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by Steve007
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New member just south of Chicago
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: New member just south of Chicago

"Locked up?" You can certainly train a Standard Poodle to stand his birds, but is this what you want? We have at least two other Standard Poodle trainer or owners on this board. I don't think this is the way Standard Poodles generally work on upland birds. But they're smart enough to where you can c...
by Steve007
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: rediscovered the Gun Dog Forum
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: rediscovered the Gun Dog Forum

Nice to see you here, Mighty Tonester. I am certain all the members will be awed and impressed by pictures of your noble dog. There have been pictures of your breed here previously, and comments were quite favorable.

Steve
by Steve007
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:37 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.

Visit Amazon and take a look at a book by Jerome Robinson entitled "The Ultimate Guide to Bird Dog Training: A Realistic Approach to Training Close-Working Gun Dogs for Tight Cover Conditions ".
by Steve007
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Achilles Tendon tear
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: Achilles Tendon tear

Your best bet is to take your dog to a genuine veterinarian that specializes in rehabilitation therapy. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears or ruptures (CCL in dogs) used to be pretty close to career ending trauma, but now if you do your stuff, a good orthopedic vet followed by a vet that special...
by Steve007
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Beaver Fever ?
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Beaver Fever ?

A beaver "bleep"? Funny software. It's a good thing this isn't a conformation board. The best non-champions competing in each breed are known as "Winners Dog" and Winners "Bleep".
by Steve007
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Vive'ing la difference
Replies: 33
Views: 1385

Re: Vive'ing la difference

There are absolutely times when hunting bobwhites in heavy cover and pheasants in cattails where a dog trained to release and flush on command would be an asset. When my dogs have pointed birds in heavy cover including thorns and brambles, I have often thought how nice it would be to keep a Miniatu...
by Steve007
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Duck Search
Replies: 13
Views: 722

Re: Duck Search

What does it say "comments are turned off?" Is this YouTube or you who did this? As the phrase goes, the best conservation device is a trained dog. The only stuffed bird I have in my house is a beautiful male wood duck I shot over an icy river. (I thought it was the most beautiful pheasant I ever sa...
by Steve007
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 1076

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

Only at NAVDHA do I have keep him on a leash but I think the stakeout might help as someone else suggested. uh, if NAVDHA training sessions are the only times you have times you have him on a lead and he pulls and act like a jerk on a lead, I see his point. How about taking him for walks on a lead ...
by Steve007
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 1076

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

Only at NAVDHA do I have keep him on a leash but I think the stakeout might help as someone else suggested. uh, if NAVDHA training sessions are the only times you have times you have him on a lead and he pulls and act like a jerk on a lead, I see his point. How about taking him for walks on a lead ...
by Steve007
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Trimming Toe Nails?
Replies: 10
Views: 721

Re: Trimming Toe Nails?

It is true if you do it right. If you get close to the quick, they will recede. I do my wirehair every week (mostly). However, many people get better results with a dremel. Not what I do, but I'm sure there's plenty of information on the Internet and YouTube that you may find to be very helpful.
by Steve007
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I'll Never own Another
Replies: 10
Views: 1335

Re: I'll Never own Another

Recovering from the loss of a beloved dog without another dog to help is something I hope none of us have to deal with. I was once dogless for the first time in quite a few decades. My non-dog-girl relatively new wife did not understand. But I did, and I knew what I needed. Dog guys need a dog to wo...
by Steve007
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ PICARDY SPANIEL PUP ~
Replies: 11
Views: 690

Re: ~ PICARDY SPANIEL PUP ~

That's a picture they should frame and put a picture of the dog as an adult right next to it in future years.
by Steve007
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ POODLE POWER ~ STORM
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: ~ POODLE POWER ~ STORM

Perhaps surprisingly, quite a few of them can be sensibly protective as well. No relevance to bird work admittedly, but in a house dog, I personally count it as a positive. I am certain that this quality can be easily geared up and down, depending on how you handle it and what you want. It really i...
by Steve007
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Problems with come/here

I like the comprehensiveness and specificity of Ray's post, and the emphasis on repetitive training without an e-collar, though using a pinch collar can be useful. There is a phrase in obedience training that you work until the dog is perfect on an exercise .. plus one more month. An e-collar for th...
by Steve007
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ POODLE POWER ~ STORM
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: ~ POODLE POWER ~ STORM

Perhaps surprisingly, quite a few of them can be sensibly protective as well. No relevance to bird work admittedly, but in a house dog, I personally count it as a positive. I am certain that this quality can be easily geared up and down, depending on how you handle it and what you want. It really is...
by Steve007
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ POODLE POWER ~ STORM
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: ~ POODLE POWER ~ STORM

A Standard Poodle is a terrific breed, and while there are certainly lines specifically bred for hunting, the breed is so bright and so agreeable that I'm willing to believe you could train any normal Standard to do just about anything you wanted. In the very early days of competition obedience, the...
by Steve007
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Close hunting english setters
Replies: 19
Views: 2251

Re: Close hunting english setters

Well, posting your son's location would probably be a good idea for starters. But once your son defines what he means by "close" and what kind of birds and country he is going to be hunting over, I'd start doing some research on local English Setters breeders and start calling. For that matter if th...
by Steve007
Thu May 28, 2020 10:33 am
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?

It is important to separate amateur from professional, or perhaps emotional from rational. I have certainly sold dogs, sometimes because they didn't work out for me and were for sale, and other times because someone spontaneously offered me a good price. On the other hand, I have had dogs that were ...
by Steve007
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting Rig
Replies: 13
Views: 1514

Re: Hunting Rig

This -- if it prints -- Is a Ford Expedition with a Truck Vault in the back. For those not familiar with Truck Vault, it fits under the crates, slides out, contains lots of room for shotguns, collars, , ammo,etc. and it locks. Really a great way to safely hide/secure guns and equipment and expand th...
by Steve007
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 2583

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 Steve007
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ezzy
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Re: Ezzy

I told Ezzy once in his later days that when I had questions or problems with bird dogs, looking up his old posts here frequently gave me the answers. A recommended idea for many of us.
by Steve007
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: A little help with "hold"
Replies: 31
Views: 3027

Re: A little help with

Why are you force fetching him if you don't want to cause him physical pain? Makes no sense. Because "force fetching", while the term is commonly used in bird-dog training, is the wrong word. A "trained retrieve" is a better term, and while some discomfort -- depending on the dog-- may be part of i...
by Steve007
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spay or Not to Spay
Replies: 8
Views: 2063

Re: Spay or Not to Spay

Unfortunately, there are more good dogs than there are good homes for them. If you are talking good hunting homes, fewer still. And there's not much call for Pointers as pets, though those who have them for that purpose when they make good ones.

Worth considering.
by Steve007
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 20
Views: 2414

Re: COVID19

I don't have a dog ready for hunting tests at this time -- though I certainly have had at MH and will again. So I suppose it may be said that I don't have a, ahem, dog in this hunt. :oops: Nevertheless, I sure as heck would be there if I did. Can't imagine any activity less likely to spread germs fo...
by Steve007
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Emergency Vet Trip
Replies: 17
Views: 3477

Re: Emergency Vet Trip

Keep her away from the birth control pills! Uh, the dog, not the wife. :wink:
by Steve007
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Roading" tips- bike or treadmill?
Replies: 17
Views: 4038

Re: "Roading" tips- bike or treadmill?

I should say this is not for conditioning. Just trying to burn some more energy for the dog on weekdays to help with behavior in the house. Where do you live? Biking may be fine where you have enough space, as in a rural location, but suburbs are no place to have a dog on a bike. If you have to rel...
by Steve007
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Movie review. "Call of the Wild"
Replies: 1
Views: 2502

Movie review. "Call of the Wild"

If you're familiar with the Jack London book, Call of the Wild, you'll be interested to know that there is a movie with Harrison Ford and CGI dogs out now by the same name. I saw it this weekend. Actually it is a pretty good movie, which mostly followed the book. There were a very few decidedly unre...
by Steve007
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Rabbit Hunting with Drahthaar
Replies: 14
Views: 2954

Re: Rabbit Hunting with Drahthaar

Seems like that’s just a fancy way of saying German wirehair which is a pointer, right? You hunt rabbits with hound dogs, most commonly beagles. It’s an absolute riot. Nothing funnier/cooler than watching a pack of beagles swarming all over the place. Once they get on the scent and flush the rabbit...
by Steve007
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hold Command
Replies: 14
Views: 2745

Re: Hold Command

Try using a treat (food) as a reinforcer. Even if you have to pry her mouth open and put the training buck in her mouth, do so and then get the immediate release and reward. Don't worry about hold (though that's the goal) so much as just taking the training buck. There's a rule that says "training i...
by Steve007
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Happy Valentine's Day
Replies: 2
Views: 1177

Re: Happy Valentine's Day

If there were an "upvote" on this board, I would do so for Sharon's post. My wife and I got engaged on Valentine's Day. I gave her a package that said "open me first" and it was a snazzy purse. Then a package that said "open me second" and it was a ring. Heh heh. We had never discussed marriage befo...
by Steve007
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Transporting dog in truck bed
Replies: 8
Views: 2985

Re: Transporting dog in truck bed

If you have always had your ruff tuff crate plus dog in the back seat and it has worked, why are you contemplating a change? No one likes to think of his dog being stolen or to escape or get killed due to an in adequate fastening of a crate door, but it is a possibility if you're exposing him to the...
by Steve007
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Any tips to stop dog from counter?
Replies: 22
Views: 3852

Re: Any tips to stop dog from counter?

And this has what to do with the question? You are certainly loquacious.
by Steve007
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Any tips to stop dog from counter?
Replies: 22
Views: 3852

Re: Any tips to stop dog from counter?

This is all pretty good information. One question is how old is your dog and how long have you had him? Consistency is the answer, but that does take time. Alertness (highly critical), "no" plus mousetraps are your foundations. After you have straightened out most of the problem, setting the dog up ...
by Steve007
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: 2020- Happy New Year !
Replies: 2
Views: 1424

Re: 2020- Happy New Year !

You folks probably aren't awake yet but -Happy New Year to you and families ! Pup's included of course and anyone who feels they love their pups as much as I like reading on um. Please give them a big ole 2020 hug and a couple crackers from myself. Just a dogless- gundog enthusiast from NY ! When m...
by Steve007
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for teaching fetch or retrieve?
Replies: 18
Views: 3619

Re: Tips for teaching fetch or retrieve?

Featherfinder wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:56 pm
Paint rollers can be a cheap intermediary item for pups t retrieve. They are MUCH better than smelly plastic bumpers while having a more user friendly/less chewy texture for pup. It's also easy to add intriguing scents to a paint roller.
+1
by Steve007
Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 1968

Re: Merry Christmas

The good news is that it's Christmas, we are all here and I extend my best wishes to all and your dogs.

The bad news is that I'm a lousy wrapper of Christmas presents, and that my secretary is been off for the last week. So I had to do it myself.
by Steve007
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting The Snow
Replies: 9
Views: 2036

Re: Hunting The Snow

Obviously not needed in this quality of snow, but if snow is sticky and forms ice balls in feet, Musher's Choice is a very good product. Available through Amazon. Good pictures.
by Steve007
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's
Replies: 55
Views: 22090

Re: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's

ON Honker Hunter wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:10 pm
Oops. I see the dialogue on this was exactly a year old. I wasn't paying attention to the year and thought it was current. Anybody know what breed he finally decided on?
Still a darned good thread, though. Worth rereading. And we miss Ezzy.
by Steve007
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: New O/U Choices.......
Replies: 4
Views: 1549

Re: New O/U Choices.......

What gauge are you looking at and what type of shooting do you plan on doing with these guns?
by Steve007
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Any one use a 20ga with skeet chokes for quail?
Replies: 15
Views: 3986

Re: Any one use a 20ga with skeet chokes for quail?

Flyingm wrote:
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:05 pm

Sk/Sk is not a magic combo. Nothing is more important than marksmanship.
Well, darn! How unfortunate..
by Steve007
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Reptiles
Replies: 5
Views: 1367

Re: Reptiles

Naw. In warmer weather when there were no birds and we were practicing or exercising in a training area, my formerly nationally-ranked FC used to point turtles occasionally and when I told her to knock it off, she would rush off, find and retrieve some! All good retrieves to hand, but not what I had...
by Steve007
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Dog disappeared off the face of the earth
Replies: 11
Views: 3058

Re: Dog disappeared off the face of the earth

Winston Churchill -- who knew-- said that "Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result."

That may be true, but finding a dog you thought was gone is a strong contender for second place.
by Steve007
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Food Rotation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2953

Re: Food Rotation Question

I don't see where you've got a problem. You only have one dog, so let him eat what he wants. Clearly, switching immediately 100% is a terrible idea for obvious reasons, but just buy an extra bag of something else and start switching over on a percentage basis slowly. When you get to the point of 90%...
by Steve007
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 13038

Re: FF or wait?

Very few dogs are perfect, so be happy. I do NOT like the idea of FF. You may not, but the facts are that if done properly which is within the capability of anyone who commits to it, it results in a cheerful motivated retriever. Even in the off-season, it is a lot of fun to have a dog that you can ...
by Steve007
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: New research on neutering..
Replies: 1
Views: 1241

New research on neutering..

New research on neutering; Without wishing to get contentious, the below extensive article from Psychology Today by a dog writer with credentials is worth reading. For those of a more scientific bent, there is a link to the study at the bottom. The article does not address hip dysplasia or orthopedi...
by Steve007
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement
Replies: 12
Views: 2701

Re: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement

If I'm competing in AKC Fioeld Trials, the dog is going to ear pinched, stick fetched and ecollar fetched. He has to be for the complexity of the tests and training involved. What kind of pointing dog AKC field trials are you in where the dog has to retrieve? Other than a call back, perhaps, for a ...
by Steve007
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement
Replies: 12
Views: 2701

Re: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement

Nothing at all, but many-- not all-- hunting, retrieving and bird-dog people are very very inflexible and slow to make changes. When I first started in obedience many years ago, food was never used as a reinforcer or motivator. Today, it is almost universal and results are far better for many dogs. ...
by Steve007
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Setters Perspective
Replies: 11
Views: 1838

Re: Setters Perspective

Worth noting that when the article says "KC", it refers to the English Kennel Club. We are all, I presume, aware that hunting conditions and attitudes/breeds in general are way different in the UK. As an example, the most popular dog in the UK is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Fine breed, but I thi...
by Steve007
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: The Dog of Destiny flies!
Replies: 6
Views: 1623

Re: The Dog of Destiny flies!

Thank you for the comments. I was beginning to think my noble dog was being ignored. Serious obedience training – regardless of the level – not only greatly improves communication between yourself and the dog in the field; it makes him a much better house dog as well. I well remember my non-dog pers...
by Steve007
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Heat and dogs..
Replies: 9
Views: 1606

Re: Heat and dogs..

This has been a concern of mine this week. My old girl( setter) is all of a sudden slobbering when lying in a spot for a while , making a puddle of slobber - not urine. ( She has a fan and lots of water and can go outside into the shade when she wants.) Anybody else ever seen this in high humidity/...