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by Timewise65
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: What gun dog breed do you currently own and why?
Replies: 197
Views: 111451

Re: What gun dog breed do you currently own and why?

We have two Golden Retrievers! they are very family friendly and great companion dogs. I hunt waterfowl in a state where we frequently have to break ice in a pond, to set up an early morning hunt. Goldens, tolerate cold water and cold weather in general. All our pups are field bred Goldens and we ru...
by Timewise65
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: What gun dog breed do you currently own and why?
Replies: 197
Views: 111451

Re: What gun dog breed do you currently own and why?

I have two Golden Retrievers. We, myself and two adult son's primarily hunt waterfowl, Goldens handle the cold and sometimes ice filled water better than other dogs. I do use them on pheasant and quail at times. They both have great noses, very good at marking a fall, have soft mouth and of course, ...
by Timewise65
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Check this Out - It's Free
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Re: Check this Out - It's Free

This is the "Fire in the Sky" John Denver sang about....! Beautiful
by Timewise65
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ Some Dogs Can Fly ~
Replies: 4
Views: 825

Re: ~ Some Dogs Can Fly ~

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Some dogs can fly, some can walk on water...!
by Timewise65
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Antlers
Replies: 6
Views: 1363

Re: Antlers

I also don't think they would be a problem for a puppy. But once they get their permanent teeth, I say no. I have had three dogs break a tooth, that then has to be pulled, on antlers...

I know many have dogs that chew on these all the time, but I have had bad luck with them...
by Timewise65
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Behavior
Replies: 6
Views: 1213

Re: Behavior

As already outlined, get a prong collar... All of my field trainers that I have ever used, recommended prong collars, and they trained us how to properly use this collar in training! My last trainer, found a new type of Pronged collar that is easy on easy off and when in place others cannot tell it ...
by Timewise65
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy Vaccinations
Replies: 10
Views: 3660

Re: Puppy Vaccinations

Many of us are going to 'tittering' which involves taking a blood sample and sending it to a vet school or laboratory that can titer blood samples. The titer validates if the pup has immunity and to what degree the dog is protected. It is common to find the dog is fully protected for many years with...
by Timewise65
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Getting my first true gun dog
Replies: 4
Views: 2290

Re: Getting my first true gun dog

Welcome aboard, as you will see as you work on this website, many comments apply to Field Dogs that hunt upland game. A few of us are waterfowl hunters, like you. I have been hunting ducks and geese since I was 21 and both my adult sons are avid waterfowl hunters also. I am almost 70 now... I have a...
by Timewise65
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Any tips to stop dog from counter?
Replies: 22
Views: 3100

Re: Any tips to stop dog from counter?

I had one dog that could steal food off the counter, eat it, and never be heard! He got a good steak off the counter on my birthday. We would not of missed it until time to cook, except our other dog came in and was licking the floor where the male inhaled it! Solution was to get a couple of can and...
by Timewise65
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting The Snow
Replies: 9
Views: 1662

Re: Hunting The Snow

Wow, really great pictures and good looking dogs.... :mrgreen: That's me green with envy...
by Timewise65
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst day in the field!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1926

Re: Worst day in the field!!!

What a terrible story, I feel sorry as that is a real hard way to lose a good dog, in its prime! Friends and neighbors were really special in how they handled this tragedy. Good people they are! This was especially difficult for me to read as I put down my 14 year old Golden on Saturday. He was a Ma...
by Timewise65
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stolen Pointer pup
Replies: 10
Views: 1584

Re: Stolen Pointer pup

Very good news, rarely do stolen gun dogs get recovered! It is nice to see this one end happily!
by Timewise65
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bird Dog first aid kit
Replies: 4
Views: 1332

Re: Bird Dog first aid kit

I keep a running list of items to consider for a dog first aid kit. I provide it for others to see and you can determine what is critical to you by reviewing this list. If anyone finds anything that should be included please respond to this post and I will add it to my master list for future request...
by Timewise65
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: EVERY MALLARD'S NIGHTMARE
Replies: 7
Views: 1212

Re: EVERY MALLARD'S NIGHTMARE

I wish all of us hunters could enjoy our work as much as our retrievers enjoy theirs!
by Timewise65
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 14790

Re: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?

I am not much for 'Hot new things' when it comes to upland shotguns! Give me a side-by-side 16ga. and I am right where I want to be....

But, to each his/her own!
by Timewise65
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Jones dog trailers, what is your experience?
Replies: 2
Views: 686

Re: Jones dog trailers, what is your experience?

I purchased a four dog Ainley Trailer from a guy in Texas in 2014, he was the original owner. I am not sure what year it is, but it was in very good condition. It had a fan, and spare tire included. It did not have a built-in water container. I had three Golden Retrievers that I ran in hunt tests an...
by Timewise65
Mon May 20, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: How much olive oil ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3069

Re: How much olive oil ?

I would never use and increase in fats to put weight on my dogs. If you are using a well balanced quality dog food, I then would adjust the amount of that food they get every day. I am suspicious from your post, that you are exercising your dogs more then the average 'Joe'. Dog food 'recommends' the...
by Timewise65
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: excessive barking
Replies: 10
Views: 1469

Re: excessive barking

Get a bark collar....dogs bark for many reasons, and with a properly set back collar they will learn to stop, without a lot of pressure being applied!

Good Luck
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to fix>?
Replies: 19
Views: 2241

Re: How to fix>?

I would not start the e collar until the pup is at least 6 months, even 8 months depending how receptive the pup is to training (not yet mature?). Then I would introduce the pup to the ecollar following a specific training routine to introduce the ecollar. Right now the use of a 30' lead it the best...
by Timewise65
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 6501

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

I think the 'climate' of the people in Oregon do not represent the majority of the folks in this country! Not that this is not of concern to us all, it is...but you have to consider the source, meaning the state of Oregon... Yeah, consider it as one of the top retriever training venues in the count...
by Timewise65
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 6501

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

I think the 'climate' of the people in Oregon do not represent the majority of the folks in this country! Not that this is not of concern to us all, it is...but you have to consider the source, meaning the state of Oregon...
by Timewise65
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 14790

Re: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?

Many good comments here..... I have recently been going through this same process of trying to decided on a new gun for pheasant, quail, and dove. After looking at and trying a few different gages and styles (that friends let me try), I have decided to find a 16ga SxS….something about this gage and ...
by Timewise65
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 5604

Re: The value of the force fetch.

Sharon suggested this topic in another thread and it would interest me to see what the split is on here between the folk that do F.F. and those that do not. Personally I am a "do not" - - - - - mainly because I never find it necessary to do it . A pup that already has a decent retrieve instinct onl...
by Timewise65
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Kovan - No squeak Toys
Replies: 16
Views: 2135

Re: Kovan - No squeak Toys

Like many above all of my dogs over the years have had squeaky toys when pups.....none have been hard mouthed! Of course all of my dogs were FF as part of the training programs they underwent.... :mrgreen:
by Timewise65
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 5604

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 Timewise65
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

X 2 above ...averageguy!
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

cjhills … Pointing out a few 'exceptions' that could occur in a hunt test, does not in anyway diminish the simple logic expressed by someone who has trained dogs (with professionals and themselves) and then run dogs in hunt tests for years. It is actually, very easy, to find exceptions to explanatio...
by Timewise65
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 24
Views: 4508

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

Timewise65, While you are doing due diligence I would look into which Pro Trainer you would use to train a prospective pup. Describe for them your objectives for the finished dog and get their input on when and how many months they predict they would need to train your pup. Perfection Kennel is ver...
by Timewise65
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 24
Views: 4508

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

deseeker, nevermind, mask… Thanks for the comments. And yes, I will consider a fully finished dog or at least a started dog. Emotionally, it is not my first choice, as I enjoy obedience training a pup and just having a puppy around, even though they are a lot of work. But yes, at my current age, I ...
by Timewise65
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

I did not mean to fire up a controverary….

I think we are talking 'semantics'! The 'averageguy, summed it up best, I think, "expect an ongoing effort will be required to maintain training, than it is to suggest it is one and done."

:mrgreen:
by Timewise65
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 24
Views: 4508

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

Thanks to all for the good information and comments....to be fair, let me expand my story! I have owned field Golden Retrievers for over 25 years. During that time I have used pro's to help train my retrievers up to where they were competent waterfowl hunters. I also ran my dogs in hunt tests up to ...
by Timewise65
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: first time hunt testing
Replies: 19
Views: 2062

Re: first time hunt testing

birddogsunlimited wrote:sorry pointing dog
As far as I know, Labs can run in pointing dog hunt tests....even if they are said to be 'Pointing' Labs...
by Timewise65
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: first time hunt testing
Replies: 19
Views: 2062

Re: first time hunt testing

My advice would be to read up on the requirements of whichever tests or levels you want to run, then go to a test and observe. It's difficult to just read and figure out what you need to do. It's hard to explain from a keyboard also :D There are some youtube videos that show some tests. Here is one...
by Timewise65
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 24
Views: 4508

Time to Fully Train a Brittany

If one has a well bred Brittany how long would it take a professional trainer to fully train that dog for hunting? Now I know it varies based on the quality of the dog, the trainer, etc. But in my discussions with trainers and fellow hunters I am hearing a range for 1-3 months for a fully trained po...
by Timewise65
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: first time hunt testing
Replies: 19
Views: 2062

Re: first time hunt testing

Are you talking about Retriever Hunt tests or Upland Game Hunt Testing? I have lot's of experience with AKC and UKC retriever hunt tests....I will share more if you are thinking about Retriever Hunt tests............. I will say that running Hunt Tests is probably one of the most fun things I have e...
by Timewise65
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

I’m dropping off my 6 month old GSP for training this Sunday. I had 3 field trial labs that were all Pro trained and in my experience, what a pro can do in a few months I’d be lucky to do in a years time. I guide waterfowl and upland and there truly is nothing worse when someone brings their dog th...
by Timewise65
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

I agree that one month is a bit short to accomplish much by a trainer. A good trainer will want to see the pup and do a quick assessment of the pup before you agree to use them. From that they should be able to talk about where the pup is and how long it MIGHT take to train him. The big question is...
by Timewise65
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

I agree that one month is a bit short to accomplish much by a trainer. A good trainer will want to see the pup and do a quick assessment of the pup before you agree to use them. From that they should be able to talk about where the pup is and how long it MIGHT take to train him. The big question is ...
by Timewise65
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

Looks like you are off and running...good luck to you and your new pup....most importantly be sure that you and your puppy have fun, that is the most important part of training.
by Timewise65
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy training
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Re: Puppy training

I agree with the others, get and learn a good retriever training program, Evan's program as noted above, is a great one.... How old is your pup. Understand that a "Puppy" at 6 months is mentally like a 3-4 year old child. Physically these pups can run, play, and bark, but mentally they are babies......
by Timewise65
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

Thank you for your honest words. I'm glad I am doing it right, I do see some great progress in my lab, I guess that is what keeps my drive because I enjoy it and love him very much. I will take your advice and implement that towards our daily trainings. I just don't have a guide to tell me whether I...
by Timewise65
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

Looks like you have been doing well with your pup and that the pup has some good instincts! On my first pup, I too found the pup knew more than I did and would do things that worked before I could figure out what she was doing....so just keep trying what seem to work for you and the pup. Below I wi...
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: GSP hates her crate
Replies: 13
Views: 1883

Re: GSP hates her crate

Wow, That sounds like a big challenge...I have had many sport dogs, but never one that was not started in a kennel when very young. I really have no great ideas, but I did want to mention that as for the barking and whining a 'bark collar' will help with that, but I am afraid it may only make her mo...
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 6817

Re: sending dog for training

All good stuff above.... I have owned multiple Golden Retrievers over the years. Like you, when I started, I had no idea how to train the dog for hunting waterfowl or upland game.. or what to expect from using a trainer. After over 25years I have gained the knowledge as to how to train a retriever a...
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 2640

Re: French Brittany

I have owned two French brits and one American type brit , she was a cross between a French and an American brit and she looked American in "type" ….. a slightly longer muzzle , longer hair and a bit bigger than the frenchies. She was a really good worker and is still the only Brittany in Britain t...
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 2640

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 greatl...
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 2640

Re: French Brittany

I have seen Mark Dinsmore's dogs run in hunt tests in South Dakota. He has real nice dogs Check him out--I don't think you'll be sorry. He usually has a waiting list, so get on it early if you decide you want one of his pups. Good luck when you get your new pup. :D Edit--Mark used to be on this sit...
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 2640

Re: French Brittany

French Brits are great upland dogs! I have a 2.5 year old male from Mark. Mine is very fun to hunt with, extremely smart, nice size, very friendly around other people, dogs and kids. I primarily hunt chukar and Huns here in Idaho with mine - and occasionally pheasant in Oregon. His range varies wit...
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 2640

Re: French Brittany

Timewise, I have never owned a French Brittany but I am going to buy a puppy this spring from Mark Dinesmore. Mark posted that he has a few extra puppies that are not yet born and is taking reservations right now for a confirmed litter. His facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/LEtoile-du-Nord...
by Timewise65
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 2640

Re: French Brittany

If you want a French Brittany for reasons valued to you, that is fine.... One of the most unruly renegade Britts I ever saw was a tri-colored French Brittany. One experience does not really suggest a problem with the breed does it? I re-iterate, habitat and training play a huge part in ANY bird dog...