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by CDN_Cocker
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Knuckling
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Knuckling

Yup use large breed formula. It's easily corrected.
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tone and vibrate commands
Replies: 20
Views: 578

Re: Tone and vibrate commands

The end result is never necessary if the dog is compliant. Some people don't use any of those other tools so your running shoes are the only solution you can apply. I use them early in training so the dog never gets to the point later on where blowing me off is a consideration. Online though lots of...
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1289

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Some dogs are wound tighter than others. And some legitimately have ADHD. You'll have people that try to make u feel like it's something that you've done wrong in training or that you don't set boundaries but that's garbage. I've had quite a few dogs and they're all different. My current 2 are polar...
by CDN_Cocker
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tone and vibrate commands
Replies: 20
Views: 578

Re: Tone and vibrate commands

Thanks! So you are using vibrate as an enforcer of a verbal or whistle recall command, what happens if vibrate doesn't bring him in? Vibrate is the last resort on the collar if he doesn't respond to whistle/voice/stim before that. If that doesn't work then you need to move to the next tool you have...
by CDN_Cocker
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tone and vibrate commands
Replies: 20
Views: 578

Re: Tone and vibrate commands

I conditioned mine to here with vibrate but only use it if he blows me off. The vibrate function puts more pressure on a dog then stim. People think they're being kinder by using vibrate instead but it's the opposite. However it's justified if the dog isn't responding to recall. There's no wiggle ro...
by CDN_Cocker
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Live Bird Tips
Replies: 9
Views: 426

Re: Live Bird Tips

At 16 weeks I wouldn't worry about feeling you need to get him on live birds. I did with my guy at that age (perhaps younger) and while I did end up with an obsessive bird crazed dog I know with my next one I will focus more on bulletproof obedience first and wait to introduce birds till later. If h...
by CDN_Cocker
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 27
Views: 897

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

I am a strong believer in force fetch or the trained retrieve. But it's not necessary to get a dog to retrieve and any well bred gun dog should want to retrieve. That being said it sounds like that drive hasn't been nurtured in your 3 year old dog. What you need to do is start building that desire j...
by CDN_Cocker
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: CBD/Hemp Extract
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: CBD/Hemp Extract

Sharon probably cheaper to buy online for people than through a vet marketed for dogs. I just buy mine down the road on the Rez... lucky to be 5 mins away from the dispensary capital of the province lol. I'm sure the Ontario Cannabis Store (online store for legal cannabis) has it, although probably ...
by CDN_Cocker
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using e collar
Replies: 41
Views: 1082

Re: Using e collar

Vibration is much more pressure than a nick. Remember that. You're not being kinder by using vibrate.

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by CDN_Cocker
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: a techie problem
Replies: 19
Views: 537

Re: a techie problem

Yeah whatever this new host is, it's horrendous.

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by CDN_Cocker
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Application rather than the tool.
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: Application rather than the tool.

Good post polmaise
by CDN_Cocker
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 18
Views: 516

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

No one can fully train a bird dog in 3 months. 3 months will give you the basics... no more. I don't care who you are.
by CDN_Cocker
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 1109

Re: The value of the force fetch.

I don't know... I've competed with with my dog. Fun and all but I don't have the time nor the money to focus on that at this stage in my life - my kids' sports fill up that void and financial drain. He goes when he is told to go.. . every time. Maybe we're miscommunicating. Or maybe we just disagree.
by CDN_Cocker
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 1109

Re: The value of the force fetch.

Well I could be wrong, I often am. But i know with every new dog that comes into my life I use a lot less force in general training than the dog prior. I would hope that's due to understanding dogs better and not worse...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: CBD/Hemp Extract
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: CBD/Hemp Extract

I have given it to my dog since it's been legal up here for some time and even before that was easy to get. I was hoping for it to calm him a bit since he's very high strung. While it doesn't do that I do notice it really helps him recover from hard hunting. He doesn't get soreand bounces back quick...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to fix>?
Replies: 19
Views: 689

Re: How to fix>?

Sounds like a typical puppy. That being said, compliance is required to have a functional partnership as an adult dog. You need to anticipate what the dog is going to do before it knows what it's going to do and be prepared to reinforce whatever command you give it. The tool you use is up to you (le...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 1109

Re: The value of the force fetch.

The "St. Francis " guy you mentioned is on his own personal pilgrimage to persuade more people to convert to "Positive Only." I generally agree with most of what he posts although obviously I don't agree with PP, our thought processes aren't that different. However I did believe he was talking out ...
by CDN_Cocker
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black Bear encounters when training?
Replies: 20
Views: 655

Re: Black Bear encounters when training?

We have tons of black bears. If I only wanted to hunt or train where they aren't around I would have to stick to my basement. I also hunt bears. I would not worry about them other than sows with young Cubs in the summer. Bears will stay away from you and your dog.
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: It takes birds to make a bird dog.
Replies: 16
Views: 1192

Re: It takes birds to make a bird dog.

I have pigeons... not exclusively for dog training as I only use culls for that. My passion for racing pigeons is just as strong or stronger than my passion for dog training. Even though I have a ton of pigeons in the loft I rarely use them. I am fortunate though that I can walk out the back door an...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun dog training without hand signals
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: Gun dog training without hand signals

I believe most people train their dogs to change directions with a whistle and not just hand signals. At least retriever and spaniel folks do...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany vs Springer
Replies: 14
Views: 544

Re: Brittany vs Springer

I don't have any personal experience with either of these breeds; but from what I have read, these dogs seem very similar to one another. The only real difference I noticed was that a Brit is more of a pointer, while the Springer is more of a flusher. I might be splitting hairs, but does anyone wit...
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 11
Views: 518

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

Garrison wrote:Just get all three, Next! :lol:
I would but I can't really afford a divorce lol
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 11
Views: 518

Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

My boy just turned 6 years old a week ago and it's got the itch starting to start researching my next dog. Jake, my FBECS, is my first bird dog and he's been one heck of a ride. His natural bird finding ability and keen retrieving is second to none. He's first and foremost a grouse dog but we hu...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 2074

Re: male or female puppy

How would you contrast a male versus a female strictly for hunting, not for breeding? I might still be able to change my puppy request to a male, depending on what I learn on this forum. Gender has zero effect on hunting ability or capability. If it did, everyone would only buy males or only buy fe...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Off season training
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: Off season training

Yep. Pretty hard to expect a dog to perform well if it hasn't worked all year. It would be like going for a walk around the block once or twice and then signing yourself up for a marathon.
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Can dogs be trained to herd wild deer?
Replies: 14
Views: 904

Re: Can dogs be trained to herd wild deer?

Have you ever hunted deer with dogs? I'm guessing not because that is the most absurd question I've ever heard... and I've hunted deer with dogs literally all my life. No they don't herd them. No wild deer in its right mind would be "herded".... they are not domestic sheep. I feel like maybe you pos...
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Peeing in the house
Replies: 7
Views: 664

Re: Peeing in the house

I had a German shepherd once that was outside only until roughly the same age. Crate training helped and then just treating it as you would a puppy. The bonus is you don't have to take it out every 20 minutes lol. If you're taking her out every 2 hours and still having messes then shorten the time. ...
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for getting a dog to hunt in thick brush
Replies: 40
Views: 1904

Re: Tips for getting a dog to hunt in thick brush

2 things:

1) start as a pup in the thick stuff... throwing retrieves etc
2) plant birds in thick stuff. The dog will learn that's where to find them
by CDN_Cocker
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How long to leave pup with a trainer?
Replies: 34
Views: 2356

Re: How long to leave pup with a trainer?

3 months minimum. That's a good price. Most are higher plus birds are more
by CDN_Cocker
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Deer Question
Replies: 57
Views: 7553

Re: Deer Question

Trash breaking and collar conditioning are 2 separate things. If trash breaking just go ahead and stimulate him without saying anything. He'll associate the negative pressure with the deer. Collar conditioning is for using the collar as a positive means of keeping contact with the dog.
by CDN_Cocker
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Won’t Sleep, so none of us do
Replies: 20
Views: 1268

Re: Puppy Won’t Sleep, so none of us do

Doesn't need to be collar conditioned to use a bark collar. Bark collars are intended to be aversive as they're stopping a behavior. I wouldn't hesitate to put one on if that's what you're dealing with. I do like the idea of the vehicle as well. At that age he can handle having consequences to his a...
by CDN_Cocker
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fatherly Advice: At what age did you take your kids hunting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1070

Re: Fatherly Advice: At what age did you take your kids hunting?

They need to be big enough to walk a bit without being tired or you'll make them resent it. My daughter is my oldest and she's turning 11 tomorrow. Last year was really the first time I started taking her with me. Only very short grouse hunts where I'm mostly focused on her and not the birds and sti...
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bitch in heat at inopportune time....
Replies: 10
Views: 734

Re: Bitch in heat at inopportune time....

What does exceptionalism have to do with getting a dog altered?
by CDN_Cocker
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: One year old Chesapeake retrieve question
Replies: 8
Views: 705

Re: One year old Chesapeake retrieve question

I think your problem is pretty easy to figure out. You "just noticed" it doesn't pick up birds on land and "have only had it out hunting a few times". A dog requires training. You can't just take it hunting and expect it to know what to do. Get on the basics and start doing dry land retrieves. I'd a...
by CDN_Cocker
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Just got a call from trainer: Advice needed
Replies: 62
Views: 3245

Re: Just got a call from trainer: Advice needed

Your dog has got more negatives than positives. Nothing good has came from that stay. Hopefully the damage isn't permanent.
by CDN_Cocker
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Just got a call from trainer: Advice needed
Replies: 62
Views: 3245

Re: Just got a call from trainer: Advice needed

Sounds like you need to find a new trainer. Way too many red flags there... hosing the dog down to cut a bark collar off? I wouldn't wait till Monday to get the dog.
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Started Dog
Replies: 19
Views: 1568

Re: Started Dog

Started can mean many things from having birds shot over them to just knowing their name and sit. Good idea to ask the seller what the dog's capability is at the time.
by CDN_Cocker
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What energy boost/snack do you use?
Replies: 17
Views: 1255

Re: What energy boost/snack do you use?

I keep a bit of dog food in my bag in case he gets hypoglycemic. Nothing special.
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is your kennel lined with artificial turf?
Replies: 37
Views: 1831

Re: Is your kennel lined with artificial turf?

Completely unnecessary and not overly hygienic. Concrete is fine and keeps nails short as well as easy to clean. You're not housing an exotic tiger. There's a reason the top guys keep it simple. It works.
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dogs and barbed wire.
Replies: 26
Views: 1515

Dogs and barbed wire.

I hunt near barbed wire all the time. The dog jumps over or through it constantly if it's on either side of a trail etc to hit preferred range. Makes me nervous sometimes but he's never got hung up or cut. They figure it out.

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by CDN_Cocker
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hold
Replies: 11
Views: 925

Hold

You'll probably have to cage the dummy in her mouth with your hand gently but firmly till she gets it. Then she'll be a holding machine. [img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201809 ... 06ddec.jpg[/img]

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by CDN_Cocker
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hold
Replies: 11
Views: 925

Re: Hold

Gently show her what you want.
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Is my GSP hunting too fast?
Replies: 13
Views: 1198

Re: Is my GSP hunting too fast?

Sounds like a normal young dog. It may overrun it's nose from time to time but it will learn from it
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training
Replies: 26
Views: 1707

Re: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training

If the dog is a fetching machine; why would you want or need to force fetch? Or maybe you don't understand the term "force fetch" It can be pretty extreme and not fun at all. Don't forget the number one command to learn is WHOA. Once your dog will lock up solid to this command all else will follow....
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pigeon Coop Aviary
Replies: 7
Views: 753

Re: Pigeon Coop Aviary

Steel? hat do you have? Steel bars? I've got a small one outside a couple nest's mage from wood and 1" chicken wire, birds do go in it from time to time. But the one that really get's used a lot is the big one out back. About 16' x 20'x 6' on the edges and about 7' in the center. Trap back into the...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to correct dog while retrieving
Replies: 13
Views: 1190

Re: How to correct dog while retrieving

Never ever use frozen pigeons. Thaw first. All frozen pigeons do is cause mouth issues.
by CDN_Cocker
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where does your dog ride?
Replies: 37
Views: 5705

Re: Where does your dog ride?

You might look at the ford Eco boost it is a 6cyl. crew cab has lots of room, lots of power, rated to tow 13,000 lbs., and when not towing get real good gas mileage. At least drive one before buying anything else. :D Forget that. I just bought a brand new 5.0L. They're a 10 speed automatic transmis...
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Conditioning: Gauges/Caliber between .22 and 12 ga
Replies: 37
Views: 7638

Re: Gun Conditioning: Gauges/Caliber between .22 and 12 ga

I only use a 12 gauge as that's what I shoot. Initially I will have it fired quite some distance from the pup when it's distracted by a bird and gradually move closer. A .22 is more traumatic to a dog than a shotgun as it has a sharper pitch. Eventually I do introduce a .22 as I use a dummy launcher...
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where does your dog ride?
Replies: 37
Views: 5705

Re: Where does your dog ride?

Mine lays on the floor on the passenger side. Just bought a new truck though a month ago and haven't worked up the courage to let him in it yet lol.