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by CDN_Cocker
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 1928

Re: FF or wait?

You may not like the idea of it but if retrieving is something you want then it's a necessary step. It blows me away that people are against training a dog to retrieve but are fine training anything else.
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 1928

Re: FF or wait?

I'd wait and do it after the season. You do not want to send mixed messages about what your expectations are. All retrieving must be done in a controlled manner. However there are things you can do to improve your current situation. Treat the dog like a puppy and start play retrieving with him at ho...
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Fall Conundrum.......
Replies: 22
Views: 800

Re: My Fall Conundrum.......

I love deer hunting but only do it the 2 weeks of gun season in November. I would like to get a bow so I can go out more but I would still spend the majority of my time bird hunting. I've come to terms with the fact that when it comes down to it... I'm a bird hunter.
by CDN_Cocker
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pigeons: How long til they pair and nest
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Re: Pigeons: How long til they pair and nest

I don't know where you are but this is not exactly pairing and breeding season. Most likely you aren't going to see anything till spring. They need a good 14-16 hours of light to be in the mood.
by CDN_Cocker
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Famous Springers
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Famous Springers

Field Springers have their own web site. You can go to https://essft.com/ which chronicles field trial results I looked over there and the only stuff I was finding was it’s name in other pedigrees. I did find this which was interesting. https://englishspringerspaniel.pedigreedatabaseonline.com/en/K...
by CDN_Cocker
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pickiness with dummies
Replies: 18
Views: 1010

Re: Pickiness with dummies

The obvious answer is force fetch. If you're not interested in that or not ready yet there's 2 other options. Only use bumpers that are the same. Buy a dozen of the same size and brand and then there should be no reason to be selective. The last option is letting him shop and just being ok with what...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Other Hunting, are You Done.......
Replies: 17
Views: 1174

Re: Other Hunting, are You Done.......

I love the sound of hounds on a frosty November morning. I agree. But try some regular-sized hounds, and the horses blowing smoke through their nostrils on a frosty November morning. https://i.imgur.com/Cc0YcSdl.jpg Lol for a period of time we had more and more walkers. Thankfully there's only 2 ol...
by CDN_Cocker
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Other Hunting, are You Done.......
Replies: 17
Views: 1174

Re: Other Hunting, are You Done.......

I love upland and waterfowl more than any other hunting but I will never give up deer, moose, bear and turkey hunting. Deer we use beagles so I still get my dog fix doing that it's just different. I love the sound of hounds on a frosty November morning.
by CDN_Cocker
Thu May 23, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training method comparison
Replies: 15
Views: 890

Re: Training method comparison

Luckily dogs are smarter than us. They don't discriminate based on geography or looks.
by CDN_Cocker
Wed May 22, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 62
Views: 3353

Re: Let’s talk about registration

The only thing limited registration tells you is that you need to be looking for a different breeder. An opinion based on no actual experience with any breeder using limited registration. The functional equivalent of "I have never used an ecollar, but I heard that someone ruined a dog with one once...
by CDN_Cocker
Sun May 12, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 62
Views: 3353

Re: Let’s talk about registration

The only thing limited registration tells you is that you need to be looking for a different breeder.
by CDN_Cocker
Wed May 08, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeons cohabiting with game birds, same pen
Replies: 13
Views: 860

Re: Pigeons cohabiting with game birds, same pen

As a pigeon fancier I'll tell you that you have it backwards. You're more likely to make your pigeons sick or kill them. No way I would put pigeons in with game birds especially quail. There's not much dirtier than a quail.
by CDN_Cocker
Wed May 08, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Passing of Ezzy333 - Al Esger
Replies: 15
Views: 2550

Re: Passing of Ezzy333 - Al Esger

Rest easy Ezzy. Hopefully the dogs are up there.
by CDN_Cocker
Fri May 03, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 2020

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

fishvik wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 9:31 am
Have you considered a Boykin?
Nope. 1 spaniel is more than enough for my mental health lol. And no offense to those that love boykins but I don't think they can match an ECS or ESS in the uplands. They are bred for a different skill set.
by CDN_Cocker
Fri May 03, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 2020

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

I split my time pretty much 50/50 between the uplands and waterfowl. Although grouse and woodcock are my true passion. I hunt with a lot of lab guys so if I went with a more traditional bird dog it wouldn't be the end of the world. Biggest thing is a dog that finds birds, is handsome, and will be g...
by CDN_Cocker
Thu May 02, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 2020

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

I split my time pretty much 50/50 between the uplands and waterfowl. Although grouse and woodcock are my true passion. I hunt with a lot of lab guys so if I went with a more traditional bird dog it wouldn't be the end of the world. Biggest thing is a dog that finds birds, is handsome, and will be go...
by CDN_Cocker
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Knuckling
Replies: 4
Views: 571

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: 1406

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: 2823

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: 1406

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: 1406

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: 910

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: 42
Views: 2688

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: 666

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: 2210

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: 1187

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: 1109

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: 20
Views: 1405

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: 2236

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: 2236

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: 666

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: 1272

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: 2236

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: 1286

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: 2100

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: 413

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: 1048

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: 22
Views: 2020

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: 22
Views: 2020

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: 3685

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: 1473

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: 1629

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: 1056

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: 3133

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: 3573

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: 8916

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: 1941

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: 1866

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: 1206

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: 1113

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...