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by averageguy
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: American Brittany Nervousness
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: American Brittany Nervousness

I went through a similar problem a number of years ago. Saw a couple warning signing when I looked at the dog but she generally looked good in her home environment. Brought the dog home and she fell apart. Kept her for a month to see if she would settle in. She didn't. Wouldn't leave my side when i...
by averageguy
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Oral flea and tick medications?
Replies: 18
Views: 544

Re: Oral flea and tick medications?

I use Bravecto with excellent results and no problems.
by averageguy
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa

I googled Craigslist for your area in the Farm and Garden section for Pigeons. Numerous ads for homers with the lowest shown price of $10. Also found this ad, I would give this guy a call as I expect he sells the feral pigeons he traps. https://rockford.craigslist.org/grd/d/tea-free-pigeon-removal/...
by averageguy
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa

speng5 wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:04 am
I saw that ad too but unfortunately he posted in the wrong locale. It says western IL (rockford) but the guy is actually from Sioux City, which is over 4 hours away from me. :(
He traps birds in your area.
by averageguy
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:39 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 googled Craigslist for your area in the Farm and Garden section for Pigeons. Numerous ads for homers with the lowest shown price of $10. Also found this ad, I would give this guy a call as I expect he sells the feral pigeons he traps. https://rockford.craigslist.org/grd/d/tea-free-pigeon-removal/6...
by averageguy
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Woodcock help PLEASE
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: Woodcock help PLEASE

Photo is a Wilson's Snipe which is a different bird than a Woodcock. Woodcock is about double in size over the snipe. Both require moist soils where they can probe their long beaks into the soft ground for food.
by averageguy
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: A few pictures from the past season...
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: A few pictures from the past season...

Nice! Beautiful photos of a great season. Thanks for sharing.
by averageguy
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Retrieve Issues
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Retrieve Issues

A couple of other suggestions are to work teaching the Hold Command. You can do it in your living room and I use treats to reward it as we work on it. No pressure involved, just set the pup in front of you, place the roller in its mouth and help it hold it initially as you say Hold. Praise the pup f...
by averageguy
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick’s first field trial
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Nick’s first field trial

With that positive attitude, you and your Pup are Winners already. Nice Post and Thanks for taking us along.
by averageguy
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.
Replies: 19
Views: 401

Re: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.

Nice Post Bill T. These days Beginners have numerous excellent sources of information in the form of DVDs, Local Dog training clubs and Pro Trainers. Choosing and following a program at that stage of the Handler's development is for the best. If they can find a local, eyes on the Handler and Dog, me...
by averageguy
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Proper use of the Check Cord
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: Proper use of the Check Cord

The Wonder Lead does loosen immediately and that is the beauty of it. It loosens immediately when the dog in in the correct position and it tightens when it is not. So the dog can learn how to avoid the pressure. It is a pretty handy training aid and I especially like how easy it goes on and off and...
by averageguy
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Despite my username... I'm getting a setter
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Despite my username... I'm getting a setter

You both will be better for it. She is a Looker. Expect she will be beautiful on birds.
by averageguy
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: A little E-Collar Humor
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: A little E-Collar Humor

Yea I laughed out loud. Launching off the couch to attack the ceiling fan ...
by averageguy
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Beginnings
Replies: 19
Views: 537

Re: New Beginnings

Nice Pup. How fortunate for the both of you that things are looking up.
by averageguy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

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 averageguy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

If you produce one litter with the best of intentions, health certifications, pedigree etc. you stand a good chance of producing a "decent litter" - 100% success! If you've been breeding for 42 years, it's conceivable you've had a bad outcome or two. Getting a dog with hip dysplasia after having ge...
by averageguy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Sorry AG but you provided no proof other than your opinion on pet labs. Fact of the matter is the hunting genes are alive and well in the Labrador lines, American and British. Labradors are thriving as Gundogs and Pets for the warriors of the weekend world wide. Even after multiple decades of “poor...
by averageguy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

CJ, I posted above about a post on a GWP FB group where a white dog with an obviously horrible coat, including a naked end on its docked tail, which had never been hunted was being put forward to breed a litter. Having followed GWPs for 35 years it is not a development in the Breed that I am in favo...
by averageguy
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

FM, Denying the huge and growing segment of poor quality Labs within the pet segment of the Breed is disingenuous. I assumed you would have the ability to acknowledge it just as I see the same within the GWP breed. It is no reflection on the remaining excellent quality dogs with both breeds, but it ...
by averageguy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

JH or NA puppy tests will not get the Breeding Restricted lifted in GWP breeders I frequent. The value of the NA test comes in when a majority or more of a litter of pups are tested, it becomes excellent information on the inherited natural ability. Even better is when a Breeders' stock has been NA ...
by averageguy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

I don’t think field trials are the end all for whether a dog should be deemed eligible for breeding. In fact I’d say health is far more desirable end to breed towards. Field trial dogs can culture undesirable genes the same way conformation breeders and backyard breeders do. Hunters don’t want some...
by averageguy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Averageguy wrote 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 gr...
by averageguy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 1057

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Fear not Joe, It will likely be me who takes the heat. I bought my latest pup with Breeding Restricted registrations in NAVHDA and AKC. The restrictions are lifted if the dog passes an advanced level Hunt Test e.g. NAVHDA UT and passes health clearances for Hips and Thyroid at a minimum. Those condi...
by averageguy
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Won't hunt
Replies: 18
Views: 508

Re: Won't hunt

I would definitely like to see some exploring at that age, but either way I would continue to give the pup exposure and opportunities to come across wild game. Take the pup where there are wild birds, rabbits and squirrels to come across and see what develops is what I would do. Several times a week...
by averageguy
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Thank you, FF.

The dog's breeder does a nice job and I am a benefactor of it.
by averageguy
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

My dog pointing a wild fully educated public lands Rooster this past Sunday afternoon, after he worked the moving rooster on a point and relocate pursuit, ending with the rooster holding long enough for me to shoot some photos and be within easy gun range when he flushed. Happens that way all the ti...
by averageguy
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Well that is quite a bit more information about the dog. On Monday you posted the dog would hold a point until you get there even at long distances. Now on Wednesday you post the dog creeps, busts and chases birds (which is normal for an untrained dog and easily solved with good training methods) Yo...
by averageguy
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

The issue of a dog's range when hunting bobwhites is mostly related to finding the coveys in the first place, not how far the quail fly. How active, focused and experienced a dog is as to where to look and using its nose/wind/ground pattern effectively, is far more important than the dog's absolute ...
by averageguy
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tone and vibrate commands
Replies: 20
Views: 588

Re: Tone and vibrate commands

mrelite, I am with you on the silent dog handling. This short video demos our silent recall all the way into the heel position. Had I kept walking the dog have kept hunting, but I stood still and he came all the way into heel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbpflD2i6l0 You are well on your way to m...
by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Porochi I am not sure what your setup is or what you are willing to invest in to train you dog. Everyone needs a source of birds to train a birddog regardless of the methods they follow. I started using Feral pigeons in large size wire dog crates set on sawhorses. Using two crates I could purchase a...
by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Porochi, If you are inclined to buy several DVDs I encourage you to do so as I learn something from each that I have purchased going back to the days of VCRs and books prior to that. I own George Hickox's Great Beginnings DVD and picked up some good thoughts from it (particularly liked his use of tr...
by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Keeping it Versatile
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Keeping it Versatile

After 5 months of ice we now have open water and were able to run a water blind to see how our training from last summer has held up over the long layoff. Went well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt1ijr5Nle0

Laying a blood track is up next.
by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Keeping it Versatile
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Keeping it Versatile

We had ice on our ponds and lakes for 5 months, and snow and ice covering the ground for 2 months, but it is gone now and we are making the most of it. Have been testing our a variety of training to see how well our work from last year remains in place and it is rewarding to see that it is, so we wi...
by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 27
Views: 904

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

Porochi,

here is another progress update on the GSP being trained to retrieve using treats and praise only to this point.

https://www.facebook.com/jim.gourley/vi ... 499471697/
by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1317

Re: Training an excitable dog?

Porochi, The Perfect Start/Perfect Finish DVDs provide excellent instruction on many critical subjects of training a birddog, including excellent, thorough instruction on how to effectively use an ecollar. You would benefit greatly from watching and following them and you will learn the knowledge an...
by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Costco Dog Food???

I would supplement with Omega3 fish oil capsules, the Omegas oxidize quickly in kibble. Omega 3 counteracts the inflammatory properties of Omega 6. Stay away from food with rice or soy. Why stay away from Rice? Not arguing, just looking to learn. Rice is high on the glycemic index and offers virtua...
by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Why Purina Pro Plan?
Replies: 47
Views: 6302

Re: Why Purina Pro Plan?

by averageguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2953

Re: Setter tracking birds

Veggie, over in my WSF thread I posted an outline of how I go about teaching my dogs steadiness in response to a question about it. The methods I am using have been used to train untold thousands of dogs including many AFC/FC dogs by the man I learned them from. There is no question as to their effe...
by averageguy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: WSF
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: WSF

Featherfinder wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:32 am
Love the intensity. Nice dog!
Thank you Sir.

And Thank You mrelite.
by averageguy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2953

Re: Setter tracking birds

It's my opinion that you shouldn't need to "whoa" a dog to ensure steadiness. In fact, it coveys the opposite or...you wouldn't need to say "Whoa". As I see it, a dog shouldn't be steady (around birds) because of anything you say . It should be steady because his/her training supports the dog being...
by averageguy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Training
Topic: excessive barking
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: excessive barking

We live on a very rural setting farm and have a gravel driveway with a sensor on it. When it goes off in the house my dog will jump up and run to the windows, whining. I use a Down command and he will do as instructed, become calm and not move until I release him. It has worked well for that situati...
by averageguy
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2953

Re: Setter tracking birds

I don't whoa a dog that isn't moving. I Whoa a moving dog and if the dog does not stop moving immediately I correct it. If the dog does stop moving when I give a Whoa command, I stay silent until I release the dog to move again. If the dog moves before I release it, I immediately say Whoa and issue ...
by averageguy
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Urban_Redneck wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:50 pm
I would supplement with Omega3 fish oil capsules, the Omegas oxidize quickly in kibble. Omega 3 counteracts the inflammatory properties of Omega 6. Stay away from food with rice or soy.
Why stay away from Rice?

Not arguing, just looking to learn.
by averageguy
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2953

Re: Setter tracking birds

Veggie, the short version is you need a check cord, a thoroughly trained Whoa command and some training birds. Once the dog will comply with a Whoa command in many distraction situations other than birds, you can combine it with released bagged pigeons in a drill as I described in WSF thread to brea...
by averageguy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2953

Re: Setter tracking birds

I remember you said you could have the opportunity to work with a trainer. Did that happen? Have you done any actual training, or are you simply allowing the dog to run amok? It sounds like, in the dog's mind, he *is* having success in doing what he wants - flush and chase. It's up to you to commun...
by averageguy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: WSF
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: WSF

Looking good! What was the general training procedure to steady him up? The Foundation of my Steadiness training is a very well trained and understood Whoa command. I took this on a run a couple of days ago so that I could share it someone asking the same question. Once the dog can be stopped at a ...
by averageguy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tone and vibrate commands
Replies: 20
Views: 588

Re: Tone and vibrate commands

Beautiful dog and nice job pursuing your training goals. Couple of thoughts. I use the tone for silent recall. If I just want the dog to tighten up or change direction, I continue walking in the direction I want to hunt and let the dog swing to the front and keep going. If instead I want the dog to ...
by averageguy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: WSF
Replies: 6
Views: 257

WSF

Revisiting some steady to WSF training this morning after letting things slide a bit over 5 months of hunting wild birds. Went well.

Image
by averageguy
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 27
Views: 904

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

Based on the series of videos for the specific dog I just posted, that Trainer has made a great deal of progress in a short time, making use of the dog's desire to get a treat and be praised. At the outset the dog appeared to have what I judge a poor/low drive to retrieve. There are other videos the...
by averageguy
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Proper use of the Check Cord
Replies: 12
Views: 417

Re: Proper use of the Check Cord

I use a variety of methods in teaching heel depending on how it is going with each individual dog. I had one in the past that just would not stop pulling as he was a dog which enjoyed it was my read. I put a prong collar on the dog and he immediately felt the pressure and yielded to it. The dog imme...