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by Featherfinder
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 3029

Re: How to teach "turning"?

Forgive me Bill. But is an HPR not a retriever? I reviewed Mr. Higgin's video. I believe he demonstrated a pointer. Mr. Higgins, Arthur Schopenhauer wrote that truth passes through three stages. They are: Firstly, it is ridiculed. Secondly, it is violently opposed. Thirdly, it is accepted as being s...
by Featherfinder
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 3029

Re: How to teach "turning"?

Trekmoor/Polmaise, we need to extrapolate that flushers and pointing dogs are diverse in how they apply themselves.
The dog in Mr. Higgin's video did a nice job minus the hacking, toot tooting, arms flailing, etc.
It's all too rare whatever name you prefer to call it.
by Featherfinder
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 3029

Re: How to teach "turning"?

Thanks for the video Mr. Higgins.
by Featherfinder
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New member
Replies: 7
Views: 860

Re: New member

Congrats to you and your daughter!
by Featherfinder
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: Hello everyone

Welcome Will!
by Featherfinder
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Need advice on my Brittany Spaniel puppy problems
Replies: 10
Views: 1301

Re: Need advice on my Brittany Spaniel puppy problems

I have had customers come here with scabs on her hands/wrists or bite marks! I ask, "What happened there?" Next thing you know, they are crying!?!?! They then confess that the pup is hurting them/their children. Some people are so kind hearted and gentle and struggle with what a pup might need. I do...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Close hunting english setters
Replies: 19
Views: 2250

Re: Close hunting english setters

Sometimes it's hard to remember that this is a forum and we come here to share our passions, tell stories, relive the past (especially us old gaffers), get excited about the future, etc. In this regard, we speak openly without any mal-intent but can get into "the periphery". So....I field trialed my...
by Featherfinder
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tracking dog miles
Replies: 10
Views: 1026

Re: Tracking dog miles

Sorry CJ. What I meant was, if you measure miles in an environment where there is less cover and the temperature isn't as grueling as in hot hilly places, juts looking at how far a dog ran isn't really comparing apples to apples. So, if it's -15 and flat ground with few trees, your dog could go XXX ...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tracking dog miles
Replies: 10
Views: 1026

Re: Tracking dog miles

Gonehuntin, I appreciate your point. It is founded on the same principle as guyS running two (or more) dogs at once. Some guys just HAVE to be able to say - even if only in their minds, "My dog found 3 more birds than yours." :| That aside, I think keeping records to the extent that Bonasa does is a...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Shotkam
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: Shotkam

Shotcam looks very interesting!
Oldbeek, is your 16 gauge a Franchi?
by Featherfinder
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Close hunting english setters
Replies: 19
Views: 2250

Re: Close hunting english setters

Get a setter from cover-dog breeding and start the pup right . It will handle whatever you hunt. That said, it's hard to beat a well-bred pointer for heat. A cover-dog pointer started right would be the ticket but you should get whatever you wish. My setters did well in heat BUT they needed time to ...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 43
Views: 2900

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: 92
Views: 8338

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: 43
Views: 2900

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: 43
Views: 2900

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: 626

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: 39
Views: 3392

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: 39
Views: 3392

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: 39
Views: 3392

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: 1603

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: 1603

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: 657

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: 856

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: 39
Views: 3392

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: 39
Views: 3392

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: 32
Views: 3100

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: 32
Views: 3100

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: 699

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: 672

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: 891

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: 891

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: 92
Views: 8338

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: 1374

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: 92
Views: 8338

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: 92
Views: 8338

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: 1129

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: 1254

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: 738

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: 4
Views: 1156

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: 734

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: 1934

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: 3636

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: 784

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: 1208

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: 4205

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: 3636

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: 922

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: 4205

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

Well done Sir!
Congrats and....nice dog!