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by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: Long shot, but need birds in Iowa

You can also look for nuisance trappers in the cities. They'll typically sell them pretty cheap.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: STEADY TO RELEASE
Replies: 15
Views: 748

Re: STEADY TO RELEASE

First thing you have to do is quit going past your dog when you go to flush. As you walk up past him, it puts him into a help to flush mode. IDK why, just something dogs do. Instead, come in for the flush at more a 90* angle to the dog. That way, you're kind of blocking him, and also getting into h...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Buying birds in SE Kansas
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Buying birds in SE Kansas

Try Elk Creek Gamebirds in Chanute. Joe typically has some good birds. You can call him at 620-432-4060.

Otherwise, check out the following. https://ksoutdoors.com/content/download ... 4.2018.pdf
by SwitchGrassWPG
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: APLS OutdoorZ Upland Game VestX review
Replies: 5
Views: 874

Re: APLS OutdoorZ Upland Game VestX review

I too have one. The "gun rests" are useless. If you bend over with shells in the side pockets, they fall out. Waist straps are way too long.

It is a very comfortable vest. The mesh pocket on the shoulder strap is good for an e collar transmitter.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WPG vs PP
Replies: 31
Views: 2047

Re: WPG vs PP

Why can't you use your britts for all of these pursuits? They are a versatile dog. If your line of dogs can't do the tasks, perhaps you should look to a line of NAVHDA britts.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Running on full stomach?
Replies: 21
Views: 2406

Re: Running on full stomach?

Feed a little extra the night before and then after the run.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: Tri Tronics Sport Basic G3
Replies: 4
Views: 2587

Re: Tri Tronics Sport Basic G3

Photo texted.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garmin or GoPro
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Garmin or GoPro

Looking for a hands-free video camera to wear when working dogs. Considering either the Garmin or GoPro...thoughts?
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: Tri Tronics Sport Basic G3
Replies: 4
Views: 2587

Tri Tronics Sport Basic G3

Used Tri Tronics Sport Basic G3 3-collar system for sale. Receivers will need new batteries, but are available for $25 at Gun Dog Supply. $125 shipped.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pigeon wings won't stay locked
Replies: 9
Views: 962

Re: Pigeon wings won't stay locked

If locking isn't working, just pull flight feathers from one wing.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Wed May 02, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: LCS Backer Dog Electronics Conversion
Replies: 0
Views: 370

LCS Backer Dog Electronics Conversion

Has anyone tried to covert an LCS Backer Dog's electronics to a Dogtra or other brand receiver?
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OFA or Penn Hip
Replies: 18
Views: 2783

Re: OFA or Penn Hip

Each method looks at different things and there's no comparison between an OFA rating and PennHip measurement. I've seen dogs get a Good OFA rating but have extremely loose PennHip DI.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Pointing dummies
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Re: Pointing dummies

Live birds, live birds, live birds...either wild or pen raised. Take him out and let him run and explore.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Do I have any use for this bag of wings in my freezer?
Replies: 11
Views: 2331

Re: Do I have any use for this bag of wings in my freezer?

Save a couple to attach to dummies if you want...throw the rest away.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: small pigeon loft
Replies: 11
Views: 2510

Re: small pigeon loft

You can easily build something using 5 6X6 dog kennel panels. Cover part of the top and a couple sides with a tarp and add a few 2X2 for perches and you've got a coop. Its easily moved in your yard and not a permanent structure.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: feeding pigeons
Replies: 26
Views: 6197

Re: feeding pigeons

I feed scratch grain year-round. I keep around 200 pigeons and a few quail, chukar and pheasants in the same coop. They go through about 80 lbs of food a week...two feeders filled once a week.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: dog boots? inner tubes?
Replies: 15
Views: 3498

Re: dog boots? inner tubes?

Never used them, but here's a link showing how to make and put them on.

http://www.oknavhda.com/boots.htm
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Vizsla is not retrieving dead birds???help
Replies: 22
Views: 6672

Re: Vizsla is not retrieving dead birds???help

Have you tried freshly killed birds? At 8 months, there's no reason you couldn't already be shooting birds over the dog; unless it hasn't been properly exposed to gunfire...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Going Backwards..
Replies: 13
Views: 3794

Re: Training Going Backwards..

Wing on a string is a cute game to play...maybe once. Get the dog on birds!
by SwitchGrassWPG
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: bird launcher recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 2214

Re: bird launcher recommendations

I like my DTs. What I like most is the standard 9v battery that powers them. If you look hard enough you can find them for a decent price. When I bought mine a few years ago, I found some for a little over $200 each.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: Looking for pigeons in Texas
Replies: 1
Views: 734

Re: Looking for pigeons in Texas

Try doing a search for a pest or nuisance trapper along the way.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC JH Test question
Replies: 29
Views: 5280

Re: AKC JH Test question

Give a whoa if you want...if the dog will obey. Fire the shot! Most judges are liberal with the definition of "gun range" with a junior dog.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: how/when do breeders confirm pregnancy?
Replies: 12
Views: 2209

Re: how/when do breeders confirm pregnancy?

About 28-30 days post breeding, our vet does a Relaxin test to confirm pregnancy.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog Off Food/Vomiting
Replies: 15
Views: 3150

Re: Dog Off Food/Vomiting

Take to the vet if you made the appt. An irritated GI tract can lead to some nasty problems for the dog and unpleasant for you. Best to get it taken care of before it gets too bad.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about the rankrank-ranking on the user profile
Replies: 1
Views: 798

Re: Question about the rankrank-ranking on the user profile

Believe its based on your number of posts.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Weak flying birds
Replies: 10
Views: 2400

Re: Weak flying birds

Typically, most pen raised quail aren't good flyers. Even worse when you purchase quail other than bobwhites. Want good flying training birds, try some chukar.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Birds
Replies: 22
Views: 10521

Re: Birds

I use an old chicken coop for my pigeons and also keep a few pheasants and quail with them...no problems.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training pigeons in Denver, Colorado area?
Replies: 3
Views: 835

Re: Training pigeons in Denver, Colorado area?

Try looking into nuisance trappers. many times they are more than happy to sell what they trap to eliminate the need for them to dispose of them.

Jay
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breedmate software
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Re: Breedmate software

If you already have data from another database in an Excel CSV file, you can do an import as long as your data columns line up correctly.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Harassment while training dogs legally on public land
Replies: 32
Views: 8489

Re: Harassment while training dogs legally on public land

I'd start by contacting the appropriate wildlife/law enforcement officer and report the first incident. Hopefully you remember enough details about the individuals and the vehicle they were driving. For a future occurrence, do all of the above. Video for evidence, take down license plate, call the a...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: cameras?
Replies: 21
Views: 6912

Re: cameras?

About all of the "top end" cameras are good. Have your wife go to a camera store and handle them. Unless she's a knowledgeable photographer, the camera will most likely be in "auto" mode most of the time, so many of the pricier models may be just money out of your pocket. Find the one that fits best...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC Limited Registration
Replies: 123
Views: 49079

Re: AKC Limited Registration

Could an AKC Limited Registration could be compared to dogs deemed "non-breedable" by the parent organizations who limit the dogs eligible to breed and the resulting pups being registered with the organization? Instead of being done at the breeder level, it is being done at the top. To me it seems l...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Releasing Birds - Need some advice
Replies: 9
Views: 2829

Re: Releasing Birds - Need some advice

Released adult birds have a very high mortality rate and don't survive very long. If there were wild birds in the area, they may have a better chance. If you'd like to try to establish quail on the property, start with birds between 3-6 weeks old. Even at this age, you'll be luck to have 50% survive...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Think Dog Has Poison Ivy
Replies: 9
Views: 2070

Re: Think Dog Has Poison Ivy

I don't think dogs can be affected by poison ivy. They can transfer the oils to you though.

Depending on the dog and where you are exercising, it's possible it could be staph. Do the bumps look like they have any pus?
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:20 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Trouble locating shot birds.
Replies: 23
Views: 7182

Re: Trouble locating shot birds.

Training partner and check cord. If you are trying to train steady to shot and fall by yourself, in the manner you described, you'll never get there. You need another individual flushing and shooting the bird while you work on keeping the dog steady through the sequence. It also doesn't hurt to let ...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: remote launcher
Replies: 4
Views: 2437

Re: remote launcher

I like my DTs. If you do some searching, you can find them very reasonable. IIRC, I paid about $200 each for mine. What I like about them is the ease to add additional launchers and they are powered by an easily replaceable 9 volt battery.

Jay
by SwitchGrassWPG
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Focus or Natural?
Replies: 11
Views: 3268

Re: Purina Focus or Natural?

The best food for your dog is the one it does best on. All life stages should work well.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu May 28, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: small pigeon coop
Replies: 21
Views: 6283

Re: small pigeon coop

If just using for shooter birds, get a 6X6X6 chainlink dog kennel and an extra panel to put across the top. Secure the top to the sides with hose clamps. Run a few 2X2X8 boards through the fence fabric and you have perches. You can also go another step and put a tarp across the top for a rain cover....
by SwitchGrassWPG
Thu May 21, 2015 5:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A question about a puppy thing
Replies: 14
Views: 2944

Re: A question about a puppy thing

How tall/thick is the grass? I've had young pups do the same thing because the grass is too tall or thick for them to efficiently get through and fall down because they are tired. If he's trying to get the pup to go through something similar, tell him to back down a little on the cover he's running ...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Sun May 10, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeon nesting in floor
Replies: 8
Views: 1475

Re: Pigeon nesting in floor

Half of mine nest on the floor, even with more than an ample number of nesting boxes.

Jay
by SwitchGrassWPG
Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Hip ratings
Replies: 15
Views: 5262

Re: Hip ratings

Important to remember...there is no direct correlation between a PennHip measurement and an OFA rating. Each method evaluates a different aspect of the hip joint.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Exercising a young dog
Replies: 4
Views: 1389

Re: Exercising a young dog

Forced running is hard on their joints. Free running and swimming are the best exercises for a young dog.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Will quail stay in a general area?
Replies: 4
Views: 1321

Re: Will quail stay in a general area?

Wild or released? Depending on food availability they can move a lot. Released birds tend to have a very high mortality rate if released as an adult.
by SwitchGrassWPG
Wed Jan 07, 2015 6:14 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Which program do you reccomend?
Replies: 9
Views: 3072

Re: Which program do you reccomend?

We don't own cookie cutter dogs, so why follow cookie cutter programs. Read and review as many programs as possible and figure out what parts of each work best for you and your dog. There is no one right way to train a dog...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Wed Jan 07, 2015 6:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: force fetch prior to bird exposure?
Replies: 18
Views: 4838

Re: force fetch prior to bird exposure?

Anything that puts pressure on a dog has the potential to affect search or drive. Some dogs fear that pressure and will not venture far from you to prevent the pressure being applied. I think some additional information about your dog would be beneficial for responses. Breed, age, exposure so far, e...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nose development
Replies: 4
Views: 649

Re: Nose development

I don't necessarily think it is scenting ability...rather knowing what to do when they smell the scent. As a dog's experience grows, so does it's trained responses to the desired stimuli. Many factors can affect a dog's ability to smell. Take a look at the information at the following link: http://r...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone here hunt in Oklahoma?
Replies: 16
Views: 4547

Re: Anyone here hunt in Oklahoma?

Went duck hunting, but the private property I hunt in NC OK had quite a few quail whistling around sunrise. Not what you are looking for...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Calling All Griffon Owners and Breeders
Replies: 0
Views: 468

Calling All Griffon Owners and Breeders

The American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association, the AKC breed Parent Club, has deployed an online, non-individually owned, pedigree and health database for the breed. If you own or breed Griffons and they are registerable with one of the major registries (AKC, CKC, NAVHDA, Am Field, etc.) plea...
by SwitchGrassWPG
Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: another veterans question
Replies: 11
Views: 4138

Re: another veterans question

I second the veteran service organization route (VFW, DAV, Legion). The process isn't quick by any stretch of the imagination. For example, action on disability claims for those leaving the service now are 6 months or more behind.

Jay