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by fishvik
Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: new member Mike
Replies: 38
Views: 576

Re: new member Mike

Welcome to the group Mike and good luck with the pup. I have an 8 mos old German Wirehair along with two other bird dogs. I feed the pup twice a day to make sure I can supervise it. Other wise the big hogs will steal it from the puppy if she walks away.
by fishvik
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 1525

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

I just let them run through barbwire starting from 8 weeks when we starting working them. They figure it out and we dont have issues. Yep it doesn't take long for them to figure it out. Although I had a Lab cross that would hit a barbwire strand so hard that he actually popped some staples out of a...
by fishvik
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I can't wait
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: I can't wait

I got an 8 wk old GWP at the end of July this year. She make and honest retrieve on a pheasant at a local WMA on Friday. My Lab/GWP, Puck, put two roosters up in a thick brush patch. (I'm not sure how much pointing was involved but I'm glad I didn't have to wade in). I shot both of them (I know mir...
by fishvik
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I can't wait
Replies: 10
Views: 897

Re: I can't wait

I got an 8 wk old GWP at the end of July this year. She make and honest retrieve on a pheasant at a local WMA on Friday. My Lab/GWP, Puck, put two roosters up in a thick brush patch. (I'm not sure how much pointing was involved but I'm glad I didn't have to wade in). I shot both of them (I know mira...
by fishvik
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Baseball
Replies: 9
Views: 623

Re: Baseball

Really nice to be able to enjoy the World Series during this virus year. At least something is normal. Dodgers haven't won since 1988. No Canadian teams this year , but I can still enjoy the game. :) Maybe not a Canadian team but one of the teams is from the same town whose team won the Stanley Cup...
by fishvik
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy exercise and growth plates.
Replies: 5
Views: 588

Re: Puppy exercise and growth plates.

I want to thank you guys for the responses so far. The reason I'm curious is that that is what a vet said his working his dog during hunting season was the reason my buddies dog needed both knees fixed at a cost of $5000.
by fishvik
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy exercise and growth plates.
Replies: 5
Views: 588

Puppy exercise and growth plates.

One of the guys I hunt with told me that he has heard that taking a pup under 1yo old out in the field more than a couple of times a month can lead to knee problems because the growth plates don't develop correctly. Anybody else heard, or know about this cause it was sure new to me. I know running a...
by fishvik
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: A Labrador Retriever Struggling Retrieving Birds (video) - Advice Appreciated
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: A Labrador Retriever Struggling Retrieving Birds (video) - Advice Appreciated

Did you ever train with wings attached to a large dummy. She seems to not connect that this thing with feathers is ok to, and supposed to be retrieved.
by fishvik
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aggressive Retrieving
Replies: 3
Views: 569

Re: Aggressive Retrieving

Reba, is it a hard mouth issue or is it really trying to eat it.
by fishvik
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Choosing a lab puppy
Replies: 8
Views: 739

Re: Choosing a lab puppy

Something that has worked for me. Pin the pup on their back with your index finger and middle finger on either side of their neck and your thumb and ring finger on either side of their front legs. Now without choking the puppy see much it resists you. If it just lays there, it will be a very submiss...
by fishvik
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ever had hunting success with a rescue?
Replies: 53
Views: 48681

Re: ever had hunting success with a rescue?

I have gotten two bird dogs from local pounds Fawn was a Chessie/Weim cross. She was a great upland and waterfowl dog who lived until the age of 12 and hunted to the very end. Hanna my 12 year old GSP was adopted from the local pound as a pup and she is still going strong. She has the most amazing n...
by fishvik
Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ River Rompers ~
Replies: 8
Views: 995

Re: ~ River Rompers ~

I've thought about tying a doggy fly too. Arn
by fishvik
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ River Rompers ~
Replies: 8
Views: 995

Re: ~ River Rompers ~

But Mike, Did they catch any trout? :D
by fishvik
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Beaver Fever ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1093

Re: Beaver Fever ?

Yes. Giardia. So can people. Don't seem to real serious. Some dog get quite sick and have loose bloody stool. not sure how it affects people.....Cj In humans it causes abdominal pain and a lot of time on the camode, a lot of time! But that only lasts a few days. if it is not treated it also has a b...
by fishvik
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ Picardy Pup Portraits ~
Replies: 4
Views: 840

Re: ~ Picard Pup Portraits ~

Mike, She is a beauty and she sure looks like she'd like to find and retrieve a bird or two if given the chance.
by fishvik
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Sage Grouse Hunting
Replies: 7
Views: 1139

Re: Sage Grouse Hunting

Sage grouse generally live in broken sage/grass environments. Look around water sources, small streams and springs. Another area to search is small hay fields with a good sage/brush edge. They usually hold well until they have been pressured a bunch, so your flushing dog should be fine. The advantag...
by fishvik
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time swimming
Replies: 16
Views: 2112

Re: Time swimming

Very occasionally ! :roll: :lol: I was working a dog on the island of Skye about 35 years ago when the temperature went up to 93 F. ! I was supposed to be doing a grouse count prior to the shooting season with my dogs but I wouldn't work a pointing dog in that heat …..and to be honest I could not h...
by fishvik
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Time swimming
Replies: 16
Views: 2112

Re: Time swimming

polmaise wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:25 pm
Definitive calculation
Temp + age - depth x flow to the power of ten ,divided by distance = 'Time' ,
mind you when you include Pie or even (Pi) tt ,it gets complicated :)
Does it ever get to 80 F (26.7 C) in Scotland? :D
by fishvik
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Time swimming
Replies: 16
Views: 2112

Re: Time swimming

The normal body temperature of a dog is 101 to 102.5 degrees F. So until pond water temp exeeds 100+ F it is actually cooling the dog. I agree that the restricted breathing will compromise the ability of the dog to lose body heat but I would think that swimming in 80 degree water would more than mak...
by fishvik
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: De-Snaking
Replies: 12
Views: 1443

Re: De-Snaking

Not an expert on Snakes ... I think Rattlesnakes make a noise like a rattle though? I didn't know snakes of different types had different scent though (thanks for that fishvik) Every day is a school day. ..... Is 'Snake Oil' a good thing to use for training ? Actually, rattlesnakes don't always buz...
by fishvik
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: De-Snaking
Replies: 12
Views: 1443

Re: De-Snaking

I would not borrow a poisonous snake. Unless you have extensive experience with snakes a poisonous when can be very hazardous to both you and your dog. Non-venomous snakes have some value in they can be used to teach dogs to avoid all snakes by sight but not necessarily by smell. I have lived in the...
by fishvik
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Introduction: New guy from Georgia
Replies: 7
Views: 1642

Re: Introduction: New guy from Georgia

Welcome and I would also like to see photos of your Boykin.
by fishvik
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Fat supplement
Replies: 7
Views: 1487

Re: Fat supplement

I cut up about 2 ibs of pork trim and boil it up in a quart and half of water and 6 cups of brown rice. I then feed them a half a cup of the mixture with their food once a day.
by fishvik
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ Please Don't Touch The Daisies ~
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Re: ~ Please Don't Touch The Daisies ~

It's Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever out here.
by fishvik
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Pills
Replies: 7
Views: 1425

Re: Pills

Otherwise grind it up in put in their food like I do with the daily dose of Dasuquin. Thanks for this, the Dasuquin was the exact pill she isn't eating. She started eating the soft chewables from the vet. So thats a start. Great tip though. My 12 yo GSP wouldn't eat the pills, even though they say ...
by fishvik
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: ~ BARNYARD BLISS ~
Replies: 7
Views: 1246

Re: ~ BARNYARD BLISS ~

When I first got out of college I worked for what is now the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey area on a prairie falcon study. A couple years later I was teaching in Boise and the leader of the Area and I were talking and he said he had good weight data on almost all of the prey species in th...
by fishvik
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: ~ BARNYARD BLISS ~
Replies: 7
Views: 1246

Re: ~ BARNYARD BLISS ~

When I first got out of college I worked for what is now the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey area on a prairie falcon study. A couple years later I was teaching in Boise and the leader of the Area and I were talking and he said he had good weight data on almost all of the prey species in the...
by fishvik
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Pills
Replies: 7
Views: 1425

Re: Pills

See if your vet can give you a pill injector. I was given one to use on one of our cats that needed a antibiotic. Worked for the cat and works on the dog.
Otherwise grind it up in put in their food like I do with the daily dose of Dasuquin.
by fishvik
Mon May 04, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: French Brittany pup help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 1911

Re: French Brittany pup help needed

When you take your pup out to an open area to run, hook up a 25' check cord to them and let the drag it. It will help to tire them out and also give you a better chance of grabbing them.
by fishvik
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: So you think you know dogs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3305

Re: So you think you know dogs?

I had a Weim/Chessie cross, Fawn, that was an avid waterfowl dog. We were hunting the upper end of an island in the Snake River. There was another hunter down at the downstream end of the island about 300 yds downstream. The shooting had slowed by about 8 am and I fell asleep in the blind. When I wo...
by fishvik
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Training
Topic: ~ K9 CHAOS ~ Unleashing The Joy
Replies: 4
Views: 1037

Re: ~ K9 CHAOS ~ Unleashing The Joy

Mike,I think anyone who has owned an older Lab, or any other dog, and then gotten a puppy has seen that look of "Oh boy, what a pest" Or the look in the older dogs eyes and and their actions when the pup gets into something it shouldn't have. It's kind of like "You have no idea what you have just do...
by fishvik
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: A little about you...
Replies: 1097
Views: 411685

Re: A little about you...

My name is Zach. I'm 34 and live in Idaho. I've been hunting all my life, but am relatively new to upland hunting and very new to pointing dogs. Have always had labs, as my primary pursuit (in regards to birds) in the past was always waterfowl. The last couple years I've dabbled more in chukar and ...
by fishvik
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: What gun dog breed do you currently own and why?
Replies: 199
Views: 127303

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

a GSP, a Lab X GWP cross and a Lab. They fit the bill for both upland and the Lab X GWP and Lab for waterfowl.
by fishvik
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: Which shotgun brand do you use?
Replies: 179
Views: 142338

Re: Which shotgun brand do you use?

Remington, Mossberg and Stoeger.
by fishvik
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bell or no bell?
Replies: 38
Views: 4629

Re: Bell or no bell?

Bells in thick cover.
by fishvik
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Sportmix
Replies: 2
Views: 1543

Re: Sportmix

Chewy has the 24/20 50# bag for $35.
by fishvik
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with Carrying
Replies: 8
Views: 1858

Re: Help with Carrying

I would work on having them sit in front of you and have them hold it. Give the command hold. As soon as they hold even for a couple of seconds praise them and give them a treat. Extend the time they have to hold before you give praise or a treat. When they will hold for while sitting work on bringi...
by fishvik
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with Carrying
Replies: 8
Views: 1858

Re: Help with Carrying

Will he hold the dummy all the way back when you throw it for him?
by fishvik
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Getting my first true gun dog
Replies: 6
Views: 2999

Re: Getting my first true gun dog

Congrats on getting a lab puppy. I have always believed that if there were only one breed of dog in the world it would be a lab, they are so bidable and versatile. Now before you bring it home move everything you don't want chewed up out of the way and everything on your coffee table off of it. Lab ...
by fishvik
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Bird wings
Replies: 6
Views: 2255

Re: Bird wings

They are also helpful, (when wings a fresh, keep some of the ones off birds you kill in the freezer) to teach "Hunt dead".
by fishvik
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~
Replies: 5
Views: 1847

Re: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~

Irishwhistler wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Fishvik,
I shot the Gadwall photo yesterday, 2/15/20.

Mike ☘️🇮🇪🇺🇸
It is going be a while before our ponds have open water.
by fishvik
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~
Replies: 5
Views: 1847

Re: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~

Great photo, Mike. Gadwal drake flank feathers are fantastic fly tying feathers. We have a lot of them out here in the intermountain west. What time of year did you take the photo?
by fishvik
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Transporting dog in truck bed
Replies: 8
Views: 3323

Re: Transporting dog in truck bed

I live in Idaho. My dogs; GSP, GWP and Lab; always ride in a kennel in the bed of an uncovered pickup. They sleep in at night, even during Dec. and January. I have an insulated cover for it and fill it with straw. When I open it on cold, 5-20 degree, mornings to let them out it is very warm inside j...
by fishvik
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Breeder?
Replies: 16
Views: 3936

Re: GSP Breeder?

Good to hear, enjoy her Reba.
by fishvik
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Breeder?
Replies: 16
Views: 3936

Re: GSP Breeder?

Reba, Here are a few in Eastern Idaho.

Moody Creek Shorthairs, Rigby, ID 208 351 7069 , rodbarber52@gmail.com, moodycreekkennel.com

Shooting Top Gun Kennels, 208 223 1230

Best Hunting Buddies, Ririe, ID, 208 821 0082, besthuntingbuddies.com
by fishvik
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 23
Views: 5065

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

Polmaise, Is it possible to keep a Lab out of water? :D
by fishvik
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Flush
Replies: 13
Views: 2977

Re: The Flush

Mike, If you want to come out here and hunt those masked bandits in their "introduced" native habitats you will see why we say out here," You hunt chukars the first time for fun and then from then on for revenge." :D
by fishvik
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 2534

Re: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you Sharon and all other GDF members.
by fishvik
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trekmoor/Bill/Wullie
Replies: 12
Views: 2986

Re: Trekmoor/Bill/Wullie

Bill, We're all pulling for you.
by fishvik
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New guy from Idaho
Replies: 5
Views: 2184

Re: New guy from Idaho

H_D_O Welcome to the group. Good to have another member in SE Idaho. I hunt both upland and waterfowl with our dogs. (Lab, Lab/GWP and GSP) The GSP is too thin coated for waterfowl. I've trained a few dogs for both upland and waterfowl pointers, flushers and retrievers. If you want to get together a...