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by Featherfinder
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worried I picked the wallflower pup
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Worried I picked the wallflower pup

Goalie805, the pup could turn out awesome. Then again, those concerns in the back of your mind may start to come to fruition. 15 or so years is a long time to pay for a mistake. Here is the thing, MOST breeders want those eating/crapping/urinating machines out of their house ASAP. That's the hard co...
by Featherfinder
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: The Art of Wingshooting Over Dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 183

Re: VIDEO: The Art of Wingshooting Over Dogs

Not speaking for Brad, but I personally go through MANY birds allowing my pointing dogs to chase. They often tell you when they are ready for the next step by cat-walking or pointing of their own volition but not before they have exhausted their failed efforts at trying to catch a bird. As such, I m...
by Featherfinder
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: The Art of Wingshooting Over Dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 183

Re: VIDEO: The Art of Wingshooting Over Dogs

I commend Mr. Higgins for sharing the philosophy of a process that is not the norm around here . Nor do we typically communicate the intent/handling protocols for owner/handlers that are, in-all-fairness, often unaware of what a true brag dog is capable of. In another aspects, some of us assume othe...
by Featherfinder
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: The Art of Wingshooting Over Dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 183

Re: VIDEO: The Art of Wingshooting Over Dogs

Trekmoor, I think Brad's offering and your response simply inure how "diverse" we do things here on this side of the pond. N0-one that hunts woodcock or grouse can dispute the logic, effectiveness, increased opportunities that a British-trained pointing gun-dog-that-flushes would be, especially if y...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Not holding Birds
Replies: 22
Views: 1532

Re: Not holding Birds

Oldbeek, as to your dog laying down on the retrieve, it is because he is feeling pressure to stay there when internally he has a strong urge to retrieve. The conflicting emotions cause a dog to sit or lay down. It is not a BIG issue and can be resolved with some patience BUT even more-so, with confi...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Not holding Birds
Replies: 22
Views: 1532

Re: Not holding Birds

Dakotazeb, your trainer should resolve your concerns but since you are typically the handler, you will need to understand the rules of engagement. Somehow, dogs know if YOU know. I use wild pigeons to exhaust a dog's penchant for chasing. Once they get the picture RELIABLY, I transition into quail/c...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs under a truck topper
Replies: 15
Views: 504

Re: Dogs under a truck topper

CJ...you had me howling! So, did it sound like a 20 gauge or 12 gauge? :lol: You can look up a manufacturer of a product called "Truk-boot". Not what I used back in the day but it looks pretty dedicated. https://www.amazon.com/TRAIL-FX-30000-Camper-Boot/dp/B06XB6K1ZY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Truk-boot&qi...
by Featherfinder
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs under a truck topper
Replies: 15
Views: 504

Re: Dogs under a truck topper

Shags, thanks for sharing. That fan looks interesting. Good point Gonehuntin. A separate battery is a good idea. You might need the fan the most when the truck is not moving/running - therefore no natural air flow - so a dedicated battery will serve your fan without putting too much draw on your idl...
by Featherfinder
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Michigan Bird Hunter
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: New Michigan Bird Hunter

Eric, welcome and congrats on your Pudelpointer! This forum will provide you with a WIDE variety of resources. ...enjoy!
Haven't hunted MI for a long time. Might be time to get back up there.
by Featherfinder
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Not holding Birds
Replies: 22
Views: 1532

Re: Not holding Birds

I believe your dog is trial-grounds-savvy, as already mentioned. That brings to mind how you trained the dog to be steady in the first place as to what you do at the trial grounds. A Brittany I am currently working with was stylishly steady and working like a dream. I dovetailed his retrieving into ...
by Featherfinder
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: MOJO TV
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: MOJO TV

Don't know much about MOJO TV but I used to get the local dedicated hunting TV channel. I have been SO disappointed in the general content that I no longer get that channel and yes, I'm an avid hunter BUT using 50 caliber rounds fired from a tank, at night, dressed in full military camo - don't forg...
by Featherfinder
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Organizing a training day
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: Organizing a training day

There are people that (1) really know their stuff and people that (2) really know their stuff AND can share/mentor/teach it. There is a HUGE diversity in these two dynamics. Just because you are a good trainer doesn't mean you are a good instructor. Find someone that has both the knowledge and the p...
by Featherfinder
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: Tailgating With Team MAC
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Tailgating With Team MAC

Congrats and what a wonderful pic - content and quality!
by Featherfinder
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: The Dog of Destiny flies!
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: The Dog of Destiny flies!

Wow...congrats!! That looks very cool! You must have put a lot of work into this. Good to see you & your dog rewarded.
by Featherfinder
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs under a truck topper
Replies: 15
Views: 504

Re: Dogs under a truck topper

I have a similar setup as Shags. I've been transporting up to 4 dogs at a time in the summer with the Leer topper for years. As Shags mentioned the front of the topper has a slider as well. This is key as it allows air to flow from the front and out through both side windows. I also have a Cargo Eas...
by Featherfinder
Tue May 28, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Hunting/Dog Related Stuff For Sale
Topic: WTB - Training Pistol
Replies: 2
Views: 2673

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: 426

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: 426

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: 142

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: 334

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: 535

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: 813

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: 336

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: 15
Views: 1693

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: 322

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: 3580

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: 608

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: 958

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: 813

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: 642

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: 343

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: 479

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: 1272

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: 937

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: 548

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: 466

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: 937

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: 937

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: 254

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: 548

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: 937

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: 2173

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: 2173

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: 2173

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: 509

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: 2173

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: 2029

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: 818

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: 2173

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'...