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by Kmack
Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: basic obedience programs
Replies: 5
Views: 1253

Re: basic obedience programs

Short check cord and a little reminder who's boss every now and then.
by Kmack
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Horses
Topic: Now she needs a name
Replies: 15
Views: 8802

Re: Now she needs a name

No idea about a better name (I kinda like Shiner too). Maybe you could get her a brand like that thing Prince had for a name and call her " The horse formerly known as Shiner". :lol:

Just kidding - She sounds and looks like a real nice horse.
by Kmack
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: First Year Milestones
Replies: 8
Views: 2794

Re: First Year Milestones

Bold and fearless pup regardless of the situation that wants to maintain contact with you to some degree.
by Kmack
Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Programs
Replies: 23
Views: 4812

Re: Programs

The best way to start a training program for a total beginner is by housebreaking a pup from 8 weeks old. The goal is to reach the point that you can recognize when your dog needs to be let out and once outside, pup goes immediately about its' business then comes back in. If you find that this is to...
by Kmack
Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post dogs on Point!!!!
Replies: 738
Views: 351751

Re: Post dogs on Point!!!!

How about a puppy's first points

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by Kmack
Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Littermate syndrome prevention.
Replies: 37
Views: 14577

Re: Littermate syndrome prevention.

If you establish yourself as pack leader from day 1, litter mates are no different than other dogs living under the same roof.
by Kmack
Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Some one who can explain it better than I can....
Replies: 30
Views: 7102

Re: Some one who can explain it better than I can....

I don't like to think in terms of commands, corrections, verbal, silent, etc. I like to think in terms of Queues to which you want the dog to respond in a certain manner and Stimulation you use to teach and remind the dog what you want. The Queues most important to me are: 1. The direction and speed...
by Kmack
Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting Vehicle
Replies: 45
Views: 11681

Re: Hunting Vehicle

Hey Mark, I've had them all and I think the Yukon class vehicle with a trailer would be the way I'd go if I didn't need the pick-up. I would look real hard at the Jeep Grand Cherokee with a diesel engine. 4X4 is a must for any but I like the shorter turning radius of the Yukon class over the Suburba...
by Kmack
Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: GSP will not come out of his Kennel
Replies: 4
Views: 889

Re: GSP will not come out of his Kennel

Turn the sound off.
by Kmack
Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How much to campaign?
Replies: 17
Views: 3298

Re: How much to campaign?

This topic comes up occasionaly on these boards and people immediately quote what it would cost to run a dog on the major all age circuit. You can certainly be involved in field trials for much less than this. I think you can compete with a dog or two on the 'lower levels' of field trials for about...
by Kmack
Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Traits of a top knotch trial handler
Replies: 36
Views: 8928

Re: Traits of a top knotch trial handler

Kmack - FWIW, I completely agree with the proposition that dogs that handle are the result of a capable trainer and handler at least somewhere along the line. However, by just saying "dogs that handle", it sounded, to me, a bit like that capability just sorta happened with the most successful handl...
by Kmack
Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Traits of a top knotch trial handler
Replies: 36
Views: 8928

Re: Traits of a top knotch trial handler

dogs that handle. That smells a bit like sour grapes to me too. Whoa big fella, there are no sour grapes in my comment at all. "Dogs that Handle" was meant to state the obvious which you have so long-winded-ly repeated to some extent in your post. A "Dog that handles" as everyone knows is the resul...
by Kmack
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trainer and not a hunter?
Replies: 83
Views: 16854

Re: Trainer and not a hunter?

I know a couple of women, one a sister and one a neighbor, who used to breed and train border collies and Australian shepherds and compete on a national level. I guarantee you that if I were to show them what I wanted a gun dog to do when they were finished, they could do just as well as the best tr...
by Kmack
Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Traits of a top knotch trial handler
Replies: 36
Views: 8928

Re: Traits of a top knotch trial handler

Dogs that handle.
by Kmack
Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:36 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: O/U Shotgun
Replies: 34
Views: 16018

Re: O/U Shotgun

Miroku O/U's are a decent value.
by Kmack
Sun May 19, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Old People aren't all bad.
Replies: 72
Views: 25900

Re: Old People aren't all bad.

The problem with the current generation of young people is not the young people themselves. The problem is that their education, entertainment, and government have been handed over to old people who never gained the understanding and knowledge of the world which most old people acquire as they age. ...
by Kmack
Sat May 18, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: COST OF TRAINING??
Replies: 71
Views: 9391

Re: COST OF TRAINING??

6 months start to finish is about what I'd expect. That's 4 months to put on a handle, heel, whoa break, back, steady, stop to flush, etc. plus another 60 days for FF. Some dogs could even take longer but you would have to know the dog yourself to judge whether that is true or not for your dog. Bare...
by Kmack
Sat May 11, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Reading a DOG
Replies: 24
Views: 4978

Re: Reading a DOG

I don't profess to having the ability to read dogs very well but from what I know, the ability to read a dog comes from understanding what they are prone to do in a given situation if left to choose for themselves. Those who possess this ability got there by being observant of dogs when left alone, ...
by Kmack
Sat May 11, 2013 7:35 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Introduction to what ever
Replies: 7
Views: 766

Re: Introduction to what ever

act if all is OK... A key ability to being successful right there... If you can't convince a dog, through your own demeanor, that everything you're exposing it to is "no big deal" then you won't end up a calm, composed dog. The only time it's OK to show that you're excited is when you get a result ...
by Kmack
Sun May 05, 2013 7:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel design
Replies: 17
Views: 4110

Re: Kennel design

Mark, I do not have my kennels this way but one thing I would do is have all runs built up with a stem wall of concrete or cinder blocks with fencing on top and drain openings on one end. I don't have any pictures but I have seen several kennels done this way and it makes clean up much easier plus k...
by Kmack
Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training tool for pointers??
Replies: 23
Views: 5696

Re: Training tool for pointers??

Absolutes Neccessities: Quality Collar Check Cord Gloves Bird Field (You gotta have a place to work with birds) I would highly suggest these too: Dog box or crate Leash, lead, wonder lead, or whatever you want to use to maintain close contact Stake out, chain gang, etc. to teach the dog patience an...
by Kmack
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Forum News & Announcements
Topic: TRADING POST forum revisited
Replies: 8
Views: 3202

Re: TRADING POST forum revisited

Dog Related Items
by Kmack
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Introducing gunfire without any fancy gear
Replies: 46
Views: 9604

Re: Introducing gunfire without any fancy gear

If you have either a .22 handgun or rifle, you can fire blanks with it. The only thing you get from a blank gun is that it's legal in field trials. I used an old .22 with blanks for years until I started to field trial and had to get a plugged barrel gun.
by Kmack
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Llewellin Setter Pedigree (let me know what you think)
Replies: 7
Views: 1095

Re: Llewellin Setter Pedigree (let me know what you think)

birddog98 wrote:Do you know the Lonestar lines?
I don't know the Lonestar lines. I do know that Keith liked Mali a lot back when my Mac/Teasel dog was just a pup.
by Kmack
Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Llewellin Setter Pedigree (let me know what you think)
Replies: 7
Views: 1095

Re: Llewellin Setter Pedigree (let me know what you think)

Looks pretty good on paper...
by Kmack
Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Llewellin Setter Pedigree (let me know what you think)
Replies: 7
Views: 1095

Re: Llewellin Setter Pedigree (let me know what you think)

There are some good looking dogs on there but the way you have presented it appears they are no closer than great grand parents. All I can say from this is that there are some good dogs back a ways but your pup is pretty far removed. Can't really tell anything about your pup from this without knowin...
by Kmack
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Is my dog a dud.. or just a different style?
Replies: 50
Views: 22708

Re: Is my dog a dud.. or just a different style?

That could make a nice little dog to enjoy running in hunt tests and as a personal gundog. He has a lot of point, seems like good scenting ability, and he is responsive to you. But it looks to me as if he has been hammered as to handling and obedience. If it were my call, I'd put birds out before r...
by Kmack
Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Off Season
Replies: 8
Views: 2960

Re: Off Season

I get to start some puppies... :D
by Kmack
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Mapping a comprehensive training program?
Replies: 44
Views: 12319

Re: Mapping a comprehensive training program?

All the words available in Webster's and I still have great difficulty expressing my thoughts. I am not trying to discourage anyone from breaking down the training process into a format that they can understand and follow. I am trying to express how difficult that would be for someone else to do for...
by Kmack
Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Mapping a comprehensive training program?
Replies: 44
Views: 12319

Re: Mapping a comprehensive training program?

My belief is that prey drive comes with the dog. I wouldn't bother training at all if a pup lacks sufficient prey drive. I don't train prey drive, I utilize it throughout training as the way to free te dogs' mind back up after putting pressure on the dog. I do everything I can to encourage a pup to ...
by Kmack
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Mapping a comprehensive training program?
Replies: 44
Views: 12319

Re: Mapping a comprehensive training program?

Here's what mine would look like. 1.Teach pup to respond to queues on the neck. 1a Teach heel, here, and go to the front. 1b Let pup chase birds and become bird crazy. When 1b is done add the following while continuing with the previous... 2.Teach dog to respond to queues on the flank by stopping an...
by Kmack
Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Mapping a comprehensive training program?
Replies: 44
Views: 12319

Re: Mapping a comprehensive training program?

Kmack, Sounds like you had some bad experiences and associated them to flow charts. The main reason for my wanting such a tool was to organize and be sure things weren't forgotten when they should be worked concurrently with other thing and sequencially. Just a simple prompter really. Something a s...
by Kmack
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Mapping a comprehensive training program?
Replies: 44
Views: 12319

Re: Mapping a comprehensive training program?

I've worked aerospace for more than 35 years and I can tell you for certain that we could accomplish more, with higher quality, in a shorter amount of time before the advent of the flow chart. A flow chart is a crutch for someone who doesn't grasp the whole process to be able to get a general idea o...
by Kmack
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I am having trouble deciding which breed???
Replies: 17
Views: 3581

Re: I am having trouble deciding which breed???

There may be some wire-haired models which suit your needs. German Wire-haired Pointer, DD, Wire-haired Pointing Griffon, Wire-haired Vizsla... Another dog to research is the Braque Du Bourbonnais.
by Kmack
Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Nashville, Tenn
Replies: 4
Views: 1010

Re: Nashville, Tenn

Fall Creek Falls, The Hermitage, Opryland Arboretum, Belle Meade Mansion, Country Music Hall of Fame
by Kmack
Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trial ?
Replies: 80
Views: 15313

Re: Trial ?

OK, I'm done with contesting your motivation. I enjoy trials because it allows me the same pleasures I used to get from hunting in the days when 1.) I was young and could keep up with my dogs all day on foot. 2.) I could easily gain access to private land on which to hunt. 3.) Birds on both private ...
by Kmack
Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trial ?
Replies: 80
Views: 15313

Re: Trial ?

A side note: Thanks for the rearranging of my words to fit your agenda bud, I appreciate it. I'll call ya if I need you to type out my next post :wink: Actually, nothing was rearranged. Your words were quoted in the exact order in which they appeared in your post. All I did was omit the fluff aroun...
by Kmack
Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trial ?
Replies: 80
Views: 15313

Re: Trial ?

I enjoy hunting my dogs and am curious as to what others find enjoyable about running their dogs in field trials and tests. Would you mind providing a brief description of what you like about trialing and testing? You could have asked a simple question in your OP which was neutral in nature as abov...
by Kmack
Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trial ?
Replies: 80
Views: 15313

Re: Trial ?

It is perfectly natural for someone lacking the knowledge, exposure, and understanding of things outside their own , limited, universe to question their appeal to others. One shall never find the answer from behind a keyboard on the internet. The only way to understand the appeal is to get a really ...
by Kmack
Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training quartering
Replies: 24
Views: 4795

Re: training quartering

Train the dog to work to the front of you, then you steer the dog where you want to put it by moving in that direction. You get the best of both worlds if you teach your dog to always find the front.
by Kmack
Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Approving new members by hand
Replies: 38
Views: 10023

Re: Approving new members by hand

I guess maybe I need to re-think.

How about:

If little Johnny starts with 2 apples and gives 1 to Sally, how many apples does little Johnny have left?
by Kmack
Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Approving new members by hand
Replies: 38
Views: 10023

Re: Approving new members by hand

I think that a questionnaire to determine whether or not a new member would be a potential GDS customer would be most appropriate. I think some knowledge of your product line would show at least some interest while no knowledge should be a clear hint of non-interest. Additional benefit might be gai...
by Kmack
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Approving new members by hand
Replies: 38
Views: 10023

Re: Approving new members by hand

I think that a questionnaire to determine whether or not a new member would be a potential GDS customer would be most appropriate. I think some knowledge of your product line would show at least some interest while no knowledge should be a clear hint of non-interest. Additional benefit might be gain...
by Kmack
Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: my vet bill or theirs?
Replies: 35
Views: 8918

Re: my vet bill or theirs?

OK, we can rule out your actipns being at fault. Now we're left with 2 possible paths. One os that the dog chewed the stitches and the vet should have foreseen this potential and sent you home witha prptective collar or two, the vet did a poor job of sewing her up and the stitches came out on there ...
by Kmack
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another Pigeon Loft Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1364

Re: Another Pigeon Loft Question

I'd divide it 5 and 3 lengthwise then split the 5 X 10 side into (2) 5 X 5's and leave a 3' wide X 10' long aisle in the back. That leaves you inside access to get to both sides and room for storage. I'd also consider putting skids underneath that you can hook onto and move it around plus I would pu...
by Kmack
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: my vet bill or theirs?
Replies: 35
Views: 8918

Re: my vet bill or theirs?

Just looking for opinions if I'm in the right or wrong on this one. Two weeks ago I had to get a cesarean section done upon having a stuck puppy at home and had two more dead ones removed surgically. $865 spent not including the x rays I had spent $185 on the week before to check on the pups. Took ...
by Kmack
Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Buying first pistol
Replies: 74
Views: 30107

Re: Buying first pistol

For a left-hander (and anyone else for that matter) one of the best bargains out there in my opinion is the FNS models from FNH. My every day carry is the FNS9. I love it. Fully ambidextrous, comes standard with Trijicon night sites, interchangeable back straps, and 3 mags (17 round for the 9mm). Pl...
by Kmack
Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Horses
Topic: Road to the Horse Video
Replies: 4
Views: 2377

Re: Road to the Horse Video

I really enjoyed your video. I think you did an outstanding job putting it together.

Good luck.
by Kmack
Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: If your buying a gundog????
Replies: 16
Views: 2877

Re: If your buying a gundog????

Got your point Acooper, sorry to come off the wrong way. 2 to 3000 birds that is a the number of birds(pheasant,quail,chuckar, and a few praiaire chicken) that is from when I started guiding him in Oct to the endof March. As far as posting pics other than here I have them posted, cant get pic to po...
by Kmack
Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: photos of locomotion
Replies: 41
Views: 8324

Re: photos of locomotion

Not a pointer, but...

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