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by birddogger2
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 20
Views: 433

Re: FF or wait?

My 2 cents, FWIW - If your dog is "huntable" according to your personal standards...it is hunting season and I would say...hunt the dog and don't sweat the retrieves. If one happens...great. Praise the dog. It is a bird dog and not a retriever. Birds first, at least for me. If not... whoa the dog, g...
by birddogger2
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Limber tail -> now permanent hook?
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: Limber tail -> now permanent hook?

You(or should I say your dog...) is in trouble. You should have put the dog on anti-inflammatory meds immediately upon the onset of limber tail and kept the dog warm and quiet. It is a soft tissue injury and rest is indicated. Might be too late, but I'd start the youngster on anti-inflammatories ASA...
by birddogger2
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Safe over the counter for small wounds
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: Safe over the counter for small wounds

Thanks for the replies. "Sugar" got me to due a little research and I found that honey actually works better then sugar! Both displace moisture cutting down on bacteria. Because, of the granules , sugar is slighly abrasive therefore honey works better. True - But honey does not usually come in pack...
by birddogger2
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 23
Views: 737

Re: What is my next step??

Thanks Featherfinder - I neglected to mention that, very important aspect of the training. Mostly silent, but proceed with confidence and self assurance. The dog will pick up on that and behave accordingly. Our dogs look to us when they are uncertain or uneasy. Almost always, the best way to deal wi...
by birddogger2
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 23
Views: 737

Re: What is my next step??

If you are going to let the pup chase pigeons, the answer is simple Wait 'till the youngster is in full flat out chase of the flying bird and is a good distance away(greater than 30 yards, the farther the better ) and fire the gun...ONCE. The youngster should have already chased a good number of bir...
by birddogger2
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 23
Views: 737

Re: What is my next step??

Feedjake- Welcome to the world of bird dogs. Couple of things: First...There are MANY ways to get from here to there with a bird dog. Most of them work well for the dog. The real key is finding a way that works and makes sense to you, the trainer. Second, most decently bred bird dogs come out of the...
by birddogger2
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Young dog to hunt with older dog
Replies: 15
Views: 573

Re: Young dog to hunt with older dog

Yeah it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to run them mostly separate this season. The only thing I’m worried about is leaving a dog in a crate or in the box while I’m running the other dog and someone taking one of them. But I figured since he worked so well with the other dog that weekend that m...
by birddogger2
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 1166

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

When hunting for stocked pheasants the day after the stock, I had my best success when running a particular pair of dogs. One tended to range out and the other tended to stay in a little closer. An awful lot of those birds would run at the first sign of danger. The longer dog tended to work fast and...
by birddogger2
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: DT RAPT 1450 Training Collar or something else?
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: DT RAPT 1450 Training Collar or something else?

I cannot comment on the units you mentioned as I do not have them. I will suggest that you get a training collar that you can use without even looking at it and which has an instantaneous response. Training is all about timing. If you get the timing of a cue or a correction perfect, the dog progress...
by birddogger2
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: DT RAPT 1450 Training Collar or something else?
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: DT RAPT 1450 Training Collar or something else?

I cannot comment on the units you mentioned as I do not have them. I will suggest that you get a training collar that you can use without even looking at it and which has an instantaneous response. Training is all about timing. If you get the timing of a cue or a correction perfect, the dog progress...
by birddogger2
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

shags might want to look at past winners at the NC at Ames . On a slightly different topic, how do you suppose breeds other than pointers and setters magically became competitive in horse back trials? And you might want to look at the history of the Grand National Grouse Championship as an alternat...
by birddogger2
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

As a lifelong pointer owner, I certainly have my preference for breeds clearly demonstrated. I have competed in all age stakes, but honestly, I prefer shooting dog type performances. I absolutely have a personal preference for longtail dogs because I really like how they look when on point, but hope...
by birddogger2
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter Breeder
Replies: 10
Views: 687

Re: English Setter Breeder

PEIhunter - You might want to check out the Coverdog site. A fair number of setters for sale on that site. One that I saw: Posted by Carl Bergen on August 5, 2019, 11:20 am 5 year old Northwoods Nirvana daughter for sale. Chestnut Tri Color broke to wind and shot!! Had in a couple of spring trials. ...
by birddogger2
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Lines
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: GSP Lines

Golden- I am a pointer person, so I cannot make meaningful comments on the relative virtues of individual GSP's that I have not seen. However, in general, there are several reasons why folks may pursue a specific sire or dam line. The most obvious and probably the most common reason would be that th...
by birddogger2
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

I do think that amateur field trials are some of the competitions where "you gotta win it" to win it and everyone else is a loser. It is all too common today to get awards for "participation". I agree that it is vital to the sport to encourage participation by younger folks, and that mentoring is th...
by birddogger2
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dogs and algae
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Dogs and algae

Not sure, but I do not think so. Dogs can and do drink some nasty water sometimes, but I think their immune systems are, more often than not, up to the challenge. Heck they bury a bone, dig it up a week later, eat it... maggots and all, with no problem. My guys LOVE horse apples. I am pretty sure th...
by birddogger2
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

I cut my field trial teeth in central NJ. The competition hereabouts is absolutely brutal. Great dogs and highly skilled handlers. It still is. You can get whipped by a pointer a setter(of ANY description, Red English, Red and white and Gordon), a wirehair a shorthair, a Britt, a Vizsla or a Weim. T...
by birddogger2
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Not holding Birds
Replies: 30
Views: 2524

Re: Not holding Birds

Thee are plenty of good suggestions on correcting the problem. You need to find the one that works best for your dog. A short story to illustrate... My first dog, back about 60 years ago, was a dropper. He was tough as pig iron and just about as hard headed. He absolutely lived and breathed to hunt....
by birddogger2
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Training Progress questions.
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: GSP Training Progress questions.

Spoke at length with the trainer. He said he was surprised of my concern and called me right back after I texted him because he has been very happy with the dogs progress. He only takes dogs that he evaluates and says mine was good to start with and I am going to be very happy with the finished pro...
by birddogger2
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Training Progress questions.
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: GSP Training Progress questions.

Barefooter - I concur with Shags on this. Based on what you have said, your trainer is apparently focusing on the retrieving part of the equation. In my opinion, unless you are planning on doing Navhda or a whole lot of waterfowling, that is the wrong thing to focus on first. I get that the trainer ...
by birddogger2
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: First Day of Season
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: First Day of Season

Duckin - I don't know where you are, but I suggest you look into either a Navhda chapter nearby or a Retriever club chapter nearby to get your youngster some experience on the real thing, in a controlled environment. I know Navhda does duck search drills and retrieves. perhaps a local chapter might ...
by birddogger2
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Dogs for Sale
Topic: Closing my kennel
Replies: 18
Views: 1549

Re: Closing my kennel

I am genuinely sorry that you had to make such a difficult choice. That must have been very painful for you. I am quite sure you did your best to place your dogs in good homes where they will be loved and hunted, but I bet you are still second guessing yourself about the process. I am however happy ...
by birddogger2
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worried I picked the wallflower pup
Replies: 17
Views: 1098

Re: Worried I picked the wallflower pup

One of the most important things to me is to have the pup..."pick ME". I tend to pick the boldest, baddest pup in he litter because I am looking for the one most likely to be competitive in field trials. But that is just me. If that is not what you are looking for, then the boldest, most independent...
by birddogger2
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 17
Views: 1738

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

How much of the PPP Sport are you feeding growing puppies? I have a 11 week old and I am trying to make sure he gets what he needs. The weight chart on the bag- does it take into account that the puppy is growing or are the weights for the final, adult weight? Hawkeye- I pay no attention whatever t...
by birddogger2
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Metabolizable Energy - Riddle me this
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: Metabolizable Energy - Riddle me this

Bird digger2: I agree with your assessment. However, I feed by the cup and would want the food that provides the most energy per cup. I would assume the 30/20 is a smaller, denser kibble, and therefore has more energy per each 8 oz cup. In this case, though, the two are so close in terms of kcal pe...
by birddogger2
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Metabolizable Energy - Riddle me this
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: Metabolizable Energy - Riddle me this

I believe you are trying to equate two different types of measurement that may not be exactly equal. One measure is by volume (kcal/cup) and one is by weight(kcal/kg). If both feeds had the same density then you could compare...but obviously, they do not. Think of it this way... How much does a cup ...
by birddogger2
Thu May 23, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 60
Views: 2884

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Start spreading that standard around evenly to all and things will likely improve. I have been buying pointer puppies for over fifty years. I have NEVER purchased a puppy without a complete and unabridged set of registration papers, signed and dated at the time the money changed hands. I actually d...
by birddogger2
Wed May 22, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 60
Views: 2884

Re: Let’s talk about registration

The standards seem to be pretty inconsistent on this board. Apparently it is ok to insult the entire population of Breeders who make use of limited registration by posting it is an automatic reason to avoid them, but when someone with good experience with a Breeder using limited registration cries ...
by birddogger2
Wed May 22, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 60
Views: 2884

Re: Let’s talk about registration

You have excellent experience , but there is a way to have a good discussion with out insulting people. Start spreading that standard around evenly to all and things will likely improve. I have been buying pointer puppies for over fifty years. I have NEVER purchased a puppy without a complete and u...
by birddogger2
Wed May 22, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quail in a travel cage overnight?
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Quail in a travel cage overnight?

As long as the quail are not right net to the dog it should not be a problem travelling with both. As far as keeping them overnight, you really don't need to feed or water them in a formal sense. If you cut up a half head of iceberg lettuce, that should provide all the food and water the birds will ...
by birddogger2
Thu May 16, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

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

work - Couple of things...first and foremost...do not be afraid of using a blank pistol. It is NOT a firearm(and this is per FEDERAL law) and unless there is some sort of noise ordinance that prevents folks from using child's capguns, the police have no grounds to say anything, because a capgun is e...
by birddogger2
Wed May 15, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

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

Guys - There are lots of ways to get from here to there with a bird dog. None of them are perfect. You do what you can do with the situation you find yourself in. The goal should be to have the dog steady to wing. If you want steady to wing shot and fall...great... but steady to wing is all a hunter...
by birddogger2
Tue May 14, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

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

Work - I suggest you get a small cage or two for the new birds. I purchased a couple a few years ago from a mail order place. . Can't recall where. This way you can "plant" a bird in a cage and the dog cannot get to the bird. Then, when your dog points the bird in the cage, you can walk in and flush...
by birddogger2
Mon May 13, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

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

work - Just a thought. You said you were on friendly terms with the young lady that released your pigeons. If so, you might consider calling her or knocking on her door and smoothing over some of the rough spots. She probably thought she was doing something good by letting those flying rats loose an...
by birddogger2
Wed May 08, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy food help...
Replies: 12
Views: 2141

Re: Puppy food help

hi i have 2 chow chows n i have been feeding them Diamond puppy dry dog food for a week . and i was wondering were there any body out there ever use that source of dog food. and is it a good source of dog food it has 31 protein and 20 fat... if have any info could you PLEASE HELP me out... There ar...
by birddogger2
Wed May 08, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 17
Views: 1738

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

I stopped using PPP 30/20 because I kept getting bags with worms in them. I switched to Kinetic Dog Food and my dogs seem to be doing great on it. A few of my other friends made the switch and are happy. I order from chewy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Never heard of that. I have never had wo...
by birddogger2
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hot weather training
Replies: 4
Views: 492

Re: Hot weather training

I actually look forward to the warmer weather when I have a youngster. I do lots of different yardwork but lean heavily on heel/whoa drills. When I was young and limber I would put a dog in a roading harness, strap on a weightlifter's belt and attach the dog to me. I would walk the dog and watch it ...
by birddogger2
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New guy
Replies: 6
Views: 432

Re: New guy

Willmon1 - Welcome aboard. Something you can do with a slip lead is a heel/whoa drill after the manner of Paul Long. I prefer to use a waxed cotton lead like the Smith "wonder lead", because the waxed cotton has a "spring" to it which makes both the correction and reward almost instantaneous. Howeve...
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick’s first field trial
Replies: 8
Views: 783

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: 719

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: 981

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: 27
Views: 1704

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: 60
Views: 2884

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: 60
Views: 2884

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: 1200

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: 1500

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: 850

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: 2592

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: 1500

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: 1500

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...