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by Featherfinder
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Hunting/Dog Related Stuff For Sale
Topic: Innotek control
Replies: 1
Views: 77

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: 372

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: 625

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: 401

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: 342

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: 149

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: 227

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: 19
Views: 537

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: 568

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: 306

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: 233

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: 568

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: 568

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: 148

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: 306

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: 568

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: 47
Views: 1057

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: 47
Views: 1057

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: 47
Views: 1057

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: 305

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: 47
Views: 1057

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: 1317

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: 508

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: 47
Views: 1057

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: 508

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: 1317

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: 305

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: 1317

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: 508

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: 1317

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: 1317

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: 1317

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: 2953

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: 1317

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: 1317

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: 184

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: 1317

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: 290

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: 2953

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...
by Featherfinder
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tips or advice first nbha puppy trial
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: Tips or advice first nbha puppy trial

Shags is dead on! Here are the rules:
https://www.nbhadog.org/bylaws.php
by Featherfinder
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Day
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Training Day

Thank you all for the kind words. Well...typically she has more...fire in her style but I think she was getting annoyed with my lengthy circuitous approach. I often look like I've been in a cat fight when I get home from these woodlots- scratches on my cheeks, my hands/wrists, etc. I wear shooting g...
by Featherfinder
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Day
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Training Day

Just got going this morning - 15 minutes in and found my young pointer like this....on a woodcock! I flushed and shot my blank. She looked exactly the same way as I found her AFTER the flush & shot. Sorry...it's the best pic I could get in this gnarly covert. Good thing she has a long neck!! :lol: 1...
by Featherfinder
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2953

Re: Setter tracking birds

I think you may well be right Averageguy, we're probably more alike than not. I do find that I type out things in this medium and sometimes get a surprising response. Then, I re-read my offering and all-of-a-sudden, I get it. Will do my best to be transparently clear but can't promise I will always ...
by Featherfinder
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: WSF
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: WSF

Love the intensity. Nice dog!
by Featherfinder
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2953

Re: Setter tracking birds

It's my opinion that you shouldn't need to "whoa" a dog to ensure steadiness. In fact, it coveys the opposite or...you wouldn't need to say "Whoa". As I see it, a dog shouldn't be steady (around birds) because of anything you say . It should be steady because his/her training supports the dog being ...
by Featherfinder
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Come Along on a Higgins Gundogs Training Hunt
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: VIDEO: Come Along on a Higgins Gundogs Training Hunt

What a delightful offering! Thank you Mr. Higgins.
by Featherfinder
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2953

Re: Setter tracking birds

I think there are some real gems in the responses provided here-in, especially from Shags and Garrison (earlier on). Veggie, I recommend you re-read them very carefully. As many here already know, I take a rather unique approach to my training. I don't teach "whoa" because it's for humans not dogs. ...
by Featherfinder
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: French Brittany

"Any of you that have good experience finding, training, and hunting upland game with Brittany’s , I would appreciate your perspective and comments. Any good breeders you use and suggestions for trainers. I am not object to looking further at other breeds, but my initial research lead me to the Bri...
by Featherfinder
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Advice on Locating and Selecting a GSP pup
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: Advice on Locating and Selecting a GSP pup

Some of the finest dogs I have personally been exposed to were produced by a kennel named "Odyssey GSPs". They are exceptional wild bird hunters/trial dogs, albeit, not for the feint of heart.