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by Featherfinder
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 20
Views: 403

Re: FF or wait?

FF is far from the ONLY resolve for a dog that chooses not to retrieve. That said, shooting birds over a dog that is "steady to shot" and then is allowed to decline retrieving is most assuredly like backing up for a head start. While I stand alone in my recommendation, I still believe you are condon...
by Featherfinder
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Fall Conundrum.......
Replies: 9
Views: 265

Re: My Fall Conundrum.......

Specific to your post, deer versus birds, I'd pick birds hands down if it's an "either/or". I wish more folk were like Averageguy. That way there'd be less folk doing what I love most - my/our dawgs, a good friend and I. :wink:
by Featherfinder
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 23
Views: 722

Re: What is my next step??

Feedjake, too many folk worry about getting their birds back (saving $$). What actually happens is it ends up costing them $$$ and they typically end up with less dog! As mentioned many times, it takes birds to make a bird dog but what they don't tell you is what type of bird species and presentatio...
by Featherfinder
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FOGGY MORNING REST STOP
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: FOGGY MORNING REST STOP

Are those Irish geese? They look a lot like Canada geese. :lol:
GREAT pic but then again, I'm not surprised anymore Sir!
by Featherfinder
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 20
Views: 403

Re: FF or wait?

So, if you wait 'til spring to FF the dog, what do you do in the interim when you drop a bird? Or, do you blank gun the dog's finds for this season? Or, are you going to allow your dog to learn unacceptable behavior for now, then embark on a fix for a habit you instilled? If your dog doesn't retriev...
by Featherfinder
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Fall Conundrum.......
Replies: 9
Views: 265

Re: My Fall Conundrum.......

It's a no-brainer. I've hunted deer, moose, bear (gun and archery) etc. I would hunt birds over my dogs before ANY other type of hunting.
by Featherfinder
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stolen Pointer pup
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Stolen Pointer pup

The main thing is the dog is back home. Congrats!
Really nice looking pup too.
by Featherfinder
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: One Step Closer
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: One Step Closer

Well done!!
by Featherfinder
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stolen Pointer pup
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Stolen Pointer pup

I hope it is found. That is terrible.
Thanks for the pic.
by Featherfinder
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stolen Pointer pup
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Stolen Pointer pup

Cicada, I could not open the Facebook pic you supplied. Perhaps it's because I'm not on Facebook?
That said, is the stolen dog a pointer or a GSP?
by Featherfinder
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: I have established a covey of quail
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: I have established a covey of quail

Congrats on the covey! Surrogators do work but there are so many variables in habitat, predation, chick quality, etc. that they can a get bad rep. Surrogators, johnny houses, etc. are not a one step process. Some folk find what works for them but in most cases, coveys have a short life span. Be it, ...
by Featherfinder
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: OUR LAST HUNT TEST OF 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: OUR LAST HUNT TEST OF 2019

And, thank you for the breathtaking pics!
by Featherfinder
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: OUR LAST HUNT TEST OF 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: OUR LAST HUNT TEST OF 2019

I wish you continued success Sir. You obviously are very passionate about your dogs and your sport.
Keep the faith!
by Featherfinder
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 20
Views: 1246

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

There are the obvious variables, such as: - your definition or the trainer's definition of finished, - the breed, - the natural ability of your pup, - the breeder, ….and the list goes on and on. Let's say - just to address the OP's question - that all these individual dynamics were favorable/compara...
by Featherfinder
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How should you train a bull headed ultra sensitive Brit pup?
Replies: 25
Views: 2223

Re: How should you train a bull headed ultra sensitive Brit pup?

Knine...what a delightful pic!! Got more???
by Featherfinder
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 23
Views: 722

Re: What is my next step??

Well said Birddogger! I guess a good comparison is: Imagine a young boy thinking about jumping in at the deep end of the pool for the first time. To encourage him, you stand beside him, tell him it will be fine and gently place your hand on his shoulder. Expect that lad to step backwards immediately...
by Featherfinder
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OUT O' THE HEAVENS
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: OUT O' THE HEAVENS

It's that time of year! Nice capture Sir.
by Featherfinder
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: 10,000 miles
Replies: 15
Views: 959

Re: 10,000 miles

Even without the pics, you have me drooling reba!!
I wish I was there too! :cry:
Maybe when you're down in AZ, depending on when/where???
by Featherfinder
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 23
Views: 722

Re: What is my next step??

I think there are many good points already made. I do what birddogger suggested. Typically, there is always a bird chase segment in my early training. The only thing I'd add is that should your pup stop or look back after the shot at all, even for a glimpse, you need to maintain your stride, keep yo...
by Featherfinder
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 1161

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

Northwoods, I've run dogs like most everyone else here has in a variety of situations and venues. We all start somewhere and go through life hopefully, learning things. I've learned there is no advantage to running more than one dog in the specific situation I described. I appreciate the compliments...
by Featherfinder
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 gauge Franchi Veloce
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Re: 28 gauge Franchi Volce

CJ, I've never held a Veloce in my hands. Oops...I have once and the numbers remind me that they are VERY light. Some consider that a premium. I'd invest my time seeing if the gun actually fits you personally even more so with a Franchi. The barrels had better be 28" with this gun or it will be VERY...
by Featherfinder
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP with a thick coat?
Replies: 15
Views: 1180

Re: GSP with a thick coat?

It can be whatever they say. One thing it wouldn't be is mine.
I chuckled on your comment JONOV (mailman). ...good one! :lol:
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: 10,000 miles
Replies: 15
Views: 959

Re: 10,000 miles

Sounds like you're living my dream!
All the best, safe hunting and feel free to share pics Sir!
Can't lie. I envy you.
by Featherfinder
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 1161

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

I guess the definition of fun varies as much as our preference in hunting styles or hunting breeds. I'm curious though: - Does being braced with a friend's dog that steals point define fun for you? Does it seem to you like fun for your dog? I've seen pointing dogs in a trial go for the brace-mate th...
by Featherfinder
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: My little man
Replies: 15
Views: 623

Re: My little man

Start him young understanding that you are a team. The species you hunt will teach him productive range. Many like to let a dog run (wild) for a year or so. That's when you can develop issues that you're going to have to fix later. Because they get a bit older and have developed bad habits, you're i...
by Featherfinder
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 1161

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

Well said one and all but the same reason runs through the course of most posts, "You want to." And that too is fine. As I said, there is NOTHING wrong with that. There is something for us all. And for me, I will continue to let each individual dog have their moment/opportunities. I don't need to sh...
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 1161

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

CJ, I am not making this into a right vs wrong or me versus anyone. While you did, I respect your answer which I already addressed much earlier as, "many folk prefer to run more than one dog". I repeat, I respect that completely. I have enjoyed your prior vociferous offerings and respect your contri...
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 1161

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

OK, let me do this chronologically. Pedro : You find running 2 or more at a time to be fun and you are more interested in the dogs than killing birds. So, when you are running 2+ dogs at a time and a bird is bumped (even the best dog can make a mistake) how does that affect the other dog(s)? Do you ...
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

When I have a dog with that amount of natural ability, I like to nurture it while staying on course. What many folk typically do is, they follow a predetermined training regimen which too often un-trains a gifted pup. The irony is that later on it has to be re-trained which can bring inherent challe...
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: My little man
Replies: 15
Views: 623

Re: My little man

Now that is a nice looking pup! Not only is it 12 o'clock I LOVE where it comes off of his spine.
Fancy!!
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Well Don, while I might go a different path, if this girl looks anything like your other dog....keep it up!
Thank you for the explanation.
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter Breeder
Replies: 10
Views: 682

Re: English Setter Breeder

So sorry to hear about Lady, Sharon. Father Time is a very cruel SOB!
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Pup
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: New Pup

2X what Shags recommended. Also, I would hold off spaying this young girl until she is at least 20 months old.
If you think it will "settle her down" to any degree, you are being misled.
by Featherfinder
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 1161

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

Interesting.
by Featherfinder
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Looks and sounds like you have one heck of a cracker! Just wondering why you are letting this dog stand "til the flush" and then break? Why are you not helping her to naturally stand until YOU want her to move on? Or, perhaps you are happy with her standing to the flush which is perfectly fine. Just...
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 1161

Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

Without taking any previous posts off on a tangent, can someone help me see the advantages or even AN advantage of running 2 dogs at once while hunting wild birds? I appreciate that we run 2 or more when there is a time restriction. I've trialed a long time so I understand that aspect or running in ...
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Maine Morning Chocolate
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Re: Maine Morning Chocolate

Nice pic IW! The expression on his face conveys exactly what you described.
by Featherfinder
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter Breeder
Replies: 10
Views: 682

Re: English Setter Breeder

Bam, I also bought a beatch from Tricky ___ kennels year ago. Back then, I was into horseback trials and she just didn't pan out for my palate. I sold her to a gent in W. Virginia. He asked me, "Why would you ever sell a dog like this? She is everything you could ask for!" I bred her once to a super...
by Featherfinder
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Pheasant Mount.......
Replies: 6
Views: 341

Re: New Pheasant Mount.......

That is nothing short of stunning!! What insightful art form!
by Featherfinder
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Young dog to hunt with older dog
Replies: 15
Views: 572

Re: Young dog to hunt with older dog

May I ask why you want to run more than one dog at a time? Is there a time constraint?
It sounds like your GSP is simply needing to mature. He needs to have positive experiences finding birds and negative experiences chasing other dogs.
by Featherfinder
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Anybody ever have to deal with cherry eye?
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: Anybody ever have to deal with cherry eye?

Bought a VERY blue-blooded dog from a name kennel a long time ago - they're no longer in business. Got the pup home and shortly afterwards it too had cherry-eye. It was no use to me at that point so, I gave it away and the new owner paid for the expensive surgery - again with no guarantee. Eventuall...
by Featherfinder
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is there a WiFi collar with a static/vibration setting?
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Is there a WiFi collar with a static/vibration setting?

I believe Dogtra offers the Pathfinder series. You'd have to look further into it as I'm not that well informed.
by Featherfinder
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: Llewellin Setter Puppies
Replies: 16
Views: 987

Re: Llewellin Setter Puppies

What nice looking dogs/pups!
by Featherfinder
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?
Replies: 39
Views: 10264

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

I don't shoot 12 gauge anymore for upland. I use 20 gauge for the most part but on rare occasion I use a 28 gauge which I'm sitting on because I want to trade up. Comparing an O/U for trap to a SxS is like comparing a Corvette to a Heavy Duty pick up truck. Both accel at their applications and yet t...
by Featherfinder
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: It's good for the soul!
Replies: 4
Views: 273

It's good for the soul!

Went to see a repeat customer as he has lots of land for training. We ran his dog too (that I trained years ago) but she was "rusty". As a favor, I asked if I could take her home with me just for a couple of days. I set out this evening just before sunset as it was 82 degrees but felt like 89 with t...
by Featherfinder
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 756

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

In the competitive world, if there are 40 entries there is only one winner. The other 39 are losers. Come-on Shags...there are 2 breeds that still are to this day the ultimate breeds regardless of what the market/sales bears. If you are unsure, check out The Nationals. Let me know how many short-tai...
by Featherfinder
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Looking for some new pants.
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: Looking for some new pants.

Waxed cotton over-pants work the best...hands down. They can handle briars/thorns reasonably well, are water resistant, completely cover your lower body unlike chaps, and can be removed so you can wear the jeans under them into the restaurant without looking like a mass murderer. Definitely not the ...
by Featherfinder
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis is growing up!
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Sis is growing up!

What a beautiful dog! Love that facial expression too.
Don't worry about her tail that much Don. I'd focus on the other end more. :)