I can see how it would work, the dog complies no matter the situation or gets the negative. What about people who don't use an e-collar? You somehow have to get a remote recall, one without a leash. That's where a BB pistol comes in handy. In the old days all of us were dead eyes with slingshot and...
by gonehuntin'
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall tips
Replies: 19
Views: 3870

Re: Recall tips

At this age to 10 months, I de=bolt the dog. It'll save his life some day. No, this method will not restrict a dog's hunting range unless you're a bonehead and continually recall in the field. De-bolting a dog is something that should be done to every well trained dog. Quite simply, it means that yo...
by gonehuntin'
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting a dog to hunt more cover
Replies: 8
Views: 1231

Re: Getting a dog to hunt more cover

The way I've always done it is to give a hand motion toward the cover then physically walk in there with the dog. You can also plant birds in cover so they learn that's where birds are.
by gonehuntin'
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting a dog to hunt more cover
Replies: 8
Views: 1231

Re: Getting a dog to hunt more cover

If the wind is from the cover and the dog hunts it when there's scent and doesn't when there isn't, there's really no reason for him to enter it. He'd be hunting barren cover, a waste of his time and yours.
by gonehuntin'
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 2611

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

No boot's, that can wait until I get back to the truck. Leatherman for quills or wire, gauze pads for bad gashes, Vet wrap for everything, Duct Tape which CAN be used for boots (very small roll), 6" piece of rope which I can use for tourniquet, releasing Connibear, or leash, crazy glue. Everything e...
by gonehuntin'
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Grey Wolf
Replies: 42
Views: 4194

Re: Grey Wolf

Great news for Wi.! Our packs are expanding at a tremendous rate. They kill 20-40 dogs a year and depredate domestic animals to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollar. Best thing to do if you want true information if to go the the Wi. DNR website and look under wolf depredation. I like wolves b...
by gonehuntin'
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Choosing a lab puppy
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Re: Choosing a lab puppy

PICKING A PUPPY You'll get a lot of conflicting views on this, but I would never buy a pup without being able to pick it myself. First, the age. Pick it no sooner that 8 weeks and it's better if the breeder holds it until 10 weeks. You can really tell a lot about them then. You know you want a femal...
by gonehuntin'
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 2611

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

averageguy wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:37 pm
I carry a dog stapler in the truck. Never had to use it.
Same with me. My big first aid kit is in the truck, just essentials in the field.
by gonehuntin'
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 2611

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

If you're going to try to close the gash, carry a safety razor so you can shave the cut first. Also clean any dirt out. Don't want any infection.
by gonehuntin'
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 2611

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

Good to train for them, but really doesn't matter. There are thousands of hidden, long abandoned, fences out there that can even get you SD is famous for them.
by gonehuntin'
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog is “soft”
Replies: 25
Views: 3159

Re: Dog is “soft”

Remember that not all dog's mature at the same rate. I had a setter about 20 years ago that was a worthless piece of garbage at 10 months. He was my son's pet and though I wanted to end his miserable existance, I didn't. I sent him to a trainer because I was far to busy to work him and didn't have g...
by gonehuntin'
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hanging Game
Replies: 7
Views: 1426

Re: Hanging Game

I find no need to hang birds. If a bird has a disagreeable taste, it's usually because it was cooked well done and not rare. I shoot em', grill em' and eat em'.
by gonehuntin'
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 3749

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

" It's too late this year with hunting season approaching". That comment really interests me and I think it shows, or may show, a big problem many have. Train the dog during the year and let it go to heck during hunting season. This is your golden opportunity. You can certainly hunt, but do it witho...
by gonehuntin'
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 3749

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

Hands on training. IF the dog is throughly conditioned to the ecollar, you now have to take it off and put on tennis shoes. When he makes a mistake, run the pirate down and show him the errors of his ways. This is no place for a bleeding heart. I believe setting up a fake NSTRA trial is your best o...
by gonehuntin'
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 3749

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

Hands on training. IF the dog is throughly conditioned to the ecollar, you now have to take it off and put on tennis shoes. When he makes a mistake, run the pirate down and show him the errors of his ways. This is no place for a bleeding heart.
by gonehuntin'
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How many gun dogs?
Replies: 21
Views: 3356

Re: How many gun dogs?

Since you're committed to two dogs, stagger them. Five years apart is about right. That way you're never without a dog when one can't hunt anymore.
by gonehuntin'
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall with ecollar question
Replies: 11
Views: 1863

Re: Recall with ecollar question

What AG has just posted is what every good EC training system does. Rex pioneered it a zillion years ago. Everyone now is just copying the Carr system.
by gonehuntin'
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wireless Remote Thermometer
Replies: 21
Views: 7367

Re: Wireless Remote Thermometer

Just go to Target or Walmart. They have tons of them.
by gonehuntin'
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How many gun dogs?
Replies: 21
Views: 3356

Re: How many gun dogs?

It's nice to have two dogs. If one gets hurt. Other than that, by having one dog, in great shape, that pooch gets all of the work and will develop into a less dependent, more experienced dog much faster. Two dog's are twice the work. For most of my life I have had two or many more dogs to fall back ...
by gonehuntin'
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall with ecollar question
Replies: 11
Views: 1863

Re: Recall with ecollar question

People do it both ways but continuous for recall has never made and sense to me. Using continuous, the dog can not win. Even when they obey the command and come, they are being stimulated. I like the nick. Here, Nick Here! Keep alternating between voice and juice. If the dog is coming on it's own af...
by gonehuntin'
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Orange book
Replies: 5
Views: 1526

Re: Orange book

I doubt the site is good but maybe. There is ONE for sale on Amazon for $399.00.
by gonehuntin'
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Feather Aversion
Replies: 4
Views: 1269

Re: Feather Aversion

My guess would be, your dog hasn't seen of handled many live birds. Before you get in to more training issues, just try throwing some clip wing pigeons and see what happens. If the dog doesn't grab the bird, it walks or flutters away. Perhaps things have been too formalized for the dog. Don't panic ...
by gonehuntin'
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Summer heat and dog transport
Replies: 11
Views: 2277

Re: Summer heat and dog transport

I field trialed dogs in some of the hottest spots in the West: Utah, Arizona, S.Cal, etc. First, I would never carry a dog in a truck bed without a topper. That's a non starter with me. Those toppers like ARE offer tremendous insulation from the sun. When on the road it you ventilate, it shouldn't ...
by gonehuntin'
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Fetching issue
Replies: 13
Views: 2917

Re: Fetching issue

I'd worry if I were you. Does the lab have a good field or field trial pedigree? That's the first thing. Most Lab's are absolute retrieving machines. You can't throw enough balls, frisbees, bumpers, etc. to tire them out. They are making headway, but still, if you're going to have a problem it will ...
by gonehuntin'
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Summer heat and dog transport
Replies: 11
Views: 2277

Re: Summer heat and dog transport

I field trialed dogs in some of the hottest spots in the West: Utah, Arizona, S.Cal, etc. First, I would never carry a dog in a truck bed without a topper. That's a non starter with me. Those toppers like ARE offer tremendous insulation from the sun. When on the road it you ventilate, it shouldn't b...
by gonehuntin'
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 6517

Re: How to teach "turning"?

Pheasant really appreciate the handler singing to a dog.

I prefer a dog to work to my commands so I have control over the dog.
by gonehuntin'
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Need advice on my Brittany Spaniel puppy problems
Replies: 10
Views: 2635

Re: Need advice on my Brittany Spaniel puppy problems

Ray has it. Never allow ANY pipe to bite you; that's the cardinal sin. I do same as Ray. First I pinch their nose so hard they scream and command NO! If that doesn't work I hold the mouth shut and bite their nose, not muzzle. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PLAY BITING! ALLOW NO PUP TO BITE!
by gonehuntin'
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Boykin rebelling
Replies: 7
Views: 1808

Re: Boykin rebelling

Teach him to recall anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Your problem is in the recall, not the retrieve.
by gonehuntin'
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 39
Views: 6154

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

30 years ago was pretty common for a field trial contender to go from 10-20,000.00. Have no idea today what they're bringing. Since there's no money, only prestige involved, seems like there would be a cap on their worth. Wouldn't there be significant stud fees that could allow some recouping of th...