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by FLocker
Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training a dog in an suburban enviroment?
Replies: 11
Views: 2954

Re: Training a dog in an suburban enviroment?

I own and like Urban Gun Dogs, but i woudnt recommend it to a Lab owner. It is pretty spaniel specific, and the "urban" aspect of it was mostly common sense, IMO.
by FLocker
Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training a dog in an suburban enviroment?
Replies: 11
Views: 2954

Re: Training a dog in an suburban enviroment?

While your pup will need a place for gun condition and live bird work, but i do a lot of training in city and state parks. I imagine training pointers like this is tougher, as they are not really hunting companions, but kenneled, bird finding machines. :wink: I have known some really great Labs that...
by FLocker
Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Looking for a Couple Pigeons in Baltimore County, Maryland
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: Looking for a Couple Pigeons in Baltimore County, Maryland

Keeping birds alive humanely at your house is a terrible pain. A few suspects would be: 1. Urban feed stores that cater to pigeon racers and cockfighters often have pigeons for sale. (not usually in the best parts of town, but i am a regular at one of several in my city) 2. Take your wife to a Spani...
by FLocker
Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tell me about ES lines
Replies: 37
Views: 7837

Re: Tell me about ES lines

Others will have real answers, but i'd be curious to know what you are looking for that Brits can't do.
by FLocker
Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amateur wins NCC National Field Trials (article)
Replies: 8
Views: 2573

Re: Amateur wins NCC National Field Trials (article)

They're not pointers, and the idea of a 20-30 lb serious gun dog might be a bit of a surprise, but working cockers make a lot of sense for a lot of bird hunters. The ability to get under cover that taller dogs go right over is a big advantage. Most have a natural retrieve (though there is a raging d...
by FLocker
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Amateur wins NCC National Field Trials (article)
Replies: 8
Views: 2573

Amateur wins NCC National Field Trials (article)

Full disclosure, this involves flushing dogs, but still very cool, and def a big upset:

http://www.wcsh6.com/life/programming/l ... &catid=144
by FLocker
Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone here have pointers trained NOT to retrieve?
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Anyone here have pointers trained NOT to retrieve?

What a show! Just returned from a quail hunt on a southern USA plantation. EPs, 2 at a time pointing coveys, shooters dismounting 2 at a time to shoot. Pointers were steady to wing, shot, fall, and retrreive, as "wagon dogs" (labs/springers/cockers) leapt off at command and were handled through most...
by FLocker
Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: Help: Member Support
Topic: Help in identifying dog breed
Replies: 2
Views: 3073

Re: Help in identifying dog breed

I'd go to the Cockers in the Field site (www.fieldcockers.com) and click meet the dogs . You may see a lot of filed champion cockers that resemble springers at first glance. How tall is she/he, and how much does she weigh? My cocker looks for all the world like a mini-springer, but she is short (15 ...
by FLocker
Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Heat cycle while at trainer
Replies: 0
Views: 213

Heat cycle while at trainer

He everyone, My 8 mo old bitch is scheduled for a 3 month stay at a trainer in mid-December. My question is, if im planning to spay, is it better to do it now so she can recover fully before she goes, or wait and let her get through the first cycle (possibly while away), and then spay? Is there a lo...
by FLocker
Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Any Way to tell if Bitch had pups?
Replies: 18
Views: 4329

Re: Any Way to tell if Bitch had pups?

What would an honest, professional trainer do if there was an unplanned pregnacy of a client's dog while she was with him? Let the client know and ofer to have the pregnancy terminated asap? Or is there another course of action that would be less disruptive and harmful for the bitch?
by FLocker
Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: starting to lose control...
Replies: 3
Views: 488

starting to lose control...

Would appreciate any thoughts. Hve been trying to take it slow in regards to pressure with my 7 month old E. Cocker. She has flushed and had about 15 quail killed over her so far with no indication of any gun sensitivty. She has never quit looking for a dead bird, and hasn't wanted to chew or destro...
by FLocker
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wearable Hydration Shirt
Replies: 6
Views: 787

Re: Wearable Hydration Shirt

Second that camelback shirt, I have it and wear it a lot. It will easily hold a quart of scotch, and is hardly noticable under my suit at work.
by FLocker
Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First Bird Contact
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

Re: First Bird Contact

I was just kidding about that, I have come to love that tail. The heat down here must be making me delirious.
by FLocker
Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Taking my dog dove hunting this weekend
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: Taking my dog dove hunting this weekend

If you can, haul a bag (or even a block) of ice out to your spot, and 2x the water that you think you need. My springers hated doves, b/c the feathers seemed to stick in their mouths more than other birds, so give thew water after each retrieve. At my opening day shoot last year, a lot of guys were ...
by FLocker
Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Zio Bitten
Replies: 16
Views: 2578

Re: Zio Bitten

Wow, I am so sorry. Fingers crossed for a full recovery. Once you guys are out of the woods, and things calm down, I'm sure everyone here would love to hear more details about what you did right and what the vets tell you the best course of action is in just such a case. I am also in Tampa, so this ...
by FLocker
Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First Bird Contact
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

Re: First Bird Contact

Well, she is a cocker, but the breeder told me if she gets over 35 lbs, i could register her as a springer. At any rate, I think that I will have her tail docked a little further to increase our chances in the show ring.
by FLocker
Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First Bird Contact
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

Re: First Bird Contact

Thanks, iPhone does a decent job. It was really interesting. I wouldn't calli it a retrieve. My goal was to have her just have a good time with a flapper, and build some confidence around a live bird. She absolutely loved it. I just watched her and tried to shut up. She would come to me but, was pos...
by FLocker
Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: where are the birds in this country?
Replies: 26
Views: 5485

Re: where are the birds in this country?

Some good new today at least. Tall Timbers Research in Tallahassee is reporting a very good hatch in S.Ga/N. FL. You may want to consider going to work for them. I have pasted the article below. Quail Hatch is Going Strong By Dr. Bil Palmer, Game Bird Research Program Director Reports from managers ...
by FLocker
Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First Bird Contact
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

First Bird Contact

As Steve Martin would say: "I've found my special purpose
by FLocker
Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: where are the birds in this country?
Replies: 26
Views: 5485

Re: where are the birds in this country?

Awesome, Have fun. Maybe UF and FSU scientists can figure out how to reverse the decline in the Florida wild quail population while you are gone.
by FLocker
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: where are the birds in this country?
Replies: 26
Views: 5485

Re: where are the birds in this country?

I have an MBA from a Florida B-school, i work in corp. finance, and couldn't do my job without it. We do shoot a lot of preserve birds (the duck and dove hunthing is still really great at least). I think though, the past few years have shown that going back to a non top-ten business school to sit ou...
by FLocker
Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What breed of dog would you NEVER want to own?
Replies: 62
Views: 10046

Re: What breed of dog would you NEVER want to own?

I think I did a very poor job making my point. I was trying to advocate the eradication of all dogs that we have bred to fight for our entertainment. For every person that is attacked by a bully breed, dozens of pets are shredded in dog parks, and on street corners without any media attention at all...
by FLocker
Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What breed of dog would you NEVER want to own?
Replies: 62
Views: 10046

Re: What breed of dog would you NEVER want to own?

I am dissapointed in most of you. You guys of all people should understand that beeding has a massive impact on a dog. That silly survey link is the definition of a straw man argument. They were nearly all fighting dogs. Pitbulls just happen to be the most popular in the U.S.. Fighting dogs, at thei...
by FLocker
Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:28 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Hunting pics from last Season
Replies: 17
Views: 3745

Re: Hunting pics from last Season

Wow,

I could look at those pics for days. As a working cocker owner, i always love to see the little guys doing their job.
by FLocker
Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: cocker puppy training
Replies: 4
Views: 473

Re: cocker puppy training

Thanks guys! will be sure to keep you updated.
by FLocker
Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: cocker puppy training
Replies: 4
Views: 473

cocker puppy training

Hi Guys- I'm bringing along a now four month old working cocker (all of 17 lbs so far :-). I have found your discussions really helpful for a first-time owner. I have a couple of questions that it looks like havent been adressed in a while: 1. How do you start the process of teaching sit (stop) to t...