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by birddogger2
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick’s first field trial
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Nick’s first field trial

bamanick- Hi and welcome to the wonderful world of field trialing. First let me say this for perspective. You have a six month old pup. Most of the dogs in the puppy stake are probably close to twice your youngster's age. Second let me say that you need to keep focus on what you are doing, why you a...
by birddogger2
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa

I also live near an Amish community outside of Dover, DE. For several years I had an arrangement with a local Amish farmer(actually his youngest son until he moved away, and later with his older brother who stayed to work the farm). I paid $2( and later, increased eventually to $3) each for barn pig...
by birddogger2
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Short summer.
Replies: 9
Views: 386

Re: Short summer.

Good Lord! This has been an unbelievable stretch of weather hereabouts also, but nothing like what you are getting. Since the fall it has been screwy. Up, down, sideways and backward, pretty much all at the same time. Just nuts. We are looking at 70+ degrees this weekend up in NJ and the dogs will h...
by birddogger2
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Beginnings
Replies: 19
Views: 537

Re: New Beginnings

Don'cha just love it when a plan comes together? Way to go!

Good for all you folks who are letting a puppy fire you up. Feed off that energy...feed off that drive and desire...cherish every day.

RayG
by birddogger2
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

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 birddogger2
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

If I purchase an automobile or a house or a lawnmower, it does not come with a "provisional" bill of sale. If I rent/lease and automobile, house or lawnmower, I sign a contract spelling out the terms of the lease/rental and the responsibilities of both parties. THEN, I pay the monthly fee. If I purc...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 568

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 birddogger2
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 707

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

deke --0 I have told this story before, but I think it may bear repeating. I took one of my pointers in for a rabies vaccination. It was, I think, in Late October or early November, so the dog was in absolutely peak physical shape...ready to run for an hour in front of a horse. The vet tech was visi...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?
Replies: 9
Views: 421

Re: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?

Porochi - There is no medical reason to neuter a normal, healthy male dog. Period...end of story. Neutering a 3 year old dog will likely have zero effect on its personality and level of activity. Do what you want with your dog, but I personally would never set foot in a "dog park" for a whole host o...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Porochi - I have a saying about dog training...it goes like this: I like to install the brakes and steering on my race car before I take it out onto the track and hit the gas. I tend to get less wrecks that way. it is the same with bird dogs. They need brakes and steering. They get that in the yard,...
by birddogger2
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 707

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

deke - sent you a PM...don't know if it went thru. Anyhow, do NOT screw around with the biting thing. Be the momma dog and do what she would do. slistoe and cjhills have that right. I have been known to bite the puppy back, and not easy either. You gotta make it hurt somewhat or the pup is not gonna...
by birddogger2
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 707

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

JUST WAIT - Your new vet will probably give you a song and dance about neutering/spaying on one of your future visits. I agree with the others. A 30/20 performance feed like Pro Plan is a OUTSTANDING food for a growing puppy. You are your own best reference if you have been doing it that way for yea...
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Why Purina Pro Plan?
Replies: 47
Views: 6302

Re: Why Purina Pro Plan?

We go over this time and again. The story has not changed. Purina is in the forefront of animal food science. Dogs, cats, horses, cattle, goats, chickens...whatever. They actually do have farms and laboratories and scientists doing research on real live animals to find out what is better than what t...
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

The dog has to learn to be patient. The dog has to learn to be calm. The dog has to learn that WILL do what you ask it to do. As to the how... You need to be patient. A fellow once told me when training a horse if you go about it like you have fifteen minutes it may take you all day. But if you go a...
by birddogger2
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Costco Dog Food???

I don't feed it either, but it looks OK to me. It is most definitely NOT a cut rate feed, with those protein and fat levels. High levels of protein and fat do cost what they cost. I did some checking and it appears that the product is made for Costco by Diamond Pet, which is a major pet food company...
by birddogger2
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: What type of shotgun are you using for your bird hunts?
Replies: 214
Views: 101940

Re: What type of shotgun are you using for your bird hunts?

Pretty plain Jane here. Used a magnum Browning humpback in 20 ga. with a 26' IC barrel for a lot of years on upland game. Never once fired a 3" shell through it, but thought I should have the option. Never felt I needed more than a 20 for upland since I did my thing behind pointing dogs. About 25 ye...
by birddogger2
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crate Sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Re: Crate Sizing

The traveling would be usually 1hour+. Quite a few 5 hour trips and 1 maybe 2 that are around 10 hours. I was thinking intermediate should work okay. Say he gets the size of his sire, Tell, and get to 68-70 lbs would that size still work? Might be a little tight if he tips the scales at 70#. Still ...
by birddogger2
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crate Sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Re: Crate Sizing

+1 on the intermediate Ruff Tuff. It is all you should need, unless your GSP becomes a giant. I have had 60+ lb. pointers that fits in intermediates just fine. You don't want dogs moving around in travel crates when you are transporting. that is how they get hurt. You want them laying down and quiet...
by birddogger2
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using e collar
Replies: 41
Views: 1090

Re: Using e collar

ON Honker Hunter - You wrote: "Our choice of hunting dogs is definitely apples and oranges. I want to be able to watch my dogs work ... with the naked eye, not binoculars. I prefer a close relationship." Be careful...you bias, and lack of knowledge is showing. Do not assume Just so you know, I can(a...
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using e collar
Replies: 41
Views: 1090

Re: Using e collar

I think you may be wrong with that sentence...plenty of geezers and geezettes here with training days that preceded ecollars. I well remember those old days, and much prefer the kinder gentler methods available now because of "something between me and my dog". I came by my gray hair honestly and I ...
by birddogger2
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

Every puppy I have ever had, has been fed a 30/20 puppy diet. I have had no problems. When I had a litter I ground up the kibble in a blender and fed it to the pups(and momma) mixed into warm water along with a healthy dollop of Whole milk(4% fat) cottage cheese. I did it this way to minimize throwi...
by birddogger2
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 2080

Re: male or female puppy

A 1 in 4 cancer rate seems crazy high to me. The rate for mammary cancers in dogs is about 8%. So roughly 1 in 12 female dogs develop mammary cancers. Of those, 1 in 4 will be bitches spayed after the second heat cycle. I agree... the percentages 0.6%, 1% and 3% incidence have to be relative to the...
by birddogger2
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 2080

Re: male or female puppy

So as long as spayed before 2 yrs old you reduce chances of mammary cancer? Does it make a difference if done before or after first heat cycle? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Spay before the first heat cycle is the biggest reduction of chances of mammary cancer. It is also the highest risk of c...
by birddogger2
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Slowing down the dog
Replies: 47
Views: 1072

Re: Slowing down the dog

I like her speed as well. She is a small dog with long legs and gets around really fast. I am more confident after reading the many replys that she will be fine as she is. I will work a little with a release system in order to get her to whoa a little further out but she is a smart dog and as state...
by birddogger2
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using e collar
Replies: 41
Views: 1090

Re: Using e collar

Using a collar with tone, vibration and stimulation available what do you guys use, and for what. I am think of using the vibration as a warning before using the stim. Then using the tone like the whistle where 3 tweets is for here, 2 is for sit, or whoa, and one is change direction. How are you gu...
by birddogger2
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Slowing down the dog
Replies: 47
Views: 1072

Re: Slowing down the dog

Nmhuntr - When I am steadying a youngster, I have it on a 20 ft. checkcord and bring it in, downwind and perpendicular to the scent cone of a bird planted in a remote launcher. This way, I know... precisely... where the bird is and where the scent cone is. I know again, precisely, where the dog SHOU...
by birddogger2
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pup names and tips
Replies: 12
Views: 432

Re: New pup names and tips

Congrats on the new pup. Puppy breath is the bomb. As far as names are concerned, I like names that start with a "B", as they come out sharp and forceful. I avoid names that start with an "S" or a "P" because that tends to lead to spitting although I did name one "Star" and to me...she was. I have a...
by birddogger2
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: New to this forum
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: New to this forum

Hi Phil and welcome - I think you may be coming to the realization that a bird dog like a GSP is wired a little different than the g3erman Shepherds you are familiar with. A bird dog is hard wired to "seek game" and is often much less concerned with the whereabouts of its owner than A guard dog migh...
by birddogger2
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: AKC walking trials and puppy stakes
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: AKC walking trials and puppy stakes

Just thought of this. There is a US Complete walking trial being held in King William, VA. Here is the info on it. Category USCSDA Trials Location King William, VA Date Mar 02, 2019 Time 7:00 AM Kirk Regensburg—(804) 543-3470, 8178 Holly Ln., Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Now this is NOT an AKC trial, bu...
by birddogger2
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Suggestions on English Pointer breeders
Replies: 10
Views: 539

Re: Suggestions on English Pointer breeders

Redman- I have had pointers exclusively. Never owned a setter. Seen lots of good ones in both breeds. But based on what you want to do with the dog, I would say that it matters much less which breed. I would focus more on finding someone who breeds dogs that succeed in doing a lot of what you want a...
by birddogger2
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Suggestions on English Pointer breeders
Replies: 10
Views: 539

Re: Suggestions on English Pointer breeders

This one is in Birdoggers sweet spot, but I would start looking at east coast shooting dog and cover dog litters. Redman - For what you want I agree with Pedro. I would start calling walking shooting dog(US Complete and NBHA) trailers and handlers this spring and see what is planned. I would also c...
by birddogger2
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NSTRA ages
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: NSTRA ages

ISO - I don't do NSTRA myself, so I took a quick look at the scoring. It appears that the dog must at least establish and hold point. As previously mentioned it is also expected to retrieve and to back. Honestly, if your dog is not at least decently reliable in those three areas you are probably was...
by birddogger2
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Time to Fully Train a Brittany
Replies: 18
Views: 520

Re: Time to Fully Train a Brittany

Timewise - Disclaimer....Your mileage may vary.... If the dog is of the age where it can take the training, a dog can be steadied to wing and shot over a summer. Many are. Whether you consider that dog trained sufficiently for hunting, depends very much on what you yourself require of the dog. It va...
by birddogger2
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Training
Topic: A Novice and his Dog
Replies: 11
Views: 635

Re: A Novice and his Dog

I'm a bit new, so I'll ask a question. Why would you want to stop a flusher? Isn't that what they do? If a flusher is chasing a running pheasant (or grouse, etc.) and you stop the dog, then the bird will run into the next county. A flusher's job is to catch or at least make the running bird think i...
by birddogger2
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Woodcock help PLEASE
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: Woodcock help PLEASE

I can't answer for your particular area, as I live on the migration path for these birds. However, I suggest you look for damp wooded areas where worms will thrive. Timberdoodles feed on worms and probe the ground for them with their beaks...so the ground has to be somewhat soft. Alongside streambed...
by birddogger2
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: AKC walking trials and puppy stakes
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: AKC walking trials and puppy stakes

chaynes - I did a quick checkof trials and test in VA and found about a half dozen or so events in the next couple of months that you might want to attend. Some were at "bleep" Cross which is pretty far south but there were trials or tests in Summerduck, Caret and Dilwyn, VA that had amateur puppy s...
by birddogger2
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What pointer line to cross my female with.
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: What pointer line to cross my female with.

Pedro wrote:With all due respect to the assembled knowledge of this board, the first place I'd look for advice would be Ross Callaway, breeder and owner of Jack prior to selling him to Dr. Corder, and Don Wiggins.
I wholeheartedly agree with the above.

RayG
by birddogger2
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What pointer line to cross my female with.
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: What pointer line to cross my female with.

Setter1 - Three years ago I bought a male pup from Mike Husenits. the sire was Erin's War Creek and the dam was Braveheart Cassie. War Creek's pedigree is easily available. Cassie is by Erin's Braveheart(Bad River out of Sinbad/Wiggins) out of a Fibber/Caladen gyp. I don't know which side gets the c...
by birddogger2
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1240

Re: hunt close

We have shot 100s of wild birds over pointing dogs wearing beepers. Sometimes 3 or4 dogs at once all wearing beepers pointing and backing. We never seemed to have a problem with birds running once the dogs establish a point. Unfortunately I can't hear them any more. Fortunately there are better way...
by birddogger2
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1240

Re: hunt close

Buckeyesteve - I haven't hunted wild birds in a rather long time and not many grouse to be honest, so I really can't say with any certainty. I would however, expect to lose some grouse to the actuation of a point only mode type beeper, especially if they have been pressured. Lovett's has a mode call...
by birddogger2
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1240

Re: hunt close

BuckeyeSteve - Regarding locating a dog in heavy cover... There are several beeper options you might consider for your dog. Like everything else in this world, the more options, the higher the price. A straight up beeper with a point only alert mode option might be all you need. They are in the $100...
by birddogger2
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1240

Re: hunt close

Reap what You Sow . If you allow and condition a Hunt close ,then that is what you will get . If You allow and condition a Hunt wide ,the that is what you will get . If You allow and condition a free hunting Dog ,then that is what you will get . ...... Try reading the dog in front of you in the ter...
by birddogger2
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1240

Re: hunt close

BuckeyeSteve - I just remembered a drill you might try. For our members across the pond...I got the idea from a book by a respected British trainer, Derry Argue. When I wanted my pointers to put their noses down and vacuum the ground, I would take some puppy treats, throw a half dozen or so on the g...
by birddogger2
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1240

Re: hunt close

BuckeyeSteve(and others) - I do not know why this thread went sideways and if my posts had anything to do with that, I apologize. What I was TRYING to get across, was that it is crucial for the hunter/handler to develop a trust in their dog and not incidentally, for the dog to develop that same trus...
by birddogger2
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1240

Re: hunt close

:wink: My Brittany just hit one year old. He's doing really well on hunt drive, finding birds, and most commands I've trained. He's not doing well at quartering a field and hunting in the range I'd like him to....but that is because of my lack of training effort/knowledge in this area, not that he's...
by birddogger2
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunt close
Replies: 52
Views: 1240

Re: hunt close

Steve - There is a technique called "bending" whereby you teach a dog to turn on command. You can search this and other gundog sites for a more thorough explanation, but here is my thumbnail version: I don't do this with my dogs any longer, because I mostly field trial them. But when I mostly hunted...
by birddogger2
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Blank Pistol Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: Blank Pistol Questions

Garrison - Here is the deal. Forget the .32. The blanks cost about a buck a shot. The only real reason for the .32 was because it was required for high end field trials. Not so anymore. A 209 primer pistol is fine for just about any field trial except a couple that neither you nor me will be attendi...
by birddogger2
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 40
Views: 2106

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Ezzy - I want to add my thanks for all you have contributed. Your knowledge and experience, so freely shared, is a treasured gift to all who have benefitted from it in the past and a true legacy to those who will benefit from it in the future. You have truly paid it forward. Well done my friend. RayG
by birddogger2
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Underbite and overbite
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Underbite and overbite

As mentioned previously, What I have heard referred to as "undershot jaw" where the lower jaw sticks out beyond the upper, has been an issue in FDSB(American Field) pointers for some time. It is my understanding that the failure of the teeth to mesh properly can have effect on the dog's ability to e...
by birddogger2
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Proplan sport 30/20 vs 26/16
Replies: 22
Views: 770

Re: Purina Proplan sport 30/20 vs 26/16

Keeping with 30/20 vs 26/16 foods no matter who's brand I'm trying to put weight on a 9 y.o. 16 lb. house dog. Is there any truth that 30/20 food can cause a dog to loose weight due to the higher protein. This dog has been free fed all her life as she only eats when she's hungry. She mostly sleeps ...