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by Fun dog
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Train myself or find a trainer
Replies: 62
Views: 17729

Re: Train myself or find a trainer

Training grounds are 200 miles away. Gas over $4. A gallon. Training every weekend during the summer. Birds at $15. To $25. Per bird. Launcher at $300. Backing dog. E-collar. Pigeons and a loft to house them. Clinic and tests. Did I mention having to buy a new car, okay we won't count that. Training...
by Fun dog
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Check Cords
Replies: 30
Views: 16820

Re: Check Cords

Permatack is wonderful in wet climates as we'll. no more soggy lines that take forever to dry!
by Fun dog
Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pup eating poop
Replies: 21
Views: 4820

Re: Pup eating poop

Ah yum...Poopsycles :mrgreen:
by Fun dog
Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A question for breeders about false pregnancy?
Replies: 24
Views: 6186

Re: A question for breeders about false pregnancy?

False pregnancy is not all that common and generally happens with dogs that haven't been bred, but think they are. It often takes longer for a dog to recover from false pregnancy than it would take to recover from raising pups. If your dog is prone to false pregnancy I would not breed her and get he...
by Fun dog
Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training method for retrieving
Replies: 45
Views: 9752

Re: training method for retrieving

I've watched both Dobbs Trained retrieve and the smart fetch program. My thought through both of them was, "How could anyone see anything more than a real bonding experience from these programs"? If you have time, you can do it and if you follow the program chances of ruining the dog are pretty slim...
by Fun dog
Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Whats your favorite dog breed? And why?
Replies: 59
Views: 41005

Re: Whats your favorite dog breed? And why?

I have to go with the GSP as we'll. their energy and love of life make them so fun. I love the variety of colors to choose from. They adore their families and love to hunt. They make great sleddogs as we'll. life is never dull with a GSP (or two) in the house!!
by Fun dog
Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Whoa Training
Replies: 7
Views: 1476

Re: Whoa Training

There are no barrels in either DVD
by Fun dog
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No offense, but what is up with all the GSPs?
Replies: 31
Views: 7751

Re: No offense, but what is up with all the GSPs?

I've heard it said that the GSP is the poor mans dog as it does everything.
by Fun dog
Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: home made dog fod
Replies: 35
Views: 9876

Re: home made dog fod

Vonzeppelinkennels wrote:BH so you don't think Coyotes & wolves would eat kibble in the wild if it was readily available?
Nope, they can't afford it.
by Fun dog
Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: E-Collar use for digging
Replies: 22
Views: 7479

Re: E-Collar use for digging

Put her in an area that is hers and let her dig away.
by Fun dog
Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What did you say?
Replies: 6
Views: 2240

Re: What did you say?

And then you have those with double meanings. CC = collar conditioning or check chord. You're not alone in being confused by all the abbreviations.
by Fun dog
Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: exercise level of gsp as compared to labs
Replies: 7
Views: 2793

Re: exercise level of gsp as compared to labs

Extreme! :mrgreen: GSP's are high strung and need lots of attention and exercise. They do have their good points however. They love their family, are great with children and you will never out hike or hunt them. They generally don't smell doggy and shedding is at a minimum though I have found some t...
by Fun dog
Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pigeon coop
Replies: 7
Views: 2795

Re: Pigeon coop

Here is a picture of the pigeon loft we made out of our 10 X 10 puppy pen
by Fun dog
Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pigeon Loft question
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: Pigeon Loft question

We did that with our unused puppy pen. We put a roof on it and lined the inside with Chicken wire. The chain link keeps big critters out and the chicken wire keeps the birds in. However, make sure you fasten it firmly or you could have some hawk like visitors come to see what's for dinner.
by Fun dog
Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dog crapping while hunting?
Replies: 36
Views: 9080

Re: Dog crapping while hunting?

If they are going that much, you might want to try a different dog food. Also, are you going directly from your house to hunt or are your dogs kenneled because you have to travel to the hunt spot. If the dogs are kenneled you may need to make sure they have had a chance to go. Not only that day, but...
by Fun dog
Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog going soft?
Replies: 13
Views: 2713

Re: Dog going soft?

Shut the door.
by Fun dog
Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Foot Care? Dogs
Replies: 11
Views: 1567

Re: Foot Care? Dogs

You're probably correct. I mostly know it as nutrazinc.
by Fun dog
Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Foot Care? Dogs
Replies: 11
Views: 1567

Re: Foot Care? Dogs

When we had our sleddogs, fall training was always really hard on the feet. Especially as the temps started dropping and the ground freezing. When we started feeding zinc glutamate (allow 6 weeks for it to really take effect) we saw an amazing improvement in the toughness of their feet. The other th...
by Fun dog
Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: KCAL/Cup in dog food
Replies: 49
Views: 15558

Re: KCAL/Cup in dog food

I pay attention to it when deciding what food to feed the dogs.
by Fun dog
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Having troubles training new dog! Need advice
Replies: 16
Views: 3921

Re: Having troubles training new dog! Need advice

Have you tried a scat mat. My GSP of 13 years knew he wasn't allowed on the couch, but as soon as we went to bed he would sneak up there. Then when he heard us get up he would slither down on the floor in hopes that we wouldn't notice. I got a scat matt and after a couple times of having the thing s...
by Fun dog
Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Retrive and Backing
Replies: 26
Views: 6569

Re: Retrive and Backing

Any time your dog does something naturally that you want it to do it makes the whole training sequence easier.
by Fun dog
Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stim level question?
Replies: 11
Views: 2772

Re: Stim level question?

Different levels for different situations. "Here" in a calm setting with no interruptions is going to be different than "Here" while chasing something. I constantly change the level of stimulation depending on what we are doing or working with. As the dog gets bolder and more confident the stimulati...
by Fun dog
Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Retrieve = as Important
Replies: 30
Views: 5166

Re: The Retrieve = as Important

Lily
by Fun dog
Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do you Force Fetch?
Replies: 32
Views: 9792

Re: Why do you Force Fetch?

A year ago I'd never heard of Force Fetch. Admittedly the name itself is somewhat negative and I wasn't sure I wanted to do such a thing, but after going through the force fetch program with my dog I have to say that I would do it again in a heart beat with a new dog. It's a great bonding experience...
by Fun dog
Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog Boots
Replies: 12
Views: 2764

Re: Dog Boots

While in the sleddog world I became a bootie connoisseur, though I have to admit I never used any of those high dollar booties. We had too many dogs to afford it and they were too heavy. There are boots for snow, boots for racing, boots for gravel, boots for frozen gravel. I've used Cordura 300, Cor...
by Fun dog
Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Why do you Force Fetch?
Replies: 32
Views: 9792

Re: Why do you Force Fetch?

My pup loved to retrieve, but when it came to freshly killed birds she didn't want to pick them up. Then I noticed a lot of dogs mouthing the birds so I omitted retrieving from training until I could get that under control. I started with Dobbs Force Fetch video. Teaching hold. Once we got that down...
by Fun dog
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: SHOOTING UNPOINTED BIRDS
Replies: 89
Views: 25358

Re: SHOOTING UNPOINTED BIRDS

I know that Jon Hahn says that if they mess up, they don't get to retrieve, ever! He also lets dogs walk in on a bird till it flushes so the dog learns he can't get too close. There's no shooting of the bird there.
by Fun dog
Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: need help training
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

Re: need help training

BellaSpinone wrote:Buy DVD perfect start.. Might as well get finish also. Nothing better for a pointing dog.
I started my pup at 5 months with perfect start and it was fun for both of us.
by Fun dog
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dilema
Replies: 9
Views: 1218

Re: Dilema

I'd say you were lucky if the only damage your GSP did was to some cookies. We were gone once and the dogs were left outside. However, we neglected to lock the door so they figured out how to open it. Because we didn't think they would be in the house we left the dog gate open which enabled them to ...
by Fun dog
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Perfect Start Clinic this weekend - pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Perfect Start Clinic this weekend - pictures

Jon is amazing. What he does with those dogs in such a short time is really incredible. It's like magic!
by Fun dog
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can puppy play go too far?
Replies: 6
Views: 1975

Re: Can puppy play go too far?

LIly at about 8 months with Viking 4 years. This goes on by the hour. Note the couch is pushed half way across the room. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhrI2Kdmhr4 And if Viking isn't available, well there's always the grandson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N96AX2694p8 As long as everyone is havi...
by Fun dog
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What funny little hunting quirks do your dogs have?
Replies: 7
Views: 1167

Re: What funny little hunting quirks do your dogs have?

Mine like to help bring in firewood. They bring it to hand every time! :D
by Fun dog
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cold weather hunting questions
Replies: 24
Views: 4761

Re: Cold weather hunting questions

How many of you test the hydration level while out hunting? Especially in warmer weather this is important. But also when you come in from any long hike or hunt check hydration to make sure all is well.
by Fun dog
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting Vehicle
Replies: 45
Views: 11681

Re: Hunting Vehicle

If I'm staying someplace where I can sleep inside I like my Subaru forester. I can put two medium crates in the back. There's lots of room for gear and there's a nice rubber mat to go under the crate. If we are going on a hunting camp we take the Toyota Tundra crew cab. The dogs sleep in a crate in ...
by Fun dog
Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cold weather hunting questions
Replies: 24
Views: 4761

Re: Cold weather hunting questions

...Then, I am tired of dealing with frozen water spouts on our water bottles. We end up just opening the lids and letting them lap the water out. The spouts waste less water. What do you guys use for watering on very cold days? I thought about camel backs, but then i would think the hose would free...
by Fun dog
Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Scott Linden jaeger lead?
Replies: 8
Views: 3319

Re: Scott Linden jaeger lead?

Yup, Permatack it is!
by Fun dog
Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cold weather hunting questions
Replies: 24
Views: 4761

Re: Cold weather hunting questions

When the temps drop, I like to use a larger kennel and put two dogs in it. They will cuddle and help to keep each other warm. Insulate the kennel, fill with straw, and they will be really toasty!
by Fun dog
Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Wild Alaskan salmon, the 1000 mile dog race food
Replies: 57
Views: 19752

Re: Wild Alaskan salmon, the 1000 mile dog race food

This thread is really pretty funny. Who would have thought corn could cause such a ruckus? Well guess what, I am a world champion sleddog racer. My dogs race over 20 mph for up to 20 miles. For the last ten years we have fed Kibble with just a bit of Annamaet Impact (A meat substitute). We've fed ki...
by Fun dog
Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Wild Alaskan salmon, the 1000 mile dog race food
Replies: 57
Views: 19752

Re: Wild Alaskan salmon, the 1000 mile dog race food

This thread is really pretty funny. Who would have thought corn could cause such a ruckus? Well guess what, I am a world champion sleddog racer. My dogs race over 20 mph for up to 20 miles. For the last ten years we have Kibble with just a bit of Annamaet Impact (A meat substitute). We've fed kibble...
by Fun dog
Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: A little about you...
Replies: 1070
Views: 334039

Re: A little about you...

I live in Seward Alaska. I'm new to training birddogs, but not new to dogs. I'm a world champion Sleddog racer and when I won the world championship I had a leaddog named Chip that was a GSP. Wild and crazy, that one. I now have 2 GSP's, Viking & Lily. We train and test and my husband gets us out hu...
by Fun dog
Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO, Steady to Wing, Shot, Fall
Replies: 42
Views: 9880

Re: VIDEO, Steady to Wing, Shot, Fall

Last spring I was working with my pup on steadiness. She had pointed a bird and then started to creep. I was all ready to correct her when I was given the instruction to let her go. Don't say anything. She took a step and another and I was sure she was going to have quail for lunch, but when she pas...
by Fun dog
Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: GSP Pup Help/Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1615

Re: GSP Pup Help/Question

I think you're expecting too much of such a young pup. Continue your controlled training, but don't ask the pup to comply out of the controlled setting. At 9 weeks you still have an infant on your hands. Let the pup have fun and grow up. You have a lot of years left to train this pup. Have fun with ...
by Fun dog
Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: atvs and trials
Replies: 34
Views: 5456

Re: atvs and trials

Maybe you guys could all compromise with a pony cart!! :mrgreen:
by Fun dog
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: When to go for Master tests
Replies: 10
Views: 2481

Re: When to go for Master tests

I think you could go either way, but I'm also pretty sure that the dogs know the difference between hunting and testing and the rules that go with each. At least my sleddogs knew the difference between training and racing even when we used the same trails. Testing is so controlled where there is not...
by Fun dog
Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Programs
Replies: 23
Views: 4812

Re: Programs

I was training my first birddog pup last year. I chose the Perfect Start/Finish program by Jon Hahn. We moved through the program step by step and I ended up with a pretty decent birddog. Steady to WSF by the time she was a year old without any undue pressure put on her. The secret is to make sure t...
by Fun dog
Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: need advice
Replies: 35
Views: 11938

Re: need advice

I have a friend that struggled with a dog like that for years. She finally tried a gluten free diet and the dogs hair grew in. Don't know if it would work with your or not, but might be worth looking into.
by Fun dog
Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question...
Replies: 20
Views: 2681

Re: Question...

in OP's defense, I was wondering the same thing when I joined. It took about a week for my 1st couple posts to show up, I even contacted the website admins because I thought something was broken, lol. OP did wait a week before asking "will someone answer" & even said please :mrgreen: I too had the ...
by Fun dog
Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: walking fetch to throwing marks?
Replies: 20
Views: 7091

Re: walking fetch to throwing marks?

I'm no expert, but when I was trying to get my dog to do long pile drives I had to back up and start really close. Maybe 10 feet. Any more than 30 feet and she was totally confused so back to 10 feet. Finally things started to click and now she is running 100 yards and enjoying it. Actually I starte...
by Fun dog
Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training birds, homer's vrs ferals
Replies: 10
Views: 2584

Re: Training birds, homer's vrs ferals

I've never had feral pigeons, but I love my homers. A few young ones have fallen out of the launcher onto the ground, but once they learn how to fly it doesn't happen. It's so much fun to launch the birds and have them make it home before I do.
by Fun dog
Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Puppies?
Replies: 23
Views: 5410

Re: Fat Puppies?

I'm not sure what you mean by fat, but puppies should have a little extra weight on them. Then if they get sick, they have some reserve to draw from. Of course you don't want to go overboard and have them so fat they can hardly move, but you certainly don't want them in racing weight either.