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by Steve007
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 5
Views: 84

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: 8
Views: 248

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: 8
Views: 248

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: 1177

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: 1892

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: 947

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: 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 Steve007
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ezzy
Replies: 2
Views: 475

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: 1847

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: 1581

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: 1761

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: 2773

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: 3317

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: 2344

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: 2320

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: 2148

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: 998

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: 2545

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: 3104

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: 3104

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: 1241

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: 2891

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: 1681

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: 1663

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: 20256

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: 1297

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: 3351

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: 1234

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: 2564

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: 2371

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: 11280

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: 1012

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: 2292

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: 2292

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: 1635

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: 1355

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: 1417

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: 1417

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: 7236

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: 1355

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: 1355

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: 1503

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: 1362

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: 1362

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: 7236

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: 2521

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: 2521

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: 2521

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: 1102

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: 3775

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!