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by shags
Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: new member Mike
Replies: 30
Views: 398

Re: new member Mike

I don't usually jump in on "feed this, not that" conversations usually what ever works is fine, but I would think twice about TOTW. It's a grain free feed, which means it uses peas, potatoes, and other legumes. Did you know that those together with a lack of the usual by products in dog food have be...
by shags
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: new member Mike
Replies: 30
Views: 398

Re: new member Mike

Keep in mind there are no hard and fast correct answers, and we all have our own variations for feeding and exercise routines. It's all in figuring out what works in your household with your dog and your schedule. You can see that in Ray's response and mine...just different methods that produce good...
by shags
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: new member Mike
Replies: 30
Views: 398

Re: new member Mike

When puppies are little enough to be fed several times a day, I don't even think about structured exercise. IME it goes eat, go out and poop, then take a nap. After the nap they they're ready for fun... Just take them out in the yard and let them explore and mess around however they want and when th...
by shags
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: new member Mike
Replies: 30
Views: 398

Re: new member Mike

Mike, Welcome and congrats on the new pup. Feeding your pup can depend on several factors. There's a big difference between a nine week old puppy and a six month old. Where is your dog going to be housed? Does the pup tend to burn calories as fast as he consumes them, or is he an easy keeper? IME li...
by shags
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:57 am
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: Squirt 7-14-2006-1-14-2021
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Squirt 7-14-2006-1-14-2021

Condolences on your loss. What a beautiful dog. He landed in a good place when he came ro you, and your love for him came through in your photos. I wish you peace.
by shags
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of the line for me and Tubbs
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Re: End of the line for me and Tubbs

I'm sorry that things haven't worked out, but I think you're doing the right thing. A young family doesn't need that kind of stress and liability issues.

Best wishes to you going forward.
by shags
Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sportmix alert!
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Sportmix alert!

Hey folks,
Just saw a news article that Sportmix is having a problem with some of their dog and cat foods, and some deaths have been reported.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pet-food-r ... toxin-fda/
by shags
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Merry Christmas friends
Replies: 11
Views: 863

Re: Merry Christmas friends

Merry Christmas, all!
Best wishes to you all for the New Year.
by shags
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Pointer Breeder-MidWest
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: English Pointer Breeder-MidWest

The Kentucky Derby is a mile and a quarter. How many Percherons or warmbloods have won the Tevis Cup?
by shags
Thu Dec 03, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: GSP less active, change food?
Replies: 11
Views: 497

Re: GSP less active, change food?

If he's doing well on that formula, just feed less once a day. If he gets trouble with bile with his stomach empty for 24 hours, use part of the daily ration at the 12 hour mark; just a handful will do. I've found it easier on the dogs to cut back gradually so they're at the proper amount in about 1...
by shags
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why we play this game.
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: Why we play this game.

Moments like that make all the training, all the drills, all the aggravation that comes with birddogs - totally worth it.

Congrats :D
by shags
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sad news about our member Irishwhistler
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Sad news about our member Irishwhistler

A sad loss for the forum community. His photography showed such regard for his dogs and the outdoors.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
by shags
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: pain relief
Replies: 11
Views: 735

Re: pain relief

Is there a way you could improve her conditioning program? IME drastically upping exercise occasionally like that leads to the Weekend Warrior pain and stiffness, but keeping dogs in shape for whatever particular activity you participate in helps a lot. Can you road her, run her off a quad or golf c...
by shags
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA Regional run
Replies: 4
Views: 1518

Re: NSTRA Regional run

Big congrats! Sounds like Team Missy topped some very good competition. What memories to add to the pile :D
by shags
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Masticatory Myositis
Replies: 18
Views: 1412

Re: Masticatory Myositis

So sorry to see this, Sharon.
It's been a tough year for you :(
Peace and strength to you and yours.
by shags
Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bicep tendonitis
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: Bicep tendonitis

Can you split the difference and give the dog 10 days off and see how it goes? If he seems painful after that, I'd put him up for a longer while.
by shags
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about JGHV, FF, JGV-USA and steady to WSF
Replies: 14
Views: 893

Re: Question about JGHV, FF, JGV-USA and steady to WSF

Sharon, they probably dinged your dog for blowing a stop to flush. I hate STFs at a distance...what a waste of time to have the dog stand there like a dummy, burning time when he could be moving on and finding birds. I've had my dog picked up for self-relocating before I went in for the flush (runni...
by shags
Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I can't wait
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: I can't wait

I'm jealous, Ray :mrgreen: I've had January pups, summer pups, and Thanksgiving pups. Over the course of 13 or so years, it doesn't make a bit of difference when their birthday is. Well, maybe a little bit, for AKC trials depending on your state's trial seasons, you get either 2 puppy seasons and on...
by shags
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 1115

Re: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany

One thing that is confusing me though is why I would keep my mouth shut and not whoa him. How else would he know that he has the stay in one place. Also what do I do on false points when there is no bird there. My thinking is exactly the same. Move him back to position and then release him when I a...
by shags
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Baseball
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: Baseball

Shed no tears, Buckeye football makes up for it :D
by shags
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 1115

Re: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany

So your pup disobeys a command then you reward him for it, then wonder why he keeps disobeying the command?

You know what to do...A,B, and C.
by shags
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Baseball
Replies: 9
Views: 588

Re: Baseball

Wait til next year. Go Tribe. :P
by shags
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 3887

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

Averageguy ( who always posts way above average advice :D ) I think the point is that stuff just happens sometimes, and for whatever reason the dog can be negatively affected. Poor timing, not reading the dog correctly, an ill-timed correction, malfunctions, all sorts of thing can happen. As with ec...
by shags
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 3887

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

Ratdog We do not know what happens at the trainers. I had a fairly big name trainer launch a bird from a snow covered launcher that hit my dog. That dog is now a 12 year old AKC Master dog, she is a super dog. BUt, she has never went within 100 yards of a launcher again and certainly will not point...
by shags
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: sore spots on toes
Replies: 1
Views: 848

Re: sore spots on toes

I would guess that the boot rubbed and irritated the toes. Because it stings or itches or whatever, the dog licks it and starts a cycle of sore, lick, more sore, more lick, on and on and on. the cone interrupts the cycle and gives the sore spots a chance to heal. But the thing is, you have to carefu...
by shags
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy exercise and growth plates.
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Puppy exercise and growth plates.

I think you'd have to start with finding out the details of how/when/why your friend ran his pup. Maybe the vet knows those details and is responding to them. Did your buddy overdo it or was he cautious? I also wonder if the dog is neutered; I've read that early neutering can cause orthopedic proble...
by shags
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cracked foot pad
Replies: 8
Views: 798

Re: Cracked foot pad

You've been running him a lot. A couple of days off to let it heal won't kill either one of you. Any athlete knows that recovery days help overall performance. As far as him being a pain, he needs to learn to settle so you can use this as an opportunity to start teaching him how to behave. Maybe do ...
by shags
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 3887

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

With head slinging IME it's not so much what you're doing with that particular point, it's what you do/did during training. Could be too much chatter from yourself, too much verbal cautioning, too much hands on styling up, too much physical correction, sometimes even overly aggressive body language....
by shags
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Masticatory Myositis
Replies: 18
Views: 1412

Re: Masticatory Myositis

Sharon, sorry to hear that it was a tough diagnosis. Day by day, may they be good ones.
by shags
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: BURR COMB
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: BURR COMB

You can get an aluminum mane comb from a horse tack store...Big D has them for $1.75
We've had ours for decades.

While you're at it, you might like to try a tube of Cowboy Magic. Works great for sliding vegetation right out of hair.
by shags
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Our Beloved GSP Miranda
Replies: 7
Views: 1848

Re: Our Beloved GSP Miranda

Condolences for the loss of your Miranda. It sounds like she was beyond a good one. Peace to your family.
by shags
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New member just south of Chicago
Replies: 4
Views: 995

Re: New member just south of Chicago

Welcome!
Sounds like you and the pooch are doing awesome.
by shags
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog is “soft”
Replies: 25
Views: 2021

Re: Dog is “soft”

You've had this problem with the dog since the beginning, no? IME this stuff is the result of the dog having a screw loose, which is very difficult to fix because that's just how he's wired; or a major attitude problem which may or may not be fixable. Given that he tends to overreact to any kind of ...
by shags
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy question
Replies: 8
Views: 1019

Re: Puppy question

A friend gave me a puppy out of an accidental breeding, mother/son, and the pup was fine. In fact he was more than fine. I never heard of any of the littermates having problems related to the inbreeding. If the parents are healthy with no or very few known heritable problems, the puppies ought to be...
by shags
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bumps appearing all over my GSP
Replies: 2
Views: 455

Re: Bumps appearing all over my GSP

I'm no vet but I would guess hives also.

As to what caused them, that's a puzzle for you to figure out. If it happens again go over what that day and this day have in common.

Good luck, hope the benedryl kicks in.
by shags
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 2139

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

Sometimes that point is 200-300 yards out and since you can't run in NSTRA it can take some time to get to the dog. That's when she is likely to scoop the bird. Have you worked on that in training by making her wait? Lots of times in training it's dog points and handler gets right on the flush. But...
by shags
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 2139

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

Thing is guys, these dogs don't do wrong in training, so there isn't any meeting with Jesus. They are also smart enough to figure out that fake trial situations are just that, fake...and they know it's just more training. IME it's difficult to set up a good fake trial, because a bracemate won't suff...
by shags
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 2139

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

The dog has your number and knows he can get away with misbehaving, and is having a great time with it. You need to figure out a way to correct your dog on course within the rules of the trial organization. I run AKC, and the book says no training at trials. But most judges don't mind and will look ...
by shags
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: HOF Dog
Replies: 9
Views: 1792

Big giant congrats! That's something to bust yer buttons over. Enjoy your visit to Grand Junction. It's quite something when you stop to think about all the great dogs and dog men and women who have gone before. Maybe you can take Penny on over to the morning breakaway at Ames just to say she was th...
by shags
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How many gun dogs?
Replies: 21
Views: 2082

Re: How many gun dogs?

Disclaimer - we compete with our dogs rather than bird hunt. But the dog population question has similarities between the two. I think first you have to consider your housing situation. If you live somewhere with restrictions on the number of dogs you can keep, it's a whole other game than if you ca...
by shags
Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Intro: Nate
Replies: 8
Views: 1166

Re: Intro: Nate

Welcome!

Sounds like your new dog has landed in the place he needed.

Good luck with him. Hope you both get home soon :D
by shags
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall with ecollar question
Replies: 11
Views: 1212

Re: Recall with ecollar question

I also overlay the cc with the ecollar. Command, quick tug, nick, reel him in with praise. One command only, you don't want the dog to learn that you only mean business after several commands. In the field, command, and nick if he ignores. Use the lowest setting that gets a reaction. My dogs get #1 ...
by shags
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 1249

Re: Insurance

I don't know where's the better place to put this, here or on the clinical trials thread, but here goes. Some vet schools are researching a canine anti-cancer vaccine, which if successful in dogs might go on to develop one for humans. It's called VACCS. They're using it for cancers other than osteos...
by shags
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 1249

Re: Insurance

It's important to have clear communication with your veterinary professionals about treatments, costs, and probable outcomes. For example, recently my daughter's little dog was diagnosed with lymphoma. She was referred ro a veterinary oncologist who explained the treatment in detail. Bottom line, no...
by shags
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 1249

Re: Insurance

No insurance here either. We've had between 3 and 5 dogs at any one time and the premiums would have been way to expensive. Back in the day when our budget was tighter, we squirreled away a small emergency fund and also left room on a credit card to cover unexpected vet expenses. Now that we have mo...
by shags
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching scent pointing?
Replies: 18
Views: 1923

Re: Teaching scent pointing?

I'd probably ("probably" because things might need to be changed up depending on circumstances) start him like I would a little baby puppy. Plant some birds in light cover so he can't see them and checkcord him in crosswise to the wind. Use the cc to control his pace so he doesn't outrun his nose, a...
by shags
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Events
Topic: covid and So Cal NSTRA trials
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Re: covid and So Cal NSTRA trials

Probably the same everywhere. As of now, it's okay to have them in my state if we follow all the governor's mandates. On state grounds there might not be any facilities open. On private grounds there's the problem of who is going to sanitize facilities after each use or at least several times a day....
by shags
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: male testicles
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Re: male testicles

Is it hot by you? How old is the dog? Older males hang lower IME, and the scrotum loosens in the heat. Do his testicles snug up after a cool/cold swim or hosing? I think the thing to watch out for is whether the testicles are of his 'normal' size and denseness, one or both not enlarged or unusually ...
by shags
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Vive'ing la difference
Replies: 33
Views: 2717

Re: Vive'ing la difference

:mrgreen: Horrifying! :mrgreen:

(Well done, Buddy)
by shags
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 2405

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

Claude, I'm glad that you're feeling better. I hope you know that six months is puppy h3ll...for its people :D The suggestion to use a stake out or chain gang is a good one. It worked wonders for one of my boneheads. But there are some safeguards you should be aware of. Don't make the chain on the s...