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by birddogger2
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy question
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Puppy question

I am aware of several brother/sister breedings in pointers. These breedings were apparently deliberately done to cement and intensify the characteristics in the dogs. Since the two that come to mind resulted in producing champion progeny and in one case a Hall of Fame dog, I would say those breeding...
by birddogger2
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training to range closer with an e collar.
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Training to range closer with an e collar.

Nategsp - I agree it is exciting to watch. But I got one better for ya. Your dog goes up and over the rise, out of your sight. You quicken your walk a bit. The dog has not come back to you. That knot in the pit of your stomach is getting tight. Then when you top that rise, you spot your dog standing...
by birddogger2
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training to range closer with an e collar.
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Training to range closer with an e collar.

Nategsp - I tend to agree pretty much with everything cJ has just said. I also believe that a bird dog's job is to go and find birds and then to point them and hold them until I get there...however long that may take. THAT is what a bird dog should do. I do however understand that a half mile is a b...
by birddogger2
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 839

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

Hands on training. IF the dog is throughly conditioned to the ecollar, you now have to take it off and put on tennis shoes. When he makes a mistake, run the pirate down and show him the errors of his ways. This is no place for a bleeding heart. I believe setting up a fake NSTRA trial is your best o...
by birddogger2
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Masticatory Myositis
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: Masticatory Myositis

Yes I have. My youngest dog had symptoms about a year ago. He was about 3. I noticed he wasn't acting right... he yelped in pain when he went to grab a chew toy and such. When I tried to check out his mouth area he yelped in pain when I attempted to open it. My large animal recommended for us to go ...
by birddogger2
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: HOF Dog
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: HOF Dog

It has to be immensely gratifying to know that genetics you put together and nurtured have helped a dog rise to the heights within your breed. THAT is what improving the breed is all about and it does take time and effort....and not a little bit of luck along the way. You obviously knew you were doi...
by birddogger2
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How many gun dogs?
Replies: 19
Views: 798

Re: How many gun dogs?

Mosby - I hunted my first dog Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Most hunts were half day or less, depending on how long it took to limit out. I did this for pretty much the entire upland bird season. As my first dog got older I got a year old trial reject and hunted the two together on...
by birddogger2
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pup wants to play tug.
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Pup wants to play tug.

Brystons90 - Yes you probably should not have played tug of war...but what is done is done. I don't think the trained retrieve is your only option and, right now, it might not be your best option. I can think of a couple of ways you can work this out that I would try first. The big thing in my mind,...
by birddogger2
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall with ecollar question
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: Recall with ecollar question

BigK - I do it essentially the same way as Sharon and Shags. I "teach" the here or come command with the checkcord using short sharp tugs and if that does not get the response...I reel the dog in, hand over hand. After the checkcord lesson is well learned, I overlay the command with a verbal cue, an...
by birddogger2
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: Insurance

I also do not have insurance. I currently have three dogs and have had as many as six, so the costs of insuring them in a meaningful way would be prohibitive. I believe that if you give your dogs their shots and do all of the recurring health related tasks you can, that can seriously reduce your ann...
by birddogger2
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching scent pointing?
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: Teaching scent pointing?

Pete - I would also recommend that you actively avoid quail for your dog at this juncture...ESPECIALLY Coturnix quail which have a tendency to burrow in and are typically weak flyers, at best. If you cannot get pigeons, consider chuckars. They typically fly pretty well out of a launcher and they thr...
by birddogger2
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching scent pointing?
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: Teaching scent pointing?

Pete - DonF pretty much nailed it as regards birds and Shag's comments are also well worth considering. I also would put the e-collar on the dog every single time you take it out to run or work with birds , so when it sees the collar, it knows the fun is about to begin. Great idea. Not much for me t...
by birddogger2
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Post Flush Flagging
Replies: 7
Views: 513

Re: Post Flush Flagging

Folks - We are all here to help each other. People shared their knowledge with us and passed it on. It is up to us to do the same and honor the memory of those who helped us by paying it forward to the next generation of bird doggers. On this board, we all do what we can, when we can. I have sen tha...
by birddogger2
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Post Flush Flagging
Replies: 7
Views: 513

Re: Post Flush Flagging

What are your thoughts on the barrel/board/bench? Candidly I haven't used a bench or anything and haven't taught him whoa, instead letting the birds break him. Can the bench just be another tool to help you get your hands on them any get them styled up? Everyone does it a little different and that ...
by birddogger2
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Post Flush Flagging
Replies: 7
Views: 513

Re: Post Flush Flagging

First - I have to tell you that anyone who knocks a dog for having a happy tail AFTER the bird has flown is not a good judge. As long as the dog has not moved its feet in the direction of the flight of the bird after the shot is fired...that is a completed piece of birdwork. Collar the dog and walk ...
by birddogger2
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Vive'ing la difference
Replies: 33
Views: 1385

Re: Vive'ing la difference

Polmaise - Yes it is a different way of going about it than the American field trial version. Not better, certainly not worse...just different. One could say...more utilitarian, more useful to the typical hunter. Buddy was intent and intense on his game, with very nice style, responded perfectly to ...
by birddogger2
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Trimming Toe Nails?
Replies: 10
Views: 721

Re: Trimming Toe Nails?

FWIW -

I have noticed that if I use the dremel and get close to the quick...it recedes...slowly over time and repeated close sandings. I think it is the heat generated which causes the quick to retreat.

RayG
by birddogger2
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 1076

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

If you go to a training session and the dog is out of control...put it back in the box until it stops being out of control or take it on a lead with a half hitch around its waist and heel it away from the group and work with it on the rope until it calms down. The heel it back toward the group and ...
by birddogger2
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Acana dog food
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Acana dog food

Art - If a Petco or wherever was giving out free one, two or five pound bags of the product for folks to try...that is one thing. Companies do indeed give out free samples. All sorts of companies give out all sorts of free samples. It is called "marketing". If they wanted me to try a bag and they ga...
by birddogger2
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 1076

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

Sharon wrote:
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:26 pm

"I would bet that if you give him a good run BEFORE you show up at NAVDA that his behaviour would improve."
I'd bet that would be the case also.

RayG
by birddogger2
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 1076

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

BigK - PATIENCE is a virtue that I for one...do not have enough of. And for what it is worth, i have been messing with pretty high octane dogs for just this side of sixty years. They WILL test you. Sometimes, when you start to lose it, the very best thing you can do is quit for a while. If you are l...
by birddogger2
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I'll Never own Another
Replies: 10
Views: 1335

Re: I'll Never own Another

Sharon - I read it on the AF site. Thank you for importing it here. It is something we all go through, I have a 4 yr. old pointer who I thought...might be my last one. Then... Blue passed at 14 1/2. I gave Blue to my son when he moved into his first house. That was about 9 years ago. He needed a bir...
by birddogger2
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Safe water treatment for dogs?
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: Safe water treatment for dogs?

I have been adding bleach to my dogs' water for many years. A splash of 5 1/2 -6% Sodium Hypochlorite, which is what liquid bleach actually is, into a 4-5 gal bucket, is quite safe to drink. A splash(1-2 fl.oz.) will keep the green algae down for several days. I also add a few ounces to my 100 gallo...
by birddogger2
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Problems with come/here

Polmaise - Your post was an absolute tutorial on the subject. Very thorough and complete. I typically go about the task somewhat differently, but your post gave me several things to think about doing things differently. Your experience and perspective is much appreciated. Always something to learn. ...
by birddogger2
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Her First Catch!
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Her First Catch!

You are so very lucky. I am still waiting. We had one child, a son, who has been and still is my best hunting partner...BUT... My granddaughter is just five and not quite ready yet. My grandson is coming on 10, so he may join the fray soon. Had him out fishing for striped bass, or Rockfish, as they ...
by birddogger2
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Problems with come/here

hears something if you havent tried yet, let the dog out and run for some time no commands just fun time for the dog when the dog starts getting a little tired then call the dog in the point is a tired dog will comply better than a excited dog mayby you just got out of the kennel or house with enou...
by birddogger2
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Problems with come/here

Claude - I agree completely with Shags on this. Come is NOT optional and come means "RIGHT NOW!" Anything less and..."you ain't got it yet". The dog needs to stop what it is doing, hightail it to you...on the run and stop right in front of you, or you have more work to do. My wife and I start with a...
by birddogger2
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: new member in PA
Replies: 10
Views: 1245

Re: new member in PA

Welcome aboard.

Nice looking youngster. Have fun and keep us updated on your progress.

RayG
by birddogger2
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Fat supplement
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: Fat supplement

When I had one dog and was hunting the poor .... 4 days a week...pretty much 6 hours a day...I supplemented with beef fat. Even so, he got awful thin by Christmas. I would go to the supermarket during a beef sale and ask for fat trimmings, which they had by the barrel full. Most times they gave it t...
by birddogger2
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Grain-Free kibble
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: Grain-Free kibble

marketing, marketing, marketing. All natural, no antibiotics EVER, grain free, non GMO,first ingredient is real meat etc, etc. It is all marketing BS. PPP is indeed an excellent feed, complete and absolutely uniform. One of the ways dogfood companies control their costs is to vary the formula, depen...
by birddogger2
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Strange behaviour on point
Replies: 42
Views: 3647

Re: Strange behaviour on point

Veggie - Excellent news...for BOTH of you. Well done sir! Patience is a virtue I do not have enough of. Persistence I have to the point of stubbornness. Being consistent is something I need to work on all the time. Patience, persistence and consistency are three things that will serve you well. Keep...
by birddogger2
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Strange behaviour on point
Replies: 42
Views: 3647

Re: Strange behaviour on point

Veggie - Excellent news...for BOTH of you. Well done sir! Patience is a virtue I do not have enough of. Persistence I have to the point of stubbornness. Being consistent is something I need to work on all the time. Patience, persistence and consistency are three things that will serve you well. Keep...
by birddogger2
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Summer heat and dog transport
Replies: 11
Views: 1161

Re: Summer heat and dog transport

Back in the day I transported my dogs in a pickup bed with a top. It had a slide window in front which I would open when it was hot to facilitate flow through ventilation. I bought and tried two different battery operated fans for the uninsulated aluminum skin dog box and both were a useless POS. As...
by birddogger2
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Need advice on my Brittany Spaniel puppy problems
Replies: 10
Views: 1301

Re: Need advice on my Brittany Spaniel puppy problems

Can't help you with the potty training...all my dogs are outside dogs...not permitted in the house unless they are recuperating from surgery or something similar. As far as the nipping is concerned...I will share a comment : "What you allow, you encourage." If a puppy was being a PIA to its momma, w...
by birddogger2
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New member
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: New member

BigK75 - Welcome aboard. As Sharon said, there are lots of folks on here that want to help you to be successful in the field. It is why we are here. Hunting behind dogs for upland game has it own, very special rewards. You will find that out for yourself. I am excited for you. I also think it is awe...
by birddogger2
Wed May 27, 2020 12:39 pm
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

KahlessDg - The short answer is NO. Booting a dog will NOT cause it to overheat. The blood vessels in a dog's legs go straight up and down, carrying the heat from the dog's core to its extremities. THAT(along with fur) is what allows a dog to run in subzero weather without its toes falling off from ...
by birddogger2
Tue May 26, 2020 8:15 pm
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?

SOB puppies are cheap because they arent worth squat on the circuit. Not sure if you are allowed SOB ,Ryan, maybe you are ? :roll: He meant Shadow Oak Bo . Hmmm- I wonder what Polmaise was alluding to?? I could hazard a guess... but I believe I should not, but rather leave that to each reader. More...
by birddogger2
Tue May 05, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Signs your dog is over worked?
Replies: 10
Views: 1460

Re: Signs your dog is over worked?

Joe, It all depends on the dog. I think this is the first time I've taken exception to something Ray had posted, but here goes...he said that a properly conditioned dog can run an hour in 80* heat. Maybe some can, but many cannot. You can do your best to condition a dog to the heat, but if he can't...
by birddogger2
Mon May 04, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Signs your dog is over worked?
Replies: 10
Views: 1460

Re: Signs your dog is over worked?

Joe - Nothing much to add about the signs of overheating. Prevention is the goal and one of the best ways to do that is to GRADUALLY increase the dog's heat tolerance level. You do this by pushing the dog a little at a time, in the heat. You would be surprised at just how heat tolerant a dog can bec...
by birddogger2
Sun May 03, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: French Brittany pup help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

Re: French Brittany pup help needed

First things first...Congratulations on the new pup. Brittanys are fun dogs. If you want the puppy to run around unfettered, you need to find a safe place to let it run. Your pup is VERY young and quite probably has not had its final shots, so anywhere you take the dog outside of your own yard, it s...
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stop to flush question
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: Stop to flush question

I agree with Garrison. I do not care if my pup chases starlings, meadow larks or any kind of dickey birds. They will not catch them and will grow out of it when they are worked on the real thing. i do not allow them to mess with fur of any kind, but they are pointers, not versatiles. I suggest you w...
by birddogger2
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 3754

Re: Genetics vs. Training

I have never had a perfect dog but have had several that were much closer to it than I am. I try to keep that in mind always when working with my dogs. AG - Now THAT is a great statement. I give you fair notice that since it is out on a public domain, I am going to steal it!! :lol: I will say that ...
by birddogger2
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Meet Axe
Replies: 32
Views: 3100

Re: Meet Axe

WOW!!

Nice looking pup.

I'd say you are about to have some fun.

Axe is a beautiful dog and is probably worth the wait...but 3 years is a looooooong time.

Enjoy.

RayG
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Weird Spot on leg.
Replies: 13
Views: 1934

Re: Weird Spot on leg.

Hard to say, but it kinda looks like it might be some sort of infection underneath the skin. Since it is on a paw,it is also possible that something thin and small got stuck up in there. Look real close, even with a magnifying glass to see if there is any kind of evidence of foreign body entry. My s...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Weird Spot on leg.
Replies: 13
Views: 1934

Re: Weird Spot on leg.

Hard to say, but it kinda looks like it might be some sort of infection underneath the skin. Since it is on a paw,it is also possible that something thin and small got stuck up in there. Look real close, even with a magnifying glass to see if there is any kind of evidence of foreign body entry. My s...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 3754

Re: Genetics vs. Training

Garrison- To broaden that perspective a bit... one needs to consider this: In a field trial there is ONE winner. In a championship stake, there is ONE champion selected. You may have 20, and sometimes as many as 50 dogs in any competition..with only ONE winner. Each and every one of the owners of th...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 3754

Re: Genetics vs. Training

The top handlers have the ability to run the genetics that they desire. I would be curious to know how many don’t make it to worthy of competing, and how many make to CH out of the pool that they start with. This is just a slightly educated guess, so take it for what it is worth. In the open horseb...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 3754

Re: Genetics vs. Training

Well between featherfinder, mask and the two aforementioned Hall of Famers, that is give or take, 400 years of experience. :D Its interesting that the winningest guys in the game seem to have proven that the type of dog they seek will get it done no matter the venue. While at the same time certain ...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Quail in Johnny House - Health
Replies: 7
Views: 1139

Re: New Quail in Johnny House - Health

I have had pretty good luck with the following regimen: When I get the birds home, I medicate their water with LS 50 for about a week. I may also add some electrolytes to the water if it is hot and the birds were heavily stressed due to transport. After the initial dosing with LS 50 antibiotic, they...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 16064

Re: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?

I bought a CZ O/U in 28 ga. for my grandson's first birthday some years back. I really liked how it handled for me and it was a nice looking little wand. I tried a few 28's before I bought this one and the balance with 28" barrels seemed just right. I tried ones with shorter and longer barrels and t...