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by Featherfinder
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 25
Views: 467

Re: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey

Thanks for "sharing" Polmaise/Trekmoor. Perhaps you touched on something. Perhaps we - on this side of the pond - do things differently. Perhaps we are WAY behind you in terms of processes, concepts, methods, etc. You should be able to glean from the responses or better yet the lack of responses tha...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 69
Views: 3786

Re: Got a New Pup

Good stuff Av!
That's pretty open country so 280 yds isn't that bad. At least that is my perception from the video.
Might need my glasses to verify that. :|
by Featherfinder
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 25
Views: 467

Re: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey

Aahh...a BF. Nice dog. No crackered, I must disagree with you. Mr. Higgins develops nice dogs and his methods are often criticized but rarely bested. If you don't believe that, you need to watch outdoor programs, hunting videos, or pointing dog training videos of folk hunting right across North Amer...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 25
Views: 467

Re: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey

Polmaise, I'm not disputing your observation however I'm confident this dog will retrieve to hand. It just isn't "there" in it's training and we don't know what the owner did with this dog if anything, in it's puppy stages.
My video quality is poor. Is that a GSP?
by Featherfinder
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Help
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Training Help

You received good recommendations. If you want your dog to handle woodcock or any other species, take him hunting. But remember...the rules are the rules.
by Featherfinder
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 37
Views: 1013

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

Weimdogman I agree, a 28 gauge on wild pheasant or chukar wouldn't be my caliber of choice BUT a good shot can do well with a 20 gauge on both. A bad shot won't do any better with a 10 gauge. There are SO many variations on what we hunt, where we hunt and when we hunt. If I was to pick a species alo...
by Featherfinder
Thu May 28, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 37
Views: 1013

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

CJ, if you were gifted a 28 gauge SxS, I would happily pay you anything you want for it right up to $500!
Money has and continues to rule the world we live in - dogs not excluded.
by Featherfinder
Tue May 26, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 37
Views: 1013

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

Ryandoolittle, whether it's dogs or jeans or whatever, "the market" too often determines the cost, not the performance/value. Perhaps the price some breeds command tells you something about them, OTHER than their value? You can pay a LOT of $$$$ for a designer dog. Also consider that some breeds com...
by Featherfinder
Tue May 26, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Will booting my GSP cause him to overheat
Replies: 15
Views: 604

Re: Will booting my GSP cause him to overheat

Thanks KahlessDg. Arborwear makes some nice stuff!
by Featherfinder
Mon May 25, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Will booting my GSP cause him to overheat
Replies: 15
Views: 604

Re: Will booting my GSP cause him to overheat

I wish I could help. Anytime I've run dogs on pavement, their pads got stronger and stronger BUT, I didn't run them as near much as you do. The other aspect is that they had intervals between roading on the road which allowed the digital pads to strengthen/recover. As for cordura boots, they are THE...
by Featherfinder
Sun May 24, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Introduction

Savvy looking pup. Watch out. He will try to train you.
Congrats! He's a charmer!
by Featherfinder
Sun May 24, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Springer spaniel i think
Replies: 9
Views: 242

Re: Springer spaniel i think

I'm with Garrison. A springer sounds like a good fit for you. And as already mentioned, they are specialists when it comes to ditch chickens! They are very versatile so they can hunt just about anything too. Finally, I think the training process from start to finish is much less work (typically) tha...
by Featherfinder
Sun May 24, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 37
Views: 1013

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

Mask, the saying is dated so that's why they "met" - past tense. :wink: Well, I've owned dogs I wouldn't sell for $26,000 BUT what does it take? What if a person offered me $50,000? Still no? What if they offered $100,000? It's hard to say. We aren't all in the same financial situation. I sold a you...
by Featherfinder
Sat May 23, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 37
Views: 1013

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

Was winning shooting dog stakes with a nice young derby setter. I saw he was...special. So I called a pro that runs the shooting dog circuit. He campaigned the dog for a couple of years with admirable results but my friend couldn't afford to keep him with the pro. The pro had a buyer for this setter...
by Featherfinder
Sat May 23, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Meet Axe
Replies: 26
Views: 1359

Re: Meet Axe

My pleasure Max.
Enjoy...they age too quickly!
by Featherfinder
Fri May 22, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Meet Axe
Replies: 26
Views: 1359

Re: Meet Axe

Max, I like to suggest you redirect your pup when he gets unruly. Use a clicker and "charge" him. That means, get tiny chunks of chicken dogs, then one click followed by one treat in rapid succession. You will see that he assigns the click to getting a treat. Now, use treats and lure him into jumpin...
by Featherfinder
Fri May 22, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ THE DOG WHISTLER ~
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: ~ THE DOG WHISTLER ~

That poem just wraps it up doesn't it?
Well done Sir. I am humbled by your words.
by Featherfinder
Fri May 22, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: They’re Back!
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: They’re Back!

Dang....such beautiful country - such and ugly encounter!!
by Featherfinder
Fri May 22, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: PHOTOS: Shooting Over Steady Dogs
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: PHOTOS: Shooting Over Steady Dogs

We don't post those. 8)
Just kidding....
by Featherfinder
Wed May 20, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: PHOTOS: Shooting Over Steady Dogs
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: PHOTOS: Shooting Over Steady Dogs

I always enjoy when folk share pics/videos. Thank you Mr. Higgins. The gent in the second pic (with Brittany) is a trap/skeet shooter. High elbows do not serve you as well in the field. You see, the high elbows enhance focus/rule out impertinent info/competitors, etc. - peripheral "stuff" your brain...
by Featherfinder
Sun May 17, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 69
Views: 3786

Re: Got a New Pup

Good girl Tess! Good job Av. Just got a GWP in. Looking forward to working with her. She comes from Russia. She is bright, REALLY well put-together and has nice bristly wire-hair. Started retrieve training her right from the get-go. She started slow but is accelerating along now. Then again, all the...
by Featherfinder
Fri May 15, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spring Training
Replies: 11
Views: 702

Re: Spring Training

I LOVE that pic with your daughter!! That dog is doing amazing. Afford him the time he needs to grow up. I say this because....it would seem that GREAT dogs age faster than good ones. :?: Enjoy...enjoy....and enjoy even more!!! Keep posting too! What a stunning specimen - regal, graceful, handsome, ...
by Featherfinder
Wed May 13, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 69
Views: 3786

Re: Got a New Pup

Her boldness is an asset. How is it nurtured is up to you to a great extent. You have heard me say that I rarely use launchers unless it's to resolve an issue. You have discovered but one of the reasons. I agree - get rid of the flag BUT your dog can smell the launcher just as easily as she can the ...
by Featherfinder
Tue May 12, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 69
Views: 3786

Re: Got a New Pup

You can't do that with your pup at just 19 weeks! You should let it run and then let it run some more. Let it chase stuff, develop her independence, chase deer and rabbits and butterflies, and she shouldn't come back to you unless SHE wants to, if she even does come back. You should have to go get h...
by Featherfinder
Sun May 10, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Male GSP question
Replies: 9
Views: 433

Re: Male GSP question

I think DonF is spot on - loose dentures. Have you considered implants for your GSP?
:lol:
by Featherfinder
Fri May 08, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: There is a special place for this guy!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: There is a special place for this guy!!!

Yes...it takes all kinds. We live about 20 minutes from the city. Seems to be just the right distance for folk to dump their fast food/coffee trash. I've often thought it would be nice to compile a couple of weeks worth of dog-doo, wrap it up in a paper bag, leave it outside their front door, ignite...
by Featherfinder
Wed May 06, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~Day Is Done ~
Replies: 2
Views: 312

Re: ~Day Is Done ~

Your Labs must be something to behold!
Thanks for sharing.
by Featherfinder
Tue May 05, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Dogs for Sale
Topic: Breeding Announcement - Brittany
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Re: Breeding Announcement - Brittany

Kate looks snappy even in a still pic! :lol:
Very handsome pedigree!! Should make some rockin' bird dogs.
Hmmm...what does it tell you when the dogs you are familiar with are at the tail end of a ped? :(
Nice Britts Sir.
by Featherfinder
Tue May 05, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: ~ SPRING TRAINING ~
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: ~ SPRING TRAINING ~

Gotta love the enthusiasm! Great work Sir.
by Featherfinder
Sun May 03, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Weird Spot on leg.
Replies: 13
Views: 1171

Re: Weird Spot on leg.

3 cheers for Shags!! We sure are lucky to have her!
That ped looks like hot cover dog breeding for the most part! Nice...
by Featherfinder
Sun May 03, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stamina Expectations in GWP vs PP
Replies: 40
Views: 1808

Re: Stamina Expectations in GWP vs PP

Thank you Oldbeek. I feel like a young punk now...at 66.
I wish us all many years of making memories afield.
by Featherfinder
Sun May 03, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: ~ WELCOME REX ~ Retriever Boot Camp
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: ~ WELCOME REX ~ Retriever Boot Camp

I look forward to being a student of your shared lessons Sir!
Might I add that that second pic is astounding, the way the water reflects back to your image. It looks....like glass!
by Featherfinder
Sun May 03, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Cant get out of my own way
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: Cant get out of my own way

I don't use traps "in that way". Typically I am addressing an issue if I have to introduce equipment/launchers. That said, I have been exactly where you are on occasion so don't feel bad. The level of frustration in the fact that you/I - the superior beings - can botch things up SO badly drives me a...
by Featherfinder
Fri May 01, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 23
Views: 3054

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

And....it's not even June yet!! Excellent work Sir!!!
Don't stop now! Move on up towards that brag dog. There's no time like the present.
Be gentle, be patient, be a leader with a clear plan. You can have a finished dog by this coming season!
Keep sharing the videos/pics too.
Tanx.
by Featherfinder
Fri May 01, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stamina Expectations in GWP vs PP
Replies: 40
Views: 1808

Re: Stamina Expectations in GWP vs PP

Garrison, I like that chukar pose. I like your new avatar even more! Now THAT'S a bird dog!! That dog will tear your hot spots apart until it learns to pace itself for the long haul. It will NEVER be a plodder (thank God) but you will rack up some indelible scintillating points/memories, I'm guessin...
by Featherfinder
Fri May 01, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ HIGH OCTANE ~ "REV", an update.
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: ~ HIGH OCTANE ~ "REV", an update.

And....hats off to you and your dogs for the field accomplishments. VERY nice indeed!
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 23
Views: 3054

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

Well done Sir!
Congrats and....nice dog!
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cheap(er) Price on Pro Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 656

Re: Cheap(er) Price on Pro Plan

Yup...the confectionary industry started that many year ago. Now it's rampant. They hold the price more-or-less but you have to check to volume carefully. :wink:
The ways it's going, we'll have to pay them to keep it. :lol:
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ HIGH OCTANE ~ "REV", an update.
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: ~ HIGH OCTANE ~ "REV", an update.

I LOVE hi octane dogs!!! Tanx for sharing!
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stamina Expectations in GWP vs PP
Replies: 40
Views: 1808

Re: Stamina Expectations in GWP vs PP

Both Gonehuntin' AND Averageguy are correct! Why? Because there are SO many variables in the setting that I could prove them both wrong or both right! I prefer, both right. :) First off, there are dogs and there are dogs WITHIN a breed name. Some are more heat tolerant while others are less heat tol...
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hard-mouth AFTER Trained
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Hard-mouth AFTER Trained

So admittedly, I ask this question especially but not only of our friends across the pond (Trekmoor/Polmaise et al) because they sometimes have some alternative processes that intrigue/further expand my knowledge base. What do you do for a dog that is completely finished as defined by steady to wing...
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting Rig
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Hunting Rig

The smells and new leather don't stay new very long in my trucks, anyway. Now, I DO look after my vehicles/equipment. What's that saying, "If you want them to look after you, look after them." Consider some of the remote areas we hunt and you appreciate that maintaining your vehicles is imperative! ...
by Featherfinder
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting Rig
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Hunting Rig

I'd hang on to what you've got there Garrison. When it starts costing you too much move on, but otherwise, I like what I see.
by Featherfinder
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 69
Views: 3786

Re: Got a New Pup

Gotta love young dogs. Great job Av!
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 1849

Re: Genetics vs. Training

Wow....now that would be challenging, mask!
Honestly, the bad apples weren't as numerous as you might imagine - not many really.
by Featherfinder
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 1849

Re: Genetics vs. Training

That's right Garrison. So, I was away a LOT - training/trialing. One weekend I returned absolutely infuriated! It was the same weekend of the local fall fair. My dear wife took our 2 young sons without me - again. As I was saying, I was fit-to-be-tied when I got home because I felt I got ripped-off ...
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 1849

Re: Genetics vs. Training

Wouldn't be the same without you and others too Garrison!
We're in this together. Hmmm....where have I heard that before? :D
by Featherfinder
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 1849

Re: Genetics vs. Training

Garrison, I have tons of experience being unsuccessful! Wait...that's not so good is it?!? :oops: We set out on a journey as dog owners/handlers/trainers. To say that you've never sailed into a storm tells me you don't sail often enough. Sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't. When you try to g...