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by shags
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Her First Catch!
Replies: 5
Views: 191

Re: Her First Catch!

Pink rules!
by shags
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 20
Views: 393

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: 170

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: 228

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: 8
Views: 278

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: 8
Views: 278

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: 8
Views: 278

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: 608

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: 1176

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: 1176

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: 1176

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: 637

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: 694

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: 411

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: 330

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: 2077

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: 2077

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: 2077

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: 1061

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: 9925

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: 880

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: 880

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: 665

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: 26
Views: 1866

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: 968

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: 968

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: 912

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: 2427

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: 564

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...
by shags
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 2510

Re: Genetics vs. Training

In the dog game, I figured out that I'd better learn to lose gracefully because I'm gonna lose a lot. What other options are there...just quit cuz my widdle feewings are hurt, beat my dog, poke a knife into the judges' tires, go sit in the corner and eat worms? I guess I could go home and train some...
by shags
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Weird Spot on leg.
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Re: Weird Spot on leg.

That looks like something a young setter of mine had - a histiocytoma. It looks and sounds nastier than it is. My vet whacked it off and that was the end of it.
by shags
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 2510

Re: Genetics vs. Training

Well ya know pros only have so many dog boxes in their rigs, so they can't take every good dog that comes down the pike :D
by shags
Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Quail in Johnny House - Health
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: New Quail in Johnny House - Health

IME the sandbox in the pen is key to keeping good quail, just as Ray says. We use river sand that has different sizes of grit from powdery for dust baths to the size grit the birds eat for digestion. Since we've put in a sandbox, our birds are much hardier. Last year we released 6 one day in Novembe...
by shags
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spring Training
Replies: 11
Views: 921

Re: Spring Training

Wow! Sharp looking dog! I bet he looks as good going as he does standing his birds, a brag dog for sure.
by shags
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 1699

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

Over the past 15 years or so I've had 7 setters. Five we acquired as puppies; two were adult rescues and one of those was elderly. None of them were not what I'd call aloof, but more chill and not in-your-face demanding attention. They all enjoyed affection from just about anybody but most had a fav...
by shags
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: Goodbye Little Lady
Replies: 18
Views: 2720

Re: Goodbye Little Lady

Sharon,

I'm sorry to hear that Lady has passed. She, through you, contributed a lot to this forum.

Godspeed, Little Lady.
by shags
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: A wee bit of humor.
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: A wee bit of humor.

There was a guy who walked home along the railroad tracks from the bar. One night he got wasted and tripped and fell on the tracks. An oncoming train hit him and whacked off his left ear, his left arm. and his left left leg. But someone called 911 and the EMTs came quickly. so the guy was all right.
by shags
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog Being a Baby
Replies: 38
Views: 2325

Re: Dog Being a Baby

I don't think it's necessarily wrong to leave a young pup with a trainer. It has its advantages and I see it done frequently and have done so myself. Now, the pups aren't with the trainers to be broke and finished, or to be FFed, or anything major or stressful. But a little obedience, some time on a...
by shags
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Another strange behavior on point
Replies: 19
Views: 1129

Re: Another strange behavior on point

I looked at FB in your sig. Is that your pup, the little tricolor? I see that in your photos you have her sitting for her retrieving drills. Maybe she sits around birds because in her mind, anticipation = sit. Sit to wait for the retrieve, sit to wait for that bird to go. It's what I'd call a defaul...
by shags
Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy Update + Question
Replies: 3
Views: 553

Re: Puppy Update + Question

Try thinking in terms of developing your dog rather than breaking her. Or, the way a kid learns to read by starting out with "See Spot. See Spot run" and then over time moves up to War and Peace. You'll have a plan, and the plan will will steps but it has no firm dates. Some dogs move along quickly ...
by shags
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog Being a Baby
Replies: 38
Views: 2325

Re: Dog Being a Baby

That's annoying behavior but your trainer can work through it. Dog wants to act like a screaming marlin on the end of a line? Fine, stand there until ge's done throwing his tantrum amd move on. Dog doesn't want to walk on a lead. OK, then he can go for a nice drag on a lead. Dog doesn't have to like...
by shags
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 1544

Re: Stubborn pup

Contact these folks, Lone Star GSP Club. Good chance someone will get you going in the right direction

http://www.lsgspc.com/contact-us.html
by shags
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pedigree ?s
Replies: 9
Views: 865

Re: Pedigree ?s

Prefixes FC Field Champion AFC Amateur Field Champion, CH bench ( show) champion, NFC National Field Champion (this trial is only open to a particular breed, like only GSPs, or Brittanies, etc) NAFC would be the amateur version of that Suffixes JH Junior Hunter, SH Senior Hunter, MH Master Hunter ( ...
by shags
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Never buy a border collie...
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Re: Never buy a border collie...

Come by, Featherfinder!

That'll do....
by shags
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: wanting to jump in on birds
Replies: 9
Views: 734

Re: wanting to jump in on birds

Setterpoint, As your dog is 15 - 16 months old, I'm gonna confirm my diagnosis of Derbyitis as mentioned without naming above. It's a very common disease in young dogs and it even affects older dogs in some circumstances. I see this all the time in competitions and hunt tests. Most of my own dogs ha...
by shags
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Dog's Gettin a Little Uppity
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: My Dog's Gettin a Little Uppity

Yowza! That is gorgeous!
by shags
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: wanting to jump in on birds
Replies: 9
Views: 734

Re: wanting to jump in on birds

Well, if my young dog let me get in front and flush, I'd let him stand there while I went in front and flushed. But if my dog was flushing on his own, I wouldn't take him out without a cc or something to restrain him, whoa or whatever. Why ingrain behavior you'll need to change later? This from my e...
by shags
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Strange behaviour on point
Replies: 42
Views: 2424

Re: Strange behaviour on point

She's pushing birds because you aren't showing her or helping her to maintain point. She's blinking birds because she's afraid of getting a correction for doing something she doesn't know an alternative behavior for. She doesn't know she's supposed to maintain point, and gets corrected for doing the...
by shags
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bell or no bell?
Replies: 38
Views: 2421

Re: Bell or no bell?

3S...shoot, shovel, shut up.
by shags
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: You gotta love this. :)
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: You gotta love this. :)

Nice catch, Sharon. :P