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by shags
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Oral flea and tick medications?
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Oral flea and tick medications?

mtlhdr,

Would you do me a favor and check your simparica box for the species of ticks it kills? I passed on it last year despite my vet's recommendation because deer ticks weren't listed, and they are the greatest concern over here. TIA. I might go to it if deer ticks are covered.
by shags
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: BorderTerrier
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: BorderTerrier

I want to see the video where Roxy chooses the cookie over the bunny or squirrel :lol:

You have her looking very good and snappy there though.
by shags
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa

Not familiar with the area you are in, but suggest looking for Amish or Mennonite livestock auctions. Around here, besides beef, horses, and pigs, Amish bring small stock including pigeons. Sometimes those are sold flea market style rather than going under the gavel. You might have better luck price...
by shags
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: BorderTerrier
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: BorderTerrier

Why don't you mail me one of those little dogs? A male about 12 weeks old, please :lol:

She's minding, but she doesn't like it. She wants what she wants, not what anyone wants her to want. She'll not want that all day long.
by shags
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nick’s first field trial
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: Nick’s first field trial

It sounds like you and your pup did well regardless of placements. Good on you for the great attitude. My advice would be, if you intend to trial, is to go and watch as many braces as you can, and rank the dogs yourself. Then you can compare with what the judges put up. You'll learn what's needed to...
by shags
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: BorderTerrier
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: BorderTerrier

Good luck with that! :lol: :roll: :lol:
by shags
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.
Replies: 18
Views: 338

Re: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.

Trekmoor wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:05 am
It wiznae a request ! I'm lucky I never got my heid chopped off ! :lol:

Bill T.
OMG!

"Move it, Toots! Cancha see I'm tryin to run my dog?"

So glad you made it out of there with your head attached :D
by shags
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.
Replies: 18
Views: 338

Re: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.

Does anyone else want to hear Bill's story about his request of the queen?

"Please step aside, Madam, I have a dog to run."
by shags
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.
Replies: 18
Views: 338

Re: Gun Dog Trainers/Mentors.

The two trainers I've hired in the past 12 years or so would recommend trying a different trainer if they weren't able to get anywhere with a particular dog. They also would talk to other trainers for advice if a dog was giving them grief on a particular problem. Both encourage owners to learn to ha...
by shags
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Lab puppy food
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: Lab puppy food

My bag of PPP Sport 30/20 says "all life stages" right there on the front.
by shags
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Oral flea and tick medications?
Replies: 13
Views: 378

Re: Oral flea and tick medications?

I have similar concerns ever since I had a conversation with my own doctor about a long-acting med, and he expressed that if there's a bad reaction, I'd be stuck with it until the meds wore off. So I choose to use Seresto collars on my dogs, and to use ivermectin for HW monthly and other wormers as ...
by shags
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Despite my username... I'm getting a setter
Replies: 14
Views: 326

Re: Despite my username... I'm getting a setter

Congrats! Best wishes for a great partnership.
by shags
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Hunting

Why don't you try some akc or US Complete trials? US Complete is walking, and you can walk in any akc trial or stake. New akc rules allow walking handlers to be braced together. Both formats would reward a productive run along a line like that. Good luck ,I hope you find something you can enjoy.
by shags
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Hunting

^^^
I think that depends on the format. Counting bird contacts could lead to higher scores in something like shoot to retrieve trials, but a poor pattern with more bird contacts probably won't get more credit in AF or AKC trials.
by shags
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Hunting

Birddog might not be in your vocabulary, but it's in mine :D

And it's more than a word, it's a life style :D
by shags
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Hunting

Hey Miss Sharon, that's what you get when you mention beagles on a birddog forum :D
by shags
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shooting around puppies
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Shooting around puppies

I wouldn't do it, and I wouldn't consider it a plus for any pup I considered buying. When we bring pups home they are exposed to all the every day household noises like vacuum cleaners and hammering nails, but not extra stuff like banging pots and pans or hand clapping while they eat and that sort o...
by shags
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Hunting

FF, great post. You nailed it.
by shags
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Hunting

Ha! Try an occasional "Yuuuuuuuuup, bud" or something like that. Don't use his name because that tends to make youngsters come back to check in.
by shags
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 995

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Are Boykins not a relatively new akc registrable breed? If I were looking for a working dog I would stay away from akc breeders and find one who registers with another organization. As in Border Collies, Jack Russells, Jagdterriers etc it seems like bench breeders are in the forefront of these newly...
by shags
Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting "out front" looping?
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Hunting

I had a dog that did that and it drove me crazy. What was advised to me was to charge the dog with my horse or atv; this doesn't help much because by the time you're close enough to impress the dog, he's already part way back to you. I tried watching really close and hollering or using a whistle to ...
by shags
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 995

Re: Let’s talk about registration

I think you're correct FM. A dog needn't be a big winner in any venue or format. I don't think that should be a requirement for registration. Or breeding for that matter. Who is to say anyone's "best dog ever" isn't worthy as long as it does its job well be it National Grand Champion Poobah Prize 10...
by shags
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 995

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Averageguy wrote I find it impossible to credibly argue I should have the freedom to breed a dog which cannot pass health screenings and be trained to pass a Hunt Test (which includes an evaluation of the dogs' coat and temperament) as the bare minimum requirements. The AKC side of my Breed is a gro...
by shags
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let's Talk Part 2 *Video*
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Re: Let's Talk Part 2 *Video*

Thank you for this series. I think it will be helpful to new competitors, and serve as reminders for some seasoned ones. My take on judging is this... I run my dogs and the judges can use them or not. If I'm happy with my dogs, that's all that counts. Who can say what judges see and interpret over t...
by shags
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 47
Views: 995

Re: Let’s talk about registration

IMO limited registration and contracts are BS. If I'm writing a check or plunking down a wad of hundred dollar bills for a dog, the dog is mine, exclusively. If a breeder thinks so highly of their puppies, then he/she should just keep them in their breeding program and not annoy buyers with their de...
by shags
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Won't hunt
Replies: 18
Views: 478

Re: Won't hunt

IME it's helpful to keep quiet. Yammering and nagging does bad things...make a dog nervous and clingy, or close up his ears to ignore you later on.

Many a time I've plunked my self down on a log in the woods, or in the grass in the pasture, and just let a pup do what he will.
by shags
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?

A couple that I know has a dog with fear aggression issues that they are working hard to fix. The dog is either a GSP or a weim, I don't remember, around 3 years old. They asked their vet who is a behaviorist whether neutering would help, and the vet told them that diminished hormone levels often le...
by shags
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Effect of spaying/neutering on performance?

Another why?


And yet another...Why are people these days so offended by/afraid of a little testosterone?
by shags
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pic from yesterdays run.
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: New pic from yesterdays run.

What a pretty dog!

Much better to have a pup point stink birds than not point anything at all.
by shags
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tips or advice first nbha puppy trial
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Tips or advice first nbha puppy trial

Well, good luck to you. And remember, having fun with your pup is all that counts.

Remember to have fun. Puppy stakes are the bomb.

Have fun!
by shags
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy vs adult dog food
Replies: 26
Views: 701

Re: Puppy vs adult dog food

Feed what has worked for you, and change if it doesn't work for this particular pup.
by shags
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tips or advice first nbha puppy trial
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Tips or advice first nbha puppy trial

Attend a trial and see what's expected. If you can't attend one before the one you entered, at least get there early enough to watch the puppies that have a turn before you. Check the organization's website and read through the stake requirements, and look for some vids on youtube. Call the event co...
by shags
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1271

Re: Training an excitable dog?

cj, I really like your explanation of that method. What struck a chord was the turn around from the dog getting the handler to focus on him, to getting the dog to focus on the handler. Thanks for that contribution. Smith's method does something similar to Kohler's crate. He puts the dog on a stake o...
by shags
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training an excitable dog?
Replies: 58
Views: 1271

Re: Training an excitable dog?

By training do you mean yardwork like heel and whoa? Is 'running off lead' in a contained area like the back yard or out in the open i.e. farmland? Does he stay close to you naturally or do you make him? IME sometimes it helps to wear the dog down before a training session, by roading or free runnin...
by shags
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Day
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Training Day

Nice dog! Gotta love the ones that don't let down after the shot.

That's some gnarly cover. How'd you get in there to flush?
by shags
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: excessive barking
Replies: 10
Views: 214

Re: excessive barking

Does it really matter why he's barking? You don't want the noise, make him stop.
by shags
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Training
Topic: excessive barking
Replies: 10
Views: 214

Re: excessive barking

Along with scolding, scruff him and give him a good shake. He doesn’t respect your verbal correction and needs to know you mean business. Be careful with a bark collar around other dogs; sometimes the dog receiving stim misdirects reaction to the zap and thinks the other dog did it. Can start a fight.
by shags
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy trials near south east
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Re: Puppy trials near south east

Check the online schedules of the format you're interested in. For some, your pup needs ro be 6 months old to compete. NSTRA, UFTCA, etc should have some American Field has a schedule in the online version of the magazine. You can search here for AKC trials https://www.apps.akc.org//apps/event_calen...
by shags
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2898

Re: Setter tracking birds

None of us get a do-over on the past. All we can do is move forward and try to correct our mistakes. You don't need an ecollar to train your dog. There are resources that might help you. Call the breeder of your dog and ask if they or someone they know can help. Is your dog registered with some orga...
by shags
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2898

Re: Setter tracking birds

Youare correct, training isn't easy. If it was, we'd all be in the business and have wonder dogs :D OK, so now you know that "let the birds train the dog" does not work for your dog. So you can eliminate that method from the suggestions you have received. If I remember correctly, the use of an e-col...
by shags
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2898

Re: Setter tracking birds

especially as I see no improvements whatever I do. Some tell me the dog will get it at some point, just keep giving him experience, but starting to feel unsure about the whole thing. Maybe you can tell us whatever it is you are doing/have done. From what you've written, it sounds to me like you tak...
by shags
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Setter tracking birds
Replies: 65
Views: 2898

Re: Setter tracking birds

I remember you said you could have the opportunity to work with a trainer. Did that happen? Have you done any actual training, or are you simply allowing the dog to run amok? It sounds like, in the dog's mind, he *is* having success in doing what he wants - flush and chase. It's up to you to communi...
by shags
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: STEADY TO RELEASE
Replies: 15
Views: 448

Re: STEADY TO RELEASE

Hello Jeff. I do my training a little differently. I find that the best way to encourage steadiness to the flush, shot and fall, is to allow the dogs to flush the birds, but only on my verbal cue. I call it my "flush/stop" cue. I expect an aggressive flush and immediate stop to that flush. Basicall...
by shags
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Honesty & Extreme Ownership *Video*
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Re: Honesty & Extreme Ownership *Video*

Nice!
by shags
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: STEADY TO RELEASE
Replies: 15
Views: 448

Re: STEADY TO RELEASE

First thing you have to do is quit going past your dog when you go to flush. As you walk up past him, it puts him into a help to flush mode. IDK why, just something dogs do. Instead, come in for the flush at more a 90* angle to the dog. That way, you're kind of blocking him, and also getting into hi...
by shags
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: dog's paws and ice water
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: dog's paws and ice water

At my house the dogs are run almost every day regardless of winter weather. The exception to that is if it's deemed too nasty for us people. This past winter we skipped a couple days due to high winds and horrible wind chill factors, and a couple of days because it was just too icy to be safe. We've...
by shags
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crate Sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: Crate Sizing

First define "travel" then think long term. Travel can mean a quick trip to the vet or a long haul to and from hunting camp. What can be cozy for a young spry dog might not be so comfortable when the dog is older and stiffens up from a day of working. My older setter is around 47# and is good in an ...
by shags
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using e collar
Replies: 41
Views: 1073

Re: Using e collar

ON, It reads to me like you make judgements on the use of ecollar training based on observation of several clueless bozos. Your negative impressions are not formed by watching skilled effective trainers using electronics. Maybe your knowlege banks need to be expanded? Nothing is a necessary training...
by shags
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using e collar
Replies: 41
Views: 1073

Re: Using e collar

I think you may be wrong with that sentence...plenty of geezers and geezettes here with training days that preceded ecollars.

I well remember those old days, and much prefer the kinder gentler methods available now because of "something between me and my dog".
by shags
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 35
Views: 1959

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Good to hear from you, Ezzy, even though your update saddens. Hospice can be a great help to you and those who take care of you. Take advantage of whatever services they offer. Use your painkillers as you need them and try to stay ahead of the pain, Today I saw a sign on a church that I pass on the ...