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by shags
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy question
Replies: 6
Views: 248

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: 149

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: 839

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: 839

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: 839

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: 7
Views: 712

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: 19
Views: 798

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: 453

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: 515

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: 498

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: 498

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: 498

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: 904

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: 268

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: 224

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: 1385

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: 1076

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...
by shags
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Acana dog food
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Acana dog food

Will it nag at you forever if you don't try it? Your best bet might to try it for a bag or two. No telling in advance how a particular dog will do on a particular food. That being said, I started with PPP, switched to something "better" and again to something "just as good but cheaper" and here I am...
by shags
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Trimming Toe Nails?
Replies: 10
Views: 721

Re: Trimming Toe Nails?

I think it has a lot to do with how the dog is put together, the shape of the foot, and how it moves. I used to hang with someone who is a pro show-dog handler. They like those nails short. Her dogs nails got dremeled at least once a week whether they needed it or not. You can clip the nails first, ...
by shags
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 1076

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

A couple of suggestions, A tired dog is a good dog. Find a way to wear out that pup almost every day. Can you free run him for about 30 minutes? Does anyone in the family run and is able to take the dog along? How about biking...can someone run the dog along side? Remember that oftentimes our dogs p...
by shags
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Clinical trials
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Clinical trials

Kind of a PSA. Are you aware that veterinary colleges offer inclusion of our pets in clinical trials? If you're not unreasonably far from a vet school, it might be worthwhile to check out any trials upcoming or ongoing. Often they offer free treatment for a variety of conditions and diseases and fir...
by shags
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Her First Catch!
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Her First Catch!

Pink rules!
by shags
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Problems with come/here

1 Not big deal. In fact, if my dog were more interested in cookies than hunting, I'd be disappointed. 2 Give only one command and enforce it. Two commands leads to three, leads to four, etc. Give the cc a good snap or jerk to get the dog moving. 3 Not too young for ecollar work on recall. How old is...
by shags
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Newbie from Oregon!
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Newbie from Oregon!

Congrats on the new family member :D

Sounds like your new guy landed in a good place.
by shags
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nice Pup
Replies: 3
Views: 571

Re: Nice Pup

Well that was fun! Thanks for posting it.
by shags
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Grain-Free kibble
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: Grain-Free kibble

IME a major cause of gas and/or diarrhea in an otherwise healthy dog is too much food. Cutting back a little each meal, and feeding two small meals if they need the calories, can clear it right up. Sometimes it helps to skip a day of feeding to give the gut a chance ro settle down, then proceed with...
by shags
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Grain-Free kibble
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: Grain-Free kibble

The big national brands like Purina have nutritionists on the payroll, and I'm pretty sure the small boutique brands don't. Purina for example keeps "research" dogs who can be tested for various health concerns related to feed. If I were to switch to a smaller or local brand, I'd find out who mills ...
by shags
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Grain-Free kibble
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: Grain-Free kibble

There was some noise last year about grain free kibbles having ingredients like potatoes, peas, and legumes which inhibit the uptake of taurine. Taurine deficiency was linked to cardiac problems specifically heart failure. There have been some decent studies done so you might want to look them up an...
by shags
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Fetching issue
Replies: 13
Views: 1397

Re: Fetching issue

I've only ever done play retrieving with my dogs, so can't help training-wise. But there are some materials my dogs don't want anything to do with...like that smelly rubber or some slick plastics.
by shags
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 3030

Re: How to teach "turning"?

Sharon wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:30 pm
Ah , you're right! Sorry. Of course there are no spaniels in the pointing dog trials. :)

(That dog looks mad.)
Cuz Robert emptied that bottle, I betcha.
by shags
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 3030

Re: How to teach "turning"?

Any tips for how to teach your dog to turn or "handle" in the field? Thanks Can't say for sure !! ? But if the dawg ain't looking at you ,then you can't teach it to be handled in any field . ..Little ways along you can dance or sing ,or holler all you want in any language. guess those catskills and...
by shags
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 3030

Re: How to teach "turning"?

I use the command in the field when I'm sure the dog knows what is expected. If he ignores me, I use the e collar . Whilst your Singing may be of virtue, if the dog knows what is expected , then why would it ignore you ? , I was just watching a great film ' A few Good Men ' ..and just thought of a ...
by shags
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Summer heat and dog transport
Replies: 11
Views: 1161

Re: Summer heat and dog transport

I'd use the Rufflands because of the extra ventilation but probably either would be fine with the common sense precautions you mentioned. We travel with our dogs in airline crates under a topper with windows open and they haven't seemed distressed. We never leave the truck unattended with the dogs i...
by shags
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Need advice on my Brittany Spaniel puppy problems
Replies: 10
Views: 1301

Re: Need advice on my Brittany Spaniel puppy problems

It sounds like you're doing pretty well with your pup. Four months old is young yet, keep working on your commands and he'll eventually get it. IME some pups want to be more dominant than others, and take more convincing to stop that biting and nipping. For my pups with that mindset, I get rougher w...
by shags
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Pills
Replies: 6
Views: 863

Re: Pills

Check the label on the chewables to see if they really need to be chewed or not. If so, I'd crush the chewables and mix with a spoonful of some kind of stinky wet dog food or cat food. Give your dog the meds' 'camo' without anything hidden in it every day for a while. When one of my dogs needs medic...
by shags
Fri May 29, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Help
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: Training Help

IME dogs have to learn which birds to point and which to ignore. And unless they can read Peterson's A Guide to North American Birds they need ro be taught. I live in The Land of Very Few Wild Birds, but run my dogs in released/planted bird trials. On occasion, my dogs have come across the rare phez...
by shags
Fri May 22, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 39
Views: 3392

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

Shadow Oak Bo was bred a bit at $1250 per. I've seen puppies by him go for $1500-2000 where 'regular' pups are/were $300-$600. Think how many pedigrees Tekoa Mountain Sunrise is in, so he was used a lot. Even pointer winners can command quite a bit 8) If a stud or dam is able pass on all the good st...
by shags
Fri May 22, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 39
Views: 3392

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

^^^^ Stud fees and puppies. And IIRC there were some decent purses for some championships ; don't know about futurities and things like Purina awards.
by shags
Fri May 22, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?
Replies: 39
Views: 3392

Re: What is the MOST money you've seen or heard a dog sell for?

$40,000 and that was around twenty years ago. No hunt test ribbons that I know of, but a photo on the steps of The Big House :D
by shags
Tue May 19, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: good by pepper
Replies: 3
Views: 2447

Re: good by pepper

I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure Pepper was a great little companion. It's amazingly painful to lose the ones whose only jobs were to take up space on our beds, share our pizza crust, and find a way to make us smile every day.

Peace from our house to yours.
by shags
Thu May 14, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 32
Views: 15147

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

A heads up for chewey customers...did you know they just donated 2 million dollars to HSUS? That's an animal rights organization that pays CEO Wayne Pacelle over $320,000 a year to attempt to limit or eliminate hunting. Most of HSUS income goes to 'overhead' and not to shelters.
by shags
Tue May 12, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle
Replies: 14
Views: 1441

Re: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle

There are some pretty good short stories and books also, that aren't necessarily about training. Check eBay, Alibris, abebooks, and Amazon. Lots have been reprinted but there are still old copies to be found. Pretty Boy, My Dog Lemon, Raff, are older examples. Jenny Willow and Zip Zap are contempora...
by shags
Mon May 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle
Replies: 14
Views: 1441

Re: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle

Yep, but haven't read it in a long time. It covers a lot topics all done old school of course (1927). It's definitely worth a read. He ran an Irish Setter called Smada Bird and wrote another book by that name. I can't remember which book it was that gave me a tip for how to fix an issue I had with o...
by shags
Sun May 10, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Male GSP question
Replies: 9
Views: 1129

Re: Male GSP question

Some dogs chatter out of excitement or anticipation, like when they know they're going on a run or you're about to put down the food bowl. Chattering is really common when they sniff females' urine...maybe that's also excitement and anticipation :D The female probably snapped at him because that's h...
by shags
Sat May 09, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Meet Axe
Replies: 32
Views: 3100

Re: Meet Axe

I wouldn't hesitate to put a little bit of fear into a pup that put his teeth on my skin. I think dogs need to know that disrespect results in a bad consequence, and if that means they have some fear of reprisal, so be it. Dogs shouldn't be fearful of its owners very presence, or of doing regular do...
by shags
Tue May 05, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Signs your dog is over worked?
Replies: 10
Views: 1460

Re: Signs your dog is over worked?

Joe, It all depends on the dog. I think this is the first time I've taken exception to something Ray had posted, but here goes...he said that a properly conditioned dog can run an hour in 80* heat. Maybe some can, but many cannot. You can do your best to condition a dog to the heat, but if he can't ...
by shags
Mon May 04, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Signs your dog is over worked?
Replies: 10
Views: 1460

Re: Signs your dog is over worked?

Heavy panting but little to no saliva. Diarrhea. Eyes glassy and or bloodshot. Seems disoriented. Wobbly. Bright red gums. Quits. Keels over. Convulsions. Don't let it get that far ^^^ Better to bring 'em in too soon than too late. Once the internal thermostat goes, it's gone for good and the dog wo...
by shags
Fri May 01, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cheap(er) Price on Pro Plan
Replies: 15
Views: 1521

Re: Cheap(er) Price on Pro Plan

Locally our Tractor Supply stores have carried both size bags for a long time now. And they have variations too, like they carry only one or the other but will order for you the one they don't have. Petco also carries both sizes. Our TSCs will price match too, if you can show something like a screen...
by shags
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stamina Expectations in GWP vs PP
Replies: 40
Views: 3636

Re: Stamina Expectations in GWP vs PP

Sorry for the loss of your dog. IME it's not the breed but the individual dog for traits like stamina. You have a better chance if you can find a breeder that puts emphasis on the traits you want but it's still a dicey luck of the draw if you're thinking of picking a baby puppy. You didn't mention y...
by shags
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Stop to flush question
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: Stop to flush question

I treat dickey birds as a non-event and don't even bother calling the dog off them unless they're going off backwards or too much sideways, or way too close to a road. I think bird dogs chase for fun sometimes and where they don't have game birds dickey birds are their fun. Like watching 90 Day Fian...