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by crackerd
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Replacement collar for Garmin 3/4"
Replies: 16
Views: 615

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: 615

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: 470

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: 470

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: 470

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: 615

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: 249

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: 249

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: 330

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: 793

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: 793

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: 1743

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: 3794

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: 605

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: 1537

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: 1033

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: 1921

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: 2575

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: 1921

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: 1341

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: 1341

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: 3794

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: 5743

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: 2144

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: 1593

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: 3985

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: 3985

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

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

MG
by crackerd
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View
Replies: 43
Views: 2757

Re: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View

I've just googled searched the size of British robins ...they are only 12 -14 cms in length. Your dicky birds are bigger than ours ! :lol: In many ways. :wink: - sorry, I couldn't resist. :) With proper appreciation of Robt.'s philosophy - and Sharon's - and Pedro's - my favorite Robin, a Reliant d...
by crackerd
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View
Replies: 43
Views: 2757

Re: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View

Trekmoor wrote:Ye'd huv me in jail, you bleeper ! :roll:
Gaol, innit? Same here. Cormorants, now, that be some fine eatin' - for harbour seals... :wink:

MG
by crackerd
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View
Replies: 43
Views: 2757

Re: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View

Trekmoor wrote:I've just googled searched the size of British robins ...they are only 12 -14 cms in length. Your dicky birds are bigger than ours ! :lol:
But, Bill, we could also help you fatten up your golden plovers for the table!

MG
by crackerd
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View
Replies: 43
Views: 2757

Re: *VIDEO* Winning Run From Handlers View

Nice Video ...Would have loved that BBQ . Looks like good folks on a good day . ..... I wonder how much Game was Missed on all that lovely ground ?..probably never know . I am old fashioned , but why the judges have to be on horse back ,and the Handler doing the singing ?..If they can see more than...
by crackerd
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Training
Topic: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training
Replies: 26
Views: 2335

Re: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training

Good luck going forward. If you're in this country, you could always get plugged into a retriever club or two and proceed from there. If you're in the UK, you could always go see Polmaise or Trekmoor. But seeking out a retriever club for help in training a hunting retriever, well, that's ostensibly ...
by crackerd
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training
Replies: 26
Views: 2335

Re: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training

Thanks, Bill - all your insights and unique experiences appreciated, as always. From our side, on the distance thing and safety concerns in the water about a retriever for handling, that's where the custom-dug "technical ponds" of uniform depth and "clean" water as described by our Canadian friend a...
by crackerd
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training
Replies: 26
Views: 2335

Re: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training

Bill, I know the IGL championship may have a last-day duck flighting which gives a competing dog the chance to retrieve a duck, and I also know that Labs (and the occasional Chessie) are used for wildfowling over there. I didn't say that a British retriever won't pick a duck, I said a British FT ret...
by crackerd
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training
Replies: 26
Views: 2335

Re: When to switch from basic obedience to hunt training

Why do we treat Retrieving as a subject that automatically benefits from using force on dogs which are already displaying a great deal of joy and natural ability for the task?! I have asked about this in the past and was told that while F.F. may not be needed if a retriever is not going to be field...
by crackerd
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: AKC Amateur definition
Replies: 21
Views: 4071

Re: AKC Amateur definition

Used to be you made money you were a pro. To get off Pro status you had to quit for two years. In the interest of trialing I think once your a pro, your always a pro. I also think that once you step up to open statue and place, Amateur status should become off limits. I have watched guy's that are ...
by crackerd
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?
Replies: 46
Views: 4552

Re: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?

Most appropriate shout out to Polmaise - but you should also know that he was but a whisker away from having himself a Boykin to train for making those 500-yard retrieves of native haggis. With an infusion of American-style training on the older, domesticated and more leathery haggi first, of course...
by crackerd
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?
Replies: 46
Views: 4552

Re: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?

Scott, averageguy's given a great précis here - Retriever Trials are run on grounds which have been selected and groomed for line of sight that is uncommon in many areas of the country. The Marks are thrown by persons wearing white jackets to make them visible to the dog. At 500 yards it is highly l...
by crackerd
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?
Replies: 46
Views: 4552

Re: Why do we want retrievers to run 500+ yard marks and blinds?

Probably what I should have asked is, "Do hunters really NEED a dog that can run such long-distance retrieves?" in spite of how field trials are operated. I would think field trial standards might be overkill in terms of real-world field performance. But I am all for a dog that can go the distance ...
by crackerd
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: May I train my own retriever myself?
Replies: 14
Views: 1578

Re: May I train my own retriever myself?

If you're asking, in proper Queen's English, " May I train my own retriever myself?" the answer is "Certainly, you may." If you're asking " Can I train my own retriever myself?" to do everything you've noted above, the answer is, Yes, you can - but there's a million-to-one odds against it, and that'...
by crackerd
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What is the term "stake" mean in field trials?
Replies: 7
Views: 1372

Re: What is the term "stake" mean in field trials?

So a STAKE is a trialing CLASSIFICATION or LEVEL? Like little league vs collegiate vs minor league vs major league baseball? If you're asking about retrievers, as your other posts indicate, you can throw out a lot of the birddog info you've been given. For example, there is no "money stake" in retr...
by crackerd
Thu May 24, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Anyone training in SW Wisconsin
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: Anyone training in SW Wisconsin

Im near Sparta, Wisconsin looking for people training retrievers that would like to show me a thing or two. Im new and training my first dog. Good job taking the advice to see a retriever trainer or amateur trainers about helping you with your Boykin. You should also post your request for help on t...
by crackerd
Tue May 22, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Retrieving
Replies: 20
Views: 2310

Re: Retrieving

First off, i am not a professional dog trainer. I am a hunter who wants a hunting dog... not a field trial dog. I have a 6 month old Boykin. He is steady, although he no longer likes bumpers but prefers dokken dead fowl brids. He cast with platforms, heels, works to the whistle etc. I am training h...
by crackerd
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Norwegian Elkhound
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Re: Norwegian Elkhound

reba wrote:The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the ancient Northern Spitz-type breed of dog and is the National Dog of Norway. The Elkhound has served as a hunter, guardian, herder, and defender.
Anybody in Norge use 'em these days to bark capercaillies out of trees?

MG
by crackerd
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's the most unusual breed bird dog you ever saw?
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: What's the most unusual breed bird dog you ever saw?

Well, if you can guess the breed then you Know your dogs I suppose . This is my secret weapon for the shooting Field :mrgreen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPxQSg0nczo Robt.! Are you and Monty Roberts taking over Lilibet and Georgie's "din-asty"? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/world/europe/c...
by crackerd
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: cost of a pup
Replies: 121
Views: 15476

Re: cost of a pup

ezzy333, you are right on Sir. I have no intention of imposing my hunting style/preferences on anyone. Sometimes, there are too many of us as it is! :wink: I was simply sharing my breed-specific experiences. And they're enjoyed by many here, Feather - as are Mr. Kirsch's recollections of rather goi...
by crackerd
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: UK "Gundog Trust" to go to "Force Free"
Replies: 16
Views: 2686

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

Some could write a book on here. :roll: Robt., Haitch is for Higgins when it comes to the "trust" and crime genres https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/00/08/20/specials/higgins-obit.html , but I know an agent who might pair up our Haitch-man with the spirit of my old Bostonian buddy t...
by crackerd
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: UK "Gundog Trust" to go to "Force Free"
Replies: 16
Views: 2686

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

Robt., Bill - is this still Pippa M.'s piece of the gundog pie? Crikey, advocating "force free" - and with a Chessie :mrgreen:

Nice lady. But...Lord (Lucan) help me, cloud cuckoo land has just opened up another pressurized compartment and this 'un pipes in laughing gas!

MG
by crackerd
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Casting
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

Re: Casting

Excuse my ignorance but why do you trains dogs to stop mid cast? I’m just a weekend upland hunter and just curious why you train this skill. For duck hunting, "why" would be if you were calling the dog off a mark to send it for another bird you or someone in the blind shot and which might be a crip...