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by shags
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Training
Topic: English Setter I need your advice
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: English Setter I need your advice

It sounds to me like you went cart-before-horse with your dog. IME, with low drive dogs, you have to unleash the wild child first, then reel it back in; it sounds like you've impeded the wild part and it has shut down. What I've seen done to bring out point in bench-bred dogs, is to put them on a ch...
by shags
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst day in the field!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Worst day in the field!!!

^^^ Sorry for your loss, TW. It's hard, even with the old ones.
by shags
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worst day in the field!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Worst day in the field!!!

That's just plain horrifying. But I'm glad you and your friends are so tight and are able to provide such incredible support for each other.

Good on you all.
by shags
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 24
Views: 801

Re: What is my next step??

I think you will find the answer if you reread Featherfinder's reply, and follow averageguy's advice about ordering the dvds ( or find another method and follow it). You need a plan, you need to understand that plan before you implement it. Winging it day to day will most likely lead you to grief la...
by shags
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Age for bark collar vs ecollar?
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Age for bark collar vs ecollar?

I'd wouldn't use a bark collar on a young pup. I'm no PhD in dog psychology, but it seems to me like pups go through a few developmental stages just like human babies, and barking "at everything" is one of them. At my house, we use "Enough!" to let the pup know to stop; that lets the dog know that a...
by shags
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GWP Travel with pup
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: GWP Travel with pup

Better to check with the airline of choice for their rules. For instance, United requires dogs to be 16 weeks old to fly in the cabin. I used to do airport runs for a local kennel, and there were frequent snafus with shipping dogs. Sometimes a dog crate would be approved for the trip here, but the s...
by shags
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bird Dog first aid kit
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: Bird Dog first aid kit

I fixed my list to make clear about the nsaids. No people ones for dogs.
by shags
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bird Dog first aid kit
Replies: 3
Views: 316

Re: Bird Dog first aid kit

A bottle of spray Vetericyn, good for man or beast. Triple antibiotic *ointment* *without* any corticosteroids...for wounds and can be used in eyes for irritation by seeds etc. Don't use the cream or steroids in eyes ( steroids unless directed by the vet) Roll of vet wrap A couple of feminine hygien...
by shags
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Limber tail -> now permanent hook?
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Limber tail -> now permanent hook?

Maybe a vet visit to be checking for something like a crack or chip in the bones at the base of his tail; also check anal glands and prostate in case some thing going on there is causing discomfort. Or try to gently stretch against the curves, and massage. I'd warm up his tail with a heating pad or ...
by shags
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: OUR LAST HUNT TEST OF 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: OUR LAST HUNT TEST OF 2019

What a good-looking dog! Those eyes....

Congrats on a successful season. Happy hunting :D
by shags
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Food for Dog with Allergy
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Food for Dog with Allergy

How long has your dog been having ear problems? Has the vet read slides made with gunk from the ear? Does the dog also have runny eyes or lick its feet? I'd explore other avenues before going through a mess with a gazillion dog foods. I had a rescue dog that had constant ear problems. Vet saw yeast ...
by shags
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: U.P. Michigan trip
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Re: U.P. Michigan trip

Try calling the DNR. I've found them to be helpful and friendly. FWIW, check out Michigan State forest campgrounds too. They have them all over the place, and plenty of times when we've been up there, we have been the only ones in the campground. Depending on how long you're staying, and how much yo...
by shags
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Gotta' love those Jack Russell Terriers
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Gotta' love those Jack Russell Terriers

LOL Busted!
Now he's gonna have to start all over again :D
by shags
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 24
Views: 801

Re: What is my next step??

Welcome and congrats on the new pup. Everyone has their own method of "puppy, meet bird" so you'll need to sort out what works best for you I take my puppies for lots of walks and let them develop boldness laced with cooperation. I want them to be independent but also to respond to a few commands......
by shags
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Incontinence in old dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: Incontinence in old dogs

I'm glad for you that the stilbestrol is working...I bet Lady is happy, too, not to be embarrassed every morning. We caught our old girl's renal problems at Stage 3/4 so her outlook wasn't good. But we kept her going for a good while by watching her phosphorous intake. She didn't want to eat the rx ...
by shags
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Pup
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: New Pup

Take the dog to a trainer for field work. Resorting to old school methods will very tough on you physically and probably not very effective on the dog if you don't have the strength, agility, and endurance to implement it. You can do some work with the dog indoors, assuming she's a housedog. Basic g...
by shags
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Incontinence in old dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: Incontinence in old dogs

Ask your vet about Proin; a friend of ours used it with his old dog and it worked well. In the meantime, you might try some baby diapers or Pull-ups (with a hole cut out for her tail) or stick a pad inside a pair of boys' briefs and used the fly for the tailhole. Best wishes, it's difficult sometime...
by shags
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Naming Traditions
Replies: 11
Views: 558

Re: Naming Traditions

Could you name your dog "LFido" and when asked his name say "Fido with an L"?

Does the registry demand having to wait 15 years or so to get to a preferred name? That would tick me off.
by shags
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Young dog to hunt with older dog
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: Young dog to hunt with older dog

Sometimes it helps to run the young dog alone with birds on the ground so that he gets his mind on finding birds instead of playing with his bracemate. It's time consuming to put birds out, run the young dog, possibly work birds, then run the older dog. But it's far better than letting the young one...
by shags
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

Well, I know that from the beginning of the National Championship in 1896 until 1915, setters dominated. Then up til the 1930s pointers won about 4 or 5 to 1. After Mississippi Zev won in 1946 there was a setter drought until 1970 when Johnny Crockett won. Then another 43 years went by before Shadow...
by shags
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

There are washouts and difficult dogs from the pointersetter world too. Maybe the difference is they wind up in shelters or a ditch while the off breeds get more of chance or opportunity with their owners who are willing to send the dogs to trainers. When a National Birddog Champion swings on up thi...
by shags
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Naming Traditions
Replies: 11
Views: 558

How interesting but kind of weird. According to the breed club website, that's a tradition a la francais, not a rule, in the US. While there are no similar naming rules for registering dogs in the United States, many Epagneul Breton breeders and owners choose to follow the French tradition. The char...
by shags
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter Breeder
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: English Setter Breeder

If I were looking for another dog, I'd talk to Scott at Berg Brothers Setters. That's in Minnesota but he ships (I picked my pup up at CLE, no problems at all) if that's possible for you. Another guy I'd check out posts videos here as Skydance Kennels. You can check out some of his dogs on YouTube. ...
by shags
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dog killed raccoon
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Dog killed raccoon

Something to not worry about, but to be aware, is ACIP (coondog paralysis). It's rare, serious but recoverable, and might not be something your vet has seen before. My jagd has killed dozens of coons with no problems other than the occasional wound, but I mark the encounters on the calendar just in ...
by shags
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dogs and algae
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: Dogs and algae

Immunity and ability to tolerate toxins are two different issues.

Your DNR and county extension offices should be able to advise you about toxic algae blooms in your area. At the least they can help you to identify the various algae, so if you spot a bad one, you can avoid the area.
by shags
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

I agree about better competition makes one a better competitor. Stats-wise, a win is a win, a loss is a loss, but there's a certain pride that comes with winning against really good dogs. And losing to them doesn't sting quite as much 8) Most of the folks I know appreciate a good dog regardless of b...
by shags
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Setters Perspective
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: Setters Perspective

Bill, I wish you could see some of the dogs trialing in my area. We have some dual types of all four setter breeds as well as the field bred (well, maybe not IRWS, I don't know if they have split in type over here, but the ones I see running are bench champions or contenders) The bench dogs give cre...
by shags
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Setters Perspective
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: Setters Perspective

Times, they are a-changin'....and always have been :D
by shags
Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Training Progress questions.
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: GSP Training Progress questions.

Sounds like your dog was enrolled in Gundog U. instead of Birddog U. or kind of like having a professor of biochemistry teach a course in astrophysics...smart competent guy, just out of his field and most likely having to read the chapter before class. Be happy that your trainer has taken the time a...
by shags
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Hot spots between toes
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Hot spots between toes

If it were my dog, and here it is Saturday afternoon and the vet's office is closed until Monday, I'd try some topical anti-inflammatory like cortisone cream on one of the sore spots. I'd stay with the dog for about a half hour to ensure he doesn't lick the cream off before it has a chance to absorb...
by shags
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pro trainers
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Pro trainers

Not a pro myself, but the ones I know road dogs early ( early, early, like before light), then get in some birdwork before the sun is high in the sky. They take advantage of every cool day that comes along. A couple of the trainers use the shade on the side of the building, or have inside space, for...
by shags
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Intact younger dog and older dog aggression
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: Intact younger dog and older dog aggression

I feel for you, you have a tough situation there. It's very difficult to deal with. I don't have a definitive answer to solve the problem once it has reached the point of fights, but... I would never ever use an ecollar on a dog or dogs that are showing that kind of behavior. Because dogs don't thin...
by shags
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Runt/Growth/Appetite ?
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: Runt/Growth/Appetite ?

Isn't 80# about right for a chessie? Dogs grow in spurts, but at 14 months yours probably has reached almost all of his height but might fill out some. I would rather a dog be a little lean than fat. It sounds to me like you're playing a game with his meals. Set them down, give him 5-10 minutes to e...
by shags
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Heat and dogs..
Replies: 9
Views: 568

Re: Heat and dogs..

Hey Sharon, Check her teeth/mouth for lots of tartar or something stuck in there, like an awn or small stick. Does she seem to be nauseated ever? Maybe a little something to hold off the stomach acid can help...just a little kibble or something If nothing else, I can tell you that my younger dog dro...
by shags
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Heat and dogs..
Replies: 9
Views: 568

Re: Heat and dogs..

Timely reminder, Steve. We're looking at about 97* with high humidity for the next couple of days. I run my dogs off the 4 wheeler or horseback, and it always seems 'not too bad' from up there. But getting off the mode of transport gives a feel for how hot the ground really gets. My guys are getting...
by shags
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

OP, Your dog is very lucky to have an owner who is willing to go the miles to get all that sorted out. Good on you for doing so. Thanks for taking the time to relate your experiences; you never know who might benefit from sharing what we've learned. Best wishes for continued success with your dog's ...
by shags
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need some advice to un-teach this behavior
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Re: Need some advice to un-teach this behavior

To me it would depend on what her reaction to the alerts is. Is it something easy to ignore, like trotting into the room with tail wagging, or something super annoying, like going ballistic with barking and spinning circles. Dial up your response appropriately. You could try to desensitize her by ge...
by shags
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worried I picked the wallflower pup
Replies: 17
Views: 1104

Re: Worried I picked the wallflower pup

Well those pups are SIX WEEKS OLD not six months. Any picking you do, have done, will do...is a crapshoot. If it was a sure thing we all would be writing about our world beaters here, right? Stick with you pick for now but ask the breeder to keep an eye on her until other buyers start to choose, so ...
by shags
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Picky dog...food suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: Picky dog...food suggestions

Top dress with a spoonful of canned. Nothing wrong with a little enticement :D If he picks out the canned and refuses the kibble, take the pan up and let him go hungry for a full day. Then offer about half his usual amount the next feeding. If he refuses that, give him another day of fasting. If he ...
by shags
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 4
Views: 370

Re: Weight loss

Absent some kind of illness, seems like maybe your dog isn't maintaining on that maintenance diet, is he? I'd switch to a better quality dog food and make sure the dog gets a good comditioning routine to help him build up his muscle. Nine years old isn't all that elderly for a healthy dog. IME dogs ...
by shags
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs under a truck topper
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: Dogs under a truck topper

This is the fan I use, it moves so much air you'll have to hang on to your hat https://www.etrailer.com/12V-Power-Accessories/Fantastic-Vent/FV01100WH.html If you have a 12V outlet in your truck bed you're all set but you might want to think about using a marine/rv/golf cart battery if you want to r...
by shags
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog points, but won't point pheasants
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: Dog points, but won't point pheasants

Seems to me like some dogs don't recognize "new-to-them" species as game. So you have some 'splainin' to do with your dog. Did you correct him for the bumps? Go back to square one and correct however you've done with his pigeons and quail so he realizes that the pheasants are to be pointed. Around h...
by shags
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs under a truck topper
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: Dogs under a truck topper

I have an ARE topper on my 2500 chevy. The topper has a drop down window with screen on the front ( my truck's back window doesn't open). and side sliders with screens. The sliders also flip up for access. I had a 12V plug added to the bed so I can run a Fantasic Fan back there when it's hot and rai...
by shags
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mut Identification
Replies: 14
Views: 676

Re: Mut Identification

Lab X GSP? I've see some undocked tails on GSPs and weims. They all curled like that and were by and large pretty whippy. Those dog DNA tests seem pretty bogus...so many results come back as crosses between odd/rare breeds it makes me wonder. Seems to me I read that the tests don't go on parentage (...
by shags
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: GSP behavior - correct this or no?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: GSP behavior - correct this or no?

Understand that in trashbreaking your dog on rabbits, he won't want anything to do with them any more. If you want him to hunt rabbits with you sometimes, don't trashbreak, it isn't fair to him. You'll have to work on an absolutely consistent recall or some other way to call him off the bunnies when...
by shags
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: GSP behavior - correct this or no?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: GSP behavior - correct this or no?

If you want to trash break him, then do it effectively and be done with it. Don't be just nagging him. To trash break, crank your collar up really high ( I use Level 6 continuous which is the highest setting on my ecollar), let him get into the chase, then light him up. Keep quiet - you want the dog...
by shags
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Old Dogs
Replies: 6
Views: 673

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: 10
Views: 571

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: 10
Views: 571

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: 557

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...