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by mnaj_springer
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog points, but won't point pheasants
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: Dog points, but won't point pheasants

Pheasants are tough on young pointers. They don't hold and can run circles around even the best dogs. It takes practice.
by mnaj_springer
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mut Identification
Replies: 14
Views: 535

Re: Mut Identification

You won't get any definitive answers here based on the pictures. It'll all be guesses. They do make DNA kits you could use to get a more exact answer.
by mnaj_springer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP with a thick coat?
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Re: GSP with a thick coat?

I have never seen a GSP like that! That is really odd.

I wonder how that changes as the pups age into adulthood.
by mnaj_springer
Thu May 30, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New from MN
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: New from MN

Welcome to the Forum! There are a lot of good groups in MN that train together that could help you out if you'd like! Thanks for the welcome! I am waiting on an email back from the retriever club that I pass on the way to and from work every day. I'm not sure how much I will hang around this form, ...
by mnaj_springer
Thu May 30, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New from MN
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: New from MN

Welcome to the Forum!

There are a lot of good groups in MN that train together that could help you out if you'd like!
by mnaj_springer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Short summer.
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: Short summer.

My yard was completely cleared of snow. It was fantastic. Ducks, geese, and swans had moved back in and were hanging out on rivers and small potholes that opened up. I hadn't been out to find any woodcock, but I assume they made it up. Now there's a bunch of snow and it's still snowing. Also, there ...
by mnaj_springer
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: April 1
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: April 1

There's still plenty of snow on the forest floor where I'm at in MN. Plus it has a hard crust on it, so it's making life difficult for those ground birds, although I think there are enough open spots for any woodcock that moved in. The bummer is I like to work my pointer on the migrating birds in th...
by mnaj_springer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What am I?
Replies: 20
Views: 1300

Re: What am I?

She looks nearly identical to my EP.
by mnaj_springer
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blowing the Stink Off
Replies: 9
Views: 647

Re: Blowing the Stink Off

We’re supposed to get another 8 inches of snow here tonight. I doubt I’ll ever get a chance to run the dogs on wild birds before the nesting season closure.
by mnaj_springer
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 2413

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

Shellotome, I don’t think guys post because they need to. I think it’s because they are proud, or at least I am. There’s nothing wrong with that. Having a defensible answer for the anti’s is way more important than moderating pictures online. For example, with this proposed law in Oregon, I think a ...
by mnaj_springer
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 17
Views: 1490

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

I feed Purina Pro Plan Sport 30/20 all year to all stages (other than retired old dogs). But what did the breeder feed? Are you feeding the same or did you make a sudden switch? You'll get a ton of different recommendations for specific food, and there are more qualified people to answer this partic...
by mnaj_springer
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pup names and tips
Replies: 12
Views: 756

Re: New pup names and tips

DO NOT LET YOUR WIFE OR GIRLFRIEND BE INVOLVED WITH THE REGISTERED NAME!!! If you win awards that is the name they use and you'll be embarrassed every time. I am only semi-joking. My springer has the worst, worst, registered name and she kills it at hunt tests so I get to hear it a lot. Conventional...
by mnaj_springer
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Slowing down the dog
Replies: 47
Views: 1831

Re: Slowing down the dog

You haven't lived until you've seen a really fast dog hit a bird close at about a 90* angle, whamo! My old Thea hit one that way one time and rolled completely over and came up on a super hard point, it was stunning. Stormy did one like that and flipped sideways so quick he was on point with no fee...
by mnaj_springer
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The leash law and the hunting dog
Replies: 6
Views: 710

Re: The leash law and the hunting dog

Is there a question in here for the group? Considering nearly all of us live in different areas, this will be different for each individual here.

Posing a question to the group may be more productive.
by mnaj_springer
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Same Problem Different State
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: Same Problem Different State

The extremely vague nature in which this is written is the most concern part. If two guys in WI were to make a bet on who shoots the biggest buck, and the loser owns the other $10, would that be prohibited? It has all the elements: a designated prize, it's an organized competition, they're taking a ...
by mnaj_springer
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some good news from Sportsmens
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Re: Some good news from Sportsmens

Shags, when something passes 92-8 in the senate, it hardly seems political! Fingers crossed I didn’t jinx this!
by mnaj_springer
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 2413

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

averageguy, I may be reading into things differently than you, but I think that most on here do not oppose limiting out or assume that guys who do limit out waste birds. What I've been gather from this discussion is that we should be aware of how we are portrayed to, or perceived by, the general non...
by mnaj_springer
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Had to update our 2009 phpBB code
Replies: 1
Views: 294

Re: Had to update our 2009 phpBB code

The mobile version now compared to the past is much better. I personally am using my phone 60-70% of the time on this site so that's important for me. At first glance there are some things that could use improvement in this version but I'm not sure if that's because I'm still getting used to it or i...
by mnaj_springer
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 2413

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

If we need to define words, the discussion has gone way off track. You two have had the opportunity to address each other’s comments so now let’s get back on topic. This is an important topic and I personally would love to see it continue in a civil manner.
by mnaj_springer
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 2413

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

I think it is important to have these conversations without our own communities while avoiding personal attacks on our own. Obviously, differing opinions are good. They allow us to see multiple perspectives. I, for one, don’t care for “grip and grin” pictures post-hunt. I take plenty of pictures but...
by mnaj_springer
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 1836

Re: The value of the force fetch.

Averageguy, The only caveat that I’d add to this thread is that FF is not for everyone. A lot of people should not even attempt it. It takes commitment and the ability to read a dog. The same would appear to apply to Hillman’s technique. But for those who can do it, either method, may well see benef...
by mnaj_springer
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 1836

Re: The value of the force fetch.

Trekmoor, I won't speak for others here, but the bond I experience via FF comes in numerous ways, none of which have to do directly with force. One I mentioned is how I learned how my dog learns. Another way is it provides clear expectations in a measurable way for the dogs. If there's one thing I'v...
by mnaj_springer
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 1836

Re: The value of the force fetch.

I'll start the circus off. I FF every dog I own and every dog I've ever trained.i have for over 40 years and I always will. FF has little to do with retrieving but everything to do with bonding, compliance and delivery. It installs in the dog knowledge that he must perform like it or not and the do...
by mnaj_springer
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Kovan - No squeak Toys
Replies: 16
Views: 791

Re: Kovan - No squeak Toys

I don't give my dogs squeaky toys either. For me, it's mostly about the noise. I've gone so far as to cut out the squeaker, then sew them back up when we've gotten them as gifts. At first I also had the thinking that it may cause hard-mouth, but the more I thought about it, the more I think that it ...
by mnaj_springer
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 2457

Re: sending dog for training

I definitely agree that a lot of dogs are DQ due to mis-handling. I've witnessed it in every MH and SH pointing dog test that I've gunned in. In a different venue, when I run my springer in hunt tests, I mostly try to stay out of her way, because I am more likely to mess up and than she is, at leas...
by mnaj_springer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 2457

Re: sending dog for training

I hope the mods will allow a response to the above post. If not I am good with that. Average Guy.It is note worthy that you failed to mention that I said sometimes I failed and sometimes my dogs did. There are many ways to fail a Master test that have nothing to do with the training of the dog. ! d...
by mnaj_springer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Training
Topic: A Novice and his Dog
Replies: 11
Views: 968

Re: A Novice and his Dog

I'm a bit new, so I'll ask a question. Why would you want to stop a flusher? Isn't that what they do? If a flusher is chasing a running pheasant (or grouse, etc.) and you stop the dog, then the bird will run into the next county. A flusher's job is to catch or at least make the running bird think i...
by mnaj_springer
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: first time hunt testing
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Re: first time hunt testing

At the top of the “Training” topic there is a thread called “Tips for hunt tests” which will have lots of compiled info for you. That being said, you can get the AKC rules and regs for the pointing dog hunt test off their website. Read up on that so you know what’s required at each level and how tes...
by mnaj_springer
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: A Novice and his Dog
Replies: 11
Views: 968

Re: A Novice and his Dog

I think whether you train as a flusher or pointer is going to depend the dog's instincts and how you want to hunt. If you want a flusher, you can make a flusher, but if you want a pointer, you may be subject to what the dog's instincts tell it. There are some more experienced trainers here that coul...
by mnaj_springer
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Woodcock help PLEASE
Replies: 9
Views: 1196

Re: Woodcock help PLEASE

It may be different up here in Minnesota, but I find timberdoodles in low areas. Usually they are alder choked bottoms or wet aspen coverts (really small aspen). What I've noticed is that I can find them all morning long in those areas from an hour after sun-up to about noon then they're gone. I thi...
by mnaj_springer
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Boykin Pup Training
Replies: 32
Views: 1236

Re: Boykin Pup Training

cjhills wrote:You might want to think twice about shooting tweety birds for your dog in most states it is not legal. Migratory birds are protected by the US Fish and Wildlife...….Cj
I believe he doesn’t say what kind of bird, so let’s assume it’s an unprotected species like pigeons.
by mnaj_springer
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Re: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?

Selective breeding is selecting individuals within a breed or bloodline to attempt to improve a bloodline or a breed long term. Hybrid vigor comes from breeding genetically different breeds or species to improve performance in one generation. Vastly different......Cj Like I said, there is disagreem...
by mnaj_springer
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Re: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?

CJ, having raised cattle, including black baldies, I would say it’s quite selective breeding. The hardiness of the Hereford and the mother’s instincts of an angus. Plus the bone to muscle ratio of angus. Traits selectively bred to enhance. It’s the same process as early breeding that produced EPs, G...
by mnaj_springer
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.
Replies: 53
Views: 4100

Re: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.

Jon is no longer a member so there is no longer a need to respond to his thread.
by mnaj_springer
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Re: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?

Just a big dog. And hybrid vigor cannot occur when two breeds of dog are cross. Hybrid vigor only occurs when two species interbreed, ie. horses and donkeys. Dogs are all one species, canis lupus familiaris. Actually , that is not quite right. Hybrid vigor occurs between two different species , bre...
by mnaj_springer
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Re: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?

Just a big dog.

And hybrid vigor cannot occur when two breeds of dog are cross. Hybrid vigor only occurs when two species interbreed, ie. horses and donkeys. Dogs are all one species, canis lupus familiaris.
by mnaj_springer
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black Bear encounters when training?
Replies: 20
Views: 1021

Re: Black Bear encounters when training?

I’m in MN too. I’ve had black bears in my yard and the woods on my property. I don’t think about them in the woods. Other than a sow with cubs, most run away if you yell at them without even looking to see what made the noise. If you’re worried about sows/cubs, put a bell on your dog and that should...
by mnaj_springer
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Newbie From Long Island/NH
Replies: 6
Views: 340

Re: Newbie From Long Island/NH

Welcome to GDF! Congrats on the new puppy!

If you add your location to your profile it will help you find other locals in future posts.
by mnaj_springer
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1768

Re: hunt close

Steve, I’m curious... why do you want the dog in that range? Does it have to do with steadiness or more to do with not wanting to bust brush from 100 yards (I know that feeling)? Trekmoor is right about pulling out to find more birds. A trick I’ve seen that may work is to bring a pigeon with in your...
by mnaj_springer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany vs Springer
Replies: 14
Views: 872

Re: Brittany vs Springer

Hal, I definitely agree. My comment about their appearance was more to do with that general "spaniel" look. But I agree the similarities start and stop there. I know in the past you've posted videos of spaniels working on GDF. Maybe if you had a video of a springer working a field, and a video of a ...
by mnaj_springer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany vs Springer
Replies: 14
Views: 872

Re: Brittany vs Springer

Kullboys, first, welcome to forum! Please take some time to also introduce yourself in the “A little about you..” thread under new members when you get a chance! I’m sure a lot of people can give you more detailed descriptions of each breed, but the similarities between those two breeds are mainly i...
by mnaj_springer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from the 1st State
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: Hello from the 1st State

Welcome to the forum!
by mnaj_springer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: A little about you...
Replies: 1070
Views: 337621

Re: A little about you...

2fieldspringers, welcome to the forum! I like, made a leap from springers to a Pointer (although I have both!). Hopefully this forum is as helpful to you as it was to me!
by mnaj_springer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 3584

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Ezzy, I wish you good health and want to thank you for all your contributions!
by mnaj_springer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Welcome New Moderator
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: Welcome New Moderator

Thank you for the welcome, Sharon and fourseasons! GDF is a fantastic resource, and I'm happy to make a small contribution to keep things rolling! Also, I realized from fourseason's post that I've been here as long as I've been married so I hope both of those continue infinitely :lol: :lol: I may no...
by mnaj_springer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 1637

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

I'd hate to see you leave the spaniel world, but it sounds like you have your mind made up on a DD. And between the DD and WPG, I think you'd have more choice of breeders with DD's. I've always heard they are good water dogs, even in cold temps, but I hardly seen any for waterfowling around here. Yo...
by mnaj_springer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Various questions on doves: guns, loads and dogs
Replies: 3
Views: 743

Re: Various questions on doves: guns, loads and dogs

Jon, People either buy pigeons for training, which is one of the best training birds readily available, or they buy birds from a bird produce, such as a game farm. But apparently all you want to hunt is doves so get pigeons, aka rock doves. I'd suggest you catch/trap them yourself, but that may be t...
by mnaj_springer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Most important commands
Replies: 28
Views: 2454

Re: Most important commands

There's an interesting thing a guy I train with says: "I can solve any problem with his butt on the ground." He's a retriever guy and the "he" is his retriever, but in a way it makes sense. Not saying I agree, but yelling "here" to a dog that is on the other side of a busy highway is dangerous. A st...
by mnaj_springer
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunt Speed
Replies: 14
Views: 1089

Re: Hunt Speed

My pointer is somewhere between 6-8 mph in the MN grouse woods and in the open she's 10-13 mph (average of course). Really depends on the day and cover though. And birds. I'd take 4 mph if it meant she was pointing lots of birds.
by mnaj_springer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Positive enforcement
Replies: 110
Views: 4592

Re: Positive enforcement

When training a force retrieve, the ear pinch or toe rope or what ever is the stimulus that causes the reaction, which is to grab the object. That is the only reaction at the ear pinch stage. Possibly a command to release. The dog knows nothing about hold or anything else it is all about grab the d...