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by shags
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Why Purina Pro Plan?
Replies: 51
Views: 9880

Re: Why Purina Pro Plan?

What did you switch from?
Sometimes when going to a higher protein and fat diet, it helps to cut back on the amount fed with the new food. Once things firm up, gradually increase to the amount that keeps the dog in good condition without poop going loose.
by shags
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: chasing birds
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: chasing birds

All my dogs have been trained for recall afield with the ecollar starting at 5-6 months old. We overlay it in the yard, then when they understand, go out running. Just a momentary low-level nick lets them know that I can reach out and touch them whenever, wherever. Saves a lot grief! I'm careful abo...
by shags
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Multiple Trainers
Replies: 21
Views: 664

Re: Multiple Trainers

Plan A sounds pretty complicated. What is a trainer going to do with such a young pup? What's the point of the 10 day breaks? And if you're worried about different training styles, why switch between the trainer and yourself so often? Even when the trainer shows you stuff, you're going to have your ...
by shags
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got any spare mojo?
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Got any spare mojo?

Thanks all for the good wishes :)

The older dog's leg bump report came back as 'no worries' :D

My younger dog's eye is a different story. He got a preliminary workup at OSU and goes back in a month for a recheck and ultrasound. Then we decide on where to go from there.
by shags
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: Steady then not

Yeah, .I'd say he's worth working with :D
by shags
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got any spare mojo?
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Got any spare mojo?

If ya do, would you mind sending some this way? Today my old guy goes for surgery to have a nasty thingy removed from his leg. I'm hoping above hope that it isn't a mast cell tumor, and will ask my good vet to take the widest margins he can just in case. Then next week my young dog goes to Ohio Stat...
by shags
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: Steady then not

Is this correct, that after Nick messes up, you leave the field right then and go work on your board/barrel? If it were my dog, I'd make the correction and go work another bird to give him a chance to redeem himself. If he blows it, correct and go home. To me it's like a kid learning ABCs...gets it ...
by shags
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Getting Weight on old English Pointer
Replies: 6
Views: 1028

Re: Getting Weight on old English Pointer

Is your dog eating her normal meals, or is she passing on them? Adding canned food and warm water to kibble might make her more interested. Do you keep the dogs in the house, or in a kennel? If kenneled, make sure the old girl is warm enough, and not shivering away the calories she consumes. If she'...
by shags
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush- question
Replies: 35
Views: 1260

Re: Steady to flush- question

Sounds like you're doing just fine. Thanks for the update. For recall in situations like you described where she's digging through trash or doing something like that, try using a different command like Stop it'! or Leave it! Dogs can tell when we're annoyed. An annoyed owner isn't conducive to compl...
by shags
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush- question
Replies: 35
Views: 1260

Re: Steady to flush- question

Frankly- getting some conflicting advice. I know you (and others on here) have strongly advised against chasing. Others have told me let the dog chase, make sure its fun for the puppy the first year, little rules, she will figure it out on her own she cannot catch the bird, its easier to take drive...
by shags
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Any tips to stop dog from counter?
Replies: 22
Views: 873

Re: Any tips to stop dog from counter?

Joe, On the same day that Robert posted his above, I watched a couple of episodes of Cesar Millan's "The Dog Whisperer". Cesar deals with everyday dog behavior issues and it occurred to me that his shows demonstrate the ideas in Robert's post. He explains all of it in ways owners understand and show...
by shags
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Any tips to stop dog from counter?
Replies: 22
Views: 873

Re: Any tips to stop dog from counter?

When most of mine started counter surfing I got after them. Didn't smack them, but gave them what for "Hey! Off!" then a short stern "Whaddya doing?" with a scruffing. On another dog we set mousetraps so they snapped right when feet went on the counter. As for the furniture, I bought them their own ...
by shags
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus

LOL yep my garmin is way too complicated. I don't need to find caches, map my way to the Mall of America, or measure how many acres is the field behind the house. I just wanna find my dang dog! Why don't they make the units very simple -and cheaper - and provide the extra stuff for purchase via down...
by shags
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus

I don't have your particular model, but my garmin goes a little wonky from time to time. What helps - recalibrate the compass whether it looks like it needs it or not; "start a new hunt" ( no idea if yours has that feature, but it eliminates previous data); and check the update speed ( longer update...
by shags
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training frequency question for green broke pointing dogs
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Training frequency question for green broke pointing dogs

Most important is to have a plan or program and stick with it. Frequency doesn't matter as much as knowing what you want to do and how you're going to do it. Going with your plan once a week will yield more results than going out every day and just messing around with no intentions. Do what you can ...
by shags
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Concern over gait
Replies: 20
Views: 990

Re: Concern over gait

That's tough news for you, but don't get too down yet. I've had dogs with everything from mild dysplasia to what the vet called 'no hips at all' and they functioned OK. The functionality doesn't necessarily depend on how the xrays look; mild displacement can be painful while really poor hips might n...
by shags
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Safe over the counter for small wounds
Replies: 9
Views: 1303

Re: Safe over the counter for small wounds

We use Vetricyn. It's good for what ails man or beast. We've used it for skin gunk on our horse, wounds on us and the dogs, as an eyewash, etc. It comes in several different packagings, but we buy the spray because it's versatile. If you purchase, check the expiration date on the bottle. And don't a...
by shags
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany pup hyper and wild
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: French Brittany pup hyper and wild

In my experience with long tails, at 8 months pups are boiling over with energy, so your pup's behavior doesn't sound aberrant to me. It should calm down in a year or so. That being said, some dogs have off switches and some don't. The ones without can wear ya down. I hope you don't have the notion ...
by shags
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?
Replies: 18
Views: 957

Re: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?

Sorry, Don, great birdwork DID NOT get your dog picked up...a dumba$$ judge got him picked up. The only thing a dog should be picked up for is interference with its bracemate. That's usually blowing a back or stealing point, less often drag racing and bumping kind of stuff. Turning to mark, happy fe...
by shags
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Chewing Item
Replies: 12
Views: 1014

Re: Best Chewing Item

You might try a meat packer or a butcher that cuts their own meat.
You still have to be careful with soft bones and enthusiastic chewers because they tend to ingest a lot of bone and it can cause impaction. The bone dries up in the bowel and gets stuck like turdy white bricks.
by shags
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Chewing Item
Replies: 12
Views: 1014

Re: Best Chewing Item

Be careful with those raw soup bones. Slab fractures. $$$. Specialty vet practice for extracting otherwise big giant healthy molars. On two dogs. Bad! If you try non-weight bearing bones like ribs you can limit time and place to eliminate the kiddos getting into them and the dog getting impacted.
by shags
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick made his derby debut
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Nick made his derby debut

I'm glad that you're figuring things out. It takes ground time; no amount of reading will make the whole thing clear. About the singing...those sounds need to be ones that carry and that also can be "sung" rather than said. How many times have you commanded "whoa" with a Whooooooooooaaap while you a...
by shags
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick made his derby debut
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Nick made his derby debut

Congrats on the placements! You have one good-lookin' dog right there.

How did it go with the yelling and hollering?
by shags
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 1612

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

Robert, There are different trialing formats here, and the rules vary between them. Some are strictly foot trials, and a couple of others are horseback. The horseback ones are under the purview of either American Field or American Kennel Club. The rules of running are very similar, with most differe...
by shags
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 1612

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

Ray,
Seems to me a good number of the dogs that run the National Championship are hunted over, something I've read in interviews with various handlers. So we have have honest to God all age dogs qualifying to run in 3 hour braces as shooting dogs, and are hunted over in their spare time :D
by shags
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 1612

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

A huge problem, I think, with horse back field trialing is they are looking for trial dog's. Of course. What else would they be looking for? Often times great dog work is shot down as it's considered bad trial work. Well yeah, but it's not a personal gun dog contest. If it were all about hunting si...
by shags
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 1612

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

Don't worry, with experience the dog will differentiate voices and learn to ignore the other guy. In the meantime, it helps if you separate yourself and your dog from Mr. Loudmouth as much as the course allows. IME most judges understand and don't demand that you guys hold hands and walk the yellow ...
by shags
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 1612

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

Bill and Robert, Go back and look at those videos and notice the difference between our trials and yours. Our dogs are expected to work in a completely different manner, based on what I've seen in videos from your side of the world. While your dogs quarter, our dogs run lines; your dogs seem to be a...
by shags
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 1612

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

What Ray said. The noisy handlers are usually newbies who think they're supposed spend their half hour hollering and blasting their whistles, or kinda dumb clueless folks who never learned to STHU. Rarely you might encounter an unsportsmanlike jerk who thinks his yelling and tweeting will throw your...
by shags
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Alert to DonF!
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Alert to DonF!

Some of your pigeons have been found! :D :lol: :D

https://www.foxnews.com/us/las-vegas-pi ... owboy-hats
by shags
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Deer chasing
Replies: 19
Views: 873

Re: Deer chasing

^^^^ Except if they get on a road and get hit by a car. Or if the dog runs past some guy in a deer stand who is POed because he just lost a shot. Or if the dog winds up in someone's back yard and they call animal control. Or if the dog hits a coyote snare. Or if the dog gets lost and you get to spen...
by shags
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Update on training
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Update on training

I didn't go back and read your previous threads, but IIRC your dog was previously doing better than what you just described, no? You know the dog can find and point game. What are you hoping to accomplish by putting her on more birds and letting her bust and chase? In training you must have a reason...
by shags
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trekmoor/Bill/Wullie
Replies: 12
Views: 762

Re: Trekmoor/Bill/Wullie

Thanks for letting us know, Robert.

All kinds of birddog mojo and best wishes to Bill.
by shags
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Deer chasing
Replies: 19
Views: 873

Re: Deer chasing

^^^^ And when he runs back to you, behave like you have no idea that anything has happened. Just go on with your day.
by shags
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Bird snafu during training how do you handle?
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: Bird snafu during training how do you handle?

In that first instance you rewarded the dog for doing something wrong. The rule is "no grabbing birds", correct? He grabbed it and got to keep it. Bad bamanicksbd! Bad boy! :D The way I'm reading the situation, I would have taken the bird out of his mouth without saying anything, and in a firm manne...
by shags
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Concern over gait
Replies: 20
Views: 990

Re: Concern over gait

OP, If the dog is simply clumsy I'd give him time to grow up and see where you are in 6 months or so. If he is genetically put together correctly, it will all come together. If he is structurally faulty then you just deal with what you have. Be careful with conditioning for now, too much can wreak h...
by shags
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Concern over gait
Replies: 20
Views: 990

Re: Concern over gait

A large dog at 11 months might not be finished growing. Some of them look like they're put together with tinker toys and rubber bands and a little time takes care of it. Sometimes a good conditioning program helps. Can you post a video or give a more detailed written description? "runs without fluid...
by shags
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Is a training table important?
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: Is a training table important?

PSA on using tables or other raised platforms...don't leave the dog unattended while tethered up there, even for a part of a minute. Don't allow the dog to jump up to it, or to jump down; if he misses on the way up he can flip over backwards and be injured and jumping down is not good for dog should...
by shags
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New Puppy- Training Question
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: New Puppy- Training Question

Huntsmith is a good system. One of the best features IMO is that it requires a *quiet* trainer, no yammering, nagging, yelling which can really get in the way of progress. You know how when you try to wake a teenage kid - Joey, time to get up' ' Joe, c'mon, get up' 'Dammit Joey get your butt out of ...
by shags
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall tips
Replies: 7
Views: 625

Re: Recall tips

Way too complicated. What oyu're doing is setting your dog up for confusion at best and failure at worst. The whistle, vocal, hand signal, treat in hands thing is not good IMO, because to the dog the command is that whole ball of wax.What happens when your dog can see you but not hear you? Or when s...
by shags
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?
Replies: 18
Views: 957

Re: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?

“Well son it really ain’t about that.”

That's it. If ya wanna go hunting, go hunting. If ya wanna trial, trial. One isn't other and vice versa.

Play the game ya got.
by shags
Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?
Replies: 18
Views: 957

Re: Steady? How much, if any, movement is tolerable?

Some judges don't want to see any movement at all. Others are fine with the head turning but don't want any feet moving. Then there are those who think turning to mark is OK as long as there isn't any forward movement (toward the flight of the bird). Don't forget the judges who will forgive whatever...
by shags
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New Puppy- Training Question
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: New Puppy- Training Question

Well, you know she points birds already, correct? So what is more pointing and chasing going to accomplish? But she isn't reliable on recall. Will working on recall make things safer for her and easier for you or not? What will a reliable recall bring to your lives? You can work on both. But IME it'...
by shags
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter vs Brittany- better house dog?
Replies: 19
Views: 1197

Re: English Setter vs Brittany- better house dog?

What Dakotazeb said. You do not want your dog pulling you around all the time, right? It's rude and annoying at best, and can be dangerous if she trips you up or pulls you over. On the cc, yes. It's for training on birds, and I want my dog out front looking for them. Even then, you can have her at h...
by shags
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: New Puppy- Training Question
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: New Puppy- Training Question

You need to think hard about what kind of outcome you want with your dog. Pointing and chasing is cute now, but continuing most likely will ingrain things you will regret later on. Think what you want in your version of a finished dog, then find a program to follow to that end. 100ft is way way too ...
by shags
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter vs Brittany- better house dog?
Replies: 19
Views: 1197

Re: English Setter vs Brittany- better house dog?

Congrats on the new pup. Starting with house manners is easy. Crate train. I use the plastic airline crates because my dogs have always settled in them better than the wire ones. Plus, the plastic crates are better at containing dirt and hair...no little halos of dog scurf around the perimeter of th...
by shags
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter vs Brittany- better house dog?
Replies: 19
Views: 1197

Re: English Setter vs Brittany- better house dog?

Full disclosure, I've never owned a Brittany and I know every dog is an individual, but some of the Brits I've been around at events have this awful horrible scream thing going on. They get excited and the resultant vocalizations are ear splitting. Whereas the noisy setters do the repetitive bark ba...
by shags
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Use a Muzzle During Dog Intro
Replies: 13
Views: 715

Re: Use a Muzzle During Dog Intro

I agree with Ray, in my experience kennel dogs become great housedogs. Of course there is always the one someone knows who was just mean. Dogs that are tethered are often aggressive to loose dogs. I think sometimes that's because they feel relatively defenseless and go with get you before you get me...
by shags
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Use a Muzzle During Dog Intro
Replies: 13
Views: 715

Re: Use a Muzzle During Dog Intro

OP,
If you could describe some of what you see as aggressive behavior, it would help get responses particular to the situation. For example you might handle it differently if the dog was on Search and Destroy Missions to the Rottie as opposed to growling and stiffening up when she sniffs his butt.
by shags
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 1816

Re: hunting too fast

I betcha you really know what your dog is doing...he's pushing up birds. He isn't honest, he's cheating. He wasn't flushing grouse because of speed, he wasn't bothering to to stop and point. Pheasants run, but once the pressure's off? Mistakes happen, birds pop because maybe the dog came in with the...