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by RayGubernat
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kennel Cover
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

Re: Kennel Cover

If you want kennel covers that fit, I think the fellow suggesting the canvas place is on the mark. There are plenty of places in NJ that specialize in making boat covers, especially down the shore. I'd call a few and ask. I'd bet you will find one that will cut and sew a cover fitted to your existin...
by RayGubernat
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Whoa training after learning sit...@$&#%!!!!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 3476

Re: Whoa training after learning sit...@$&#%!!!!!!

You're going to get a lot of different advice, filter what works for you and your dog. A common quote often seen . Sounds good in text ,and comes across with high moral value . ... Here is the thing ? What does the Novice know what to filter out until they try it ? ...The bad bits First ,or the goo...
by RayGubernat
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Whoa training after learning sit...@$&#%!!!!!!
Replies: 21
Views: 3476

Re: Whoa training after learning sit...@$&#%!!!!!!

Mike - You may not need this, but if you are having issues with the dog sitting as a default to pressure, this is another way to work through it. What I am suggesting is a heel/whoa drill after the manner of Paul Long. The beauty of the drill is that any and all pressure that gets applied is complet...
by RayGubernat
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hot weather and exercise
Replies: 14
Views: 2455

Re: Hot weather and exercise

I also go with time as opposed to distance. You are right to be concerned, as exercising any dog in temps above 75F nedes to be done with care and the higher the temps the more attention needs to be paid. I am typically more concerned with endurance in the heat than distance travelled, because my do...
by RayGubernat
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Red Cedar Ribbon
Replies: 15
Views: 2620

Re: Red Cedar Ribbon

My breeder advised me to stay away from cedar...... she suggested straw or pine shavings. ive used straw as i said before and like it but it seemed to hold ticks and fleas. has anyone used pine shavings or should i just get crate covers? As I said previously, I have used cedar chips in my dogs bedd...
by RayGubernat
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Water in the field
Replies: 16
Views: 2608

Re: Water in the field

I have an old Frisbee around somewhere. That is what I used to use.

I also have a camelback bladder with a bite valve. If I put it at the dogs mouth and squeeze, they wind up with most of it where it needs to be.

RayG
by RayGubernat
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: English Setter Running Away - Help
Replies: 41
Views: 5733

Re: English Setter Running Away - Help

First let me say that a well bred setter that is one year old WILL want to go after birds. It is in their blood, it is in their bones...it is what they were born and bred to do for the last couple hundred years or so. Soooo, you are going to have your hands full for a good bit of time...I suspect at...
by RayGubernat
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Red Cedar Ribbon
Replies: 15
Views: 2620

Re: Red Cedar Ribbon

I’m going to go with the ribbons I think just wanted to make sure it didn’t effect there noses or respiratory system Just a word of caution. Not all dogs are the same. Just because my dogs do not react to cedar chips.... Cedar does not rot. That is because there is stuff in there that keeps the bug...
by RayGubernat
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Red Cedar Ribbon
Replies: 15
Views: 2620

Re: Red Cedar Ribbon

I use both hay and cedar chips. I think the red cedar helps to knock down the bugs. But, I also had occasional issues with bugs in the hay. I now spray the hay with a bug spray( I use a horse spray) and let it sit in a large plastic bag for a few days at least. I also use the same horse spray on the...
by RayGubernat
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help me spend my money :)
Replies: 9
Views: 2000

Re: Help me spend my money :)

As far as e-collars are concerned, my thinking is that you "need" only continuous stim with about 6 levels, from very slight to max. momentary stim capability is nice, but can be approximated by quickly pressing and releasing the button. I actually use the momentary stim on my unit much more often t...
by RayGubernat
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: post hunt effects on dogs
Replies: 16
Views: 3626

Re: post hunt effects on dogs

mrelite - There are a lot of good suggestions already mentioned. I would like to give you my 2 cents as well. I would seriously look into the glycocharge. If given to the dog within 1/2 hour of cessation of activity, it can replenish the dog's glycogen levels(ready energy), almost completely, by the...
by RayGubernat
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Breaking my Setter...
Replies: 18
Views: 2948

Re: Breaking my Setter...

I’ve been in the process of breaking the chase out of my Setter. He’s 15 months old. He’s been through a season of grouse and woodcock. He made 1 single honest point throughout 18 days of hunting. He chased about a dozen and a half. I’ve met all other major milestones... heel, recall, quartering, w...
by RayGubernat
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: need a new e collar
Replies: 15
Views: 2096

Re: need a new e collar

Mav - I have, and use, a TT Flyway Special that I bought about 25-30 years ago. It is essentially a Pro 200 without the tone feature. The battery on the unit croaked about 10-15 years ago and when I called them they said to send it in. They said they would upgrade it to the XLS model for a small fee...
by RayGubernat
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a new pup. Need some help
Replies: 14
Views: 2103

Re: Got a new pup. Need some help

You could incorporate some of the names of past archery personna, like Howard Hill, Fred Bear or Ben Pearson. You could incorporate some old bow names like Hoyt Pro Hunter or Bear Tamerlane. You could incorporate some old broadhead names like Super Hilbre, LaFond Lightning, Black Diamond or Razobak....
by RayGubernat
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: cost of a pup
Replies: 121
Views: 15482

Re: cost of a pup

Ray that breeder has since stopped due to family health issues. I already tried that. Yes I am aware of backyard breeders and craigslist and backpage and all that. I was just simply curious about the cost was all. Maybe I got very lucky before with my previous purchases. I understand about good bre...
by RayGubernat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training with a Garmin Alpha TT15 mini
Replies: 30
Views: 5900

Re: Training with a Garmin Alpha TT15 mini

what you are saying is basically the same as George Hickox Method. The dog is not taught the command with the collar. He is taught the command first and learns that he can avoid the collar by obeying the the command . The problem is if the dog does not learn that he can avoid the stim by obeying th...
by RayGubernat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: cost of a pup
Replies: 121
Views: 15482

Re: cost of a pup

maverick351 - Why don't you contact those same breeders you used before? If you were pleased with the pups, why not go back for more of the same? In all candor, that is what I would do. Breeders set their own prices for their pups. FWIW, My BIL used to charge $1000 per pup for Brittanys that he bred...
by RayGubernat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training with a Garmin Alpha TT15 mini
Replies: 30
Views: 5900

Re: Training with a Garmin Alpha TT15 mini

E collar training is pretty much all avoidance training. If you jolt the dog because he does not obey your command, he obeys to avoid the jolt. If you fry him to make him quit chasing deer, he quits to avoid getting fried. Why does Ray's dog Stay by his knee at heel? Answer: to avoid the shock from...
by RayGubernat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training with a Garmin Alpha TT15 mini
Replies: 30
Views: 5900

Re: Training with a Garmin Alpha TT15 mini

Thanks Cj... that makes sense. I appreciate the explanation. I'll absolutely get the Hickox ecollar DVD before introducing the ecollar. I have plenty of training to do before I get to the point of correcting, so I assume I have a few months to go. I'm (at this point) planning on going with Bill Wes...
by RayGubernat
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training with a Garmin Alpha TT15 mini
Replies: 30
Views: 5900

Re: Training with a Garmin Alpha TT15 mini

Buckeyesteve - Shags is right on the exposure to birds. When I get a pup, it sees a pigeon or gamebird once at about 12-16 weeks. All I want to check out is the dog's drive and whether or not it has a useable nose. After that...it does not see or smell a bird until it is pretty much ready to be brok...
by RayGubernat
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: whoa training ....why is it so important?
Replies: 89
Views: 42272

Re: whoa training ....why is it so important?

What I do might be a little old school, but it works for me. I have probably posted this a few times, but here goes anyway: I do heel/whoa drills in the yard after the manner of Paul Long. I use a pigging string(poor man's Wonder lead). I start the process when the pup is quite young, like 16 weeks....
by RayGubernat
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Looking for training timetable for a pointing breed
Replies: 26
Views: 4824

Re: Looking for training timetable for a pointing breed

Ray, just a thought, but IIRC your dogs aren't house dogs. "sit" is pretty invaluable for a house dog. What if my wife's Grandmother comes over? Dog better know to put its bottom on the ground and get its ears rubbed. Grandfather-in-law loves dogs, used to run and breed cockers, but is confined to ...
by RayGubernat
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NAVHDA dogs compared to NSTRA dogs
Replies: 19
Views: 3860

Re: NAVHDA dogs compared to NSTRA dogs

Successful NAVHDA dogs would probably be expected to be pretty good at water retrieves and pretty persistent in water searches. NSTRA dogs are not typically bred, trained or tested for those particular skills.

RayG
by RayGubernat
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Starter pistol
Replies: 8
Views: 2104

Re: Starter pistol

Thanks. That's what I was thinking If you are going to start one puppy, a $35 starter pistol is probably going to be just fine. It actually looks reasonably well made. It might last you two or three puppies. If so, it is a HUGE bargain. A good quality starter pistol can cost $250 and more. I bought...
by RayGubernat
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Looking for training timetable for a pointing breed
Replies: 26
Views: 4824

Re: Looking for training timetable for a pointing breed

Buckeye Steve - The danger with teaching a pointing dog to sit is that it may become the dog's "safe" place. In response to pressure, a dog will generally want to go to its "safe" place. When you are working on getting a dog staunch or steady...there WILL be pressure. if the dog responds to that pre...
by RayGubernat
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Professional Trainers
Replies: 10
Views: 2410

Re: Professional Trainers

I am located near Harrisburg, PA. She is a Drahthaar. Primarily we will use her to hunt pheasants, etc. and maybe ducks. Very cool. Sounds like a very good choice for your intended use. Navhda can be a very good resource, but not all chapters are created equal. I would go to your local chapter and ...
by RayGubernat
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Young pup and training (am I falling behind)
Replies: 27
Views: 6171

Re: Young pup and training (am I falling behind)

Nmhuntr - You have been given some solid advice by previous posters. We all do things differently, but one thing is the same with every single accomplished dog trainer. The DOG is who determines the pace of the training. All "schedules" and such are merely approximations in time and all depend on so...
by RayGubernat
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Professional Trainers
Replies: 10
Views: 2410

Re: Professional Trainers

How old a pup :?: And what do you want it to learn?? I wouldn't think of sending away a pup for anything unless it was over 6 months old. Or are you after bird introduction & gun introduction or :?: ---just trying to find out more of what you are after :D She is 5.5 months old right now. This is ou...
by RayGubernat
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly
Replies: 48
Views: 12446

Re: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly

Again To the people learning to train their dog. Get some yard training on your dog before you put him in that situation. Get a reasonable recall that you can enforce with reasonable stimulation, which you should have if your dog is wearing a collar in the field. I have seen dogs trained like Ray a...
by RayGubernat
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly
Replies: 48
Views: 12446

Re: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly

For the people asking how to whoa train their dogs, don't do that......................Cj If you enjoy the prospect of watching your dog getting run over, then I agree...don't do that. The point is...if you do the obedience work thoroughly and have the dog responding...instantly... to a command, yo...
by RayGubernat
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly
Replies: 48
Views: 12446

Re: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly

RayG, as light as the stim is, dogs tend to move away from the point of contact. I would not put the prongs on top of the flanks, myself. The way I use a neck collar if absolutely required is to turn an ornery dog. Having a dog turn and having a dog stop in his tracks from the same source is just.....
by RayGubernat
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly
Replies: 48
Views: 12446

Re: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly

Most trainers I know currently use the EC on the flank or belly as it were to aid in steadying a dog to wing and shot. One trainer makes a consistent effort to locate the prongs of the e-collar on the upper part of the dog's back, near to the spine, into the large muscle of the back leg, especially ...
by RayGubernat
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

Jonov- Thank you for a thought provoking response post. I enjoy an alternative point of view. Just a couple of things... You might be surprised with how often some of those diehard field trailers hit the fields with some of their dogs. Ask them. I applaud your willingness to put it out there at a tr...
by RayGubernat
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly
Replies: 48
Views: 12446

Re: Teaching Whoa With the EC On Belly

That is not the way I do it...but... I did a quick search and I came across a video by Buck Daniels of Daniels Creek Kennels that explains the process. The trainer starts with a checkcord and a flank hitch. So should you. Do it silently as much as possible. If you issue a verbal command, issue it ON...
by RayGubernat
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Pet Insurance
Replies: 21
Views: 5804

Re: Pet Insurance

Most pet insurance doesn't pay the vet, you do. You then file a claim and the insurance reimburses the stated percentage of the bill(s). I believe there are other plans where the much of your premium goes to discount routine items like vaccines, wellness visits, and tick control. My policy has a $2...
by RayGubernat
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Pro Plan vs. Taste of the wild
Replies: 25
Views: 6435

Re: Purina Pro Plan vs. Taste of the wild

Purina Pro Plan Performance is THE choice for virtually every single American Field trial pro. Part of that choice is their support for the field trial sport...but a far bigger part is the uniformity and reliability of the food. It is a 30/20 feed, 30 % protein, 20% fat which is the optimal diet for...
by RayGubernat
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm Medicine
Replies: 16
Views: 4709

Re: Heartworm Medicine

PMW - Most folks use an Ivermectin based heartworm preventative. It has been used for years and is available as a monthly oral dose. There is another compound called Milbemycin oxime, which is also used. A trade name is Sentinel. Milbemycin, in addition to being a heartworm preventative, will kill b...
by RayGubernat
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Looking for training timetable for a pointing breed
Replies: 26
Views: 4824

Re: Looking for training timetable for pointers

I take out my cheapo "wonder lead" and start doing heel/whoa drills with the dog at about 4 months. Very short duration drills, about five minutes morning and evening. I do them after the manner of Paul Long. I will also do come drills with my wife as helper. We use two checkcords and sit opposite e...
by RayGubernat
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Looking for training timetable for a pointing breed
Replies: 26
Views: 4824

Re: Looking for training timetable for pointers

There is no real timetable. At least not one you can mark off on a calendar. The time it takes for a pup or dog to demonstrate proficiency on a particular skill depends on two HUGE variables. The first variable, as you might expect is the aptitude of the trainee. some dogs are just quicker on the up...
by RayGubernat
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

Rayg ' we on this dark side of the pond may have an advantage ? Whilst the grey bearded forefathers hunted and shot the wild birds for their dogs , we stupidly replenished the stock and conserved the areas so that we can do the same . The commercial pen bred shoot's also helped when they missed tho...
by RayGubernat
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

To those who would engage in crossbreeding, just to save a few bucks, I pose the following question for your consideration: If EVERYONE else also crossbred their dogs, just how long do you think it would take for the sporting dog breeds that we know today to disappear? I suspect if there were no re...
by RayGubernat
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

To those who would engage in crossbreeding, just to save a few bucks, I pose the following question for your consideration: If EVERYONE else also crossbred their dogs, just how long do you think it would take for the sporting dog breeds that we know today to disappear? I suspect if there were no reg...
by RayGubernat
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

My uncle was the custodian of a German Shorthaired pointer that came straight from German stock...sire and dam were imports. His owner was sent to Saudi Arabia to help build oil refineries in the sixties. Butch was one He!! of a bird dog, was a housedog in a home with 3 small children and he had a f...
by RayGubernat
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

We’d have to agree to disagree. In most cases an expensive puppy is just an expensive puppy. IMO a dog with placements or a broke dog ready to campaign is worth that $2500 price tag because of the work put in and it’s a proven commodity. But to pay that much for a pup that could turn out to be a du...
by RayGubernat
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

As I see it, there are lots of folk that have a budget that won't support a well-bred blue-blooded whatever. In-other-words, there is a market for those "mutts". I get it. We all have a budget. Just look at those that hunt upland with a Purdey SxS versus those with a ____ pump. If you ask the guy w...
by RayGubernat
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

You will probably end up with solid bird dogs as long as the parents are both solid hunters. I'd advise against it just because they wont be worth much compared to the rest of the market but if youve got four or five guys thatll give you deposits go for it. I agree with all of the above. My biggest...
by RayGubernat
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

Or You might get really beautiful smart Children...........Cj Yes you might get beautiful, smart children...OR NOT. You do not know and cannot tell. Same with crossbreeds. You do not know and cannot tell. It simply amazes me that someone who purports to be a breeder does not get such a rudimentary ...
by RayGubernat
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

Too funny - The previous poster is making the case that over 100 years of selective breeding by dedicated supporters of their respective breeds is not sufficient to produce sporting dogs, in that breed, with uniform and high level talents, abilities and dispositions. I call BS. No breeding is 100% g...
by RayGubernat
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeding question need help
Replies: 149
Views: 28456

Re: Breeding question need help

Guys - folks are free to breed what they choose. BUT If you breed one breed to another it is a litter of dogs that CANNOT be registered. If a dog cannot be registered it cannot compete in any form of trial or test. Therefore it will never be possible to objectively and independently determine if tha...
by RayGubernat
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Shooting Over Running Dogs
Replies: 67
Views: 12643

Re: Shooting Over Running Dogs

Ray G How would your staunch dogs react to running birds React to backing situations Blanked - If the birds were running, I would expect(read HOPE!!) that the dog would not commit to a point until the bird was cut off and stopped. Pheasants can be a real SOB in that regard, but I have witnessd, and...