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by birddogger2
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 6
Views: 89

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: 6
Views: 89

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: 7
Views: 166

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: 6
Views: 209

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: 8
Views: 182

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: 2269

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: 2269

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: 557

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: 632

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: 365

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: 892

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: 1892

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: 917

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: 917

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: 866

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: 518

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: 2317

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: 26
Views: 1730

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: 1343

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: 1343

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: 2317

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: 2317

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: 2317

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: 728

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: 14795

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...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How well should a pup search?
Replies: 18
Views: 1312

Re: How well should a pup search?

IDhunter - Very young. Very normal. What you may consider light cover might be quite an obstacle or such a little guy. Remember, at that age, their legs are only about 8 inches long, so an uncut lawn will wear them out. Just keep exposing the pup to different situations and conditions. The fact that...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 1573

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

I have been around a half dozen or so different V's and the one thing they all seem to share is a very close relationship to their owner. For a couple of them it was almost a "velcro" thing. A local lady had a V that was exceptional, IMO. He could have been a competitive horseback field trial dog. I...
by birddogger2
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 1573

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

Sharon - Thank you. As most on this board know I have been walking behind, riding behind and occasionally chasing pointers all my life and will continue to. That is just me. If I were in central Florida I would probably have a short haired breed that was light in color...but again... that is just me...
by birddogger2
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 1573

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

Sattelite Beach - \ Seeing that you are in Florida, I have a suggestion for you. One of the more serious versatile breeders that I know retired to FL from PA. She had some serious dogs and would undoubtedly be a wealth of information on the breed. She bred Wires that could compete in AKC Gundog sta...
by birddogger2
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 1573

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

Sattelite Beach - \ Seeing that you are in Florida, I have a suggestion for you. One of the more serious versatile breeders that I know retired to FL from PA. She had some serious dogs and would undoubtedly be a wealth of information on the breed. She bred Wires that could compete in AKC Gundog stak...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 1505

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

Guys - It is truly unfortunate that one's enthusiasm for their breed of choice can sometimes lead to disparagement of another's breed of choice. We do not need that here. Not trying to be internet police...just asking that we respect each other's choices, because the choices we make tend to define t...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 1505

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

To add to what ckirsch wrote: A number of years ago, NSTRA trials were recognized under the FDSB /American Field umbrella and their results were reported in the American Field magazine. In an effort to respond to one of those "which is better" questions I tabulated all of the NSTRA trials reported i...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 1505

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

Very well said. There vary degrees of the pointer activity. A novice hunter if directly put to a breeder of foot hunting pointers will be quite pleased with their pointer. I done my research when I first had interest in pointers to find that breeder. I eventually evolved into field trial pointers t...
by birddogger2
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 1505

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

I have had pointers all my life and will never have another breed. I love what they do and how they do it... but I grew up with them. Pointers have indeed changed over the decades, in terms of their temperament, Whele and his Elhew dogs saw to that. But some things have not changed. Pointers ain't p...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spay or Not to Spay
Replies: 8
Views: 1581

Re: Spay or Not to Spay

I register all of mine because I MAY compete with them and I get a 5 gen pedigree because I think it is cool to see where they came from.

But,honestly, if you are not going to compete with, test, or breed the dog then it makes little sense to register.

RayG
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spay or Not to Spay
Replies: 8
Views: 1581

Re: Spay or Not to Spay

GnM- I agree with cJ on waiting to spay your female, whether or not she turns out to be fantastic. I would say one year old...at a minimum... to allow the youngster to attain full growth. That is just my own opinion. Five feet high is NOT high for a male that wants to breed, so a top is a must. Ther...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy Update + Question
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Puppy Update + Question

Joe - As has been said, when the dog is actively searching for game and hesitates before engaging in chase, it is sending a message. One of the reasons I do heel/whoa drills from the time a pup is 4 months old is to "encourage" that "hesitation". The pup, some times, will go to the stopped position ...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Another strange behavior on point
Replies: 19
Views: 1052

Re: Another strange behavior on point

First time trainer, got pup at 7weeks, female pup now 1yr1mth old. Pup points, but sometimes moves to see bird release. I first used pheasant size release and tried to hide but pup may have got used to seeing release at least 50% of the time. Pup creeped, usually around to see release. I probably l...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog Being a Baby
Replies: 38
Views: 2132

Re: Dog Being a Baby

The best part of this whole thing is that your dog will not attach any of the unpleasantness to you, but rather to the trainer. A dog pitching a fit because it is being REQUIRED to do something is not new and not a big deal. It happens all the time,especially when the dog has gotten its way by actin...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Member to GDF & Soon to be GSP Owner
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: New Member to GDF & Soon to be GSP Owner

Jon - Welcome aboard. Life is an adventure and you have just added a little spice to your adventure. Good for you. Everyone does it a little different as far as training a bird dog is concerned. No matter because, more often than not, the genetics carry through and the dog does fine. It is absolutel...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 1411

Re: Stubborn pup

averageguy - I am very pleased to see that you repeated and agreed with just about everything I tried to convey to the OP. Nice to be on the same page. I have no clue as to the makeup of the Texas area Navhdas. It is indeed fortunate that you have personal knowledge of the Dallas area chapter and th...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 1411

Re: Stubborn pup

I live in the MW, from here West NAVHDA is increasingly made up of hard core wild bird hunters. My breed is GWPs. It is not by accident that my pups have all come from Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Point taken. Horses for courses. I would absolutely expect midwestern pointing dogs to cover more ground...
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 1411

Re: Stubborn pup

NAVHDA's handler-dominant show-ish concept attracts a certain clientele. I guess it depends on what you aspire for your GSP. I think Shags has you pointed in the right direction. NAVDHA attracts hard core wild bird hunters for the most part, especially in the States which have wild birds to hunt. I...
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 1411

Re: Stubborn pup

Shags -

You beat me to it.

There is also a NAVHDA chapter in Lindale, TX which appears to be reasonably close to Dallas/ Ft. Worth.

Good luck with your youngster.

RayG
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 1411

Re: Stubborn pup

Fonzie -

cJ nailed it.

Patience, persistence, insistence.

Be consistent with your training and do not settle for less than 100% reliable response and you both will be fine.

RayG
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inbreeding or line breeding?
Replies: 24
Views: 1508

Re: Inbreeding or line breeding?

Tenderfoot- I tend not to look at COI numerticals because I feel their focus is somewhat misdirected. soooo, I went and looked this up: ......... Putting your dog’s COI result into perspective The COI calculator provides you with a percentage score; the lower the percentage, the lower the degree of ...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: Goodbye Little Lady
Replies: 18
Views: 2658

Re: Goodbye Little Lady

Sharon - I just now saw this. I don't know what to say except that it never gets easier to say goodbye to a loyal friend and companion. For what it is worth, I do believe that our friends who have preceded us in death will indeed be there waiting for us. I do know one thing. They give us everything ...
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Dog's Gettin a Little Uppity
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: My Dog's Gettin a Little Uppity

High on both ends. I LIKE it.

RayG
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: wanting to jump in on birds
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: wanting to jump in on birds

setterpoint - One setup I like for the situation you describe is a prong collar, checkcord and a tree or fencepost. I plant a bird nearby a tree or fencepost and bring the dog in on a loosely held checkcord. The checkcord is attached to the dog's flat collar, but before the run I also put on a prong...
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Strange behaviour on point
Replies: 42
Views: 2269

Re: Strange behaviour on point

veggie - As I mentioned, there are a whole bunch of ways to get from here to there with a bird dog. Most will work. The road you choose to travel on that journey will, to a large extent, determine the type of training methods you employ. The good news is that most well bred bird dogs are born with a...