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by Featherfinder
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 12
Views: 399

Re: Steady then not

As many know, my take on things can be....diverse. So Bam, here is a perfect example of why I rarely use "Whoa" when hunting my dogs (which are completely steady and retrieve). Whoa, as has been stated on a number of occasions is an obedience command. Perhaps it's just me but obedience has it's plac...
by Featherfinder
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Starting search for next Vdog
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: Starting search for next Vdog

Averageguy, you appear to be good with dogs, good with the gun, good with the camera too!
by Featherfinder
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Multiple Trainers
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Multiple Trainers

I think Ratdog's dog won the lottery too. As for the multiple trainers....time will tell.
Stay tuned!
by Featherfinder
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Beautiful Arizona!
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Beautiful Arizona!

Thank you very much Sharon!
All-in-all, I consider myself blessed.
Oh....I had the pleasure of working my dogs for gents from Montana and New Mexico.
Got an invite for hunting NM for scalies next year!
by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Beautiful Arizona!
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Beautiful Arizona!

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by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Beautiful Arizona!
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Beautiful Arizona!

Ratdog, I'll trade you my recent bird hunts for your age? :wink: All things in time...... I wish I could go back to those days with my sons but alas, it is not negotiable. I had my window of time with my sons. This is your time. The many years of quail hunting await you. I wish you many memories of ...
by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Beautiful Arizona!
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Arizona III

Sorry....not sure why the previous pics were turned!?!? Must be the results of my resizing efforts. ?
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by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Beautiful Arizona!
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Arizona II

More pics:
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by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Beautiful Arizona!
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Beautiful Arizona!

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We didn't take a lot of birds but did encounter a decent number. We DID make some great memories of super dog-work with like-minded friends.
by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: New Mexico Scaled Quail - An Evening to Remember
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: New Mexico Scaled Quail - An Evening to Remember

Simply stunning!! Thanks for sharing Sir.
I have been invited to hunt NM next season. I may take the gent up on his offer while I'm in AZ.
I took him out here for a hunt and he was so appreciative. We had a blast until he tried to take my setter from me! :wink:
by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog not "going with" me
Replies: 23
Views: 1129

Re: Dog not "going with" me

Firming up this dog's recall/"come command" will do absolutely nothing for it's hunting application. It is an indication of overhandling where wild birds are concerned. That's why the gent with the raw lips from whistle blowing or hoarse voice from hacking serve no purpose in teaching the dog the re...
by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~

Love the way the water looks. I know...I'm strange that way...almost looks icy or chiseled.
by Featherfinder
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Multiple Trainers
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Multiple Trainers

Here is why I posted what I posted. Pup "training" in the home is a given and perhaps that was understated. I reiterate, I was of the assumption Ratdog was asking about the formal field training of his pup. Polmaise and Sharon make great points however as I see it, they have little to do with the Op...
by Featherfinder
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Multiple Trainers
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Multiple Trainers

You can't lose Ratdog. Well, maybe just some cash. Then again, maybe not if Grandpa covers trainer #2. I just glad I'm not that second guy....just sayin'. How about this: Let's see what trainer #2 has to say when he gets your dog. Perhaps you could share that with us verbatim at that time? Just to b...
by Featherfinder
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Dogs for Sale
Topic: ROYALLY BRED GSP MALE!
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: ROYALLY BRED GSP MALE!

Wow...that is one SMOKIN' deal Sir!! Someone is going to end up pretty fortunate!
Nice looking dog, not even considering his pedigree.
by Featherfinder
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Multiple Trainers
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Multiple Trainers

In any given home, there typically is a father, mother and children. Bring up a pup in that environment and you learn that the dog has a somewhat diverse relationship with each and everyone of them but they can make it work, at least regarding the rules/obedience in that home. Sometimes, it is nothi...
by Featherfinder
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Multiple Trainers
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Multiple Trainers

Thanks for clarifying Ratdog. I just looked at the pic of your pup and didn't figure on 2 trainers already. My bad...... As a trainer I do not appreciate getting a dog from someone else. Too often it ends up being remedial training or overcoming an issue that was seeded or could not be resolved by t...
by Featherfinder
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Multiple Trainers
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Multiple Trainers

So what is problematic for your grandfather to support your dog being trained by a reputable trainer? What is your affiliation with the local guy? Do you think being local makes a trainer competent? I don't know either the local guy or the one your grandfather is in favor of but if my grandfather wa...
by Featherfinder
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Bill in Hawaii seeks to Ban Ecollars
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Bill in Hawaii seeks to Ban Ecollars

It's only a matter of time....where-ever you call home. Why is it that the ignorant are often in positions of making the rules?
by Featherfinder
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: ~ FOCUS ~
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: ~ FOCUS ~

What a sage old soul!
by Featherfinder
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 17
Views: 745

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

DonF, I have to disagree. The OPs only restriction is that it's February. If he was in this position and it was July, I'd urge him to "get 'er done"! This is no longer a "pup" by my definition. It is a "teenager" needing direction. As soon as the weather warms up, the OP needs to regain ground with ...
by Featherfinder
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 17
Views: 745

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

Re-read what I shared. I expect pics by the time June rolls around. By then, the water shouldn't be frigid.
by Featherfinder
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush- question
Replies: 35
Views: 1260

Re: Steady to flush- question

So sorry to hear that Sharon, about your JRT.
by Featherfinder
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush- question
Replies: 35
Views: 1260

Re: Steady to flush- question

Joe, I sort-of feel for you. It is unfair for those of us to offer info and ASSUME you will follow "my" recommendation when there are so many widely diverse offerings! So, let's throw in a few books, videos, TV programs and I ask, "Is it any wonder that you have conflicting or in the least ambiguous...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Growing up
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: Growing up

Holy smokes.....nice looking dog on point!
by Featherfinder
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Growing up
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: Growing up

Wow!! Looking fancy! Congrats Sir.
by Featherfinder
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 24
Views: 2305

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

After early puppy training, my focus is on the retrieve. I have yet to work with a dog or dog breed I couldn't have pointing in reasonable time.
We here in north America have virtually bred retrieving out of our field trial dogs. Hence....
by Featherfinder
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deutsch Kurzhaar dogs
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Deutsch Kurzhaar dogs

True CJ. They hold to traditions as most Europeans do. GSPs /GWPs/Weims/etc. are supposed have "sharpness", by nature.
Not something I personally appreciate in my bird dogs but it's about that whole versatile "jack of all trades - master of some".
by Featherfinder
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Getting Weight on old English Pointer
Replies: 6
Views: 1027

Re: Getting Weight on old English Pointer

Her stool is wonderful...if you want to call a stool wonderful. She has been wormed....again. She has be in for a visit to the Vet, etc. etc.
She is like the energizer bunny - never stops!
I am trying the Satin Balls.
by Featherfinder
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training frequency question for green broke pointing dogs
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Training frequency question for green broke pointing dogs

Fun Dog, I congratulate you on your previous successes with your dogs. That said, dog training is anything but repetition. Taking the wrong tack on a dog "repetitively" is not going to serve anyone. Reading dogs is a huge part of training success. As such, you need to be more than a one trick pony.
by Featherfinder
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Getting Weight on old English Pointer
Replies: 6
Views: 1027

Re: Getting Weight on old English Pointer

Sometimes, just a switch in diets can make mealtime intriguing for your dog. That said, as already mentioned dogs (and humans) will lose their appetite later on in life. Here is one I have to try for my pointer. She is 3, has a good appetite and eats a goodly amount of VERY high quality dog food. I ...
by Featherfinder
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stop It !
Replies: 11
Views: 802

Re: Stop It !

Interesting Robert. I was invited to speak at a Southern Arizona Quail Forever meeting on dog training recently. What an honor! The president provided a complimentary intro then said, "If you put 10 dog trainers in a room, there is little they will agree upon". Hmm....? Might be true! So, rather tha...
by Featherfinder
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deutsch Kurzhaar dogs
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Deutsch Kurzhaar dogs

Deutsch Kurzhaar are what Europeans call GSPs. If you want to import a GSP from Germany, that is what you are getting.
by Featherfinder
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 17
Views: 745

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

The only thing I would add to what has been offered is that - as Makintrax73 said - keeping your mouth shut is pivotal (and it's not restricted to water intro). The best analogy I can give would be that - even though you mean well - saying something like, "It's OK. Good boy! Atta boy! Alright! Fetch...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting Dog (Retriever) Question
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: Hunting Dog (Retriever) Question

You are concerned - I get it. Don't let it bother you. Since you have aligned yourself with a top notch trainer, see what he has to say when he sees pup. Until then, stop trying things that may not be serving your pup or, ask for advice from said trainer on what you can do now with pup to prepare hi...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Roading Rig
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Re: Roading Rig

Interesting rig.
by Featherfinder
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: 10,000 miles
Replies: 25
Views: 2691

Re: 10,000 miles

Reba, try going into your laptop pics and right click. You should get a number of options - one being "Resize". Just play around with the size until you find what works, save, etc. Done properly you will still have the original and the resized version in your pics. That's what I have done in the past.
by Featherfinder
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Any tips to stop dog from counter?
Replies: 22
Views: 873

Re: Any tips to stop dog from counter?

Robert/Polmais, what an amazing post you offered!
I have been around dogs a LONG time and found your post utterly delightful! Thank you Sir.
by Featherfinder
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Any tips to stop dog from counter?
Replies: 22
Views: 873

Re: Any tips to stop dog from counter?

Lure the dog into jumping up. When she/he does, say, "No!!", then repeat. When the dog stops jumping up she/he WILL sit down.
Praise and treat!
by Featherfinder
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New to the forum
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: New to the forum

Welcome Sir. You are going to LOVE your EP!!
by Featherfinder
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Beretta 686 20 gauge
Replies: 8
Views: 850

Re: Beretta 686 20 gauge

Feedjake, I commend you on an all-too-rare attribute. You described your new gun by words that I find endearing - "the feel". There are many guns out there that look fine and might even fit you out-of-the-box, but a shotgun IMO, should feel like a lovely lady: - svelte, - curves in all the right pla...
by Featherfinder
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hoosier Hello II
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Hoosier Hello II

Congrats smilinicon and welcome!
by Featherfinder
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ Eclipse ~ Portrait Of A Gun Dog
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: ~ Eclipse ~ Portrait Of A Gun Dog

Irish, you slay me with your portraits! Thank you for contributing to our appreciation for our canine companions. Amazing...….! I might not be able to distinguish this handsome lad's eyes and yet why is it I feel such a connection/conduit to him? He is incredibly smart, unwavering and SO dedicated! ...
by Featherfinder
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: New O/U Choices.......
Replies: 4
Views: 658

Re: New O/U Choices.......

I'd go with a 20 gauge O/U or SxS. Unless you are slight of build or a lady under 5' 4" or have short arms you would be mistaken buying 26" barrels. You might have noticed that folk are realizing that perceived restriction that 2" makes by the lovely guns currently available for a decent price but.....
by Featherfinder
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog not "going with" me
Replies: 23
Views: 1129

Re: Dog not "going with" me

As for making mistakes, I hold the title Greg. :D But those tough dogs or those with quirks are what I cut my training teeth on - those ones others didn't want or already took a swing at but gave up on. They helped me think out-of-the-box to develop resolves. I also spent a lot of restless nights to...
by Featherfinder
Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why hate on the Black GSP?
Replies: 82
Views: 36782

Re: Why hate on the Black GSP?

Hope you are doing better Sharon? We are ALL getting older. Hope 2020 brings you good health before all else. I don't hate on black GSPs or liver GSPs. I simply don't appreciate too much color whether black, liver, roan, etc. because I find it less practical for my personal hunting preferences. Ther...
by Featherfinder
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: collar ?
Replies: 12
Views: 614

Re: collar ?

I've used Innotek, Sportdog, Tritronics/Garmin, DT and Dogtra.
I own 2 Dogtra systems: 2502 and 2702. No, I do not wholesale or retail Dogtra e-collars, or any equipment for that matter.
I'm not saying the other brands don't work. I just know what works for me here.
by Featherfinder
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany pup hyper and wild
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: French Brittany pup hyper and wild

I'd hold off neutering until he matures a bit. I'd consider it at 20 months or so.
by Featherfinder
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: collar ?
Replies: 12
Views: 614

Re: collar ?

Dogtra 2702, or it's predecessor 2502 - can't be beat!
Rugged, reliable, good range, user friendly. Don't know much about after-sales service. Haven't needed much and I use mine 5-6 days per week from hot weather to sub-zero.
A friend had a Sportdog. He doesn't now.
by Featherfinder
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Oldest Son's First Upland Hunt
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: My Oldest Son's First Upland Hunt

Nice hunt! I turned the sound down and enjoyed the action - it's just me. Very nice to be out there with your son!!
Congrats!