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by Higgins
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Cazzie Gets a Second Chance
Replies: 2
Views: 190

VIDEO: Cazzie Gets a Second Chance

I often have clients come to me and ask if I can help them with problems they're having with their dogs. This is such a case. The owner sent his young Llewellyn Setter away to a trainer for gundog training. After a month, the trainer gave up on her and called the owner. The trainers feedback was tha...
by Higgins
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: The Art of Wingshooting Over Dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 316

VIDEO: The Art of Wingshooting Over Dogs

Here is the first video in a new series I'll be producing. This series will concentrate on the handlers responsibilities when wingshooting over dogs using the Higgins Training Method. Most of my videos show the unique talents displayed by the dogs. This new series will show the hunting and training,...
by Higgins
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning to Work With a Bracemate
Replies: 0
Views: 209

VIDEO: Learning to Work With a Bracemate

Quick little clip here from this morning’s training. This is Griffonpoint Bristol learning to work with another dog. Bristol is 6 months old. That’s Reagan and Ekahi working a quail. After the shot, Bristol doesn't bump the checkcord choosing instead, to sit and wait for her bird. Nice work everyone...
by Higgins
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Gundog Training, Creating Mental Steadiness
Replies: 0
Views: 207

VIDEO: Gundog Training, Creating Mental Steadiness

https://youtu.be/ohz9zB79gq4

Reagan and I were in the field this morning working some dogs. Here is Ekahi showing beautiful mental steadiness and good decision making.

Brad Higgins
https://HigginsGundogs.com
by Higgins
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Griffon Earns His HGD Title
Replies: 6
Views: 412

VIDEO: Griffon Earns His HGD Title

We worked with a nice Griffon pup last week. I did a short video during the final testing. I thought some here might find it interesting.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/XPIodDrmUFU

Brad Higgins
https://HigginsGundogs.com
by Higgins
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Come Along on a Higgins Gundogs Training Hunt
Replies: 2
Views: 298

VIDEO: Come Along on a Higgins Gundogs Training Hunt

We worked a few dogs the other day and I recorded some video. Here are a couple of clips. This is part of a longer video I'm putting together describing how we manage the hunt for the dogs. In the future, I'll be doing more videos of this style. Taking the viewers along and describing what I'm doing...
by Higgins
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: STEADY TO RELEASE
Replies: 15
Views: 907

Re: STEADY TO RELEASE

I'll answer some of the questions. Shags: "Yeah but, how do you train for the stop after flush?" In my training I don't use any stop or steady commands. The dogs learn that if they chase, they don't get the bird. But if they are steady, they get to retrieve on my cue. Pretty soon, you couldn't MAKE ...
by Higgins
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: STEADY TO RELEASE
Replies: 15
Views: 907

Re: STEADY TO RELEASE

Hello Jeff. I do my training a little differently. I find that the best way to encourage steadiness to the flush, shot and fall, is to allow the dogs to flush the birds, but only on my verbal cue. I call it my "flush/stop" cue. I expect an aggressive flush and immediate stop to that flush. Basically...
by Higgins
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off

Thank you Mask. Merry Christmas to you and everyone.
by Higgins
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off

Having the dog walk in (on command) with handler for the flush is common in Europe. Obviously that's not going to get you a ribbon in a trial or test but, hunting I can see the merit. One thing I've noticed in Brad's video's is the dogs often seem to be creeping on, or crowding the bird. A follower...
by Higgins
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off

Brad, I have another question to ask. I think my own dogs would be very interested if the bird given to them after they had shown cooperation during the brush pile hunt was a live one but a dead bird ? - - - Not nearly so much. I think my own dogs would greatly prefer to just be allowed to hunt on ...
by Higgins
Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off

Thanks Brad. I noticed in your later videos that you now train your clients dogs to flush on command rather than have the handler go in front of the dog to "kick it up." When and why did you decide to change from the method shown in this video ? Or is having the dog make the flush a later developme...
by Higgins
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off

Brad, why do you think a dog needs to get a bird in it's mouth as a reward ? What I took from the video was that the dog knew birds were likely to be found in the magic brushpile from previous experience so the dog went there and "bumped" a bird . I see this fairly often if one of my dogs often fin...
by Higgins
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off

Yea , Own volition ? ..with the check chord ?? still attached ...and a wee tiny bit taught ..I thought ? :lol: Hello Polmaise, In addition to the dogs, I train hawks and falcons to hunt with their owners. A major difference in my method is that I use the line as a *creance ( a falconry term), not a...
by Higgins
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

Re: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off

I appreciate your post Featherfinder. You read the video well.

For those interested, here's more fuel for the fire. :)

VIDEO: The Higgins Method and the Magic Brushpile Revisited
https://youtu.be/a7lMP9SF_dQ

Enjoy
by Higgins
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off
Replies: 34
Views: 2235

VIDEO: Learning That Steadiness Pays Off

Here is a video from a while ago of a dog learning that steadiness pays off. Let me set this up. The dog has been shown, using a checkcord, that being steady and relying on the shooter to get the bird is the new strategy. This is not a pointing drill. I'm helping the dog build trust in the shooter. ...
by Higgins
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Nigel in the Field
Replies: 0
Views: 427

VIDEO: Nigel in the Field

Had Nigel out this morning showing off for some prospective owners. Here he is demonstrating steady to wing, shot and fall, waiting for my verbal release to retrieve. In this video, I am filming and the bird flushes from behind me. This is a short clip from a longer video that will be going up on my...
by Higgins
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Stella Ready for Her New Home
Replies: 9
Views: 984

Re: VIDEO: Stella Ready for Her New Home

Hello All. I'll try and answer a few questions. If you watch the video, listen to the narrative and please, if you would, read the text that I included there on Youtube. It explains a lot about what I'm doing with Stella and her new handler. First, because my method is based on trust, not obedience,...
by Higgins
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Stella Ready for Her New Home
Replies: 9
Views: 984

VIDEO: Stella Ready for Her New Home

https://youtu.be/nY4VpJjwWNM Stella went to her new home today. This video is of her new owners learning to handle her in the field. Stella is steady on her birds until released, does a nice flush/stop on cue and has a natural retrieve. In this video, I'm having the new owners take turns learning to...
by Higgins
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Higgins Gundogs, Beginning Bracework
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: VIDEO: Higgins Gundogs, Beginning Bracework

Hello Weimdogman, You asked, "1 What does it take to get the dog to stand still on the check cord as you approach the mbp and gunner and remain still when you bring the bird back ?". It usually takes just a few birds and two or three sessions. A dogs past history can have a big influence on how many...
by Higgins
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Higgins Gundogs, Beginning Bracework
Replies: 4
Views: 707

VIDEO: Higgins Gundogs, Beginning Bracework

Here are William and Nigel in the field this morning. This is their first time together working birds. Before beginning their brace work, both were shown individually, that stalking and steadiness lead to success. Now it's time to turn them loose and see what choices they make. No voice commands (wh...
by Higgins
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Unique Higgins Method, Classic Falcon Training for Dogs
Replies: 21
Views: 2932

Re: The Unique Higgins Method, Classic Falcon Training for Dogs

Hello JTG,

Yup, they break em and I fix em. :)

Keep in touch. When you have that couple of days available, let me know. We'll get your dog handling, steady on his birds, and include a nice natural retrieve. We'll get you tuned up as a handler too.

All the best,

Higgins
www.HigginsGundogs.com
by Higgins
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Flushing Dogs That Choose to Point
Replies: 37
Views: 3606

VIDEO: Flushing Dogs That Choose to Point

Here is a link to a video of Jax, a nice young Lab pointing his bird. Reagan is the shooter. When it comes to dogs (like Labs) that have been bred to flush birds, I like to give them the freedom to choose their strategy, to work with their strengths. If a flushing dog demonstrates a talent for point...
by Higgins
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: UK "Gundog Trust" to go to "Force Free"
Replies: 16
Views: 2680

Re: UK "Gundog Trust" to go to "Force Free"

I don't believe "positive only" is the way to go. Nature is not "positive only". I also think that in most cases, there are better ways to get things done that "force". I make it simple. I believe punishment should be no more than the lack of success. That's the nature of things and it's how dogs (p...
by Higgins
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pulling Pup
Replies: 22
Views: 4844

Re: Pulling Pup

Hello Warrior 372,

If you like, give me a call. I can give you some pointers that might be helpful for you and your dog. I’m in Nevada.

Brad Higgins
Http://HigginsGundogs.com
775-267-7240
by Higgins
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

Hello all. I just posted a new topic: "The Unique Higgins Method, Falconry for Dogs". It might help explain why what I do is different. Hope to see you there.

Higgins
by Higgins
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Unique Higgins Method, Classic Falcon Training for Dogs
Replies: 21
Views: 2932

The Unique Higgins Method, Classic Falcon Training for Dogs

Screen Shot 2018-03-05 at 6.25.47 PM.png As many of you know, I train dogs for use in wingshooting and falconry. What makes the Higgins Method unique is that, instead of conventional obedience based methods, I train the dogs using the same method I use to successfully train hawks and falcons. Along...
by Higgins
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

Now we're gettin' somewhere. :D
by Higgins
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

I'm gonna make this easy. I no longer use "checkcords". That name causes confusion and conjures up images of obedience training. From this day forward, the rope I use with the dogs will be known as a "Higgins Learning Line". So let it be written, so let it be done. :D

Higgins
by Higgins
Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

For those that might still be interested in this thread. Here is the definition of Back-Chaining: "Back chaining in training refers to teaching a dog the last step in a sequence of tricks or commands first, and then working backwards to get to the first step in the sequence. Back chaining is normall...
by Higgins
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

Thanks for sharing Mr. Higgins. I get it. Good stuff especially where the dogs get to make the decisions, to an extent. Keep sharing Sir. Feather finder, you make a good point. A major difference in my method is in the use of the checkcord. I always talk about giving the dogs free will to make choi...
by Higgins
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

I see my method more as being based on natural cause-effect scenarios with the freedom to learn through trial-error, and a wild acting bird being the primary teacher. Much different from obedience-repetition based methods.

Higgins
by Higgins
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

It all boils down to one simple thing that the dogs need to understand.......Don't chase. From the dogs point of view, all the rules and definitions people use including, steady to flush, steady to shot, steady to fall, etc., are simply releases to chase (retrieve). To the dog, steady to flush means...
by Higgins
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

Hello Trekmoor, In my experience, once the dogs know what works, they rarely change strategy. This is especially true with the pointing dogs once they have built an association to the "alright" (flush/stop) verbal cue. Once I show the dogs how to be successful with me holding the 12 foot checkcord, ...
by Higgins
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

Re: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

Hello Featherfinder, Good, thoughtful question. Before any steadiness training, I introduce these type of dogs to the field. Let them learn about the birds, play bump and chase. This gives me a good idea what strategies they prefer. You are right that I can have a lot of influence at this time regar...
by Higgins
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy
Replies: 35
Views: 5141

VIDEO: Choosing a Hunting Strategy

Here is Moose. He is a Chocolate Lab/German Shorthair mix. This is a clip from a video I'm working on. It shows Moose when he was learning my flush/stop cue. I enjoy watching flusher/pointer mixes develop their particular hunting strategy. Will he stalk and point (like a pointer) or will he smell a ...
by Higgins
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Training
Topic: POLL: What Level of Steadiness Do You Maintain?
Replies: 0
Views: 635

POLL: What Level of Steadiness Do You Maintain?

Poll Question
by Higgins
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Force fetch questions
Replies: 51
Views: 14671

Re: Force fetch questions

We have to be careful not to confuse obedience with trust. Trust is based on free will, obedience is not. I think it's better to nurture and promote natural cooperation being careful not to replace it with obedience.

Higgins
by Higgins
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Force fetch questions
Replies: 51
Views: 14671

Re: Force fetch questions

Hello GHuff20ga, I don't think you need to put your dog through force fetch to encourage a nice retrieve. Encouraging a natural retrieve is easier and faster and you don't lose your dog's trust. Here are a couple of links to videos. They show some of the things I do to help the young pups learn to s...
by Higgins
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Training Hunt, "Flush/Stop" Cue
Replies: 3
Views: 817

Re: VIDEO: Training Hunt, "Flush/Stop" Cue

Hello Fozzie's Mom,

Are you going to use your Golden for upland hunting?

Higgins
by Higgins
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Training Hunt, "Flush/Stop" Cue
Replies: 3
Views: 817

VIDEO: Training Hunt, "Flush/Stop" Cue

This video shows owners working with their dog, Katie, during a recent training hunt. I'm the one barking orders as usual. Katie handles the bird well and does a beautiful "flush/stop" on the "alright" cue. https://youtu.be/rMwzTxh9lP8 Hope you enjoy it. Brad Higgins Higgins Gundogs http://HigginsGu...
by Higgins
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Pheasant Restoration Project
Replies: 2
Views: 809

VIDEO: Pheasant Restoration Project

Here is a link to a video that shows a successful pheasant restoration project. I banded all the birds when they were released, and we were still harvesting them seasons later. Lots of successful breeding in the subsequent seasons too. https://youtu.be/NAGGBQIKWPo Hope you enjoy it. Brad Higgins htt...
by Higgins
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Georgia Giant Bobwhite Quail
Replies: 6
Views: 2125

Georgia Giant Bobwhite Quail

Does anyone have experience with Georgia Giant Bobwhites? I hear they fly well and are used for training and release birds at clubs.

Brad Higgins
by Higgins
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Steadiness Taught by the Birds, Part 1
Replies: 0
Views: 596

VIDEO: Steadiness Taught by the Birds, Part 1

Here is a recent video of one of our black pointer pups learning my flush/stop cue. You’ll see in the video, when she gets in a birdy area and begins to stalk, I physically connect her to me via a clamp on my vest to the checkcord. I do this in part, because I am not only the handler, but also the s...
by Higgins
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Nurturing the Natural Retrieve
Replies: 12
Views: 2682

Re: Nurturing the Natural Retrieve

Featherfinder and Polmaise, You bring up some good points. I went back and added in some of the video from after she brought me the bird. In the early stages of retrieve, I want her to know it's her bird. As I build trust, she will choose to bring me the birds without my asking. Here is the longer v...
by Higgins
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Nurturing the Natural Retrieve
Replies: 12
Views: 2682

Nurturing the Natural Retrieve

Here is a video of some training today. I have a young pointer pup here that is learning my natural retrieve. You can see she has the bird I just shot, but she is not willing to share it with me. I do what I call the "retrieve walkaway". I simply turn around and leave. Now she has a problem to fix. ...
by Higgins
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Shooting Over Running Dogs
Replies: 67
Views: 12631

Re: Shooting Over Running Dogs

Oh, my, Higgins! You're quite the accomplished belter! :P And here I am trying to figure out just how to walk and chew gum at the same time! Thank you. Some say it's the dry desert air. Here is a short video of the rest of the handlers and one of their favorite tunes. https://youtu.be/IJHZU5gbexs
by Higgins
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Shooting Over Running Dogs
Replies: 67
Views: 12631

Re: Shooting Over Running Dogs

Must admit that the idea of "singing" to a dog as it hunts really has me scratching at my turnip ! :lol: The way I sing would mean I always had to hunt on my own ! Bill T. You mean, you don't all belt out show tunes as you plod around? "bleep"! I guess I'm trying to learn the wrong sport! For you F...
by Higgins
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Shooting Over Running Dogs
Replies: 67
Views: 12631

Re: Shooting Over Running Dogs

Allowing the dogs to flush birds on my cue has been a very useful hunting technique. I use a verbal "alright" cue. The dogs do an aggressive flush and an immediate stop to that flush. Here is a video I did a while ago. It shows a Vizsla working a single chukar. You'll see in the video the dog had do...
by Higgins
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Shooting Over Running Dogs
Replies: 67
Views: 12631

Re: Shooting Over Running Dogs

Hello gonehuntin' For this conversation, I want to make sure I understand the descriptions of the levels of steadiness. As described here, a "staunch" dog is a dog that is steady UNTIL the flush. When the bird flushes, he chases. A dog that is "steady to flush" is a dog that remains steady even thou...