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by JONOV
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: A little E-Collar Humor
Replies: 5
Views: 147

A little E-Collar Humor

by JONOV
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 559

Re: Hunting

^^^ I think that depends on the format. Counting bird contacts could lead to higher scores in something like shoot to retrieve trials, but a poor pattern with more bird contacts probably won't get more credit in AF or AKC trials. I understand that AKC and AF trials are a bit like the "Miss America"...
by JONOV
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 559

Re: Hunting

I truly think the answer to your question is: "IT DEPENDS". If the dog is hunting up one side, almost out of sight, crossing over, hunting down the other side(on the right side of the wind, hopefully) and then turning in front of you to make another loop... that(IMO) is a fairly ideal pattern for a...
by JONOV
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1033

Re: Let’s talk about registration

I find it impossible to credibly argue I should have the freedom to breed a dog which cannot pass health screenings and be trained to pass a Hunt Test (which includes an evaluation of the dogs' coat and temperament) as the bare minimum requirements. The AKC side of my Breed is a growing mess, with ...
by JONOV
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1033

Re: Let’s talk about registration

FMJ - I hunt and trial behind pointers...FDSB American Field bred pointers. They are, of course, not without some genetic issues...no breed is. However, most of those issues are unrelated to performance. The reason for that is quite simple. Pointers are bred for one purpose...to seek and find birds...
by JONOV
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1033

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Well that’s a relief. I thought I was going to get a bunch heat for even posting the question. I’m glad my opinion is in line with most rational adults. I’m thinking it’s best to avoid the limited registration crowd and put my efforts into a dog that’s mine instead of “mine”. Sent from my iPhone us...
by JONOV
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Won't hunt
Replies: 18
Views: 500

Re: Won't hunt

He's a BABY. Give him some time.

Some pups are all over at 100 miles a minute, others are more precocious. But chosing the "winner" from that is kind of like picking the NFL team from the toddler section at day care.
by JONOV
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?

Well, I've been told it's better for their overall health, but one of the main reasons is places I want to kennel him, when I'm out of town, which is frequent, won't accept an intact male dog. There's some local kennels that have indoor or outdoor dog parks and they'd let him run free much of the d...
by JONOV
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?

Well, I've been told it's better for their overall health, but one of the main reasons is places I want to kennel him, when I'm out of town, which is frequent, won't accept an intact male dog. There's some local kennels that have indoor or outdoor dog parks and they'd let him run free much of the d...
by JONOV
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 705

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

For years and years, it was thought that the super high protein in puppy food led to dogs overgrowing and from that, hip dysplasia. From what I understand, it's actually calcium caused that. I haven't ever heard either of those - what they did find through studies is that overweight puppies were mo...
by JONOV
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 705

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

While I do think that the risks are such that they don't merit a dressing down from the vet, and maybe you should look for a new vet, there is new research that may support feeding puppy food first instead of the adult food. For years and years, it was thought that the super high protein in puppy fo...
by JONOV
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Why stay away from Rice? Not arguing, just looking to learn. Rice is high on the glycemic index and offers virtually zero nutrients Thank You. Nothing is more conflicted and confusing that dog food discussions it seems. PPP has Salmon and Rice 30/20 formula and I have fed it at times is why I asked...
by JONOV
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1307

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Like any other training, start in the most controlled/sterile environment you can. IE, in your garage/basement on a training table where the dog's at your level. Or on a training table outside (Picnic table might work if you can tie him to it. Then you might move to a pinch collar. Also run him for ...
by JONOV
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Well I just got great news today. The breeder called me today and the dog had her puppies on Thursday and everyone is doing excellent. She had a total of seven puppies and we are number seven on the list. So we are not sure if we’ll end up with a male or female it really doesn’t matter that much to...
by JONOV
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Thanks for all of the replies. So from all of your post it seems to be pretty good. I’m posting a link here to Costco to see which type I should switch to once she’s off the puppy food. I’d also like to see if you think it will be a good choice to feed her throughout her life. I’m not sure if I go ...
by JONOV
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 27
Views: 900

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

My GSP has no interest in retrieving dummies, toys, sticks, balls, etc. He just won't do it. He wants to run, sniff and find game. He seems to lack any retrieve instinct. Now if I lathered the dummy in bacon grease he might at least go after it. But bring it back? Nope. I'm determined to train him ...
by JONOV
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Its a fine dog food. One thing to consider about dog foods. Look at people that have a vested interest in the performance and appearance of their dogs, and own or handle multiple dogs. Breeders, Field Trialers, Pro-handlers in the show ring...You'll see a lot of Purina (because they support a lot of...
by JONOV
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What am I?
Replies: 20
Views: 859

Re: What am I?

It makes no difference who mom and dad were I was just curious and what better place to ask than a gun dog forum. She has some really strong prey drive, but at this point she is so damaged that getting behind a gun ain’t going to happen for awhile. The best I can do is give her some skills and hope...
by JONOV
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What am I?
Replies: 20
Views: 859

Re: What am I?

Having had 8 or so fosters in the last couple years, mostly GWP's and GSP's with two that the rescue made a judgement call error on the thumbnail pics, I'll tell you that the temperament is what should tell you the most.
by JONOV
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 1112

Re: The value of the force fetch.

The value of FF is entirely dependent on the desired outcome for the dog. If the goal is to recover a bird, definitely not really needed. A finished retrieve from a lab or the like? Probably not needed. If the goal is a competition like a retriever FT, or test with a higher level of standards like N...
by JONOV
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

CDN_Cocker wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:22 pm
No one can fully train a bird dog in 3 months. 3 months will give you the basics... no more. I don't care who you are.
These arguments are never productive because they'res rarely a decent consensus on a starting line, or finish line.
by JONOV
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to fix>?
Replies: 19
Views: 690

Re: How to fix>?

If you intend to test the dog in the JGHV system, then you really should force fetch. A friend was at the HZP for a minority JGHV breed, he said the only dogs that failed on the retrieving were those whose owners refused to FF. I would recommend that you do test your dog in their system. More than t...
by JONOV
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Application rather than the tool.
Replies: 17
Views: 498

Re: Application rather than the tool.

If you're late to the party in laying the foundations for heel work, then a pinch collar can be invaluable. I didn't have to use it for my current dog, and growing up it wasn't needed for Mom to teach our dogs we had as pups to walk nicely. But, when we you have an adult dog with zero leash manners,...
by JONOV
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Advice on Locating and Selecting a GSP pup
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: Advice on Locating and Selecting a GSP pup

The size might be bigger than what you want, but I'd echo the Sharpshooter dogs.

Also, the Sundance line. They are universally nice, even headed dogs from what I've seen.
by JONOV
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?

To the "Hybrid Vigor" Point, Weims are big dogs, bigger than any other pointing breed on the whole. That size combined with a lab's bulk could make for a huge dog.
by JONOV
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Seeking new kibble
Replies: 11
Views: 956

Re: Seeking new kibble

Hi folks after reviewing quite a few studies on the whole grain-free situation, I'm hoping to switch one of our dogs off of a grain free food (she wasn't on it because of the grain free factor - j ust more because she had been dealing with digestive issues for sometime, and it was one she enjoyed t...
by JONOV
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?

Some dogs are just BIG, has nothing to do with vigor or anything else.

I know an 80+ lb Griffon and she's not heavy. That's way too big for a Griff. Her parents were within the standard.
by JONOV
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dog killed posusm
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Dog killed posusm

You said GSP right? On my phone which I guess is small pic wise the dog looks hairy?? Maybe it’s my phone?? Different posters. OP didn't post a picture. My dog's taken out a couple of them sneaking around my brooder box. The Possums don't fight back like raccoons. But even still my dog is up to dat...
by JONOV
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Boykin Pup Training
Replies: 32
Views: 720

Re: Boykin Pup Training

Hello, I have a 11 week old Boykin pup and need a little guidance on what the best training books/DVDs would be best for me. I live in south Alabama and will use him mostly for dove with some quail, duck, squirrel, and rabbit as well. I’m also interested in maybe using him on a blood trail for deer...
by JONOV
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black Bear encounters when training?
Replies: 20
Views: 656

Re: Black Bear encounters when training?

Honestly I can't say that I've ever heard of a bird dog or person getting attacked by a black bear in the lower 48. Hounds? yes, but then again they're chasing them down into a corner. A golden Retriever that a guide used to blood trail bear? Yes, though that dog lived on to a ripe old age. Also, ju...
by JONOV
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Bismuth shot and guage selection
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Bismuth shot and guage selection

That's odd for Bismuth IMHO. I've seen it pretty effective.
by JONOV
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 11
Views: 519

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

Although, I think OP, living in Canada, is pretty close to a couple really good Griff breeders. I'd have to look.
by JONOV
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Complete breed registrations. Ranking and 5-year trends
Replies: 33
Views: 1058

Re: Complete breed registrations. Ranking and 5-year trends

I believe, one reason AKC no longer posts the registration stats for every breed has to do with the AR movement. It was giving them fuel for their fire. Sadly, many of us fell right into the trap, started using limited registration for everything because we thought we were being good stewards of ou...
by JONOV
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dakota 283
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: Dakota 283

Will a Dakota XL be large enough for my setter? He is a larger type setter, crate will be used in back of truck under truck cap. I think inside dimensions are around 36" deepX 24" wide. My setter is tall and will probably be around 70 lbs when full grown. Thanks That's what I have for a leggy, thin...
by JONOV
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Most important commands
Replies: 28
Views: 1837

Re: Most important commands

I know RayG's field trial heart will infarct at this, but I'm really happy I taught "DOWN!" in a big way. I taught it for duck hunting and other small game pursuits, but use it most often out and about. If I have him at the park I can blow him down from 40 yards away and let kids or bikers or jogger...
by JONOV
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Complete breed registrations. Ranking and 5-year trends
Replies: 33
Views: 1058

Re: Complete breed registrations. Ranking and 5-year trends

Unless the breeder registers the litter, a very low percentage of family companion/ hunting dogs are registered. Only about twenty percent Of my puppies are registered and most of them are mine. It does not make a lot of sense to me to force a buyer to register and get a NA or junior title on a pup...
by JONOV
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Positive enforcement
Replies: 110
Views: 2929

Re: Positive enforcement

As an admitted "Old Timer", I've never understood why people strive to make dog training so complicated. Everything has to have a label which only serves to complicate and confuse more. I have never understood people's needs to do that. It all boils down to when a behavior is rewarded, it's positiv...
by JONOV
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Positive enforcement
Replies: 110
Views: 2929

Re: Positive enforcement

When training a force retrieve, the ear pinch or toe rope or what ever is the stimulus that causes the reaction, which is to grab the object. That is the only reaction at the ear pinch stage. Possibly a command to release. The dog knows nothing about hold or anything else it is all about grab the d...
by JONOV
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: fencing and wild birds
Replies: 21
Views: 1198

Re: fencing and wild birds

Sharon wrote:Welcome to the forum. :)

#2 Kennel your dog when you are at work. Dogs are stolen from back yards regularly. Have someone come in at lunch to walk your dog.
( I had a dog stolen.)
Assuming the back yard is out of sight of those driving and walking past, I'd do a chain link run during the day.
by JONOV
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Positive enforcement
Replies: 110
Views: 2929

Re: Positive enforcement

I have not read one single post in the thread that completely explains Positive enforcement (including mine and all the links) :( Some have parts of a picture and others are like "Quotes" from others ! That includes our learned friend Ellis. .... It works great when you get the right understanding ...
by JONOV
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Complete breed registrations. Ranking and 5-year trends
Replies: 33
Views: 1058

Re: Complete breed registrations. Ranking and 5-year trends

The AKC stopped publishing total numbers of registrations around 2010 I think since it was becoming too obvious that they were in steep decline. Now they only publish a list of breeds in order of popularity (I think that the actual numbers may be available in the year end report issued to members.....
by JONOV
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Complete breed registrations. Ranking and 5-year trends
Replies: 33
Views: 1058

Re: Complete breed registrations. Ranking and 5-year trends

I’m not as concerned about the wirehairs, for all I know it’s an aberration; I’d have to see the raw data. Is the difference between 72 and 60 1000 dogs or 100? The Shorthairs do concern me. They are too popular already. When poorly bred, they’re often anxious, tightly wound creatures, traits made f...
by JONOV
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Positive enforcement
Replies: 110
Views: 2929

Re: Positive enforcement

Do not let attempts to distort this discussion with an "Only PR" smoke screen That's the thing....People seem to use it to pigeonhole others. They assume it automatically assumes a Fenzi-like philosophy on dog training. I remember a training day hosted by our NAVHDA chapter. A Pro trainer, and form...
by JONOV
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogtra Pathfinder
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: Dogtra Pathfinder

When I used one, I would actually put it in airplane mode as soon as I put it on the dog. I did that because I was in an area with no reception and didn't want to zap the cell phone batteries.

Never had any problems with it.
by JONOV
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crate Training Issue
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: Crate Training Issue

How old is the dog? My wirehair was a nightmare to crate train but it was largely my fault. I'd crate her at night, through the night, waking to let her out to potty. I'd also cover the crate; that helped in my experience too, the darkness. They don't see what they're missing so they don't pitch a f...
by JONOV
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: recall to whistle versus e-collar tone recall
Replies: 31
Views: 1704

Re: recall to whistle versus e-collar tone recall

Using the tone on the e-collar has nothing to do with any objections with the e-collar, anymore than wood used in gunstocks is a complaint of the Gun Control crowd. Its just a sound the dog learns to come back. Its one of the best things I've done with my dog, I can quietly get him back to me, be it...
by JONOV
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The reputable registries for bird dogs.
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: The reputable registries for bird dogs.

AKC, UKC are mostly what I've seen for retrievers. FDSB, NAVHDA, FCI, and Canadian Kennel Club are also reputable registries, though I don't know how much you see retrievers on them. FDSB is predominately used by Pointer/Setter crowd, though my German Drahthaar came with FDSB papers, and AKC and NAV...
by JONOV
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: how is that deadbirds sometimes seem invisible
Replies: 33
Views: 1428

Re: how is that deadbirds sometimes seem invisible

Thinking again about this...I sent my dog on a dove retrieve that he didn't mark, but the dove was visible to me from where i sat. He struggled to find it. But, I'd take a walk around the field and guys would say, 'I couldn't find on here or there' and he'd come out with it.
by JONOV
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: how is that deadbirds sometimes seem invisible
Replies: 33
Views: 1428

Re: how is that deadbirds sometimes seem invisible

It's called "air washing" the bird. When they fly through the air their scent is "washed" off them and dogs can't scent the. I've had that happen in cover, couldn't find the bird, left and a scent pool had built up. When I got back,dog got the bird no problem. I can buy that for a dollar . "I mean ...
by JONOV
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Wet weather and poor performance
Replies: 9
Views: 576

Re: Wet weather and poor performance

Wet pen raised birds often struggle to fly.

He probably pointed, then took them out. And they couldn't fly away. Others will have better ideas how to address, but in the meantime, don't hunt the game farms when its super wet.