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by Featherfinder
Tue May 28, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Hunting/Dog Related Stuff For Sale
Topic: WTB - Training Pistol
Replies: 2
Views: 1535

Re: WTB - Training Pistol

I have an old N.E.F. (New England Firearms) blank that I'll never part with. It will outlast my children! If you can find one used, I'd grab it! Today, there are other aspects of a blank pistol you might consider such as weight & visibility as well as durability. I just bought a Charter Arms blank b...
by Featherfinder
Sun May 26, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quail in a travel cage overnight?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Quail in a travel cage overnight?

I haven't used pen-raised quail in 15 years myself but that's an aside. If you want to use quail have at 'em. I found some time ago that pen-raised quail can ruin a good dog. On rare occasion, a good johnny-house set-up can work but it has to be just right. And, dogs are environmentally acute. Movin...
by Featherfinder
Sun May 26, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quail in a travel cage overnight?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Quail in a travel cage overnight?

I'd put the bird crate inside a large cardboard box without closing the box lid or partially closing it. This will contain the mess and keep visual stimulation to a minimum for your dog. It will serve you/your SUV, big time as well as your dog because as mentioned the stench will be strong so, if yo...
by Featherfinder
Sat May 18, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Dogtra 2700
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: Dogtra 2700

Gregory, I have both the 2500 and the 2700. I would have to try them side-by-each to notice the difference in audibility. Then again, my hearing has been compromised from repetitive firearm discharge so.... I really like my 2500 but thought I'd like the added function of the pager/vibration. It does...
by Featherfinder
Fri May 17, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Garmin bark collars
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: Garmin bark collars

As mentioned, leaving a bark collar on too long can create skin irritation where the prongs touch her/his neck. I bought 2 collars that had ceramic-like tips so as to completely avoid the irritation. BIG mistake. They run off of 2 C2032 batteries each. Seems that even when the units are off the batt...
by Featherfinder
Sat May 11, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pretty Sad
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Pretty Sad

Mr. Jacobs, I appreciate your sensitivity to the situation. I did in fact share my sentiments cordially/respectfully but it was on another post dedicated to Al/Ezzy. It's the least I could do.
by Featherfinder
Tue May 07, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Rattle snakes and a pup
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: Rattle snakes and a pup

SUPER response Garrison! I don't see many rattlers in AZ because we are done there late in the season but I really like what you/your trainer offered in that proper snake breaking may be harsh BUT it likely to be the most effective. My dog(s) is worth it! I would like to know the pro that does this ...
by Featherfinder
Wed May 01, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hot weather training
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: Hot weather training

Ray, I liked BIG running dogs not-that long ago too but the ones that "forgot to check in" weren't often enough in the ribbons. They either win or you are calling for the tracker. The wins were too few and the dog-searches were often very stressful depending on the surrounding dangers, especially wh...
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Passing of Ezzy333 - Al Esger
Replies: 14
Views: 1436

Re: Passing of Ezzy333 - Al Esger

That is truly a sad day. He will be missed. May God find a place for Al to run dogs in heaven!
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Help with Itchy Skin
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Help with Itchy Skin

With those numbers along with the time of year I would look a bit deeper. I never bred an incredible setter bitch even though she was the ideal bird dog, incredibly smart, clean, a lovable companion in the home with creditable trial placements. I stopped campaigning her because of this issue. The re...
by Featherfinder
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Hunting/Dog Related Stuff For Sale
Topic: Innotek control
Replies: 1
Views: 2524

Re: Innotek control

I had one of these many years ago. If I can find it, you can have it. Give me a couple of days Sir.
by Featherfinder
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick’s first field trial
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: Nick’s first field trial

Bam, sounds you both had a great time. Going forward, you might like to ask the judges what they saw in your dog and what they saw in the winner for personal development. This is for you to have a milestone or goal to work towards. It's better to work toward something than flounder about helter-skel...
by Featherfinder
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 872

Re: French Brittany

ohmymy111, I agree in that you can get a good or bad specimen in either French or American. It is true, in America and not only where Brittanys are concerned, that the need for independence in order to be successful in trials - especially horseback trials - was introduced/nurtured by the trial world...
by Featherfinder
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.
Replies: 19
Views: 738

Re: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.

Training here does not have that format so I can't comment Poly, if I understand you correctly. Like ON Hunt, I'm not so sure...???
I train the dogs here. Subsequently, I train the handler to retain their investment in the dog's performance.
by Featherfinder
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Despite my username... I'm getting a setter
Replies: 14
Views: 578

Re: Despite my username... I'm getting a setter

You're movin'-on-up! Congrats Sir.
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: A little E-Collar Humor
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: A little E-Collar Humor

Hilarious!!
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Quail pen/Johnny house
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: Quail pen/Johnny house

They tried to reintroduce pheasants around here with wild stock. They didn't last 4 years! The number one predator - all alone - was feral cats. Most cats - feral or otherwise are efficient killers. I'm going out on a limb but I'm guessing your chances for success are fair-to-poor. Pigeons would be ...
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Beginnings
Replies: 27
Views: 1175

Re: New Beginnings

May God continue to bless you, your family and your gorgeous new pup with many more delightful memories Sir!
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 852

Re: Hunting

Bama, my experience with NSTRA wasn't that much different. In my first and ONLY NSTRA event, I ran a Britt I trained which was braced with a pointer. The handler of the pointer walked around the course "poking" for birds. When he fund one, he called his dog back and worked the find.The dog I ran had...
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Loft........
Replies: 9
Views: 481

Re: New Loft........

Poly, it looks to be very sturdy to me unless your age and back are not the only "parameters"?
Perhaps he has a step-stool or small ladder that he removes after having gained access to minimize predation?
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shooting around puppies
Replies: 6
Views: 413

Re: Shooting around puppies

I believe that in the process of introducing the gun there are two fundamental dynamics. Only one is actually about audibility. The other aspect which is just as important if not more-so, is the positive association with birds. I think Sharon has it spot on: Gun intro = birds + gun fire. If you don'...
by Featherfinder
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 852

Re: Hunting

Poly...my goodness, it's back to grammer skool where we gonna learn you gooder! Sharon has had more than one exceptional dog so I'd respect that she has literally "been there and done it", and not just once. There is no doubt we do things differently here and in my opinion not all aspects are unequi...
by Featherfinder
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 852

Re: Hunting

ON Honker, I hunt silent for the most part because wild birds won't tolerate the hacking or whistle. I "cut my teeth" training without technology. I now wish I had been quicker on the uptake. "Looping" is not a good thing when hunting a pointing breed. The dog is wasting energy running over it's own...
by Featherfinder
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Found
Replies: 1
Views: 231

Re: Found

Will ask some of my friends down there. Thanks for posting.
by Featherfinder
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Loft........
Replies: 9
Views: 481

Re: New Loft........

Looks amazing! How much for a week? :lol:
It really does look great. Good work Sir.
by Featherfinder
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 852

Re: Hunting

Even though you're in a walking trial, a dog that looped to the point of being very close to the handler would not fair well with me as a judge. The reason predominantly is that the dog is displaying a dependency rather than co-operation. There is a line between these and it's not that fine either. ...
by Featherfinder
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 60
Views: 2025

Re: Let’s talk about registration

If you produce one litter with the best of intentions, health certifications, pedigree etc. you stand a good chance of producing a "decent litter" - 100% success! If you've been breeding for 42 years, it's conceivable you've had a bad outcome or two. Getting a dog with hip dysplasia after having gen...
by Featherfinder
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 60
Views: 2025

Re: Let’s talk about registration

CJ, the only issue I have with the buyer of a restricted budget dog is that the cost of acquiring a dog is the least expensive aspect of dog ownership today. It wasn't the case in the past but dogs/owners/Vets have changed significantly. When I had the few litters I had here, I offered options such ...
by Featherfinder
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 60
Views: 2025

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Determining why Labs outnumber most other breeds is an argument much like the chicken and the egg. The numbers also tell you that a great number of those Labs go to non-working homes. A certain number of those non-working Labs are bred to non-working Labs. The unsuspecting waterfowler sees the sign,...
by Featherfinder
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New puppy about ready
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: New puppy about ready

May you ALL enjoy the best of companionship and running dogs together. Having the right special someone to share in the both the highs and the lows is truly wonderful.
Congrats Don!
by Featherfinder
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 60
Views: 2025

Re: Let’s talk about registration

CJ, I agree. You should know something about the buyer for the pup's sake but I want you to know how much better MY puppies are than yours because you have to do 4 interviews before I make my decision to sell to you. I need to know what your home/property is like, if you have out-of-state property, ...
by Featherfinder
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Sorry...I didn't take into account the dog is 3 - my bad. OK, beat the snot out of him! Just kidding....!! Gonehuntin, you make a good point. This poor dog has likely had all manner of leads, collars, etc. on him and I've no doubt he may have some screwed up marbles in his head. Take him back to squ...
by Featherfinder
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Won't hunt
Replies: 18
Views: 733

Re: Won't hunt

Poly, I'd be happy to be clueless again IF I could have those years back...please??? :(
I'm betting our very next report form this OP to be a positive one. After-all, it's just a pup.
"Feathery"...I didn't know there was a dress code for this forum?!? :lol:
by Featherfinder
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 60
Views: 2025

Re: Let’s talk about registration

My limited experience with limited registrations (LR) is not good at all. It reminds me a bit of new car warrantees - a wonderful source of after-sales revenue. It's all part-and-parcel of a bigger ball of stuff that has promoted selling puppies into a mega-$$$$ industry which includes the breeders'...
by Featherfinder
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Won't hunt
Replies: 18
Views: 733

Re: Won't hunt

VERY profound Poly, I must say!
Been there...clueless with ribbons, I mean.
I'm sure I shared this before but a mentor once told me, "That dog was amazing....in spite of you (I was the owner/handler)." I didn't appreciate it, even if it was true. :oops:
by Featherfinder
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Not sure this dog needs ANY disciplinary action - no sticks, no pinch or choke collars, etc., in my perception. This young whippersnapper might just need direction, a job, a purpose, structure, a sense of self-worth. I LOVE high energy pups or young dogs and wouldn't want anything else personally. T...
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New puppy about ready
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: New puppy about ready

You must be super excited!! Wishing you many years of making memories afield Sir!
That dog in the pic is stunning too! Congrats.
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

I've no doubt the breeder produces nice dogs Averageguy but I see my share of what once was a nice dog.
You must be doing something right.
Congrats.
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Won't hunt
Replies: 18
Views: 733

Re: Won't hunt

Clingy is a habit developed/learned - not necessarily a bad one either. Typically, I would not be concerned in just the 2 weeks you've had him. He may be that kind of pup...wanting to be around you. I see absolutely nothing wrong with this right now. Do you work at home - is he ALWAYS with you throu...
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Wow Averageguy....nice style on that dog, especially considering it's pointing a cross between a rabbit and a parrot! :lol:
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

CJ, you were right. Right content - wrong name! I meant Porochi… This dog needs work. It should NOT need "whoa-ed" on birds...period. If it does, it needs trained. Since this dog is bumping/chasing AND you have shot bumped birds....you now have a much bigger job. "Whoa-ed" finds are not steady finds...
by Featherfinder
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Quoted from Averageguy: How active, focused and experienced a dog is as to where to look and using its nose/wind/ground pattern effectively, is far more important than the dog's absolute range. An savvy focused mid-range dog on a mission to find birds can easily out bird a dog which is running big b...
by Featherfinder
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 3395

Re: Setter tracking birds

Veggie, I should add that ANY dog breed of decent genetics here typically is reliably steady/handles/retrieves etc. well before they turn 2 years of age - setters included. Furthermore, running a young dog/pup while training strictly on wild birds actually delays the outcome rather than accelerates ...
by Featherfinder
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Poly, you're right, Kansas Bobs don't fly like the groose on yur moorlands but on occasion, far enough to evade dog and gun.
by Featherfinder
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

I get it completely. But here is the thing; the early training has to convey the benefits of him wanting you to be a part of the hunt. If your gun dog keeps going over the horizon AND is rewarded for that with birds that he bumps and chases (or rabbits/deer/cats) that you may or may not even be awar...
by Featherfinder
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pic from yesterdays run.
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: New pic from yesterdays run.

To a young dog, birds are birds are birds. It's up to us to convey stink birds from game birds. You can never go wrong using pigeons unless you use them improperly.
He is a very handsome dog, for sure! Congrats!
by Featherfinder
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1827

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Porochi, it sounds like you are making progress and I commend you. I suggest you not use the beep function of your e-collar to recall your dog. The beeper is intended for you to find your dog when on point in dense cover. If it has been used to recall, what is your dog to do when he goes on point an...
by Featherfinder
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tips or advice first nbha puppy trial
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Tips or advice first nbha puppy trial

Bam, I appreciate your enthusiasm and completely understand the passion to run your pup. I never ran puppy stakes later in my trialing life once I became more experienced. The reason is that it prolongs development while dictating alternate unpalatable processes simply because it gives the pup confl...
by Featherfinder
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 3395

Re: Setter tracking birds

Veggie, because I elicit steadiness from my dogs rather than preventing them from moving, I have no idea why the check cord is your goal? Your dog needs to understand that moving is not only unacceptable but it is counter-productive to HIS goal. What you are actually teaching him is that he has to h...