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by slistoe
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 22
Views: 597

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

2 dogs working independently are always more effective than one. The increase in effectiveness isn’t worth using up all your dog power. Anyone that would lose a friend over a piece of dog work needs to unwind their spring a little - well maybe a lot.


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by slistoe
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 22
Views: 597

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

There is not a dog in existence that will find every bird that exists on his/her beat everytime. So the supposition that having a second dog working the same beat on a slightly different angle and path is redundant is a fallacy.
by slistoe
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA best run yet
Replies: 18
Views: 2640

Re: NSTRA best run yet

Sharon wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:38 pm
Not any worse that a dog not being allowed to relocate on its own in a AFT. :)

Congrats Old Beek.
Around here it is a matter of timing.
by slistoe
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1861

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

No dog of mine and no dog I have seen has sat while on point. The training must have gone wrong for a dog to do that. I think a dog that did sit on point must be expecting what it perceives to be a correction of some kind ? Bill T. I have a pup here right now that has not been taught to sit, never ...
by slistoe
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1861

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

I've seen dogs default to sit when pressure is applied during training. Not what you want in a pointing dog. Beginners can easily overemphasized the sit command. I believe the breeder is trying to help you not make a normal beginners mistake. Might consider whoa instead. I like what Don had to say....
by slistoe
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 1382

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

For years and years, it was thought that the super high protein in puppy food led to dogs overgrowing and from that, hip dysplasia. From what I understand, it's actually calcium caused that. I haven't ever heard either of those - what they did find through studies is that overweight puppies were mo...
by slistoe
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 1382

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

Thank u for the advice on biting. That is basically down the line of what I am doing already, like I said this pup is a biting machine. If u smack his nose or yell he just gets more and more amped up. Some pups like to use their teeth in play more than other pups do. When I am correcting a pup for ...
by slistoe
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 1382

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

Puppy food does have a different nutritional profile that is geared towards the developing structure of the dog. But, IMO ProPlan 30/20 or any of its equivalents would probably be better than the cheap grade puppy foods.
by slistoe
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 28
Views: 2128

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Well I just got great news today. The breeder called me today and the dog had her puppies on Thursday and everyone is doing excellent. She had a total of seven puppies and we are number seven on the list. So we are not sure if we’ll end up with a male or female it really doesn’t matter that much to...
by slistoe
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 28
Views: 2128

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Thanks for all of the replies. So from all of your post it seems to be pretty good. I’m posting a link here to Costco to see which type I should switch to once she’s off the puppy food. I’d also like to see if you think it will be a good choice to feed her throughout her life. I’m not sure if I go ...
by slistoe
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 28
Views: 2128

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Thanks for all of the replies. So from all of your post it seems to be pretty good. I’m posting a link here to Costco to see which type I should switch to once she’s off the puppy food. I’d also like to see if you think it will be a good choice to feed her throughout her life. I’m not sure if I go ...
by slistoe
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Costco Dog Food???
Replies: 28
Views: 2128

Re: Costco Dog Food???

Buddy of mine has fed all his dogs Kirkland for many years. Can't say his dogs were any worse off than mine.
by slistoe
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 3276

Re: male or female puppy

I was up to SK for four days at the end of October 2017 but the weather was awful. Subzero and a windy whiteout. A couple people in the group lucked out and shot specks but it just wasn't in the cards for me. By the time I leave here for Montana (usually third week of October), I have pretty much f...
by slistoe
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 3276

Re: male or female puppy

A few specks have been coming through in the spring but haven't seen them during season. Not yet. Still on my bucket list. You are in Ontario. Specks are on your bucket list. Every year you travel to Montana. Must not want specks that bad if you cant plan a stop in Sk or AB. Specks are here the who...
by slistoe
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 3276

Re: male or female puppy

The bottom line remains that even waiting beyond two cycles, the rate of mammary cancer is very dramatically reduced by spaying. RayG I have had two females with mammary cancers. Since then we spay all females as soon as we decide they will no longer be bred. They all die sometime, but we haven't h...
by slistoe
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 3276

Re: male or female puppy

averageguy wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:12 am
A 1 in 4 cancer rate seems crazy high to me.
The rate for mammary cancers in dogs is about 8%. So roughly 1 in 12 female dogs develop mammary cancers. Of those, 1 in 4 will be bitches spayed after the second heat cycle.
by slistoe
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 3276

Re: male or female puppy

Spay before the first heat cycle is the biggest reduction of chances of mammary cancer. It is also the highest risk of complications. (I can't find a reference right off for the increased risk of Urinary Incontinence pre and post first heat cycle, but it does exist) "The risk of a dog developing a ...
by slistoe
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 3276

Re: male or female puppy

averageguy wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:02 am
Steve, I would be interested in reading the study or studies behind those stats if you are able to post a link. Thank you.
https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article-a ... 249/910225
by slistoe
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 3276

Re: male or female puppy

So as long as spayed before 2 yrs old you reduce chances of mammary cancer? Does it make a difference if done before or after first heat cycle? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Spay before the first heat cycle is the biggest reduction of chances of mammary cancer. It is also the highest risk of c...
by slistoe
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany nose color
Replies: 15
Views: 1964

Re: Brittany nose color

That is definitely a fault in the breed standard. Dog can be shown and may even win depending on its other traits. Most breeders would not breed it.
by slistoe
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Sitting on "WHOA"
Replies: 22
Views: 3726

Re: Sitting on "WHOA"

connorj wrote:but am trying to move off those and let her learn to whoa without any item around her waist.
The dog is telling you that you are trying to progress too fast.
by slistoe
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?
Replies: 11
Views: 739

Re: Hybrid vigor, or just an outlier?

If it were hybrid vigor producing the size then you would see the same in all the littermates.
by slistoe
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female puppy
Replies: 51
Views: 3276

male or female puppy

I would assume the diaper is because of the heat cycle


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by slistoe
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Seek dogs with the hearts of American soldiers:
Replies: 11
Views: 1228

Re: Seek dogs with the hearts of American soldiers:

mnaj_springer wrote:
Yesterday, one of my dogs ate my toddler's vomit off of the floor.
You said that like it was a bad thing. :roll:
by slistoe
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Labs vs. Goldens
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: Labs vs. Goldens

Having studied the Labrador retriever in a book or two about the breed and having owned them in the past, it even has some hound in its ancestry. Some hunters use them for trailing wounded deer so maybe there's that hound gene. Can you give a reference for which book you found this information in? ...
by slistoe
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany nose color
Replies: 15
Views: 1964

Re: Brittany nose color

Pink - no issue. It is only if there is white on the nose it is a problem.
by slistoe
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Labs vs. Goldens
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: Labs vs. Goldens

Unless you are going to compete in trials, the average owner looking for a solid working dog would not really have a problem with a good dog of either breed. The problem with both breeds lies in their popularity. There are more pups of these two breeds available than most any other - but if you are ...
by slistoe
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I am very disheartened about hounds in America today.
Replies: 22
Views: 1944

Re: I am very disheartened about hounds in America today.

JonBailey wrote:
But the American way with deer recovery is always with a hound breed. Tricolor American Foxhounds and Walkers are oh so pretty.
Well, I will grant you the pretty part on the foxhounds, but where do you come up with the "American way"?
by slistoe
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I am very disheartened about hounds in America today.
Replies: 22
Views: 1944

Re: I am very disheartened about hounds in America today.

Well, you still have a few things wrong. I would say that Labs and Golden Retrievers are the most popular pet breeds in America today and they are sometimes used as gun dogs as well (by comparison of numbers). Having two dogs of different sexes and different breeds will invite trouble if they are no...
by slistoe
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I am very disheartened about hounds in America today.
Replies: 22
Views: 1944

Re: I am very disheartened about hounds in America today.

I never claimed to know everything. I rely on Google a lot. These dogs must be very private and under the table if Google doesn't readily reveal breeder information. According to ACK website, no breeders in America exist. Why are hound breeds so special and secretive? So, where and who are all the ...
by slistoe
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I am very disheartened about hounds in America today.
Replies: 22
Views: 1944

Re: I am very disheartened about hounds in America today.

I never claimed to know everything. I rely on Google a lot. These dogs must be very private and under the table if Google doesn't readily reveal breeder information. According to ACK website, no breeders in America exist. Why are hound breeds so special and secretive? So, where and who are all the ...
by slistoe
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.
Replies: 53
Views: 4292

Re: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.

I take it you've never hunted a full section of Kansas CRP. Good luck spotting and stalking pheasants and quail there. And you're on the wrong forum if you're advocating upland hunting sans dog. This is the Gun Dog Forum. For me the thought of upland hunting without dogs is heresy. The entire point...
by slistoe
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.
Replies: 53
Views: 4292

Re: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.

Simple. If you hunt right the deer will come to you. No dogs needed to drive them. But pheasants and quail won't come to you. You must find them. Thus a dog comes in handy then. The same methods that are used to get the deer to come to you will work with all manner of game birds. I grew up spot and...
by slistoe
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.
Replies: 53
Views: 4292

Re: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.

While I fully support that there is no logical case for the banning of dogs on furred game, thinking that the practice would work equally as well in all parts of North America as it does in the deep south is naive and romantic. If you noticed the scale on the monitor in the truck it was set to 500 f...
by slistoe
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.
Replies: 53
Views: 4292

Re: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.

KCKLH wrote:Common sense and sound data always prevail in the end.
If only it were so.
by slistoe
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.
Replies: 53
Views: 4292

Re: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.

Mountaineer wrote:
Please channel your implied concern in a direction that helps rather than hinders....thanks.
Folks like yourself are the hindrance.
by slistoe
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.
Replies: 53
Views: 4292

Re: I champion the use of dogs for all kinds of hunting.

Jon: How did your bird hunting project go? Just so you are aware dogs don't " merely chase deer", Dogs kill deer. Anyone who lets their dogs run at will should be liable for the damage they do. It is legal for anyone who sees dogs running deer to shoot them in the winter months in Minnesota. It is ...
by slistoe
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Here are some ideas I have about designing dog enclosures.
Replies: 21
Views: 1780

Re: Here are some ideas I have about designing dog enclosures.

I once reported a neighbor that had a Brit and 2 Weimaraners that did not have a drop of water anywhere in their yard and was 100 degrees out. I called animal control right here in Boise. I took my garden hose and filled their dish right through the chain link fence. Animal cruelty is against the l...
by slistoe
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dogs and barbed wire.
Replies: 26
Views: 1983

Re: Dogs and barbed wire.

In my country there is barb wire everywhere - literally. I have had more injuries to my dogs by porcupines, deadfall and any other hazard imaginable than barbwire. If barbwire is a serious worry then you may as well keep the dogs kenneled or in the house because if you let them out there are hazards...
by slistoe
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Silver Spur Knocking Birds *VIDEO*
Replies: 9
Views: 998

Re: Silver Spur Knocking Birds *VIDEO*

To me, the dogs most important function is to hunt for and find birds. I can't teach that - the pup needs to learn that on its own - ranging, using its nose, trusting and following its nose. All the manners in the world mean nothing if I have to find the birds for the dog. When I am satisfied that t...
by slistoe
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Why Purina Pro Plan?
Replies: 47
Views: 8123

Re: Why Purina Pro Plan?

The problem with that website is foods I know work very well for feeding working dogs at the highest level of performance have a 1 to 3 star rating and foods that I know do not work at all for working dogs at the highest level of performance have 4.5 to 5 star ratings ..... so the basis for the rati...
by slistoe
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?
Replies: 46
Views: 4496

Re: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?

Scott, averageguy's given a great précis here - Retriever Trials are run on grounds which have been selected and groomed for line of sight that is uncommon in many areas of the country. The Marks are thrown by persons wearing white jackets to make them visible to the dog. At 500 yards it is highly ...
by slistoe
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?
Replies: 46
Views: 4496

Re: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?

When there is a fence every 800 yards it is pretty easy to be relatively sure about the distances as being discussed in this thread. You are absolutely right if, I say if, the average hunter knew how far apart the fences are I hunted 6 states and one Canadian Providence last season. Not once did I ...
by slistoe
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?
Replies: 46
Views: 4496

Re: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?

I use a Leica Rangefinder routinely associated with my archery practice and hunting. I think without using a range finder many 150-200 yard retrieves will be retold years later as 300, 300 as 500 ... Military training has well documented our inability to accurately judge distances with the naked ey...
by slistoe
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?
Replies: 46
Views: 4496

Re: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?

It is not a common occurrence, but I have certainly had winged birds that covered a good 400+ yards while out hunting, both in the uplands and waterfowl. At the time I was heavily hunting waterfowl I had a lab that would mark "way out there" and it was a treat to simply send the dog and wait. None o...
by slistoe
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Deer Question
Replies: 57
Views: 8503

Re: Deer Question

EAM, Hopefully you will follow the advice I gave. No need to start that dog out at level 18 on the Alpha when based on our exchange a level 10 or close to it will likely accomplish the training goal. If it does not break the dog off then raise the level. As I posted, stay silent so the dog associat...
by slistoe
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Unique Higgins Method, Classic Falcon Training for Dogs
Replies: 21
Views: 2932

Re: The Unique Higgins Method, Classic Falcon Training for Dogs

"Unique " is a word I never use to describe what I do with dogs ! Until about 20 - 25 years back I thought I was the inventor of what you call "Wagon wheel training." I called it "clock face" training and I devised it about 50 years ago …… I was most annoyed when I saw it described in an American g...
by slistoe
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: leg cocking age ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1275

Re: leg cocking age ?

I've been watching my daughters almost 5 months old GSP pup. He has started to cock his leg. I cannot remember seeing any previous pup I've worked with begin to cock a leg at such an early age ....is this fairly common ? Bill T. I never seen one do it that young either. I have a two year old and a ...
by slistoe
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: pup biting
Replies: 65
Views: 11922

Re: pup biting

lol. you would think that such a common question and occurrence would at least have someone somewhere that has a clip demonstrating the procedure ? :mrgreen: :) In this age of ill informed, know-it-all, SJW types you certainly won't find me putting one up - social media suicide is what that would be.