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by crackerd
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time swimming
Replies: 16
Views: 833

Re: Time swimming

If you were throwing marks for them pointers, you were enhancing your element - nice job. Swimming for recovery or recreation ain't to be sniffed at, either. But if you've ever seen a retriever trial or advanced training on the water, you'll know that these dogs are trained to return with a retrieve...
by crackerd
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Vive'ing la difference
Replies: 33
Views: 1040

Re: Vive'ing la difference

My apologies to Polmaise for the highjack. i just thought it was interesting..........Cj None necessary ! It always is interesting appreciating the 'differences' . The thread can take whatever route or direction as far as I am personally concerned . Would that be autonomous relocating you've cleare...
by crackerd
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Time swimming
Replies: 16
Views: 833

Re: Time swimming

So I got a chance to talk to Lab trainer about length of time swimming and I was surprised by his answers. He said now with water temps near 80 and air temps pushing 90°, he wouldn't swim a dog 30 minutes. I know labs have a heavier coat but others say a minute swimming is equal to 4 or 5 minutes r...
by crackerd
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 23
Views: 964

Re: Problems with come/here

Not to worry. Over here we just crank up the ecollar. The dog learns to come when the juice is on. He soon learns to ignore the command. But we still have the juice........Cj Is that the AC/DC Troglodyte recall program you're describing? Polmaise knows that ain't quite the protocol in the more, sha...
by crackerd
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Bird puppy destroyed first bird.
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Re: Bird puppy destroyed first bird.

I have a 16 week old GSP (4 month) .It spent 50% of it's life so far sucking on a teat and pretty much blind for most of that time. I wouldn't let it learn what to do on it's own with a tennis ball or a slipper ,even a bumper or a stick. ................................. She is pretty good at eatin...
by crackerd
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF/trained retrieve question
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: FF/trained retrieve question

We are just past hold and jowl pinch and starting with ear pinch. When pinch is applied he readily opens his mouth and takes the buck but im having trouble getting him to reach for it. I know this is a critical step and I dont want to cause a train wreck. I dont think he is being obstinate I dont t...
by crackerd
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 2132

Re: How to teach "turning"?

Sharon wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:09 pm
"or Hup, Bud! when I want a sharp turn or a 180." quote Shags

Now that is a good idea.
Now that is sangin' blasphemy to the spaniel choir, Sharon - "Hup, Bud!" meaning Sit your derriere down this instant and don't budge an inch.

MG
by crackerd
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 2132

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 crackerd
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to teach "turning"?
Replies: 44
Views: 2132

Re: How to teach "turning"?

Definitely think a lot of Higgins ' method ,but I do it differently. I start in the back yard with a check cord and a command. I use "yohhhhh" . Use the command ,turn the dog. Then extend your distant from the dog using the command. Same as you might teach "come". I use the command in the field whe...
by crackerd
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Boykin rebelling
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Boykin rebelling

polmaise wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:42 pm
Some say a Boykin is not a Spaniel and some say it is not a retriever.
My advice is edited .have fun with the little Boy
That's right, Robt., Boykins are one thing and one thing, only: untrainable curs. But who knows, if 'Bama shoots a bird for him, he might "choose to share his prey"...

MG
by crackerd
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 43
Views: 2295

Re: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey

Maybe there should be a thread on sour grapes :lol: If you think Polmaise is sour graping things, you need only tune into the many (many) gundog amateurs and novices from the UK and across the continent who not only trust in his guidance and methods, but flourish with his hands'-on help and (lately...
by crackerd
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 43
Views: 2295

Re: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey

I am not nearly "techie" enough to take that old tape and somehow transfer it onto a disc and then post that onto U TUBE. That's a pity 'Wullie' , I am sure folks on here would love to see you in Flared trousers a Fair Isle jumper and a Hippy hair style :lol: Bill, you know the old saying "Read you...
by crackerd
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 43
Views: 2295

Re: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey

Now Bill, admit it, you're just chafed 'cause you can't get a spinone to share her prey over there, keeping them bagged wild haggi all for herself. Now if you went at it from a 'Merican pointing dog trialer's perspective - you know, them who so mellifluously "sang" without surcease for their dogs' s...
by crackerd
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 43
Views: 2295

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: 14
Views: 1207

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: 2515

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: 2515

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: 1239

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: 2634

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: 1257

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: 3284

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: 3284

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: 5736

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: 5736

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: 5736

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: 2329

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: 5736

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: 5531

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: 5531

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: 5531

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: 5531

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: 5531

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: 12382

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: 1488

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: 2278

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: 2278

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: 3266

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: 3266

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: 2542

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: 2542

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: 2542

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: 3266

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 1698

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: 3127

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: 3127

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: 3621

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: 10593

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: 1907

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