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by RatDog
Sun Nov 27, 2022 7:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Winter Training/Training in the Snow
Replies: 16
Views: 919

Re: Winter Training/Training in the Snow

Ratdog The best thing you could do for your dog and yourself right now, assuming it will a family bird dog, is to spend as much time as you can with her. Take her everywhere you can. Just hanging out and learning there are things she is not allowed to do. As much happy timing off leash as you can w...
by RatDog
Sat Nov 26, 2022 9:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Winter Training/Training in the Snow
Replies: 16
Views: 919

Re: Winter Training/Training in the Snow

Training in the SNOW is basically, a waste of time. In the winter I do obedience, FF, etc; all things I can do indoors. I do road them in the snow. Working birds in the snow can cause more problems than it's worth. That seems to be the consensus. The trainer politely told me to knock it off. Patien...
by RatDog
Sat Nov 26, 2022 9:25 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Danner blow out
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: Danner blow out

For sure. Nothing wrong with Danner. I wore them when I was in the Corps and for work boots when I worked in the oil patch. I went to their factory when I lived in Portland. Fine American made product.


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by RatDog
Sat Nov 26, 2022 6:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Balloons and Bird Dogs
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: Balloons and Bird Dogs

Yeah not too chilly, but we also get a much later start due to warm rattle snakey weather. God willing, one of these days I will get to put together some North to South full seasons! Garrison Some day maybe. I squeezed in a few days chasing blue quail in NM a couple of years ago when I did some wor...
by RatDog
Fri Nov 25, 2022 7:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Place Command
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Place Command

My goal is to teach the dog when I say place and point she goes there and lays down until released. I’m mostly trying to use it to send her to her bed in the house when she’s being a pain. I’m trying to do it using the Wonder Lead. Cueing her to get up on the bed then manually putting her in the dow...
by RatDog
Fri Nov 25, 2022 6:38 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Danner blow out
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: Danner blow out

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20221112/3f90c4a4df323afe756af072ad147737.jpg Supposed to get my son snow boots. They had the Beartooth in a 14 wide and it was 40% off. Couldn’t resist. They feel great. Surprisingly light. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Nice!!! They are really great boots, per...
by RatDog
Fri Nov 25, 2022 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Balloons and Bird Dogs
Replies: 6
Views: 443

Re: Balloons and Bird Dogs

That last one with the mirage is an incredibly cool looking photo.

Nice to know it’s not colder than a well digger’s rear somewhere out there


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by RatDog
Thu Nov 17, 2022 4:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Winter Training/Training in the Snow
Replies: 16
Views: 919

Re: Winter Training/Training in the Snow

I think your manners training sounds good. For a house dog, it'll pay off big time. Figure the hours spent as a companion over 13-14 years and it's so nice to have a mannerly unobnoxious dog. Enjoy the ride with your pup, it sounds like she's a nice one. Thanks shags! I want to be a little careful ...
by RatDog
Thu Nov 17, 2022 8:09 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Winter Training/Training in the Snow
Replies: 16
Views: 919

Re: Winter Training/Training in the Snow

Thanks for the helpful responses. There is a lot of snow on the ground already, like 2’ maybe. The one time I did it I tied a section of hose to the birds’ feet. There were clumps of grass sticking up out of the snow so I stuck the bird in a clump and wrapped the cord around some grass. I tried to c...
by RatDog
Thu Nov 17, 2022 6:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Winter Training/Training in the Snow
Replies: 16
Views: 919

Re: Winter Training/Training in the Snow

Willie T wrote:How old is your pup? Flushing or pointing breed?
5 months. She’s a German shorthair.


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by RatDog
Wed Nov 16, 2022 3:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Winter Training/Training in the Snow
Replies: 16
Views: 919

Re: Winter Training/Training in the Snow

I always hesitated to train off leash in the winter. Where we trained there were ponds - half frozen now- and I always worried about my dog falling through the ice. If you have no ice, I see nothing wrong with training in the winter. I am trying to be pretty disciplined about keeping her on the che...
by RatDog
Wed Nov 16, 2022 12:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Winter Training/Training in the Snow
Replies: 16
Views: 919

Winter Training/Training in the Snow

Does anyone do training in the winter? Specifically in the snow? Is there anything wrong with it? I have been figuring out catching pigeons with a net. I would like to do a little bird work here and there to keep her interested in check cording. Am I being impatient and should just wait until I give...
by RatDog
Sat Nov 12, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Danner blow out
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: Danner blow out

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Supposed to get my son snow boots. They had the Beartooth in a 14 wide and it was 40% off. Couldn’t resist. They feel great. Surprisingly light.


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by RatDog
Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:04 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: veterans day
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: veterans day

Sharon wrote:Thank you for your service . You're the good looking one eh? :)
Haha most definitely!


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by RatDog
Fri Nov 11, 2022 11:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: veterans day
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: veterans day

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That’s me with the radio


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by RatDog
Fri Nov 11, 2022 11:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: veterans day
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: veterans day

At my folks house last week I saw a picture of me from the night I got home from Iraq after my first deployment. I was part of a scout sniper team 1st Bn 6th Marines in Fallujah. Kind of shocking what a skinny kid I was at the time. I don’t think about those days a whole lot now but I got some texts...
by RatDog
Thu Nov 10, 2022 7:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Puppy Joy

Going to pick up ol’ smelly Nelly tomorrow. Very excited to see her. Trainer said he’d like to keep going but there’s like a foot of snow on the ground and it’s below zero with the wind chill. They got 2 weeks of good work in. Bird intro, check cording and started re-call. Said she’s a good pup and ...
by RatDog
Sun Nov 06, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Pup’s First Point
Replies: 3
Views: 745

Re: Pup’s First Point

deseeker wrote:She's off to a good start :D
Thanks! I’ve gotten nothing but positive reports. Too early to tell much but so far so good. Fingers crossed but I think we might make half a bird dog out of her [emoji2]


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by RatDog
Sat Nov 05, 2022 12:51 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Pup’s First Point
Replies: 3
Views: 745

Pup’s First Point

First point on a live birds. Trainer said she held it a while. Looking very business like to me!

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by RatDog
Sun Oct 30, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Danner blow out
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: Danner blow out

If they perform as advertised I’m sure it’s money we’ll spent.

I have a quiver of skis for specific applications and same with fly rods, why not boots. My gear addiction begs to be fed.


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by RatDog
Sun Oct 30, 2022 5:59 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Danner blow out
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: Danner blow out

I was curious about their more technical looking stuff. Thanks, that’s good to know. I think some of their stuff is made here in Boz and some over in Italy but I like the idea of supporting a local company.


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by RatDog
Sun Oct 30, 2022 4:21 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Danner blow out
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: Danner blow out

I have the Irish Setter Wing shooters and they are ok but not great honestly. They are loose around the ankle and even though I believe they are the right size my foot moves around in them a lot which makes it hard to scrabble around in difficult terrain. They have an uncanny ability to come untied ...
by RatDog
Sat Oct 29, 2022 8:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Puppy Joy

Had not been able to expose Nelly to other dogs until she got her last round of shots. There are a few other pups at the kennel she’s at that’re the same age and sounds like she’s been holding her own/making some friends. Great socialization I would’ve had a harder time giving her. Met someone in my...
by RatDog
Sat Oct 29, 2022 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Puppy Joy

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So far so good!


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by RatDog
Sat Oct 29, 2022 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Puppy Joy

CDN_Cocker wrote:Is this your first bird dog?
I’m not any type of expert but no not my first


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by RatDog
Fri Oct 28, 2022 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Puppy Joy

This is probably going to sound weird but I am hopelessly superstitious, most fisherman are. When I was driving out of Bozeman with Nelly on the way to the trainer a big covey of huns got up and flew over the road almost hitting my windshield. When I was pulling into the driveway at the trainer’s pl...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 25, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Puppy Joy

I'd be leery of that. It takes 2-4 weeks for a dog to settle in at a trainer's. Standard time is minimum 3 months. Just remember if you go to an orthodontist... They're gonna sell you braces. There’s a thousand ways to skin this cat. A puppy intro course is a pretty standard practice. Ronnie Smith ...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 25, 2022 1:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: the longevity of flushing breeds
Replies: 7
Views: 667

Re: the longevity of flushing breeds

That’s wild about the cancer issue. My fishing buddy has a lab that dying of cancer right now. I believe she’s 11 or 12 but still definitely seems to be an issue the breed has. My in laws had a Golden Retriever that died very young due to cancer.


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by RatDog
Sun Oct 23, 2022 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Puppy Joy

4 months is young to be sending to a trainer. She'll learn more hanging out around the house with you. Bird intro isn't time sensitive. If it has the genetics, it'll take to birds. You would get a lot more out of your money by waiting till the pup is older. I understand it’s a bit early. It’d be be...
by RatDog
Sun Oct 23, 2022 1:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Puppy Joy

I might’ve gotten the gun thing wrong. I know he said birds and check cord. He kept saying stuff like “we’ll see how she’s doing and what she’s ready for”. That’s helpful, I’ll ask him and mention that it might be too soon for the gun. He’s a pretty well respected trainer and I trust him. I’m sure h...
by RatDog
Sun Oct 23, 2022 1:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Puppy Joy

Little over 4 months


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by RatDog
Sun Oct 23, 2022 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Joy
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Puppy Joy

Oh my goodness this dog makes me laugh. Twice yesterday she had me in stitches. She was in a life and death struggle with a muck boot and had her body about halfway inside thrashing around. One of the funniest darn things I’ve seen in a long time. We had our first snow of the year and watching her j...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 20, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Water dog
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: Water dog

Dude, that's awesome![emoji1303] Thanks! I certainly thought so. I’ve been really trying to expose her to all kinds of situations and experiences. Been taking her out in different cover: the woods, tall grass etc. I try and take her to pick up my kids and to the hardware store and stuff like that s...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 18, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Water dog
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Water dog

I have been putting my pup in the creek near my house to wade around every couple of days for a while. Took her with me fishing for the first time today. I was wading and figured she’d mess around on the bank. She immediately jumped right in and swam out to where I was standing. I don’t know how com...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 18, 2022 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Outdoor Kennel
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Outdoor Kennel

https://www.priefert.com/products/dog-kennels My set up is much more modest than what you are describing but I found these panels to be attractive and they have worked great. Not sure what your reluctance about powder coating is but these have held up very well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk R...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 18, 2022 6:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Outdoor Kennel
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Outdoor Kennel

https://www.priefert.com/products/dog-kennels

My set up is much more modest than what you are describing but I found these panels to be attractive and they have worked great. Not sure what your reluctance about powder coating is but these have held up very well.


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by RatDog
Sat Oct 15, 2022 9:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Racing pigeons
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Racing pigeons

I met with a very nice guy today who runs the racing pigeon club here in Bozeman. Showed me his lofts and talked to me about raising racing pigeons. He’s from the Czech republic. I guess pigeons are a big deal back there. He runs dogs that look like drats or griffons but they’re a Czech breed. Figur...
by RatDog
Sat Oct 15, 2022 11:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Munsterlander people
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: Munsterlander people

Cool


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by RatDog
Sat Oct 15, 2022 11:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Munsterlander people
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: Munsterlander people

I had never heard of them. Looks like a spaniel. Good looking dogs. Are they flushers?


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by RatDog
Fri Oct 14, 2022 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gunner Kennels
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: Gunner Kennels

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Showed up today. Looks like a quality product. Gonna have her sleep in it for a while to get used to it.


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by RatDog
Fri Oct 14, 2022 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gunner Kennels
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: Gunner Kennels

I realize you made your order, but I will offer confirmation that you made a good choice. I too have the intermediate ruffland, and it fits my 74 pound GSP perfectly. Fits in the backseat of my buddies 4 door f150 as well. Thanks man! Always good to have some reassurance you made a good choice. Tha...
by RatDog
Wed Oct 12, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gunner Kennels
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: Gunner Kennels

Cool. I just ordered it with tie down brackets, Mud River cover and Pad. Thanks again for the good word!


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by RatDog
Wed Oct 12, 2022 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gunner Kennels
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: Gunner Kennels

RatDog, I don’t know the sizes of the Gunner kennels specifically, but I currently have an aluminum dog box in my Excursion and two Ruff Land kennels in my SUV. The Ruff Land are their intermediate size and a 65lb GSP has plenty of room in it, I wouldn’t want one any larger. The aluminum box is abo...
by RatDog
Wed Oct 12, 2022 1:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gunner Kennels
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Gunner Kennels

I put in the stats for an average size GSP and the website recommended an intermediate size kennel. Reading some reviews that say the size they recommend is pretty tight for safety considerations. Looking at some pics it looks small, like not big enough for the dog to turn around in. Thinking I’d be...
by RatDog
Mon Oct 10, 2022 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Temper Tantrums
Replies: 12
Views: 864

Re: GSP Temper Tantrums

We’ve been introducing my puppy to the rest of the house by moving the gates and letting her into more areas. She’s got the kitchen and living room as well as the dining room now. She’s been an absolute terror. Chewing everything she can get her mouth on, running off with shoes laundry etc. We are t...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 04, 2022 5:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: For your viewing pleasure
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Re: For your viewing pleasure

https://youtu.be/OZZoXRBs8rY


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by RatDog
Sat Oct 01, 2022 5:18 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Grouse Opener
Replies: 9
Views: 882

Re: Grouse Opener

Good looking dog


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by RatDog
Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: For your viewing pleasure
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Re: For your viewing pleasure

I love watching Eric Forrester hunt videos. I think I have seen about everyone he has put out in the last 5 years.He does quail in KS. Sharptail & hun in Mont. Chukar in heck's Canyon. Pheasant in SD. Sharptail & chickens in NE. The guy gets around, has good dogs, and makes good videos. Thanks for ...
by RatDog
Thu Sep 29, 2022 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Buying a older dog.
Replies: 13
Views: 1894

Re: Buying a older dog.

My own experience was that you either spend a fortune or settle on a middling dog. Just my experience. I’m sure other folks have bought started dogs that worked out really well. No to the first. Yes to the second. It is a matter of what you want, what you have to offer, whether you are willing to t...
by RatDog
Thu Sep 29, 2022 12:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: For your viewing pleasure
Replies: 5
Views: 683

For your viewing pleasure

Here’s a few good hunting vids from this year. If You aren’t familiar with Eric Forrester his videos are fabulous. He does the kind of hunting I like to do at a very high level. Great dog work, good editing and voice over commentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LglnaZdQtg This one is Tyler Webs...