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by rinker
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training with pigeons question
Replies: 14
Views: 3006

Training with pigeons question

I have an issue that I have never ran in to before. I have a young pointer female that I think has all the tools to make a good dog. The problem is that she has no real interest in pigeons. She has found and pointed quail on her own and looked good on them. I do not have enough access to wild or rel...
by rinker
Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's up with that?
Replies: 52
Views: 10100

Re: What's up with that?

I generally agree with the other posters in this thread. I always find it interesting when I read on these threads about people breeding dogs to make money. I do not consider myself as a breeder, but I raise a litter of puppies every couple of years. I must be doing it wrong because I have lost a sm...
by rinker
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: trial hunting ranges
Replies: 148
Views: 30218

Re:

birddog1968 wrote:If you've not had or seen a dog that can adjust it range to the task at hand or had or seen one that can go with you at long range you've missed having or seeing one of the great things in dogdom.
+1
by rinker
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: trial hunting ranges
Replies: 148
Views: 30218

Re: trial hunting ranges

I am a bird hunter and small time weekend foot field trialer. I have pointers and I will never own a dog that isn't directly out of, or very close up to horseback all age dogs. I generally do not let my dogs make 900+ yard casts, I really do not have access to grounds where that would work well. I w...
by rinker
Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Keep Plott close
Replies: 8
Views: 898

Re: Keep Plott close

or bears.
by rinker
Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats your dogs name?
Replies: 214
Views: 62496

Re: Whats your dogs name?

Pointers Touch's Love Scar - Mae Even Heros die - Chubby Echo Mountain - Reno Patch, not registered yet I just use something short that I can remember for call names. I use song titles for registered names. 'Love Scar' and 'Even Heros Die', are songs by Paul Thorn. Echo Mountain is a song by James K...
by rinker
Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Does anyone use black and gold dog food
Replies: 21
Views: 6904

Re: Does anyone use black and gold dog food

I used it for several years and was fine with it. I work on a different side of town now and go to a different feed store that doesn't carry it.
by rinker
Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question for breedrs
Replies: 48
Views: 9703

Re: Question for breedrs

"You Versatile guys always make buying a puppy difficult! :) You can buy a Shadow Oak Bo pup today and they would let you name it whatever you would like! Could name it Shadow's Poodle Princess for all they care! :)" I have never heard of a controversy any thing like this with an American Field regi...
by rinker
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: National Championship
Replies: 58
Views: 16878

Re: National Championship

Many dogs have competed in season
I have never been to the National Championship, and certainly do not know all of the rules. How would they have handled the situation if the dog is in heat, and she was going to compete? She was braced with a male dog.
by rinker
Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cost of Bo pup's and service
Replies: 11
Views: 2764

Re: Cost of Bo pup's and service

I am a pointer man, I do not own a setter. I have seen 8 or 10 Shadow Oak Bo offspring at field trials, and that friends own. I liked them all a great deal. I am seriously thinking about trying one for myself. I have six very well bred pointers in my kennel that I did not pay a penny for. I traded w...
by rinker
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: National Championship
Replies: 58
Views: 16878

Re: National Championship

The Ames site says that she was withdrawn because she came in season.
by rinker
Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How important do you feel Bird Planters are to a Trial?
Replies: 24
Views: 6102

Re: How important do you feel Bird Planters are to a Trial?

I know that in some cases it is necessary, but I do not like dizzied birds. In a trial where there is a defined boundary, I'm sure that it has to be done. Generally if a bird is released it will fly to an edge or other cover of some kind. Yes, they will occasionally just drop to the ground also. If ...
by rinker
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: National Championship
Replies: 58
Views: 16878

Re: National Championship

There are two courses, they are each used one time per day. Two braces of a three hour duration are ran each day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Birds were released earlier this season, but no birds were liberated immediately prior to this trial. There are wild birds there also. The tr...
by rinker
Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pigeon Coop/Lofts
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

Re: Pigeon Coop/Lofts

They can be hard to catch at times. If I know in advance that I am going to work dogs, I catch them the night before. I just wait until after dark and shine a flashlight in their eyes.
by rinker
Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training tips for a non-hunting GSP
Replies: 16
Views: 4158

Re: Training tips for a non-hunting GSP

I thought all GSPs were non-hunting. :mrgreen:
by rinker
Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 45026

Re: Decline of Field Trials

I don't know that I have any real answers, but I have observed a real shift in the bird dog world over the years. From the time that I was a child up until my early twenties or so, every one that I knew that was a bird hunter or field trialer had E Pointers and English Setters. All of these folks li...
by rinker
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Horseback Trial Question
Replies: 59
Views: 16114

Re: Horseback Trial Question

We run 3 hour continuous courses, so if you pick your dog up halfway through course 2 its not as if the judge gets airlifted back to camp. What does it matter if he watches your dog or the other handlers dog. Judge still has to ride the course, your not doing him any favors by picking up. I think th...
by rinker
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Horseback Trial Question
Replies: 59
Views: 16114

Re: Horseback Trial Question

I am a weekend American Field foot trialer, mostly amateur, but occasionally I will enter an open stake. I don't think that a judge has ever told me to pick my dog up. I have had a couple tell me, "you are welcome to continue, but I will no longer be watching your dog". I will pick my dog up if I kn...
by rinker
Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: E - fencing
Replies: 22
Views: 6906

Re: E - fencing

I don't want to hijack this thread, but how about the invisible fences that do not use wire? They have a base that is kept in the house and the dog can range in a 90 foot radius around the base, but if they get out of that area the collar stimulates them. I have looked at this several times but have...
by rinker
Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: See Johnny Run - English setter
Replies: 9
Views: 3626

Re: See Johnny Run - English setter

I'm certainly no expert on English Setters, but I think he was a direct son of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise. I never saw him, but I did see a few of his direct offspring, and I liked them. They were long legged, with the right kind of gait. http://www.thefieldtrialer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4274 I ...
by rinker
Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A question for breeders about false pregnancy?
Replies: 24
Views: 6195

Re: A question for breeders about false pregnancy?

I understand, and it will probably work out perfectly. You just stand a little greater chance of dropping $1,000 or so for nothing, than if you had a female that had been bred a few times and raised litters of puppies.
by rinker
Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A question for breeders about false pregnancy?
Replies: 24
Views: 6195

Re: A question for breeders about false pregnancy?

If I was going to pay a large stud fee and travel a substantial distance, I would not breed a young female that had never been bred before. Not all female dogs are good mothers. Some are difficult to get bred and some just do not do a good job raising puppies. It might be too late before you find out.
by rinker
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A question for breeders about false pregnancy?
Replies: 24
Views: 6195

Re: A question for breeders about false pregnancy?

I do not consider myself a breeder, but I have raised several litters of puppies over the years, and I'm going to raise one this year as well. I think that you are over thinking the whole thing. When she comes in to heat, breed her. If it isn't a complete cycle then she either will not accept the ma...
by rinker
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeon care or "Lack of"
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: Pigeon care or "Lack of"

Yes, I am watering my pigeons every day now, because the water freezes. In good weather I can go about a week without feeding or watering.
by rinker
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: credit card hacker
Replies: 16
Views: 5967

Re: credit card hacker

I worked at a bank for 25 years, just recently left. That is very unusual. The phone cards are more typical. Maybe they were going to buy items and then attempt to return them for cash.
by rinker
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Stop to Flush Drills
Replies: 25
Views: 5319

Re: Stop to Flush Drills

I see a lot of posts about teaching a pup to 'stop at first scent'. I wonder if everyone interprets this the same way. In my opinion if you literally teach a dog to point or stop every time at the first acknowledgement of scent, you may find that you have a lot of unproductives later on. In my opini...
by rinker
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How much does training cost?
Replies: 21
Views: 6075

Re: How much does training cost?

$400 a month is about what I have found. I don't think you are that far behind. Are there any clubs in your area? You may be able to find someone that is experienced that would let you tag along a little and show you a few things. I would try to help, but I'm a long way from you.
by rinker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidental Breeding
Replies: 97
Views: 19278

Re: Accidental Breeding

It sounds like your mind is made up. Don't sign the slip, don't take the money. Let them deal with the fall out.
by rinker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidental Breeding
Replies: 97
Views: 19278

Re: Accidental Breeding

It sounds like you have three choices; -Take the Thousand and move on -Ask for something more than the thousand -Do nothing, and let the trainer and dam owner deal with having sold 5 puppies that can't be registered I would probably take the thousand and move on, but if I thought they were really tr...
by rinker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: how much ground to run a trial?
Replies: 13
Views: 3245

Re: how much ground to run a trial?

Right, that's why he is talking about trying to host a trial on private land.
by rinker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: WHERE do you buy your dod food?
Replies: 16
Views: 3160

Re: WHERE do you buy your dod food?

I go out of my way to support local feed stores. I do this just because I think it is the right thing to do, but I have found that there are some fringe benefits. At one time, before I had homing pigeons, the local feed store owner let me trap feral pigeons around his buildings. The owner always kno...
by rinker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crated during day?
Replies: 14
Views: 4216

Re: Crated during day?

Do you have a garage? I have an above ground kennel in my garage, similar to a Scott's kennel. I fixed it so I could slide trays underneath it to catch any waste. I don't use this kennel long term. I just use it when I have a small puppy, or if a dog needs medication or something like that. The most...
by rinker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: how much ground to run a trial?
Replies: 13
Views: 3245

Re: how much ground to run a trial?

Are you thinking about hosting a trial?
by rinker
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: what happens to gun shy pointers?
Replies: 52
Views: 16095

Re: what happens to gun shy pointers?

It is funny to me how these threads go. There are 39 responses on this thread and about 2 or 3 of them actually attempt to answer the fellow's question. His questions are, would a gun shy dog still make a good pet and part time bird dog for some one that doesn't plan to fire a gun, and if so, where ...
by rinker
Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Transitioning from truck cab to truck bed...
Replies: 8
Views: 3351

Re: Transitioning from truck cab to truck bed...

My dogs usually don't like to ride much until they have been on their first hunting trip. After hunting for hours per day for several days in a row they start to look forward to hopping in that box. The rest of their lives they ride better.
by rinker
Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: What do you feed your Dogs?
Replies: 285
Views: 80458

Re: What do you feed your Dogs?

I always find the dog food posts entertaining. The truth is that I do not know what I feed my dogs. I have been buying the same thing from the same small feed store for years. I pull up and the fellow throws two bags in the back of my truck and I pay him and leave. When I get home I immediately dump...
by rinker
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How old is to old
Replies: 15
Views: 3321

Re: How old is to old

I actually think that starting out with an older dog is a good idea. I think a lot of people try and start with a puppy and find that they are clueless when it comes to training and it will be 2 plus years before they have a real hunting dog. There are a lot of 5 or 6 year old dogs that are being re...
by rinker
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: male or female questions plus
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: male or female questions plus

In my experience, females mature a little faster and seem to be a little easier to train.
by rinker
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: How to use my tracker
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: How to use my tracker

I have never owned one, but I have seen people use them. You use the unit by slowly moving the antenna in an arc until you hear the beep, then slowly reduce the size of the arc until the antenna is pointing directly at the collar. Your dog is in line with the antenna, there is no reliable way to tel...
by rinker
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:16 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Help for A City Bird Dog
Replies: 17
Views: 5039

Re: Training Help for A City Bird Dog

At this time of year I do not have access to wild birds, most of the guys that raise birds are sold out, and I will not fly my pigeons because of the hawks. So, I am pretty much in the same situation that you are. I do not work with birds every time that I take my dogs out. This time of year, I run ...
by rinker
Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Whelping must haves
Replies: 10
Views: 3196

Re: Whelping must haves

I use heat lamps for warmth. The important thing to remember with this is that you need to give the female and puppies a place to get away from the heat lamp if it is too hot. I use a rectangular whelping box and put the heat lamp at one end. What I usually find is that the female and puppies lay at...
by rinker
Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: proposed law requiring pets indoors...
Replies: 4
Views: 1496

Re: proposed law requiring pets indoors...

The coldest temperature that I have experienced in my life was -35. I had a litter of lab puppies that were a few days old in an outdoor dog house at the time. This is the only time that I have ever worried about it being too cold. Those puppies came through it great, no problems what so ever. I use...
by rinker
Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How long until your dog "got it" (birds, launcher)
Replies: 47
Views: 20011

Re: How long until your dog "got it" (birds, launcher)

She was getting 'sticky'. When you do a lot of bird work with a young dog they start to anticipate that there is going to be a bird behind every bush. They will also start to point launchers instead of birds. When I am doing a lot of bird work, I will keep changing things up. I will work the pup on ...
by rinker
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pass it on / pay it forward
Replies: 25
Views: 11270

Re: Pass it on / pay it forward

I think that this is a great idea. I have two quail pens that someone could have. They are in central Indiana and I am not going to ship or deliver. One of them is a very nice Johnny house that I had built. It is on skids and can easily be pulled with a truck/tractor/ATV. It needs some repair, it wa...
by rinker
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bark control device
Replies: 5
Views: 611

Re: Bark control device

This is for my own dogs. I currently have six in my kennel. My experience with bark collars is that the dog learns to shut up when the collar is on, and resumes barking as soon as it is removed. I understand that with this device all of the dogs will be punished not just the barker, but I'm hoping f...
by rinker
Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bark control device
Replies: 5
Views: 611

Bark control device

http://www.ultimatebarkcontrol.com/ds_p ... e=Main-Tab

Does this device work? Is there something similar or better?
by rinker
Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Littermate syndrome prevention.
Replies: 37
Views: 14589

Re: Littermate syndrome prevention.

If you want a dog to find wild birds, better to emulate; Miller, Lester, Hoffman, Buddy Smith, Wright, and the others that have started puppies that have won the National Championship. The men listed above are prominent E Pointer breeders/field trialers. I have been to two of these men's home and k...
by rinker
Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do your dogs have on when grouse hunting?
Replies: 21
Views: 5505

Re: What do your dogs have on when grouse hunting?

I do not live in a region that has many grouse, but I take a week long trip each year to hunt grouse and woodcock. My dogs wear their normal flat ID collars with a bell on them, a DC30 Garmin collar, and a tritronics ecollar. Depending on training stage, some also wear a second tritronics ecollar on...
by rinker
Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brucellosis test
Replies: 44
Views: 8773

Re: Brucellosis test

I am not really a breeder but I do have a litter of puppies every few years. I have bred to the biggest name most popular E Pointer studs in the country. I have never been asked about a brucellosis test.
by rinker
Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does neutering have negative affects?
Replies: 69
Views: 17106

Re: Does neutering have negative affects?

'spayed heifers'

I'm not a farmer but have live among them my whole life. I have never heard of a spayed cow.