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by RyanDoolittle
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 42
Views: 2005

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

The benefits of Force Fetching a dog far outweigh a little ear pinch for a couple days. You will get the retrieve you want and will have a different relationship, for the better, with your dog.

Whether they need it or not, I FF all my dogs. FF is not just about the retrieve.
by RyanDoolittle
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick’s first field trial
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Nick’s first field trial

I wouldnt bother talking to the judges at this point. A 6 month old dog all they will tell you is let her mature. Stake your dog out and walk the braces. Watch the dogs but watch the handlers more, especially in the adult stakes. You will soon start to see what winning handlers are doing and what th...
by RyanDoolittle
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 28
Views: 1839

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Fed the back to nature crap.and nearly lost my dog, a friend did loose his. He had people in lab suits picking up poop in his back yard for tests. After this I read reviews and there is a ton of them with sick dogs from the food.

I switched to PPP and havent looked back.
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 557

Re: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers

Going through this right now on the prairies. 2017 more birds than I have ever seen. Huns were literally everywhere. That summer we had a bad drought. Cover either didnt grow and what did got eaten by cattle and deer. Winter 2017/2018 was the worst we have also seen in a long time. Ranchers were plo...
by RyanDoolittle
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunt Speed
Replies: 14
Views: 1014

Re: Hunt Speed

My setter averages 12 mph when foot hunting. Considerably faster when on HB.

Thats over the past hunting season with the GPS.
by RyanDoolittle
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Understanding Pedigree Titles and Trials
Replies: 20
Views: 1366

Re: Understanding Pedigree Titles and Trials

Jhawk the dogs know the difference between field trialing and hunting. They adjust their range and pattern accordingly. That being said dont go out, buy and All-Age dog and expect him to hunt 100 yards. Look at NSTRA or Gun Dog lines and you will be very happy. I had the #1 young dog in Canada (CKC)...
by RyanDoolittle
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy Training -Pro-Diy ? USA/UK
Replies: 23
Views: 1862

Re: Puppy Training -Pro-Diy ? USA/UK

In north america with pointing breeds the best money you can spend is sending your dog to the prairie for the 1st 2 summers starting at 6 months or a year. The first year they will learn to handle and that they are out there to work. 2nd year they should come back green broke. After that you will ha...
by RyanDoolittle
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Bird Report from Northern Montana
Replies: 15
Views: 2181

Re: Bird Report from Northern Montana

Looking at the reports from the trials this summer also showed bird numbers suffering.
by RyanDoolittle
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Bird Report from Northern Montana
Replies: 15
Views: 2181

Re: Bird Report from Northern Montana

I live an hour north of the boarder (about 3hrs north of Great Falls). We did bird counts with the ACA about 30 min north of the border in the late summer and found populations were down 60% over past years. A drought last year meant very little cover then this winter killed off alot of wild game no...
by RyanDoolittle
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for getting a dog to hunt in thick brush
Replies: 40
Views: 2444

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

Get into the cover with him. He'll follow you. Go slowly. That’s been my approach so far but he will get behind me and want me to blaze the trail. When you start flushing birds and he is behind you it will click the action is in the front. Generally the first 2 years your stuck in the thick crap wi...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Dogs for Sale
Topic: Gambles Benny the Jet GSP pups
Replies: 5
Views: 1428

Re: Gambles Benny the Jet GSP pups

Whats the pedigree on the female side?
by RyanDoolittle
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Gun Dog Supply or Lion Country Supply
Replies: 8
Views: 2024

Re: Gun Dog Supply or Lion Country Supply

GDS has always been easy to deal with for me as well. Last I dealt with LCS was on facebook. They were advertising trade in your Astro 320 for a 430. I replied I was interested and was curious what the trade value on a 320 was. All I got for a reply was we dont deal with Canada for Garmin, in which ...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pedigree
Replies: 10
Views: 851

Re: Pedigree

At 5 months old its tough to tell.

My last shorthair started find the front and his legs at about a year old.
by RyanDoolittle
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pedigree
Replies: 10
Views: 851

Re: Pedigree

The dog will most likely make a nice Gun Dog, maybe HB gun dog at best. There are a couple All-Age dogs in there but I wouldnt get my hopes up.

Start by going to a couple AKC and NGSPA derby trials to get your feet wet. If you enjoy them try some of the Horseback trials.
by RyanDoolittle
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View
Replies: 43
Views: 2443

Re: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View

averageguy wrote:I see a collar with antenna on the dog. GPS only? Ecollar and GPS? Apparently one or both allowed in the trial?
GPS only, ecollars are not allowed. Certain GPS collars are not allowed as well.
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View
Replies: 43
Views: 2443

Re: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View

I would bet major circuit dogs see more wild birds in a year than most hunting dogs do...... However wild birds is what develops dogs, its the training that turns them into trials dog. Dogs are taught to run edges and cast out to bluffs. They are developed to run as hard as they can, as fast as they...
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Not holding Birds
Replies: 22
Views: 1582

Re: Not holding Birds

Same idea as a dog that becomes collar wise, except this time it is test wise.
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Not holding Birds
Replies: 22
Views: 1582

Re: Not holding Birds

She has found out in that situation she can get away with it.

You need to set up a test environment and start making corrections.
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View
Replies: 43
Views: 2443

Re: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View

The dogs learn through experience what holds birds and what doesnt. Its hard to tell in video but im sure the dog was pointing in bluffs of cover. Your right though birds could be everywhere and the dogs need to be on their game. This is the beauty of a wild bird trial vs a liberated or throw down t...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View
Replies: 43
Views: 2443

Re: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View

The idea of a trial dog is not to find all the game. Too much time and energy searching every bush. The dogs learn to identify cover likely to hold birds called objectives and cast out to those objectives. A trial is about driving your Ferrari as fast and hard as it can go for 30, 60, or 90 minutes ...
by RyanDoolittle
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Dogs for Sale
Topic: 13 month old started Deutsch-Drahthaar
Replies: 10
Views: 2361

Re: 13 month old started Deutsch-Drahthaar

Why are you selling her?
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tracker that uses cell phone
Replies: 7
Views: 760

Re: Tracker that uses cell phone

No Idea. I have a Garmin and find theres a 5-10 second delay with the 320. The 430 has a faster update rate so I am assuming its a faster response time. Personally I like a longer time because it gives tike for the unit to recognise the dog has actually established point vs looking for the handler o...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tracker that uses cell phone
Replies: 7
Views: 760

Re: Tracker that uses cell phone

Dogtra Pathfinder
by RyanDoolittle
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Having trouble on next breed
Replies: 57
Views: 3868

Re: Having trouble on next breed

There are lots of dogs who are some of the best Cover Dogs, horseback or walking gun dogs, top NAVHDA dogs, NSTRA dogs that spend their days in competition or hunting and spend their nights laying on the couch or at the foot of the bed. I had one of the top young dogs in the country in 2014, he was ...
by RyanDoolittle
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Having trouble on next breed
Replies: 57
Views: 3868

Re: Having trouble on next breed

Also- remember I want to be able to hunt these dogs together when they are trained and potentially when the pup is holding at least till flush, use them together to help train the pup easier and take pressure off it. I also probably won’t duck hunt too much or hardly at all when it’s real cold and ...
by RyanDoolittle
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Just got a call from trainer: Advice needed
Replies: 62
Views: 3879

Re: Just got a call from trainer: Advice needed

The ideal point for most continental dogs is tail, back, and head, in a straight line. The OP said his dog was from German lines, his point sounds perfect. The ideal point is whatever suits the owners fancy. A dog like that appeals to you, I would out it up for sale pretty quick. I would have a har...
by RyanDoolittle
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Just got a call from trainer: Advice needed
Replies: 62
Views: 3879

Re: Just got a call from trainer: Advice needed

Urban_Redneck wrote:The ideal point for most continental dogs is tail, back, and head, in a straight line. The OP said his dog was from German lines, his point sounds perfect.
The ideal point is whatever suits the owners fancy. A dog like that appeals to you, I would out it up for sale pretty quick.
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Started Dog
Replies: 19
Views: 1873

Re: Started Dog

That sounds more like a finished dog vs a started dog. Your probable correct in thinking that. As Robert said "over here" in UK that is, the standards are wee bit higher than here in the states. I might add that the Canadians also have higher standards than the US markets. In the pointer world the ...
by RyanDoolittle
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Started Dog
Replies: 19
Views: 1873

Re: Started Dog

That sounds more like a finished dog vs a started dog.
by RyanDoolittle
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog smells but no point
Replies: 20
Views: 1513

Re: Dog smells but no point

Wild birds. However birds were far more plentiful back then.

Also more help was used as trainers were generally teams of 2 or 3 people.

With advancements in training techniques and training aids I dont know why you would look backwards.
by RyanDoolittle
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Having trouble on next breed
Replies: 57
Views: 3868

Re: Having trouble on next breed

Doesn't $1,500 for a pup seem a little steep? You can buy a very nice started Pointer or setter for that money. The type of people buying continentals is whats driving the price up. My first shorthair was $800 ($600 usd) now a guy would be hard pressed to find a well bred pup for less than $1000 us...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Started Dogs... 'lil help and opinions needed.
Replies: 18
Views: 1647

Re: Started Dogs... 'lil help and opinions needed.

Jamie Daniels has a bunch of Poimters and setters available. Take a look at his Facebook page, Daniels Kennels. Most any pro trainer will have started dogs right now. They are fresh off the prairie all you need to do is pick up the phone and start dialing. Ike Todd, Jamie Daniels, Luke Eisenhart, Ta...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Started Dog
Replies: 19
Views: 1873

Re: Started Dog

I've rec'd a couple e mails asking "What is a started dog?" These are folks looking to buy and the advertising says, "He is a started dog." I have gave my own thought on this , but thought it would be helpful if others contributed. It could mean anything. That’s why some are priced at $1000 and som...
by RyanDoolittle
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Silver Spur Knocking Birds *VIDEO*
Replies: 9
Views: 879

Re: Silver Spur Knocking Birds *VIDEO*

Where do you guys live that you can bring puppies along like that?!? I've had 3 wild birds here in 30 years...a pheasant in 1990, another last year, amd a woodcock about 5 years ago. Used to be lots of birds, but no more :cry: Southern Alberta. About 3 hr south of Rich Robertson and Tommy Davis' ol...
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: Setter Puppies "STARTED"
Replies: 3
Views: 1545

Re: Setter Puppies "STARTED"

Arent all.american field dogs born january 1st
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Silver Spur Knocking Birds *VIDEO*
Replies: 9
Views: 879

Re: Silver Spur Knocking Birds *VIDEO*

I learned this the hardway in the past. Now I give them one hunting season to do whatever they want on birds; I focus more on them hitting cover and working to the front. After that season I start working them on pigeons in launchers, by the time they figure that out its time to get onto a horse and...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garmin or GoPro
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Garmin or GoPro

Neither. There are non mainstream brand cameras out there that are just as good if not better than both.

I have owned the Hero 4 Silver and my Eken H9R is just as good at 1/3 the price.
by RyanDoolittle
Sat May 26, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: Exceptional Versatile GSP Litter
Replies: 15
Views: 2634

Re: Exceptional Versatile GSP Litter

whats the price on a pup?
by RyanDoolittle
Sat May 26, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alberta hunter with a question
Replies: 32
Views: 2828

Re: Alberta hunter with a question

Thank you Sharon. You're too kind! ezzy333, are you sure about that? If you are, why do horseback trialers (of which admittedly I was one) keep trying to turn their GSPs. Britts, Vizsla's etc. in quasi -pointers....with the emphasis on quasi ? Oh....and I have judged on both sides of the border. Sh...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun May 20, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alberta hunter with a question
Replies: 32
Views: 2828

Re: Alberta hunter with a question

i hope your looking outside canada for a brittany. They wont compare to your pointer.
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tell me about casting a pointing dog
Replies: 24
Views: 4466

Re: Tell me about casting a pointing dog

Having worked retrievers, I'm familiar with casting retrievers (stop, sit, back, over, here, etc) and all the associated hand and whistle signals. Can someone tell me about casting in the pointing dog world, more specifically in field trials, and the types of signals you give the dog to cast? For e...
by RyanDoolittle
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Huns in Montana
Replies: 20
Views: 5545

Re: Huns in Montana

I shoot a ton of birds every year and the only time there is too much lead to bother is if my hunting partner and myself double shoot a bird. Shot up birds are not a problem otherwise I wouldn’t be using the shells.
by RyanDoolittle
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Huns in Montana
Replies: 20
Views: 5545

Re: Huns in Montana

I am an hour north of the Montana boarder. My set up for Huns is a 5.5 pound Over Under shotgun. This is important because your doing a lot of walking. So make sure it’s light and easy to carry. The gun is a 20ga and I am shooting 1 1/8 federals. They are in a blue box and cheap, no need for that ex...
by RyanDoolittle
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC field trials question
Replies: 22
Views: 3983

Re: AKC field trials question

Side casting is generally frowned upon in FT. I also do not like it in hunting, wind can carry scent quite a ways and a dog will waste a lot of time running through cover that its nose has already found out nothing was there. I don’t mind a side cast if the dog is making a move to a line. But he be...
by RyanDoolittle
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC field trials question
Replies: 22
Views: 3983

Re: AKC field trials question

Your time would be better spent entering a trial then walking or riding all the braces in that stake yourself. Watch the dogs and see who wins. After it's over you can approach the judges alone and ask what they were looking for. Why did this dog place over that dog but don't ever ask why that dog p...
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: Looking for a Setter puppy
Replies: 11
Views: 4252

Re: Looking for a Setter puppy

Talmage Smedley justpost up some young dogs and some puppies for sale. Most are line bred on sunrise, he had a few out of a Shamrock bitch. Talmage does a lot of chukar hunting, don’t think you can find a harder hunting dog than a chukar dog. I watched his string when he was in Saskatchewan, really ...
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: dog wont hold for running
Replies: 32
Views: 11681

Re: dog wont hold for running

I’d say you got 2 options.

#1 you keep letting her do what she is doing and hope she learns to handle running birds. This can take a while.

#2 get the dog broke.
by RyanDoolittle
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Welcome New Moderator
Replies: 19
Views: 3347

Re: Welcome New Moderator

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by RyanDoolittle
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: American brittany lines
Replies: 66
Views: 20440

Re: American brittany lines

Just call Beeline Brittney and talk to Nolan.....cut to the chase. They have a facebook page as well. I've watched alot of Brittanys and they really don't fit my fancy, they don't really excite me at all. A friend has a double bred Nolans Last Bullet male that's really nice. One of the few Brittany...
by RyanDoolittle
Mon May 15, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you considered "Started?"
Replies: 20
Views: 6209

Re: What do you considered "Started?"

If I'm buying a started dog he better do about everything but be broke. He needs to handle, even if it's rough, he needs to let me flush birds, he better pattern and run objectives. Basically a dog that's ready to head out to the prairies to be broke but it's still may or June and trainers haven't l...