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by shags
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Old Dogs
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: Old Dogs

I've had a couple of dogs that self-regulated their food (calorie) intake as they aged and were less active. As long as they acted OK and didn't seem to be sick or losing too much weight, I tried not to worry about it. One thing that helped was for me to reduce the amount that went into the food pan...
by shags
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timid GSP
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Timid GSP

OP, Steve brings up an excellent point. Have your dog checked out for thyroid problems. Insist that your vet run a COMPLETE thyroid panel to include antibodies, NOT just TSH and T4. Here is an article by Dr. Jean Dodds, an expert in thyroid disfunction. The 7th paragraph onward might strike a cord w...
by shags
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Timid GSP
Replies: 9
Views: 184

Re: Timid GSP

Lunging and shrieking towards that other dog, or away from it? Away would indicate fear; toward would be aggression. Different response from you on either. I'd start by getting your own groove back as far as walking her every day even for short times. Work and a new baby can make things chaotic at h...
by shags
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Thoughts on the "grain free"/DCM association?
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Thoughts on the "grain free"/DCM association?

Seems like I read that the problem regarding grain free is that the peas and other legumes inhibit the bioavailability of any taurine that's in the food. Do what you must if you have a dog with grain allergies; but for most situations the grain free thing is just marketing IMO. Didn't it pop up arou...
by shags
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Organizing a training day
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: Organizing a training day

I think it would help if you could outline a bit on what type of training day you're considering - bunch of first timers, novices with a little knowledge, experienced folks looking for improving methods or solving problems, steady dogs as personal gun dogs, or polish dogs for competition, etc. I've ...
by shags
Fri May 31, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP attacking ducks
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: GSP attacking ducks

The problem is not whether your dog holds point on ducks, it's that you are allowing him to go to other people's property and go after their pet ducks. Even if he points ducks, do you think the duck owners are going to be happy with *your* dog in *their* yards around their ducks? Just get control ov...
by shags
Wed May 29, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP attacking ducks
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: GSP attacking ducks

Both instances are entirely on you. Why are you letting the dog run loose when you can't see what he's doing and have no control over him? Just because he wants something doesn't mean he should be allowed...either running free or going after other people's pets. If pet ducks are on your property, th...
by shags
Thu May 23, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training method comparison
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: Training method comparison

In order to do a real study, you need a large sample and two puppies isn't enough to reliably compare results. But it would help you to decide which method you prefer as a trainer. Why not find a way to go observe dogs trained in each method and see if you can spot any differences? You might be able...
by shags
Wed May 22, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training method comparison
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: Training method comparison

Not sure I understand what you're asking. Do you want to know if someone can use one method on one dog, and the other method on a different dog? Sure, why not? It would be a good way to figure out a method that the trainer enjoys using. Or are you more after a comparison to how dogs respond to the m...
by shags
Mon May 20, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: How much olive oil ?
Replies: 13
Views: 554

I agree with the above, and would switch to a more performance type formulation in the range of 30/20. As an example, my 70+ dog maintains really well on about 2 1/2 - 3 cups a day with lots of daily exercise.
by shags
Sat May 18, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1049

Re: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting

LOL thanks, Sharon :D

I just send in the checks and drive Ed to the trials...he does all the hard work. He's been a lot of fun.
by shags
Wed May 15, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1049

Re: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting

AG, It's nice that you share your experience and expertise, but some of us also have our own experience and consider ourselves fairly successful trainers. For instance, I've seen a couple of Ray G's dogs and he has done a great job with them. They are bold, stylish, and broke. My own dogs are genera...
by shags
Wed May 15, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1049

Re: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting

On a pigeon pole, the bird is flushed, flies the length of the cord, and "plants" itself. Fire a blank or not, whatever you wish. The cord can be pretty long depending on your facility, my friend's was about 40 - 50 feet. The pole can be moved from field to field. You wouldn't want to do lots of poi...
by shags
Wed May 15, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1049

Re: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting

Just go ahead and use the pretty birds in the way you intended to use ones caught by you. Your neighbor replaced your birds, and if she bought expensive ones, that's on her, not you. If you decide to reuse your new fancy birds, make sure if you tether them that they are weighted well. You really wil...
by shags
Mon May 13, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NSTRA ages
Replies: 13
Views: 634

Re: NSTRA ages

My dogs and I compete, but not in NSTRA. With a green dog, I much prefer to be braced with a well-broke dog because it reduces the chance of undue pressure from a misbehaving bracemate. I also prefer to stick with Open stakes because sometimes amateur handlers aren't as on top of things as pros are....
by shags
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hot weather training
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Hot weather training

Do what you can when you can. Take advantage of cooler early/late hours. Occasional cold fronts moving through help too. Barrel work in a cool basement or garage. Carry water when you run the dog for exercise, even if you have access to a pond or creek. My dogs have a plastic wading pool in their ya...
by shags
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: New guy
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: New guy

^^^ Ebert.
by shags
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: outside kennel arrangement for old inside dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 481

Re: outside kennel arrangement for old inside dogs

Some "inside" ideas... I've left my oldies in the house on vinyl flooring ( kitchen), and expected to go through lots of paper towels. My daughter lives way more suburban and hires a dog walker to come by in the middle of the day. Maybe about $12 a day. My sister installed a dog door so her dog can ...
by shags
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Oral flea and tick medications?
Replies: 18
Views: 934

Re: Oral flea and tick medications?

Thanks much. You worked way hard on that :D
by shags
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 3019

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Ezzy, I hope where you are now it's opening day whenever you want, with plenty of birds and your beloved Britannies.
by shags
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Oral flea and tick medications?
Replies: 18
Views: 934

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: 421

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: 418

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: 421

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: 8
Views: 554

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: 421

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: 19
Views: 736

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: 19
Views: 736

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: 19
Views: 736

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: 6
Views: 535

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: 18
Views: 934

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: 574

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: 850

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: 850

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: 850

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: 850

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: 410

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: 850

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: 850

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: 60
Views: 2017

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: 850

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: 60
Views: 2017

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: 60
Views: 2017

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: 136

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: 60
Views: 2017

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: 731

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: 592

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: 592

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: 261

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: 378

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!