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by birddogger2
Sun May 03, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: French Brittany pup help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 1451

Re: French Brittany pup help needed

First things first...Congratulations on the new pup. Brittanys are fun dogs. If you want the puppy to run around unfettered, you need to find a safe place to let it run. Your pup is VERY young and quite probably has not had its final shots, so anywhere you take the dog outside of your own yard, it s...
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stop to flush question
Replies: 5
Views: 944

Re: Stop to flush question

I agree with Garrison. I do not care if my pup chases starlings, meadow larks or any kind of dickey birds. They will not catch them and will grow out of it when they are worked on the real thing. i do not allow them to mess with fur of any kind, but they are pointers, not versatiles. I suggest you w...
by birddogger2
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 4006

Re: Genetics vs. Training

I have never had a perfect dog but have had several that were much closer to it than I am. I try to keep that in mind always when working with my dogs. AG - Now THAT is a great statement. I give you fair notice that since it is out on a public domain, I am going to steal it!! :lol: I will say that ...
by birddogger2
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Meet Axe
Replies: 38
Views: 3653

Re: Meet Axe

WOW!!

Nice looking pup.

I'd say you are about to have some fun.

Axe is a beautiful dog and is probably worth the wait...but 3 years is a looooooong time.

Enjoy.

RayG
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Weird Spot on leg.
Replies: 13
Views: 2058

Re: Weird Spot on leg.

Hard to say, but it kinda looks like it might be some sort of infection underneath the skin. Since it is on a paw,it is also possible that something thin and small got stuck up in there. Look real close, even with a magnifying glass to see if there is any kind of evidence of foreign body entry. My s...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Weird Spot on leg.
Replies: 13
Views: 2058

Re: Weird Spot on leg.

Hard to say, but it kinda looks like it might be some sort of infection underneath the skin. Since it is on a paw,it is also possible that something thin and small got stuck up in there. Look real close, even with a magnifying glass to see if there is any kind of evidence of foreign body entry. My s...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 4006

Re: Genetics vs. Training

Garrison- To broaden that perspective a bit... one needs to consider this: In a field trial there is ONE winner. In a championship stake, there is ONE champion selected. You may have 20, and sometimes as many as 50 dogs in any competition..with only ONE winner. Each and every one of the owners of th...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 4006

Re: Genetics vs. Training

The top handlers have the ability to run the genetics that they desire. I would be curious to know how many don’t make it to worthy of competing, and how many make to CH out of the pool that they start with. This is just a slightly educated guess, so take it for what it is worth. In the open horseb...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Genetics vs. Training
Replies: 44
Views: 4006

Re: Genetics vs. Training

Well between featherfinder, mask and the two aforementioned Hall of Famers, that is give or take, 400 years of experience. :D Its interesting that the winningest guys in the game seem to have proven that the type of dog they seek will get it done no matter the venue. While at the same time certain ...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Quail in Johnny House - Health
Replies: 7
Views: 1227

Re: New Quail in Johnny House - Health

I have had pretty good luck with the following regimen: When I get the birds home, I medicate their water with LS 50 for about a week. I may also add some electrolytes to the water if it is hot and the birds were heavily stressed due to transport. After the initial dosing with LS 50 antibiotic, they...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 16481

Re: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?

I bought a CZ O/U in 28 ga. for my grandson's first birthday some years back. I really liked how it handled for me and it was a nice looking little wand. I tried a few 28's before I bought this one and the balance with 28" barrels seemed just right. I tried ones with shorter and longer barrels and t...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How well should a pup search?
Replies: 18
Views: 2137

Re: How well should a pup search?

IDhunter - Very young. Very normal. What you may consider light cover might be quite an obstacle or such a little guy. Remember, at that age, their legs are only about 8 inches long, so an uncut lawn will wear them out. Just keep exposing the pup to different situations and conditions. The fact that...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 2795

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

I have been around a half dozen or so different V's and the one thing they all seem to share is a very close relationship to their owner. For a couple of them it was almost a "velcro" thing. A local lady had a V that was exceptional, IMO. He could have been a competitive horseback field trial dog. I...
by birddogger2
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 2795

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

Sharon - Thank you. As most on this board know I have been walking behind, riding behind and occasionally chasing pointers all my life and will continue to. That is just me. If I were in central Florida I would probably have a short haired breed that was light in color...but again... that is just me...
by birddogger2
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 2795

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

Sattelite Beach - \ Seeing that you are in Florida, I have a suggestion for you. One of the more serious versatile breeders that I know retired to FL from PA. She had some serious dogs and would undoubtedly be a wealth of information on the breed. She bred Wires that could compete in AKC Gundog sta...
by birddogger2
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?
Replies: 30
Views: 2795

Re: Wirehair Pointing Griffons?

Sattelite Beach - \ Seeing that you are in Florida, I have a suggestion for you. One of the more serious versatile breeders that I know retired to FL from PA. She had some serious dogs and would undoubtedly be a wealth of information on the breed. She bred Wires that could compete in AKC Gundog stak...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 2487

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

Guys - It is truly unfortunate that one's enthusiasm for their breed of choice can sometimes lead to disparagement of another's breed of choice. We do not need that here. Not trying to be internet police...just asking that we respect each other's choices, because the choices we make tend to define t...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 2487

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

To add to what ckirsch wrote: A number of years ago, NSTRA trials were recognized under the FDSB /American Field umbrella and their results were reported in the American Field magazine. In an effort to respond to one of those "which is better" questions I tabulated all of the NSTRA trials reported i...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 2487

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

Very well said. There vary degrees of the pointer activity. A novice hunter if directly put to a breeder of foot hunting pointers will be quite pleased with their pointer. I done my research when I first had interest in pointers to find that breeder. I eventually evolved into field trial pointers t...
by birddogger2
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 2487

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

I have had pointers all my life and will never have another breed. I love what they do and how they do it... but I grew up with them. Pointers have indeed changed over the decades, in terms of their temperament, Whele and his Elhew dogs saw to that. But some things have not changed. Pointers ain't p...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spay or Not to Spay
Replies: 8
Views: 2158

Re: Spay or Not to Spay

I register all of mine because I MAY compete with them and I get a 5 gen pedigree because I think it is cool to see where they came from.

But,honestly, if you are not going to compete with, test, or breed the dog then it makes little sense to register.

RayG
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spay or Not to Spay
Replies: 8
Views: 2158

Re: Spay or Not to Spay

GnM- I agree with cJ on waiting to spay your female, whether or not she turns out to be fantastic. I would say one year old...at a minimum... to allow the youngster to attain full growth. That is just my own opinion. Five feet high is NOT high for a male that wants to breed, so a top is a must. Ther...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy Update + Question
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Re: Puppy Update + Question

Joe - As has been said, when the dog is actively searching for game and hesitates before engaging in chase, it is sending a message. One of the reasons I do heel/whoa drills from the time a pup is 4 months old is to "encourage" that "hesitation". The pup, some times, will go to the stopped position ...
by birddogger2
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Another strange behavior on point
Replies: 19
Views: 1901

Re: Another strange behavior on point

First time trainer, got pup at 7weeks, female pup now 1yr1mth old. Pup points, but sometimes moves to see bird release. I first used pheasant size release and tried to hide but pup may have got used to seeing release at least 50% of the time. Pup creeped, usually around to see release. I probably l...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog Being a Baby
Replies: 38
Views: 3638

Re: Dog Being a Baby

The best part of this whole thing is that your dog will not attach any of the unpleasantness to you, but rather to the trainer. A dog pitching a fit because it is being REQUIRED to do something is not new and not a big deal. It happens all the time,especially when the dog has gotten its way by actin...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Member to GDF & Soon to be GSP Owner
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: New Member to GDF & Soon to be GSP Owner

Jon - Welcome aboard. Life is an adventure and you have just added a little spice to your adventure. Good for you. Everyone does it a little different as far as training a bird dog is concerned. No matter because, more often than not, the genetics carry through and the dog does fine. It is absolutel...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 2512

Re: Stubborn pup

averageguy - I am very pleased to see that you repeated and agreed with just about everything I tried to convey to the OP. Nice to be on the same page. I have no clue as to the makeup of the Texas area Navhdas. It is indeed fortunate that you have personal knowledge of the Dallas area chapter and th...
by birddogger2
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 2512

Re: Stubborn pup

I live in the MW, from here West NAVHDA is increasingly made up of hard core wild bird hunters. My breed is GWPs. It is not by accident that my pups have all come from Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Point taken. Horses for courses. I would absolutely expect midwestern pointing dogs to cover more ground...
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 2512

Re: Stubborn pup

NAVHDA's handler-dominant show-ish concept attracts a certain clientele. I guess it depends on what you aspire for your GSP. I think Shags has you pointed in the right direction. NAVDHA attracts hard core wild bird hunters for the most part, especially in the States which have wild birds to hunt. I...
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 2512

Re: Stubborn pup

Shags -

You beat me to it.

There is also a NAVHDA chapter in Lindale, TX which appears to be reasonably close to Dallas/ Ft. Worth.

Good luck with your youngster.

RayG
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Stubborn pup
Replies: 26
Views: 2512

Re: Stubborn pup

Fonzie -

cJ nailed it.

Patience, persistence, insistence.

Be consistent with your training and do not settle for less than 100% reliable response and you both will be fine.

RayG
by birddogger2
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inbreeding or line breeding?
Replies: 24
Views: 2432

Re: Inbreeding or line breeding?

Tenderfoot- I tend not to look at COI numerticals because I feel their focus is somewhat misdirected. soooo, I went and looked this up: ......... Putting your dog’s COI result into perspective The COI calculator provides you with a percentage score; the lower the percentage, the lower the degree of ...
by birddogger2
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: Goodbye Little Lady
Replies: 18
Views: 3534

Re: Goodbye Little Lady

Sharon - I just now saw this. I don't know what to say except that it never gets easier to say goodbye to a loyal friend and companion. For what it is worth, I do believe that our friends who have preceded us in death will indeed be there waiting for us. I do know one thing. They give us everything ...
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Dog's Gettin a Little Uppity
Replies: 5
Views: 1117

Re: My Dog's Gettin a Little Uppity

High on both ends. I LIKE it.

RayG
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: wanting to jump in on birds
Replies: 9
Views: 1238

Re: wanting to jump in on birds

setterpoint - One setup I like for the situation you describe is a prong collar, checkcord and a tree or fencepost. I plant a bird nearby a tree or fencepost and bring the dog in on a loosely held checkcord. The checkcord is attached to the dog's flat collar, but before the run I also put on a prong...
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Strange behaviour on point
Replies: 42
Views: 3966

Re: Strange behaviour on point

veggie - As I mentioned, there are a whole bunch of ways to get from here to there with a bird dog. Most will work. The road you choose to travel on that journey will, to a large extent, determine the type of training methods you employ. The good news is that most well bred bird dogs are born with a...
by birddogger2
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Strange behaviour on point
Replies: 42
Views: 3966

Re: Strange behaviour on point

Sorry I asked, shall never to that mistake again. You asked, and you were advised...correctly I might add... that what you were doing was not a good way to do things. You need to put your ego in your back pocket and deal with the situation in a constructive manner...for the sake of the dog. Your do...
by birddogger2
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 92
Views: 9099

Re: Got a New Pup

Thank You All. RayG, Her Dam runs 54lbs on the low end during hunting season, Sire 65lbs. Hopefully she will be big enough to handle 14lb honkers, most importantly she is showing the attitude for it. AG - You got that right. It ain't about the size of the dog in the fight. It is about the size of t...
by birddogger2
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: GPS advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1218

Re: gsp advice

I do field events, so a combination unit with stim is not an option for me. Not permitted by the running rules. Sooo, two collars. I have an Astro 430(I think that is the number??) and I like it a lot. If I know the grounds I am training on and have a good idea of where the dog is... I find I can pr...
by birddogger2
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 92
Views: 9099

Re: Got a New Pup

AG-

VERY nice looking youngster! I like the way she is put together and ...what a beautiful head!
Those paws look pretty oversize. I'd say she is going to be a nice sized specimen.

Have a ball with her. Thanks for sharing.

RayG
by birddogger2
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hello
Replies: 9
Views: 2215

Re: Hello

Welcome aboard.

Another perspective, additional knowledge and experience can only make this board a better place for folks to enjoy their dogs to the fullest.

RayG
by birddogger2
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Bill in Maryland
Replies: 7
Views: 6863

Re: Bill in Maryland

averageguy - I WAS addressing the original post. There was no diatribe. My second post was, I thought, more of an explanation. When someone or some group wants to pass a law that restricts YOUR rights...it is my opinion that the BEST way to bring that to a halt is to immediately propose companion le...
by birddogger2
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Bill in Maryland
Replies: 7
Views: 6863

Re: Bill in Maryland

Ray G, Wow that is some really ugly and wildly speculative bias you have against Law Enforcement there. You should consider getting some help with that. The Sportsman Alliance does an excellent job of keeping members informed of the never ceasing 24/7 attacks on our Sport, including our dogs. My pu...
by birddogger2
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Bill in Maryland
Replies: 7
Views: 6863

Re: Bill in Maryland

Perhaps someone in MD should offer an amendment to that bill. My suggestion, for the sake of safety, would be to require that all law enforcement officers be required to store their duty weapon at the station house. I could be wrong, but I have the sense that far more gun violence is perpetrated by ...
by birddogger2
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tail Set
Replies: 9
Views: 2326

Re: Tail Set

Polmaise - I recognize that Brittanys and pointers have very different conformation and very different gaits. With pointers, a tail set that is too high out of the dog's back can and does influence the dog's gait, and usually not in a good way. I have seen it and seen the result in the diminished ab...
by birddogger2
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tail Set
Replies: 9
Views: 2326

Re: Tail Set

Your little guy is nice and square of body which is something folks look for in a Brittany. That was something my BIL was very concerned with and he was a pretty serious Brittany breeder at one time. There is tail set and there is tail carriage. Tail set is where the tail comes out of the back end, ...
by birddogger2
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Should i let me Brittany actually play with and catch a live bird
Replies: 13
Views: 3089

Re: Should i let me Brittany actually play with and catch a live bird

Iherbert - A 10 wk. old puppy mauling a clipwing or wing locked pigeon, or killing a quail is not a huge deal, one way or another. I would however caution against doing it for no particular reason and I would also caution against doing it repeatedly...reason or not. If the youngster seems to lack dr...
by birddogger2
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady then not
Replies: 41
Views: 7157

Re: Steady then not

Another thought on the dog breaking... If you have a remote release trap, you could pop a second bird if and when the dog makes a move at the flush or shot, and then hit the stim. If you do not have a remote release trap, you can toss a pigeon from where the dog cannot see and then do the correction...
by birddogger2
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stop It !
Replies: 11
Views: 2896

Re: Stop It !

Interesting Robert. I was invited to speak at a Southern Arizona Quail Forever meeting on dog training recently. What an honor! The president provided a complimentary intro then said, "If you put 10 dog trainers in a room, there is little they will agree upon". Hmm....? Might be true! So, rather th...
by birddogger2
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stop It !
Replies: 11
Views: 2896

Re: Stop It !

Polmaise- I think you may have just uncovered the root of the problems that I have with dogs. It does not take me an hour to coordinate a whistle and hand signal, but then I only have three degrees... and never lectured. My wife and some friends and family might well disagree with that last statemen...