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by Steve007
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: New research on neutering..
Replies: 1
Views: 148

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: 467

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: 467

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: 631

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: 354

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: 487

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/...
by Steve007
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Heat and dogs..
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Heat and dogs..

Saw a note on a different board about a guy who took his two dogs and a three-year-old kid hiking in the foothills of California. Temperature was in the 90s. Both dogs died and the kid almost did. In the city or suburbs, it's worth noting that air temperature is not the same as ground temperature. A...
by Steve007
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1866

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

So do you just let them jump all over everyone and the furniture? Or does whoa cover that too? My dog also live indoors. I use a variety of commands other than sit/whoa - "off!" , "go away!" @#$%^&* Well, you've got a herd of rescue Jack Russells, Sharon. Training is, shall we say, of limited value...
by Steve007
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: The Dog of Destiny flies!
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: The Dog of Destiny flies!

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by Steve007
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: The Dog of Destiny flies!
Replies: 6
Views: 354

The Dog of Destiny flies!

This is obviously a bird dog forum, but it is summer and there is a lot to be said for cross training, especially if it benefits the dog and owner under all conditions. My noble Wirehair is certainly a bird dog. However, he is also a competition obedience dog at the highest levels. There are, for th...
by Steve007
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The leash law and the hunting dog
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: The leash law and the hunting dog

I live in a State and city that has the proverbial Web site and the proverbial leash law. The first thing you see when you log into Animal control laws is "NO DOGS WITHOUT A LEASH ANYWRE" Not true! My state, County and City have an exception. Is is convoluted, slightly different for all three and h...
by Steve007
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timid GSP
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: Timid GSP

Thanks all. The lunging/shrieking seems to occur with certain dogs but becoming more frequent. Its definatley fear as she does it as shes retreating and then hides behind me. As far as the training tips, ill definatley implement those and reintroduce Eddie slowly, and with dogs shes already mates w...
by Steve007
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timid GSP
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: Timid GSP

At the risk of suggesting something that may cause you some money, I’d contact my vet just to rule out the possibility of a physical problem. It's not impossible that something from thyroid deficiency to brain difficulties could be causing this. Looking for a behavioral or training solution certainl...
by Steve007
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1866

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

I use "whoa" walking the dog on the local walking paths when bikes come by. I did pair it with "Down!" too often and at one point I whoa'ed him on a point and and he hit the deck. I used to have "gunfights" with my dog Raspberry. We'd face-off, crouch, and threaten one another. "Are you the one the...
by Steve007
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Other Hunting, are You Done.......
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Other Hunting, are You Done.......

CDN_Cocker wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:35 pm
I love the sound of hounds on a frosty November morning.
I agree. But try some regular-sized hounds, and the horses blowing smoke through their nostrils on a frosty November morning.

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by Steve007
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Other Hunting, are You Done.......
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Other Hunting, are You Done.......

I took him to big dog show down in Indio Ca and had him chec certified as AKC stud. Sure is lonely without a dog. At the risk of being accused of "hijacking" the thread, what do you mean " chec certified as AKC stud"? Health clearances – hips, eyes. etc. – don't require driving anywhere. The CHIC (...
by Steve007
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Other Hunting, are You Done.......
Replies: 17
Views: 944

Re: Other Hunting, are You Done.......

I am a (former) competitive horseman, with eight seasons in the hunt field (refers to foxhunting. Not competitive, but survivalist :wink: ) including a full season riding to hounds with the Rand Hunt in South Africa. Bird hunting and foxhunting/competition horsemanship cross over very strongly in te...
by Steve007
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Upcoming Spaniel Hunt Test in WI
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: Upcoming Spaniel Hunt Test in WI

If you have never been to a spaniel test, it's a lot of fun to watch and to see. I'm a serious pointing dog guy, and will probably never get a spaniel in the absence of living to be 147 years old, which admittedly isn't likely. But I've been to two spaniel Hunt Tests and found both to be very intere...
by Steve007
Fri May 24, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Beginnings
Replies: 27
Views: 1589

Re: New Beginnings

Winston Churchill wrote that "nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Not sure about that, thank goodness, but a negative biopsy is probably close. Plus a new pup!
by Steve007
Thu May 23, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training method comparison
Replies: 15
Views: 721

Re: Training method comparison

Everyone's got a gimmick and everyone likes to think his "method" is better than someone else's. Many years ago, I took quite a few obedience seminars from the best professional obedience trainer in the country. He had a sign on his wall that has great relevance here. "Attitude is more important tha...
by Steve007
Wed May 22, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1866

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

The Internet has its limits – or perhaps my typing skills have their limits. I'm sure others will fill in for my unwillingness to address the subject of why your dog should be steady to wing. Steady to shot is a different story for many. But I'd suggest you read a few basic books on the subject of t...
by Steve007
Tue May 21, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: How much olive oil ?
Replies: 14
Views: 931

Re: How much olive oil ?

We need Ezzy333 here to clarify things for a few of you guys. :wink:
by Steve007
Mon May 20, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: How much olive oil ?
Replies: 14
Views: 931

Re: How much olive oil ?

I'm with Timewise. Olive oil is 100% fat and contains 120 calories in 1 Tbsp, but so does any other vegetable or animal fat. A better choice might be a higher calorie super premium dog food. I feed NutriSource Super Performance Premium Dog Food, but I'm sure there are others that will work as well. ...
by Steve007
Sat May 18, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not A Bird Dog But.....
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: Not A Bird Dog But.....

Extremely impressive! What breed is this? Can still from the overhead pictures. Was this taken by a drone? Very useful photography, too.
by Steve007
Fri May 17, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Garmin bark collars
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Garmin bark collars

This is an interesting thread. The only time I use bark collars is when I leave one dog in the truck (SUV) and go off hunting with another. Race horse owners speak of "leaving their race in the paddock", that is, using all their energy getting worked up before a race and having not enough left in th...
by Steve007
Fri May 17, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Member
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: New Member

and have done quite a bit of gunstock building and checkering. Mostly with older side by sides. Looking forward to participating in the forum. THanks! Jeff This is an admirable thing to do. I know a fellow who regularly buys beat-up older side by sides, rejuvenates them and resells them. I doubt th...
by Steve007
Thu May 16, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Certification for Dog Obedience
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: Certification for Dog Obedience

Folks I have been thinking about starting to train dogs in my spare time. Obedience etc...not hunt training and I thought I would probably have better luck if I got certified. I have seen a few programs and am wondering if anyone has any experience? Would like thoughts? There are all kinds of rinky...
by Steve007
Mon May 13, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: A few pictures from the past season...
Replies: 17
Views: 1362

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

DonF wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:23 am
Nice! Beautiful shotgun.
Sure is! And it looks like an awfully nice gun be carrying over hilly rough semi-mountainous terrain.
by Steve007
Mon May 13, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1397

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

Woman, late 20's, lives in your building, wants to replace your pigeons...sounds like a date. We are somewhat friends. I guess one of the young kids was probably wanting to free them- Young girl in her teens. Here in Santa Monica, Los Angeles- CA. Everyone is a "bleep" activist. So the girl probabl...
by Steve007
Thu May 09, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pretty Sad
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: Pretty Sad

Welll... In fairness, I see 41 under "thanks Ezzy333", some of which do address his passing.
by Steve007
Wed May 08, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeons cohabiting with game birds, same pen
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: Pigeons cohabiting with game birds, same pen

What state are you in? It might be illegal..
by Steve007
Thu May 02, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 1734

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

I split my time pretty much 50/50 between the uplands and waterfowl. Although grouse and woodcock are my true passion. I hunt with a lot of lab guys so if I went with a more traditional bird dog it wouldn't be the end of the world. Biggest thing is a dog that finds birds, is handsome, and will be g...
by Steve007
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spam attack
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Spam attack

We've been getting a deluge of spam lately... from someone selling parrots for training purposes, someone selling fake passports , to someone asking for sex for sale. :) We try to catch it all but if you see something that obviously doesn't belong , please let us know. I'm not sure members here wou...
by Steve007
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spam attack
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Spam attack

We've been getting a deluge of spam lately... from someone selling parrots for training purposes, someone selling fake passports , to someone asking for sex for sale. :) We try to catch it all but if you see something that obviously doesn't belong , please let us know. I'm not sure members here wou...
by Steve007
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 3789

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

All who appreciated him should consider putting a post at the obituary board, letting his family know that he was highly regarded and liked by those whom they will never meet. Never hurts to have the kids and grandkids know that other adult people thought their dad was a great guy who contributed gr...
by Steve007
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Oral flea and tick medications?
Replies: 18
Views: 1297

Re: Oral flea and tick medications?

I have been using Frontline Plus sparingly/as needed for years. Was wondering what your experiences have been with any of the oral meds. Is my concern that an ingested pesticide that lasts up to a month may not be such a great thing justified? No. It is not justified, though apparently there are ot...
by Steve007
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Retrieve Issues
Replies: 8
Views: 575

Re: Retrieve Issues

I expect others will respond in the same way, but if she picks it up, she should "hold" and then she should do a recall. Six months is not too young to teach a quiet no pressure "hold" command. Short sessions, praise, quiet verbal correction when she tries to drop it. Some people use food as a reinf...
by Steve007
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Short summer.
Replies: 9
Views: 902

Re: Short summer.

ON Honker Hunter wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:18 pm
We were supposed to have 13 cm today but it hasn't happened ... not yet anyway.
Is a "cm" the one that's 39 inches or .4 of a mile? Either way, 13 seems like a lot!
by Steve007
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Short summer.
Replies: 9
Views: 902

Re: Short summer.

Are Northern members snowed in? Blizzard barrels through U.S. Great Plains, threatening new floods Warm spring temperatures on Tuesday gave way to heavy snow, gale-force winds and life-threatening conditions on Wednesday across a swath of the central United States running from Colorado to Minnesota,...
by Steve007
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

The neutering issue is not really a song and dance. it is a very important personal decision that you have to make. the pounds are full of unwanted Dogs. You are confusing two issues. Whether you wish to breed the dog or not is the owner's decision, not the dog's. Irresponsible owners certainly mak...
by Steve007
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: excessive barking
Replies: 10
Views: 524

Re: excessive barking

You are correct that neutering will certainly serve no purpose. If you haven't looked into bark collars, you should. They are not the way they used to be, and generally start at such a low level of stimulation that you personally cannot even feel them. Some even work on “tones” and have no electrica...
by Steve007
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 42
Views: 2310

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

Bill, it's not always a matter of not wanting wanting to retrieve. I have had retrieving problems with two dogs, and I thoroughly believe that both were natural retrievers. The first was a Gordon Setter of field trial breeding. It wasn't the breeding, but he had been raised as a trial dog and among ...
by Steve007
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What am I?
Replies: 20
Views: 1386

Re: What am I?

Striking-looking dog. Post more when you get her in condition. Where did you get her? DNA test are not expensive,if it matters to you.
by Steve007
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF
Replies: 42
Views: 2310

Re: Training GSP to retrieve w/out FF

I totally agree with Dakotazeb above. The "trained retrieve" is not what you think it is – or what it used to be, when it was thought that genuine force was needed. It is thoroughly achievable by an amateur if he is consistent and works several times a day for short sessions. My dogs are house dogs,...
by Steve007
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Cover
Replies: 7
Views: 1060

Re: Kennel Cover

Buy your wife a sewing machine or rent one. Or maybe she can hand sew a couple. Sharon told me women love to be helpful to their men.
by Steve007
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy Eating Poo
Replies: 4
Views: 521

Re: Puppy Eating Poo

Sharon has given you good advice in the sense of a number of links to research. However, in answer to your question A) those "additives" are absolutely effective with some dogs and not with others. Worth a try and then extended try for sure. If one doesn't work, try another. B) where does your dog l...
by Steve007
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: a techie problem
Replies: 19
Views: 1031

Re: a techie problem

Grrr!!! Took me DAYS to log in – – connection for "I forgot my password" did not work – – and I finally had to contact the administrator, once I figured out how to do it. If I used profanity to describe my feelings, no doubt I'd get warned or banned. So I'll just say, this change is distinctly NOT f...
by Steve007
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 2612

Re: sending dog for training

"Brush up" is not "this training effort has to continue for the hunting life of the dog". And if you can train the dog yourself, you can certainly keep him that way easily. Of course,if you can't, you can't. But I like to train, and we're always doing something, even if it doesn't directly transfer ...
by Steve007
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: sending dog for training
Replies: 72
Views: 2612

Re: sending dog for training

Bottom line if one is going to train there own dog, do the homework, learn what you are trying to do and exactly what you have to do to make the dog a good hunting companion. Then be sure you can committ the necessary time and resources over the next 10-12 months to get this job done. Realize that ...
by Steve007
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: first time hunt testing
Replies: 19
Views: 873

Re: first time hunt testing

Immediately buy this book... Took me to MH ; I reread it before every test. It is what you need.

https://www.amazon.com/QUALIFY-Successf ... =1-1-fkmr1