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by Dakotazeb
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Thoughts on the "grain free"/DCM association?
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Re: Thoughts on the "grain free"/DCM association?

Is DCM an issue? Maybe. But I don't think it's as big a deal as some have made it out to be. I'm certainly not a proponent of grain-free foods, but because I have a dog with an allergy issue I have been feeding her a limited ingredient, grain-free food for the past two years. She is in excellent phy...
by Dakotazeb
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Flax Oil
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Flax Oil

cjhills wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:02 am
What is the difference between Flax oil and Linseed oil,,,,,,,Cj
Here's your answer. https://healthfully.com/469135-is-flaxs ... d-oil.html
by Dakotazeb
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Flax Oil
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Flax Oil

Here's an article on Flax Seed vs. Flax Oil. https://www.livestrong.com/article/1042 ... -vs.-flax/

It appears there are about 240 calories in 2 Tbls. of Flax Oil so I'd be careful if your dog has a weight problem.
by Dakotazeb
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Flax Oil
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Flax Oil

Flax seed has a lot of nutritional values. Not sure if the same is true for the oil. Had not hear of flax oil before. Thanks for the heads up.
by Dakotazeb
Thu May 30, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New from MN
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: New from MN

Isn't a cross between a Poodle and Golden called a "Goldendoodle"? A Labradoodle is a cross between a Lab and a Poodle.
by Dakotazeb
Mon May 20, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: How much olive oil ?
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: How much olive oil ?

You don't say what brand of dog food you are feeding but a formula with 22% protein and 14% fat is probably our problem. If your dogs are getting as much exercise as you say then you need a kibble that is at least 30% protein and 20% fat. You need to change your food rather than add olive oil.
by Dakotazeb
Tue May 14, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NSTRA ages
Replies: 13
Views: 609

Re: NSTRA ages

What's the qualification's for a novice? A Novice or Amateur is a dog with 3 or less open points, none of which can be first place points. I have heard there is talk of increasing that to 6 points and possibly doing away with Novice. From what I've seen in my region (Mid-North) and other regions th...
by Dakotazeb
Tue May 07, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: The Garmin Alpha; An Expensive Mistake
Replies: 8
Views: 789

Re: The Garmin Alpha; An Expensive Mistake

I have the Alpha. You can set it so the handheld will emit a tone and/or vibrate when the dog goes on point. My biggest complaint is that the tone is so faint I can't hear it in the field and the vibrate is so weak I can't feel it unless I'm holding the unit. So, for those of you with the Pro550 Plu...
by Dakotazeb
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?

Back to the original question. Spay or neuter will have no effect what so ever on the dog's performance in the field. I have a 3 year old female Brittany that was spayed at 2 and her prey drive is still "over the top" according my trainer.
by Dakotazeb
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 28
Views: 1625

Re: Costco Dog Food???

kirkland dog food is made by Diamond. Whether that's good or bad you be the judge. Diamond has had a number of recalls in the past but a lot of people feed it. I'm not expressing an opinion, just stating the facts.
by Dakotazeb
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 42
Views: 1717

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

If the OP is somewhat reluctant to do FF my opinion is he will struggle in doing it himself. Send the dog to a pro and get it done right.
by Dakotazeb
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 42
Views: 1717

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

I don't like the term "force fetch". I prefer to call it "trained retrieve". With the right trainer there doesn't need to be a lot of "force" involved but at some point some force does need to be applied. If I was you I wouldn't be so negative about training the dog to retrieve. A dog that retrieves...
by Dakotazeb
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA best run yet
Replies: 10
Views: 1957

Re: NSTRA best run yet

Been out of NSTRA a long time but thinking about doing a little again. Seven find's is a super run! Something wrong with NSTRA just might be the rule you can't point a bird out of bounds If the bird is out and the dog in, why shouldn't it count? Every dog down has the same chance of pointing an out...
by Dakotazeb
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Kovan - No squeak Toys
Replies: 16
Views: 622

Re: Kovan - No squeak Toys

My dogs, both past and present, have always played with toys with squeakers in them. I've never experienced the problem you are describing.
by Dakotazeb
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NSTRA ages
Replies: 13
Views: 609

Re: NSTRA ages

Keep an eye on the national NSTRA web site or the Rocky Mountain Web site for future trials in your area.

https://nstra.org/rocky-mountain/?Id=2185

http://rockymtnnstra.com/
by Dakotazeb
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NSTRA ages
Replies: 13
Views: 609

Re: NSTRA ages

I see on the NSTRA web site that the trial I told you about by Delta, CO has been cancelled. Young dogs can run and compete in NSTRA but they do need to be steady on point and retrieve to hand reasonably well. So it's really more about where your dog is at in training than their age. I've seen dogs ...
by Dakotazeb
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NSTRA ages
Replies: 13
Views: 609

Re: NSTRA ages

Please explain your question a little better. Are you asking what age people start running their dogs in NSTRA? Or what?
by Dakotazeb
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 18
Views: 737

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

How old is the dog?
by Dakotazeb
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: CBD/Hemp Extract
Replies: 3
Views: 470

CBD/Hemp Extract

I was wondering if anyone has tried giving their dog any form of Hemp Extract (CBD)? I have a Brittany with allergies and was thinking of giving her some Hemp oil to see if it would help.
by Dakotazeb
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 2047

Re: sending dog for training

The trainer should train you as well as the dog. I think we actually need more training. :) I have my Brittany with a trainer here in Arizona where I winter. He has a different approach that he says is not done by other trainers. He said, "Once she learns what I'm teaching her and I teach you, you w...
by Dakotazeb
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 2047

Re: sending dog for training

Where are you located?
by Dakotazeb
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 841

Re: French Brittany

+1 for Mark Dinsmore. His handle on this site is ohmymy111. But I see he hasn't posted here since 2017. Mark certainly knows his French Brittanys. Here's the link to his web site: http://letoiledunordkennels.com/home.html As with every breed the size of the dog, length of coat, etc. can vary greatly...
by Dakotazeb
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 2047

Re: sending dog for training

There are no disadvantages of sending your dog off to a trainer whether it's one month or 3 months provided you get the right trainer. And it can be money well spent. I think it's harder for us owners to have the dog gone than it is on the dog. I've sent dogs off for 2 months at a time and when they...
by Dakotazeb
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Seeking new kibble
Replies: 11
Views: 1152

Re: Seeking new kibble

My dog tested positive for most protein sources including chicken. Only negative for pork and venison. In searching for a pork or venison food I found that many still had chicken or lamb meal down the ingredient list. The other issue I found was that many of the grain-free limited ingredient dog foo...
by Dakotazeb
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Seeking new kibble
Replies: 11
Views: 1152

Re: Seeking new kibble

Give Zignature a look. All grain-free, limited ingredient formulas with no chicken. I've had my Brittany on the pork formula for a year and a half as she has allergies. She's done great on it. The pork formula is 31% protein and 18% fat.

https://www.zignature.com/?page_id=5&lang=en
by Dakotazeb
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garmin Alpha
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Garmin Alpha

If you are on Facebook there is a group on there for Alpha and Astro users to ask questions and get plenty of responses and help. Just search "Garmin Astro & Alpha Users".
by Dakotazeb
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: It takes birds to make a bird dog.
Replies: 16
Views: 1497

Re: It takes birds to make a bird dog.

weimdogman wrote:This forum gives me fits
I have trouble posting and now it acts like you dont exist to pm.? So you pm me a phone number and we can chat.
PM sent with my contact information.
by Dakotazeb
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: It takes birds to make a bird dog.
Replies: 16
Views: 1497

Re: It takes birds to make a bird dog.

Hey weimdog, I live in Watertown. Would love to find someone with a place and birds for training within a reasonable distance. I have a 2 year old Brittany that needs more bird work. If you are interested I'd love to train with you a few times in the off season. In addition to bird hunting I run my ...
by Dakotazeb
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Proplan sport 30/20 vs 26/16
Replies: 22
Views: 999

Re: Purina Proplan sport 30/20 vs 26/16

Sharon wrote:Well its not in the TRAINING category ; it is in the HEALTH category, and the new member asked the question.
If this bothers you, why not just not answer?
+2
by Dakotazeb
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Proplan sport 30/20 vs 26/16
Replies: 22
Views: 999

Re: Purina Proplan sport 30/20 vs 26/16

Many guys feed the 30/20 during hunting season and then go to the 26/16 in the off season when the dog isn't being worked as hard. But it might depend on which one your dog does better on. I had a spayed female and I really had to watch her weight. With the 30/20 I found she would add weight even du...
by Dakotazeb
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 2587

Re: male or female puppy

My last 3 dogs have been females. The first two I had spayed just before or just after their first heat cycle. When I got my current female I did a lot of reading about the pros and cons of spaying. I also visited with several difference vets. While spaying can virtually eliminate mammary cancers it...
by Dakotazeb
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Picardy Spaniel
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: Picardy Spaniel

Great looking dog. I've always had an interest in the Picardy Spaniels including the Blue Picardy. Over the past few years I've kept in contact with Vice Aiello in Calgary as he has some Blue's. He has been running them in some NSTRA trials in Montana and this September I was able to get out to a tr...
by Dakotazeb
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter Confusion
Replies: 40
Views: 2082

Re: English Setter Confusion

NAVHDA/NSTRA/Hunt tests tend to elicit a more handler dominant/obedience based/mechanical type performance, IMO. I don't know how you can lump NSTRA in with NAVHDA and hunt tests. NSTRA is a totally different venue. I personally feel that NSTRA is closer to actual hunting than any other field trial...
by Dakotazeb
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ecollar recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: ecollar recommendations

I'm not aware of anyone making a beeper/training collar that also has GPS capabilities. Guess you could buy a Garmin Alpha or Sportdog TEK and add a beeper to it but that's a lot of stuff hanging around the dogs neck. If you liked the features and operation of the 2002 T&B I'd recommend the new Dogt...
by Dakotazeb
Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Understanding Pedigree Titles and Trials
Replies: 20
Views: 1259

Re: Understanding Pedigree Titles and Trials

This can get pretty controversial but my opinion is most people that want a dog for foot hunting is probably better off with Master Hunters and Versatile champions in the pedigree. If you want some horsepower for the Prairies you can look at Field trial champions. The average hunter that doesn't tr...
by Dakotazeb
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Feeding supplements
Replies: 19
Views: 1188

Re: Feeding supplements

I think that you would be hard pressed to find a supplement that has the nutrients that a quality dog food has. On days that your dog is working hard just up the amount you feed. On non-hunting days my Brittany gets 1 3/4 - 2 cups. On days we hunt I'll give her 3 cups. Now, with all that said, I do ...
by Dakotazeb
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA best run yet
Replies: 10
Views: 1957

Re: NSTRA best run yet

Congrats on the great run! After nine years in NSTRA I'm still waiting for a run like that. :)
by Dakotazeb
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: fencing and wild birds
Replies: 21
Views: 1439

Re: fencing and wild birds

If you have lots of wild birds around I wouldn't worry about pen raised birds unless you need them to correct a problem in a controlled situation. Otherwise, stress obedience and then give your dog as much exposure to wild birds as possible. If the dog has the breeding they will quickly figure it ou...
by Dakotazeb
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog Shuts Down with Beeper
Replies: 19
Views: 1142

Re: Dog Shuts Down with Beeper

I was just telling my buddy this weekend that i'd love a beeper function on my garmin. We're hunting in SD this past week and working milo stubble in snow. Garmin says dog on point 75 yards ahead, get up there and start looking around for an orange and white doge in milo stubble covered with snow. ...
by Dakotazeb
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog Shuts Down with Beeper
Replies: 19
Views: 1142

Re: Dog Shuts Down with Beeper

When I had beeper collars I used them solely in "Point Only" mode for the purpose of being able to find my dogs in thick cover when they were on point. I've hunted with a couple of guys that have the beeper on all the time in the field and it drove me nuts. My guess is the reason your dog is acting ...
by Dakotazeb
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Canine vasectomy vets in Indiana?
Replies: 10
Views: 880

Re: Canine vasectomy vets in Indiana?

Jon finally stepped over the line and got the boot. I for one am extremely happy with the Mods decision. Jon added absolutely no value to this site. I just hope he doesn't show up on a couple other hunting/dog forums I'm on or re-appears here under a new name.
by Dakotazeb
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.
Replies: 53
Views: 3363

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

Sharon wrote:So proud of the membership here. Their patience, kindness is remarkable. Thank you.
Our patience may be remarkable, BUT it's running very thin with Jon.
by Dakotazeb
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Can dogs be trained to herd wild deer?
Replies: 14
Views: 1107

Re: Can dogs be trained to herd wild deer?

gundogguy wrote:That's a good one,Ha! You must wear a "kick me sign"!
I wish the Mods would kick him all the way to the curb.
by Dakotazeb
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Can dogs be trained to herd wild deer?
Replies: 14
Views: 1107

Re: Can dogs be trained to herd wild deer?

Jon, what the heck question are you going to come up with next? :roll: Seems we are getting too many of your crazy questions lately. Give it a rest, please.
by Dakotazeb
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Running on full stomach?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Running on full stomach?

What does this have to do with a GunDog forum?
by Dakotazeb
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Chew toys?
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: Chew toys?

The best one I've found is by far the Benebone Wishbone.

https://www.benebone.com/products/wishbone/

You can order them from Chewy.com
by Dakotazeb
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Running on full stomach?
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: Running on full stomach?

The most common thinking is to feed once a day in the evening. Not in the morning. It gives the dog ample time to digest their food. Dogs run and work better on an empty stomach. Yeah, a 100 yd. run is virtually nothing. That wouldn't even get the dog warmed up. Running 20 to 30 minutes would be muc...
by Dakotazeb
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Dogtra 2700 T&B
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Re: Dogtra 2700 T&B

I had it's predecessor the 2500 T&B and it worked flawlessly for years before I sold it. My hearing has worsened and I had a difficult time hearing he beep when my dog was on point. Went to the Garmin Alpha. All the Dogtra products I have owned have been great. Never a problem.
by Dakotazeb
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How long to leave pup with a trainer?
Replies: 34
Views: 2727

Re: How long to leave pup with a trainer?

My question is: Why are you taking a 5 month old pup to a trainer in the first place? Like others have said, it's way too young for any serious training. You still haven't told us what your expectations were when you took the dog to a trainer. At 5 months I would be more concerned about teaching the...
by Dakotazeb
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pedigree Inquiry
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Pedigree Inquiry

Other than the dogs you mentioned like Nolan's Last Bullet, Kentucky Ike and the Marverick lines I'm not familiar with the others. I've had Brittanys for over 20 years and this is the first I've seen a dog by the name of Rebel Jac's Hammerin Hank but he must have been a pretty good dog with NFC and ...