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by parshal
Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Astro 220 Carrying Case
Replies: 15
Views: 1222

Re: Astro 220 Carrying Case

I use the case that Dave posted and put a zagg screen protector on it. I hang it from my vest with the case clip and loop the lanyard around a clip so I have double protection if something comes loose. The Astro won't fall out of that case, it's a pretty tight fit.
by parshal
Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Shots
Replies: 27
Views: 3971

Re: Puppy Shots

I have a vet supply shop about a mile from my house. They have mostly equine products and all sorts of first aid supplies. I can get the 7 way shot, with syringe, for $5. The rabies shot is $6 but I have the vet do that for reasons explained above. They also have bordatella both in the nasal and sho...
by parshal
Thu May 29, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Natural Ablilities Testing ?'s
Replies: 25
Views: 3624

Re: Natural Ablilities Testing ?'s

Haven't seen a mock test scheduled yet, but will see if I can find one. Randy, we don't have a mock test but do set up stations for each of the parts of the NA test at our training days. We have a training day and snake breaking clinic on June 7th. We'll have another training day on August 2nd. The...
by parshal
Thu May 29, 2008 4:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Natural Ablilities Testing ?'s
Replies: 25
Views: 3624

Re: Natural Ablilities Testing ?'s

Could anyone fill me in on the prize levels or what the levels of judging/prizes are? In order to receive a prize 1 in Natural Ability a dog must have 4's in search, nose and desire and at least a 3 in all other categories. In order to get a prize 2, they must have at least a 3 in search, nose, des...
by parshal
Thu May 22, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: NAVHDA?
Replies: 7
Views: 2643

Re: NAVHDA?

As others have said, skip the green book and go to chapter training days and a handler's clinic, if possible. Drive to a few tests near you and watch a Utility test. Most chapters are going to quite a drive from you, though. Once you see a UT test you'll have a much better idea of what you'll need t...
by parshal
Mon May 19, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Feed
Replies: 12
Views: 2477

Re: Feed

ezzy333 wrote:At this time of year much of the winter coat is dying and the dogs get lighter. That will change when he is through sheddng.
I've wondered this myself but he is three years old and never experienced a change in coat color. The only thing that changed was the food.
by parshal
Mon May 19, 2008 1:46 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Feed
Replies: 12
Views: 2477

Re: Feed

Greg, I've added Annamaet Impact which is a lot of extra fat to his food but that seems to make more of a mess than adding weight. I've been adding fiber to his food and that hasn't made much difference. I'll add oil to the food and see if that makes a difference. I might certainly help the coat. Th...
by parshal
Mon May 19, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Feed
Replies: 12
Views: 2477

Feed

I'm looking for suggestions on feed. It's tough to keep weight on my shorthair. I've been feeding Nutro performance for while and, suddenly, his stool got soft. The vet found nothing. I changed to Purina performance and the stool got firmer. I have to feed 5 - 6 cups daily in order to keep any sort ...
by parshal
Mon May 12, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: need help planning trip
Replies: 16
Views: 4106

Re: need help planning trip

If you really get in to the pheasants you'll have the time of your life and so will your dog. I'd wait until later in the summer to pick a specific location based on the hatch and go where things look to be best. I can afford to hunt public land being so close but if I were driving from GA I'd consi...
by parshal
Mon May 12, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: need help planning trip
Replies: 16
Views: 4106

Re: need help planning trip

If you really don't want to hunt pheasants then stay away from north central KS around Beloit and Cawker City. That area does hold some quail and chickens but pheasants are the draw. It also gets lots of hunting pressure. If you're looking to hunt quail then go to OK, TX or NM and stay out of KS. As...
by parshal
Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Trainers in Colorado
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

You're welcome to come out to our training days (RMC chapter of NAVHDA) which begin the first weekend in March (PM me if you want directions). We'll be kinda lost with the cocker, though, as we're a pointing/versatile dog club. I'd give a third for Ben Garcia. He's a standup guy that doesn't train w...
by parshal
Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for Hunt Tests
Replies: 90
Views: 104337

snips wrote:....Mostly see this in male Weims....
Obviously it's not a regional thing then. I saw the same out here this past spring when I ran my GSP at a Weim hunt test.
by parshal
Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: New Pr 1
Replies: 15
Views: 3478

Ammo had all sorts of opportunities to come apart in the field but handled the uncooperative birds and situations incredibly well. He is a very nice dog that anyone would be proud to own.
by parshal
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:56 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pointing Dead Birds
Replies: 26
Views: 5519

I agree 100% WR. I must say, that in NAVHDA, unless the judges witness the takeout they will not judge the dog down for it. However, in a NAVHDA test they must have a point and shot bird to judge. If the dog does not find it on their own they will plant one for it. So, if a dog brings back a couple ...
by parshal
Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Testing/ Trialing scenarios.... discuss "odd situation
Replies: 80
Views: 17508

I think this comment should be made. When I relate these stories to my friends that don't trial or run AKC tests they all seem to indicate that they'd never run their dogs in these events. That, somehow, these isolated events are how all the tests are run. I keep telling them that this isn't the nor...
by parshal
Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun "sensitive" question
Replies: 13
Views: 3886

All the advice here is good. If I were you I'd do just as you're going to do, leave her with the trainer. He's seen this before and has the time/facilities to work her through it. Gun sensitivity is definitely different than gun shyness. NAVHDA makes a differentiation on their Natural Ability scorec...
by parshal
Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pointing Dead Birds
Replies: 26
Views: 5519

Pointing Dead Birds

Rather than hijack the very good thread about Test/Trials I thought I'd start a new one with this. If a dog retrieves a dead bird I would not penalize him. IMO, a dog that points a dead bird doesn't understand what he's smelling. I agree to a point (no pun). A dog that consistently points dead birds...
by parshal
Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Testing/ Trialing scenarios.... discuss "odd situation
Replies: 80
Views: 17508

Two more things that I've seen that I question. First, as mentioned above, is the retrieve of dead birds. The sire of my GSP picked up a shot dead bird that was left in the field from the previous brace and delivered it to hand. The owner had seen the previous handler drop it in the field as well as...
by parshal
Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:57 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Testing/ Trialing scenarios.... discuss "odd situation
Replies: 80
Views: 17508

First, a dog points a warm, dead bird. Per judges request, the handler picks up the bird, tosses it, shoots and heels the dog away. That's his only find in the field. Did he go birdless? This happened to my dog. They said that counted as a bird find in the field and he went on to pass. Personally, ...
by parshal
Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Testing/ Trialing scenarios.... discuss "odd situation
Replies: 80
Views: 17508

One more then I'll give some time for people to respond and then I'll give the judge's call. Also MH. Dog is on point with a backing dog. Handler flushes bird, bird flies directly to backing dog. The backing dog opens its mouth, but, honestly, does not move it's head, and the bird flies into it's mo...
by parshal
Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Testing/ Trialing scenarios.... discuss "odd situation
Replies: 80
Views: 17508

Here are two good situations to discuss. Both are MH. First, a dog points a warm, dead bird. Per judges request, the handler picks up the bird, tosses it, shoots and heels the dog away. That's his only find in the field. Did he go birdless? Second, a dog points. The handler walks in for the flush an...
by parshal
Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: NAVHDA UT Duck search-help?
Replies: 8
Views: 3528

This is where problems can arise in training.For some it may be a harsh tone and a rough shake and send them back, for others it could be burning the bank with the e-collar. Either way, if your dog is a little on the dependent side, you could screw things up. This step needs to be carefully conside...
by parshal
Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Training
Topic: NAVHDA UT Duck search-help?
Replies: 8
Views: 3528

Until my most recent dog I trained just as Jay described. It worked for my PP and not so well with my GWP. With the GSP I changed things slightly. I used a boat. I never, ever, let him see a duck thrown. I ran pile drills first on land. Then, I planted a pile of taped ducks directly across 40 yards ...
by parshal
Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Rattlesnake Question
Replies: 35
Views: 7449

A friend's pup was bit a few weeks ago. It was $1600. I'm guessing that's cheap. I was wrong, it was actually $2500! I almost stepped on a rattlesnake this weekend hunting mountain sharptails. We were at nearly 7000 feet in a large grass field with not a rock to be seen for as far as I could see. I...
by parshal
Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tracking systems
Replies: 19
Views: 4790

Maybe it's a bug introduced into later versions after the beta testing. He said they knew about the problem and were fixing it. I saw a thread about the same subject on another board recently, too.
by parshal
Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:43 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: eCollars haters!
Replies: 60
Views: 14087

I go to dog parks for exercise during the week and to let my dogs chase ducks around the pond. People always ask what the dogs have around their necks. I hit the locate button (dogtra 2002 t&b) and tell them it's so I can find my dogs. I did hear one person say to their friend as I walked past "I wo...
by parshal
Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tracking systems
Replies: 19
Views: 4790

I played around with the Garmin unit this weekend that a guy brought to our NAVHDA test. He said it defaults to pet mode and it will not stay on point mode and, therefore, won't notify you when your dog goes on point. He said a fix is due to be released soon but Garmin won't tell him when. While I w...
by parshal
Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to properly introduce live birds.
Replies: 5
Views: 2388

I'm surprised you waited until he was this old to let him see live birds. I'd plant a quail/chukar in an area and take the dog out. Basically, let him think he's out for a run and run him in the vicinity of the bird. If he points it great. If not, no big deal. If he does point, try to walk in and fl...
by parshal
Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Rattlesnake Question
Replies: 35
Views: 7449

About $18.
by parshal
Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Rattlesnake Question
Replies: 35
Views: 7449

A friend's pup was bit a few weeks ago. It was $1600. I'm guessing that's cheap.
by parshal
Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: praire chicken
Replies: 6
Views: 1654

Re: praire chicken

1. They usually require a dog with quite a bit of range since they are usually found in wide open spaces. 2. Rarely. 3. I've found them in groups of over 50, even in the early season, but, most often, they are in small groups of 5 - 7. Sometimes you'll find them as singles or pairs. 4. They like for...
by parshal
Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Rattlesnake Question
Replies: 35
Views: 7449

I've seen a vaccinated dog that was bit by a prairie rattler. The owner swore it wasn't a snakebite since there was so little swelling. It was bit just above the front foot and there was swelling about two inches above and below the bite. He'd had dogs snakebit that were not vaccinated and this was ...
by parshal
Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chucker/Ptarmigan hunting in Colorado?
Replies: 15
Views: 6927

Both species for that matter. Sage grouse in particular. Wyoming has a lot more native sage habitat. It's closer than Montana which has more and a two month season. Pretty much anywhere you find sage in Wyoming you'll find sage grouse.
by parshal
Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:34 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chucker/Ptarmigan hunting in Colorado?
Replies: 15
Views: 6927

never thought i'd do much hunting that close to vail and aspen and summit county, but you never know what you'll find if you look. I do all my blue grouse hunting in summit county and have even run into sage grouse there. if you'd like to hunt sage grouse (and please, nobody shoot me for this), che...
by parshal
Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is the best GSP ever??????
Replies: 376
Views: 80534

NAVHDA folks seem to believe that if a dog doesn't run deer for miles the dog isn't worth owning. Blake, I assume you're kidding. I'm heavily involved in NAVHDA across the country and know of nobody that lets their dog chase deer. Maybe some of the DD owners will use them to track a wounded deer bu...
by parshal
Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is the best GSP ever??????
Replies: 376
Views: 80534

Do you guys with your Versatile hunting dogs really go out and specifically hunt rabbits, coons or anything with fur with your dogs ? Not picking a fight or an arguement... just curious is all. Yes. I don't personally shoot fur for my dogs but the guys I hunt with will shoot both rabbits and birds ...
by parshal
Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brake Controller Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1385

And yet another for the Prodigy. I've had one in my truck for nearly four years.
by parshal
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chucker/Ptarmigan hunting in Colorado?
Replies: 15
Views: 6927

nitrex, when was the last time you hunted sage grouse there? They've determined that the Gunnison sage grouse is a separate, endangered species and no longer allow it to be hunted. They are found around Gunnison which I would guess encompasses the area you're talking about. I could be wrong, though.
by parshal
Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chucker/Ptarmigan hunting in Colorado?
Replies: 15
Views: 6927

Sage grouse in any good numbers to hunt are going to be a couple of hours from steamboat. There are blue grouse within an hour of Ft. Collins but good luck finding them on a regular basis. They are best hunted on the western slope.
by parshal
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:43 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chickens in Nebraska
Replies: 4
Views: 1482

Go to the refuge around Valentine or the National Forest near Halsey. There are both chickens and sharptails in those places with a few pheasants tossed in.
by parshal
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Hungarian Partridge
Replies: 18
Views: 8137

Re: Hungarian Partridge

I was talking to my uncle in Nebraska this weekend and he said they dont have chickens there but that they do have Hungarian Partridge. No chickens? He must mean no chickens in his area of the state. You can hunt both chickens and shartails in the Sandhills of Nebraska. It's one of the best places ...
by parshal
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:34 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chucker/Ptarmigan hunting in Colorado?
Replies: 15
Views: 6927

I've hunted both in Colorado. I've found ptarmigan (different species from the ones in the Alaska) but they are at 11,000 feet and higher. Basically, you're going to bust a lung up there. Chukars are more than a waste of time unless you know someone with private land. Yes, there are some in the Book...
by parshal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Back bumps...?
Replies: 11
Views: 2378

Ruffshooter wrote:It all sounds nasty to me. I was just relaying a couple of odd items.
My wife screamed out loud when she saw the pictures on TV. It's quite gross and quite painful for the host.
by parshal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Back bumps...?
Replies: 11
Views: 2378

Actually, ruffshooter, that story was from a guy here in Colorado that had just gotten back from Belize. What he had were bot flies that were transmitted to him through a mosquito bite. The bot fly larva stays in a hole in the skin and will stick it's head out to get air. It's not like a normal fly ...
by parshal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunt Test Question. Pheasant in Master?
Replies: 57
Views: 10159

...MH should NOT be made any easier... What the AKC hunt tests need more than anything is consistent judging. What is acceptable in one test by one set of judges is deemed unacceptable in another test. For instance, some judges expect a dog to point a dead bird while others expect it to be be picke...
by parshal
Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Planting a Pheasant?
Replies: 12
Views: 2710

I do the same as OhioGSP but I do not pump the legs. I just hold the legs out straight until, when I stop pulling, they do not retract.
by parshal
Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hot Days...
Replies: 10
Views: 3434

How hot is too hot for you guys? It's been 95 or hotter each day (except maybe three or four) for the last three weeks. I'll run the dogs when it's 80 or, maybe 85 with water available, but that's about my limit. I haven't been able to do anything useful with them. I agree that in order to tolerate ...
by parshal
Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunt Test Question. Pheasant in Master?
Replies: 57
Views: 10159

My understanding is that hunt tests were originally developed, basically, as something for people to do with their dogs, not as a means to prove breeding stock. Yallawac can comment further since he judged the first AKC hunt tests but my understanding is that they are based on NAVHDA's hunt tests. ...
by parshal
Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunt Test Question. Pheasant in Master?
Replies: 57
Views: 10159

Regarding making Masters tougher; Masters has actually gotten easier over the past decade. A decade ago, if a dog moved when a bird got up you were done. Dave, I think it matters where you are located as to whether it's gotten harder. I was shocked at the retrieving that was allowed to pass the tes...
by parshal
Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunt Test Question. Pheasant in Master?
Replies: 57
Views: 10159

Anyone out there have a MH and think it was easy?? No, it's not easy. Your dog must be 150% prepared and prepared for anything. You have to go into it knowing your dog will pass (unless it gets a bad break) instead of going into it hoping your dog will do it. I spent six weekends in preparation and...