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by shags
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 8
Views: 285

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: 4
Views: 168

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: 4
Views: 164

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: 5
Views: 259

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: 172

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: 8
Views: 285

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: 533

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: 533

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: 357

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: 232

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: 320

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: 276

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: 183

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: 442

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: 442

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: 283

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: 219

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: 907

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: 5
Views: 196

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: 307

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: 704

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: 430

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: 704

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: 529

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: 348

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: 348

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: 5
Views: 406

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: 441

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: 441

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: 476

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: 10
Views: 557

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: 677

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: 677

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: 663

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: 663

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: 14
Views: 824

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: 1288

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: 1288

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: 1288

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: 1288

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: 817

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: 406

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: 367

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: 605

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: 1192

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: 3567

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: 1192

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: 561

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: 578

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: 561

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.