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by crackerd
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 20
Views: 401

Re: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey

Polmaise, I'm not disputing your observation however I'm confident this dog will retrieve to hand. It just isn't "there" in it's training and we don't know what the owner did with this dog if anything, in it's puppy stages. My video quality is poor. Is that a GSP? No Feather, not a GSP, a GPS - Goo...
by crackerd
Tue May 12, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Re: How to Train Your Bird Dog by Horace Lytle

Great stuff, Craig - thanks for that, both the literary insight and the personal touch put into it.

MG
by crackerd
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Training
Topic: A little help with "hold"
Replies: 31
Views: 1542

Re: A little help with

[There must be thousands of lazy folk just like me in Britain , their dogs all retrieve too. :lol: Shame on y'all, Bill - Brexit is ripping the heart out of the EU having the best tennis ball "collectors" on any continent! FF, cut it out with the "Bammer" bidness, we're to be addressed as "Gumps" -...
by crackerd
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: A little help with "hold"
Replies: 31
Views: 1542

Re: A little help with

Stop calling him "Bammer," feather, or we'll have to come down there and force fetch that slur out of you by both ears! :wink: - otherwise you and Bill (trekmoor) got ol' Nick going with good advice. Would, however, give the pup something it actually might like to glom onto and carry around instead ...
by crackerd
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with Carrying
Replies: 8
Views: 900

Re: Help with Carrying

That’s lovely, Robt. even without the “spirit of season” soundtrack. Just lovely. Know it’s “proprietary” but your opposite number undoing hardmouth would be a smash over here, too. I remember having a video call a few years ago with who is now a very dear friend and successful in their pursuit with...
by crackerd
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: dog only partly retrieving
Replies: 24
Views: 1926

Re: dog only partly retrieving

birds, force fetch is never about perfection but the * This * you cited above on different folks wanting different strokes from their gundog is spot on. FF for retrievers is about instilling a work ethic (for retrieving) and a foundation for advanced training if you are to compete in field trials or...
by crackerd
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Hunting Dog (Retriever) Question
Replies: 4
Views: 973

Re: Hunting Dog (Retriever) Question

I thought he would naturally want to retrieve more than he is. Other than that he has been an amazing family dog. Even at 4 months he has been a ton of fun inside the house, with the kids, etc. Your not the 1st person to have thought that dogs would "just" naturally do their work without months of ...
by crackerd
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for teaching fetch or retrieve?
Replies: 18
Views: 2655

Re: Tips for teaching fetch or retrieve?

gonehuntin' wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:48 pm
Is she starting in the Living Room or Dining Room?😂😂
Living room - full decanter of W&J Graham's tawny port and open tin of Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader at her, er, fingertips. :?

MG
by crackerd
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for teaching fetch or retrieve?
Replies: 18
Views: 2655

Re: Tips for teaching fetch or retrieve?

polmaise wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:19 pm
Yup! the paint roller is pretty good too! along with anything else ...
Got one at our training group that doesn't like it ,what do you suggest ? ....from the list ..and what would you do if it never liked what you like best ?
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MG
by crackerd
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 5069

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

Thanks, FF - but that was Polmaise's handi-gundog work. Maybe he'll also post up an account and photos of the American cocker he got to working toward viable gundog status for a client without any sangin' just lullabies of encouragement...

MG
by crackerd
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 5069

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

Or, you know, like NASCAR drivers, they could have a pre-trial handlers' meeting and decide on a duet that would work "aesthetically" for both bamanick's dog and bracemate. I'm thinking The Ames Brothers' "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" on the breakaway, and maybe "My Cup Runneth Over" by "Mingo" Ames ...
by crackerd
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 5069

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

Crackered, did you say Harry Lauder or Cindy Lauper? Either one, but ol' Bill could do solo sangin' Harry Lauder, while channeling Cindy Lauper would mean he's missing backup vocals from the late Capt. Lou Albano. Hmm, Polmaise might be just the substitute side-scissorskick! (No, Robt., no dirks ou...
by crackerd
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trekmoor/Bill/Wullie
Replies: 12
Views: 2044

Re: Trekmoor/Bill/Wullie

If we could only get green cards for the two Scottish "Skinflintstone" chums to ply their gundog training trade over here, they both would revitalized physically and fiscally by the opportunities that lie-eth before them. Trust me, that's no joke...

MG
by crackerd
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??
Replies: 39
Views: 5069

Re: Whats with the hooping and hollaring in field trials??

bamanicksbd, you've obviously mistaken a pointing dog field trial for an impromptu sing-along by an "Alabama" (or Miss Minnie Pearl) cover group or South'n Baptist choir! - them FT handlers sho' 'nuff got some mighty fine timbre to their sangin'... Speaking of "cover groups," my hope is we can get o...
by crackerd
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 4447

Re: hunting too fast

:lol: :lol: :lol: I liked that pic and what is suggested in it ! :lol: Bill T. Be even better if you could translate it into Scotsese, Bill - go on then: You keep your dog close because he busts birds not because you like to watch him work. CHANGE MY MIND translated into Scots would be (fill in the...
by crackerd
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 4447

Re: hunting too fast

What are you gentlemen talking about? :) They are blethering about a legend of Scotland - Robert the Bruce and his lesson learnt from a spider, all mixed up with a tiny bit of gundog stuff and an old fashioned Scottish word or two. I got the gist of it but I am not surprised by the non comprehensio...
by crackerd
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 4447

Re: hunting too fast

It would be rude to quote what has been said by others regarding 'Planted birds' and human scent . ... Least Not, ..Hunting Fast'?? ..Or as we Heathens sitting in a cave watching a spider ...call it "Stravaiging" . :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Wait a minute, are you talking pla...
by crackerd
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 4447

Re: hunting too fast

polmaise wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:38 am
DonF wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:01 am

I strongly suspect what (Bill T.) did was teach the dog the difference between a training bird and a wild bird.
Probably.
Robt., I heard on the QT that Our Wullie has got some training capercaillie available, "Scottish endangered species" status notwithstanding!

MG
by crackerd
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 4447

Re: hunting too fast

What's wrong with self relocation if the bird is moving? So long as it stops short of the 49th parallel on the relocation, Sharon, probably good to go. :wink: Only came onto this thread because I thought Bill (Trekmoor) was aboard with recommending the best UP (and North Woods) grouse dog out there...
by crackerd
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 10774

Re: FF or wait?

Photo from this morning. Hence the title "Perfect Retrieve" https://i.imgur.com/rfpqu2Bl.jpg Nobody has mentioned this here, but the way that dog is presenting the bird to AG is the PERFECT presentation. He is sitting, not standing. His nose is straight up looking at the handler. When in this posit...
by crackerd
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Full grown GWP
Replies: 5
Views: 1320

Re: Full grown GWP

gonehuntin' wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:04 pm
I always told people they grew up for a year and out for a year. Rough guide.
Yeah, GH, but your rough guide was only measuring Pembroke corgis... :wink:

MG
by crackerd
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Starting Them Early
Replies: 10
Views: 1876

Re: Starting Them Early

Ray, on the "BUT" - my eyes ain't what they used to be, but if I'm scaling the photo correctly, those may be cicadas instead of birds getting pointed, and you know what that means: Good source of "meat" protein for a growing pup! MG PS Speaking of scaling, I've got a couple of Carl's smaller bird cr...
by crackerd
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Starting Them Early
Replies: 10
Views: 1876

Re: Starting Them Early

"Pointing" Labs at their "pointiest" -

MG
by crackerd
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Replacement collar for Garmin 3/4"
Replies: 16
Views: 2695

Re: Replacement collar for Garmin 3/4"

Going to check out the sportdog collars. My collar riveted on doesnt sit right on the the neck and catches debris so its no bueno. weimdog, found these .... on eBay - at the price, certainly worth a shot (or two or three!), what with at least having an O-ring and decent buckle. Turns out to be one ...
by crackerd
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Replacement collar for Garmin 3/4"
Replies: 16
Views: 2695

Re: Replacement collar for Garmin 3/4"

Going to check out the sportdog collars. My collar riveted on doesnt sit right on the the neck and catches debris so its no bueno. weimdog, found these https://www.ebay.com/i/123809263413?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=123809263413&targetid=809743754545&device=c&mk...
by crackerd
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement
Replies: 12
Views: 2141

Re: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement

So I have been in the force fetch process for about 25 days. I did a lot of research on force fetch. I bought smart fetch read Tom Dokken’s book and watched a bunch of videos before starting. Things have been going fairly well and some of the common hold up’s that most people I read about I’ve had....
by crackerd
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement
Replies: 12
Views: 2141

Re: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement

Agree as usual with GH on force fetching - for all gundog breeds. Just wrapped up the proceedings today overlaying the e-collar with a black dog (best FF candidate ever invented) whose five-gen. pedigree only has 112 FCs, and relished 99.4% of imparting it to a pup (of my own) for the first time in ...
by crackerd
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement
Replies: 12
Views: 2141

Re: Force fetch with positive and negative reinforcement

So I have been in the force fetch process for about 25 days. ... I know I’m going to have to ween him off the treats as we continue the process but what’s wrong with teaching him the fetch and hold command this way? All the other commands I’ve taught him has been with introducing him to the command...
by crackerd
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Replacement collar for Garmin 3/4"
Replies: 16
Views: 2695

Re: Replacement collar for Garmin 3/4"

Hoping somebody would ask (and answer) this question, as until you've experienced how atrocious the collar quality on the Garmin actually is... you might think baling twine would be an improvement, and you might well be right!

MG
by crackerd
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: force fetch trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 1194

Re: force fetch trouble

Here's an earlier thread from this forum sort of on the same topic with commentary from retriever training program originator Evan Graham and cameos by one of his acolytes, the wonderfully named "Del Lolo:" http://gundogforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=44667 At this stage, and working with a 4-year-o...
by crackerd
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Training
Topic: force fetch trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 1194

Re: force fetch trouble

Only saw the word "force" in your thread header. Does that mean you're commanding the dog to fetch without any force in front of it? With a 4 year-old-dog, the persuasion's gotta go beyond one five-letter word ("fetch") rolling off your tongue - it demands that the other five-letter word ("force") r...
by crackerd
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: First Day of Season
Replies: 5
Views: 1410

Re: First Day of Season

Probably a really dumb question but here it goes....how will my chessie learn to transition from training to the real deal? He is awesome with guns, bringing the dummy back, and most the stuff related to hunting....well for being 7 months old. Just interested in better ways to help him transition, ...
by crackerd
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pickiness with dummies
Replies: 18
Views: 2623

Re: Pickiness with dummies

Ended up just buying half a dozen identical dummies once my last paycheck hit. Problem seems to be fixed for the most part. Occasionally he’ll decide that he doesn’t want to pick up one of the subsequent ones but we can usually work through it that session and if he decides that he really doesn’t w...
by crackerd
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pickiness with dummies
Replies: 18
Views: 2623

Re: Pickiness with dummies

Does it really matter ? The dog is only doing what most dogs would do. For instance if I put out a canvas dummy and a rabbit skin dummy it is very probable that my dogs would choose the rabbit skin dummy if the dogs were just being "sent to a pile." But if I put a dummy out to left and to right and...
by crackerd
Thu May 09, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 3196

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

Although, I think OP, living in Canada, is pretty close to a couple really good Griff breeders. I'd have to look. Cass we have known each other for about 5 1/2yrs now. I personally think a Griff would fit with you and your lifestyle. Just my opinion from afar. Best of luck in your quest for the dog...
by crackerd
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 9432

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Godspeed and RIP, Ezzy - and thank you for the classy way of letting us know, V-John.

MG
by crackerd
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: BorderTerrier
Replies: 11
Views: 1694

Re: BorderTerrier

Great stuff, Robt. - and wholly (if not holy) illustrative of why North America needs you and your training philosophies to get gundogs and other canines (and their owners) off on the right foot.

MG
by crackerd
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog training
Replies: 8
Views: 3348

Re: Dog training

Now if you wanted to train that GSP as a retriever - which they are recognized as for competition by several orgs., including AKC - plenty of assistance is available throughout the Heart of Dixie, AKC and HRC clubs alike.

MG
by crackerd
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: a techie problem
Replies: 19
Views: 2418

Re: a techie problem

Now it's the doppelganger of the Trekmoor home pitch - spittin' image. Well done, Bill, no techie problemo!

MG
by crackerd
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 5314

Re: The value of the force fetch.

The "St. Francis " guy you mentioned is on his own personal pilgrimage to persuade more people to convert to "Positive Only." I generally agree with most of what he posts although obviously I don't agree with PP, our thought processes aren't that different. However I did believe he was talking out ...
by crackerd
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 5994

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

I think the 'climate' of the people in Oregon do not represent the majority of the folks in this country! Not that this is not of concern to us all, it is...but you have to consider the source, meaning the state of Oregon... Yeah, consider it as one of the top retriever training venues in the count...
by crackerd
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The value of the force fetch.
Replies: 42
Views: 5314

Re: The value of the force fetch.

Sharon suggested this topic in another thread and it would interest me to see what the split is on here between the folk that do F.F. and those that do not. Personally I am a "do not" - - - - - mainly because I never find it necessary to do it . A pup that already has a decent retrieve instinct onl...
by crackerd
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Boykin Pup Training
Replies: 32
Views: 3860

Re: Boykin Pup Training

I’ve got a question. I’ve taken my pup out twice walkin through the woods and popped a few birds w my pellet gun. I let my Boykin retrieve the birds. I thought it might be good to go ahead and get him interested in birds and get use to me walking around w a gun in my hand. Also, teach him what happ...
by crackerd
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Boykin Pup Training
Replies: 32
Views: 3860

Re: Boykin Pup Training

Like gundogguy and Sharon advised, this is a time for getting to know your pup and vice versa, along with the socialization. And don't be overwhelmed by the breadth of training material, be excited about having a gundog with a lot of breadth of its own, and that, while not a Lab or Chessie, can be t...
by crackerd
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 41
Views: 9432

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Thanks for coming back aboard to let us know - and thanks even more for your service on several fronts, Ezzy, in particular your service to our country.

All the best,

MG
by crackerd
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Start em Young
Replies: 76
Views: 11461

Re: Start em Young

Bill, I can simplify it for you apropos Robt.'s labeling above - you're heretofore a Scottish RedNe-c! (That is, unless you prefer to be a Brexit RedNe-c!)

MG
by crackerd
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy Training -Pro-Diy ? USA/UK
Replies: 23
Views: 3237

Re: Puppy Training -Pro-Diy ? USA/UK

Marketing. Like shortbread on a biscuit Tin. ..So many buy the tin . .. Perhaps the other way round , Not many that I know are sold/marketed from one side to the other ? :roll: :wink : Coals to Newcastle notwithstanding, Robt., your being a pretty bright bloke, I'm pretty sure you know the reason b...
by crackerd
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Best way to get a dog to hunt dead?
Replies: 15
Views: 2482

Re: Best way to get a dog to hunt dead?

Retrieving separate from Hunting . Then put them together . . I completely agree. I have always done this and I have done it so often with so many dogs, always successfully , that it never even occurred to me that other people might not be doing the same. When I read the original post I was a bit p...
by crackerd
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training a dog in an area with no wild birds
Replies: 49
Views: 6745

Re: Training a dog in an area with no wild birds

Get over the idea of a wild bird and a pigeon, they are both a bird and the dog won't know the difference till you teach it! If you can get a hold of feral pigeons instead of homer's you can honestly tell yourself, and dog if need be, that your using wild birds. Use your wife's pet Parakeet's and t...
by crackerd
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training a dog in an area with no wild birds
Replies: 49
Views: 6745

Re: Training a dog in an area with no wild birds

Done thousands of times daily throughout North America by retriever trainers :wink:

MG