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by JONOV
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Heat and dogs..
Replies: 9
Views: 253

Re: Heat and dogs..

If you live in a fairly low humidity area, swimming is a great way to keep a dog cool. Not only is the water a cooler when they are in it, but they also cool from the evaporation as they dry. Swimming also gives them a chance to get some exercise. Dogs will also get some cooling effect in high humi...
by JONOV
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Runt/Growth/Appetite ?
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Runt/Growth/Appetite ?

He's 80 lbs. How much bigger do you want him? Geese aren't THAT big. My GWP is 74 and I get remarks how big he is because he's leggy and the fur makes him look bulkier. People that feel him comment about him being too skinny but most of them don't know what they're talking about. I don't have the ch...
by JONOV
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Heat and dogs..
Replies: 9
Views: 253

Re: Heat and dogs..

Since I live in the south and its always hot (or so it seems) I walk them on a forested trail late in the day. Its shaded, dirt ground, and the paths I follow generally follow the river bank so the dogs can avail themselves of the river to cool off. I do that with two black GWP's right now. Long wal...
by JONOV
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worried I picked the wallflower pup
Replies: 15
Views: 526

Re: Worried I picked the wallflower pup

The change in a puppy from 6 weeks to 8 weeks is dramatic. That old thing about 49 days is pure crap. I like to keep mine until 10 weeks, start crate training and second round of shots. I don't think they get a lot from the mother after seven weeks in fact I separate them but they get a lot from th...
by JONOV
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeders mark (HELP!)
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Breeders mark (HELP!)

It could come from the shelter.

Some shelters do so in order to avoid re-vetting frequent flyer dogs, or to indicate if the dog's been spayed/neutered.
by JONOV
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Newbie in WI
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Newbie in WI

That's awesome! I've had probably 10 fosters for GWP and GSP rescues. One that I thought would never make more than a companion dog has turned into the Uber-Predator (her new Dad's description) and spent a good part of her winter pointing preserve pheasants. Their other dog is a DD and they say she ...
by JONOV
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mut Identification
Replies: 14
Views: 433

Re: Mut Identification

pit bull cross! ok,,,just kidding,,based on experiences with some shelters that's likely what they said,,, my youngest volunteered for 5 years at a shelter in Florida during grad school,,,,helped her relax from doctoral pursuit,,, we always got laughs out of the dogs that the shelter labeled as "pi...
by JONOV
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mut Identification
Replies: 14
Views: 433

Re: Mut Identification

Coats too short for a GSP/Lab from what I've seen.

I'd say Lab/Aussie or Golden/GSP.
by JONOV
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP with a thick coat?
Replies: 12
Views: 779

Re: GSP with a thick coat?

I will find out the stud. I know the bitch and her linage. Stud is in N.Dak. and I believe is a import. Methinks the stud is the mailman. I'd look real hard at neighbor dogs. Reminds me of a woman in town that had what was very obviously a goldendoodle. She swore up and down that it was a Golden Re...
by JONOV
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP with a thick coat?
Replies: 12
Views: 779

Re: GSP with a thick coat?

It is not just the coat that is different, the general build of the dog is too. Bill T. Agree, I think they look meatier...ALTHOUGH, I have a GWP that people comment how thick he is til he gets wet...Its a lot of fur...My Brother has a Great Pyreneese...The one time he went swimming he came out loo...
by JONOV
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timid GSP
Replies: 10
Views: 381

Re: Timid GSP

I think you start with the lowest hanging fruit and work from there. The baby is going to make extended walks hard, but have you thought about roading her on a bike? A 20 minute bike ride to take the edge off might do her some good. From there some more obedience stuff where she's more focused on do...
by JONOV
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Early season Hun/Sharpie - need some direction
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: Early season Hun/Sharpie - need some direction

It can be very hot in early September and very hard on the dogs It can but you have to be smarter than the dogs. The nice thing about much of ND that I've seen is that there is water in abundance in the form of stock tanks and potholes. Sharptail especially are a "Sleep-In, drink your coffee" bird;...
by JONOV
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Organizing a training day
Replies: 10
Views: 491

Re: Organizing a training day

Backplant birds so you don't have a baked in wait between dogs (or less of a wait.) Less jibber-jabber and get to the training if it isn't a lecture/troubleshooting-with-the-pro day. Even well meaning simple discussions on obedience can drag on for an hour or more... Have a written order and be a je...
by JONOV
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Budget Pigeon Loft Build

Last step is to make the aviary windows and attach the roofing panel.
by JONOV
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Budget Pigeon Loft Build

Add and attach the remaining 3x5 side.
by JONOV
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Budget Pigeon Loft Build

Now is a good time to cut the extra 1x4 osb sheet and make some nest boxes, and a perch for the bare 3x5 side. I used a 1x4 furring strip for the perch.
by JONOV
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Budget Pigeon Loft Build

Add the back panel (3x4) to the table, and screw through the studs to secure it with 3.5 inch deck screws. You'll have to do this through the top and bottom. I recommend drilling pilot holes.
by JONOV
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Budget Pigeon Loft Build

Add your hinges, barrel bolt or hasp, and trap door to the remaining side.
by JONOV
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Budget Pigeon Loft Build

Now, time to build our walls. Take the 2x3’s, cut two into 5 foot and 3?foot sections. Cut one into two 4 foot sections and the last into two 3 ft sections. Place the 4ft sections on the top and bottom of the 3x4 pice of OSB. Mark and shorten two pieces of the 3ft sections to fit. Repeat for one 3x5...
by JONOV
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Budget Pigeon Loft Build

Next, cut a 2x4 into 4 two foot sections. They’re the legs. Use the 1.5 inch screws and the angle brackets to secure to the bottom of the table. I made mine 30 inches tall because I’m a bit taller and didn’t want to stoop to clean the coop out. Mark and cut 4 more pieces as braces for the legs. I ha...
by JONOV
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Budget Pigeon Loft Build

I drew inspiration from a 100 year old book about poultry houses. Prince Woods, MD had plans for what he referred to a knock down style chicken coop and I thought it made sense. First things first, have Home Depot rip one of your OSB sheets to 4x4. Have them rip the other two into 3x5, 1x5 and 3x4. ...
by JONOV
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Budget Pigeon Loft Build
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Budget Pigeon Loft Build

I set out to build a pigeon loft with budget being a primary concern. It’s a pet peeve of mine when I see someone talk about a diy project brag about how cheap it was when they either have a $4K workshop or a stockpile of wood left over from a home remodel or new deck Or whatnot. I did this with a c...
by JONOV
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 42
Views: 1233

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

I use "whoa" walking the dog on the local walking paths when bikes come by. I did pair it with "Down!" too often and at one point I whoa'ed him on a point and and he hit the deck. To be fair, he had pointed maybe 1 bird out of 10 that way (Setting as opposed to a standing point) since he was a pup. ...
by JONOV
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Other Hunting, are You Done.......
Replies: 17
Views: 757

Re: Other Hunting, are You Done.......

I still deer hunt but not as intently. The main goal is to shoot a deer or two for the freezer now.
by JONOV
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Looking for training in So Cal
Replies: 19
Views: 2120

Re: Looking for training in So Cal

Also if there's a NAVHDA chapter nearby, they have great resources for the DIY trainer.
by JONOV
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Lab puppy food
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: Lab puppy food

Due to the final adult size of most labs many lab breeders and vets recommend a Large Breed Puppy formula for the first year, with a goal of slow even growth. They almost always have a lower amount of fat, calcium and phosphorus. If the dog is going to be over about 60-65lbs it would probably be ad...
by JONOV
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP with a thick coat?
Replies: 12
Views: 779

Re: GSP with a thick coat?

I've seen a bunch of GSP's at NAVHDA and had them as fosters as well. I'll tell you that their coats vary. They all look the same from 10 feet away but some are shorter and softer, and some are thicker. I've had one that was more "lab-like" in that his coat, while short, was THICK and coarse-ish. I'...
by JONOV
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Loft Plans
Replies: 8
Views: 486

Re: Loft Plans

For a small loft, is it nice/helpful in terms of catching birds to be able to walk in? I'm kicking a couple plans around and was curious...
by JONOV
Tue May 28, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP attacking ducks
Replies: 12
Views: 564

Re: GSP attacking ducks

He brings it back to you so what’s the problem? I keep chickens. My GWP will kill them. I keep them separated. I did at one point tell a neighbor that he ought not let his birds free range through the neighborhood. I told another neighbor that he needed to keep control of his cat after the second cl...
by JONOV
Tue May 28, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quail in a travel cage overnight?
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: Quail in a travel cage overnight?

For tests we do so regularly.

I recommend putting in watermelon slices. The water helps hydration and I think the sugar gives them a little more boost.
by JONOV
Thu May 23, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training method comparison
Replies: 15
Views: 574

Re: Training method comparison

Hypothetical situation: Say you were an amateur dog trainer with moderate skill. Maybe you’ve trained a hunting dog or two, maybe even have some experience in with low level hunt test. In other words, not a total rookie but your not a seasoned dog trainer either. Let’s say you are about to get anot...
by JONOV
Tue May 21, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 42
Views: 2006

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

The best system of FF on the planet is the one Evan Graham teaches. It can be easily modified by using treats. You seem to think FF has to be brutal. It most certainly does not. By combining TEACHING with PRESSURE reinforced by TREATS the FF process is relatively easy to achieve. Now, let me state ...
by JONOV
Tue May 21, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: How much olive oil ?
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: How much olive oil ?

An old timer told me to throw a few pieces of white bread in wiht a dog that was too skinny. White bread makes me gain weight so it can't be that crazy. He was a hound man.
by JONOV
Mon May 13, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New to e-collars and bird dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: New to e-collars and bird dogs

I was thinking about doing some hiking with the collar on and not do any corrections with it. Just so she doesn’t associate it with staying close to me in heel or whoaing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Start putting the e-collar on everytime you go out. Even if you don't bring the remote or tu...
by JONOV
Mon May 13, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1134

Re: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting

Next time keep them in a kennel where they can't see them. Like an airline dog kennel. Shielded from view by other stuff.
by JONOV
Thu May 02, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: American Brittany Nervousness
Replies: 6
Views: 462

Re: American Brittany Nervousness

Just a thought to help some of the socialization, does a friend, neighbor, family member, have a well adjusted, stable dog? It could be anything from a Shepherd to a Labradoodle to a Pit Bull, but if you can get together and walk two or three dogs at once, say in a park or in the neighborhood when j...
by JONOV
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: outside kennel arrangement for old inside dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: outside kennel arrangement for old inside dogs

I think the third option would be the easiest on the dogs (Basement and in-out arrangement.) Can the whole yard be fenced?
by JONOV
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: A little E-Collar Humor
Replies: 5
Views: 353

A little E-Collar Humor

by JONOV
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 955

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: 955

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: 60
Views: 2200

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: 60
Views: 2200

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: 60
Views: 2200

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: 840

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: 672

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: 672

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: 1122

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: 1122

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: 28
Views: 1839

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: 2058

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 ...