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by crackerd
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Planting pigeons for flushing dog
Replies: 27
Views: 8720

Re: Planting pigeons for flushing dog

All thanks to gundogguy for his "intervention" here - saved the OP a lot of misery and maybe enlightened a few others with different ideas on planting. Next he can tell you how pigeons are planted by the handler for a quartering/questing dog and really offer up a gold nugget.

MG
by crackerd
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why did the British have so many distinct dog breeds?
Replies: 15
Views: 3954

Re: Why did the British have so many distinct dog breeds?

...I've hunted with field trial retrievers that could never figure out retrieving in river current. They would mark where the duck fell and not move with the current and if they did get the bird they would try to swim a straight line to the blind, fighting the current instead of swimming to the ban...
by crackerd
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: missing photos? Photobucket
Replies: 9
Views: 2142

Re: missing photos? Photobucket

Photobucket has, I.M.O., become a bit of a nightmare to use. Adverts pop up all over the place and it's general layout has become more difficult to negotiate. It has now been quite a while since I last even tried to use photobucket. It needs to be simplified .....or maybe it's just me ? Bill, PB ha...
by crackerd
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Maryland Sporting Dog Training Day - TV Program
Replies: 3
Views: 1455

Re: Maryland Sporting Dog Training Day - TV Program

Ditto to what Ray said, 4S - great stuff, and in our own (mine and Ray's, and apparently yours once upon a time) backyard! I've had an affiliation with Md. Sporting Dog Club that started almost 25 years ago when they let me run a six-month-old Boykin as a "demonstration dog" in a spaniel hunt test. ...
by crackerd
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dreaded 4th of July
Replies: 12
Views: 2630

Re: Dreaded 4th of July

All of my hunting dogs have hated fireworks. The town goes crazy every 4th with illegal fireworks and our local police refuse to enforce the law. Wish they would just limit sales to what is legal to begin with. It's a county/city thing. The county allows anything(that's where people buy them) and t...
by crackerd
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Wonder lead
Replies: 48
Views: 16062

Re: Wonder lead

Very interesting. I know very little about retriever training, especially at the competitive level. I do know that some of the e-collar techniques that pointing dog owners use were introduced by retriever folks. Kinda neat to see that there is useful information flowing the other way. "Flowing" is ...
by crackerd
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Wonder lead
Replies: 48
Views: 16062

Re: Wonder lead

Timewise, I run FTs when I attend them, and have seen four handlers training with the Wonder Lead in the last month, three of those at the advice of their pros. These were all-age field trial dogs, not hunt test or derby dogs. Even saw one handler ahead of me lead his dog into the holding blind on a...
by crackerd
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Wonder lead
Replies: 48
Views: 16062

Re: Wonder lead

Another endorsement. :) Has worked great for me over the years too. At Jack Russell roping rodeos? :mrgreen: More retriever folk have got the buzz about the piggin' stick, over the heeling stick - prong collar - slip lead. MG MG - We WERE talking about training bird dogs. I freely admit that I know...
by crackerd
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Wonder lead
Replies: 48
Views: 16062

Re: Wonder lead

Sharon wrote:Another endorsement. :) Has worked great for me over the years too.
At Jack Russell roping rodeos? :mrgreen:

More retriever folk have got the buzz about the piggin' stick, over the heeling stick - prong collar - slip lead.

MG
by crackerd
Tue May 16, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 495382

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Gundogguy, Following your advice , I've been out looking at the ECS. Turns out a friend of mine who has always had Springers has recently started training two of his own ECSs. So I went out to see them work. Energetic little critters, a lot faster, stronger and with much greater stamina than I expe...
by crackerd
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Training
Topic: E-collar training
Replies: 7
Views: 2459

Re: E-collar training

I think what he want's is how to adjust the collar to the dog... That may be what he wants, but what he needs [/i] is to heed as a first-timer what was told him above - and below - about using the e-collar: Your dog should never show being freaked out by collar if you follow a solid [e-collar] cond...
by crackerd
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: new pup contract question
Replies: 29
Views: 5711

Re: new pup contact question

Amazingly, my wife is floating the idea of getting another puppy once our old lab has crossed that bridge (I'm hoping he hangs in there for another two years but he is noticeably declining after 11+ years). We've always neutered our dogs but we left our poodle intact. Looking more closely at dog co...
by crackerd
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dun Roven kennels
Replies: 15
Views: 3449

Re: Dun Roven kennels

Robt., my intel is Cass has been in touch with your pal Naj the Euro gundog psychic, to find out if a bilingual barking Lagotto Romagnolo might not be the best compromise choice as his new hunting companion. As that breed expands his "turf" as above to include truffles for more upland opportunity......
by crackerd
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I have ruined my dog
Replies: 46
Views: 12534

Re: I have ruined my dog

My advice therefor is to have this pup P.T.S. . Keeping such a dog is like having a gun with a very dodgy firing mechanism. Bill, "keeping such a dog " is as you say, but antennae up on this thread about a puppy being what you lot call a windup - everything from the thread title ("I have ruined my ...
by crackerd
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I have ruined my dog
Replies: 46
Views: 12534

Re: I have ruined my dog

[Timewise made] an excellent and realistic post. I have trained dog's like that and they are NEVER trustworthy. There are some dog's that are just bad dog's. I have one we made an FC out of but I don't know how many times he chewed the owner up. Your post is a no BS, honest post. I agree, GH, and y...
by crackerd
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I have ruined my dog
Replies: 46
Views: 12534

Re: I have ruined my dog

Funny you should mention "killer rabbits." One of my training partners was running a field trial down your way last week and one of the spectators came over to ask about her young Lab he'd just seen run in the derby. She texted our training group a photo taken of her and another lady trialer with th...
by crackerd
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I have ruined my dog
Replies: 46
Views: 12534

Re: I have ruined my dog

The original post seems a bit "trollish" to me. Member's first post, not a hunter, seems to place some of the blame on the fact that the dog is field bred, JUST returned from the hospital, JUST used the shock collar, dog already excels at all kinds of tricks. Just sayin'. Indeed. A 4-month-old kill...
by crackerd
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush, shot, and fall with a spaniel
Replies: 30
Views: 12622

Re: Steady to flush, shot, and fall with a spaniel

I wonder why using Quail in training is so popular . They don't fly very well and not too high and not far at all :P Absolutely right, Robt. - alas, it's "popularity from necessity" for many, who can't get pigeons, chukkar (or rabbits!) to train with, especially newcomers to spanieling. On the posi...
by crackerd
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Force Fetch
Replies: 9
Views: 3006

Re: Force Fetch

Robt., given what benefit ol' Quill wants from force fetch - as he's detailed above - shouldn't you as a fixer of problem gundogs or gundog problems think about advising him (at a cost, perhaps) about your ingenious plan "applied" few years back to a dog that bit down on game a little too enthusiast...
by crackerd
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lab puppy
Replies: 21
Views: 4893

Re: Lab puppy

No arguments from me. I find most all the info I read here very informative and helpful. http://drypondkennel.com/grhrch-riptides-ragin-red-bullsprig-mh-srs-qaa-ldquosprigrdquo.html Including from the link you posted above - it's legit info, if a little skewed with breeder hyperbole as Lab or retri...
by crackerd
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lab puppy
Replies: 21
Views: 4893

Re: Lab puppy

Yes, since this pedigree was issued b AKC, he has received other titles. By googling his registered name you can find lots of information on him. Your research hasn't taken you very far or with much accuracy on "the only chocolate (L)ab in the country to have the titles he has" - starting with a Na...
by crackerd
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aggressive pup
Replies: 28
Views: 6528

Re: Aggressive pup

Is your breeder Dr. Pavlov by chance? "Only the strong survive" food conditioning wouldn't be my top choice for breeder encouragement of pups' natural instincts. Something you have to "break" a pup of is not exactly a great way of starting out your training - and you may know of the old saying that ...
by crackerd
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 25 years hunting with Standard Poodles
Replies: 15
Views: 4708

Re: 25 years hunting with Standard Poodles

Nothing wrong with those pedigrees: The female has actually earned a competitive field Title! Very Impressive...That is the first poodle I've ever heard of that earned a Field Trial Title. Timewise, poodles can't run field trials so either you misinterpreted a FT title or the kennel "mismarketed" i...
by crackerd
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush, shot, and fall with a spaniel
Replies: 30
Views: 12622

Re: Steady to flush, shot, and fall with a spaniel

Not so much spaniel clubs, but spaniel expertise in Wisconsin. Gundogguy's in the game (FTs) and a trainer himself, so while he wisely won't train a dog over the internet, he could always share some of the resources you might catch up to out there. Again, it's the resources for training, not the clu...
by crackerd
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 25 years hunting with Standard Poodles
Replies: 15
Views: 4708

Re: 25 years hunting with Standard Poodles

...if you have any questions, I can give you an HONEST opinion about the breed! Welcome - any idea if Hoot Gibson still works poodles with his Goose Buster Guide Service down in Arkansas? Your candor on the breed's greatly appreciated - everything you noted about poodles, I've seen from the sidelin...
by crackerd
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush, shot, and fall with a spaniel
Replies: 30
Views: 12622

Re: Steady to flush, shot, and fall with a spaniel

The state you live in Wisconsin, is a hot bed of spaniel training activity. There are many folks there that can help you really learn how to train a flushing dog. I will not attempt to "internet train" a dog especially seeing you have so many resources at hand in your home state. Personally IMHO yo...
by crackerd
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Small Kibble
Replies: 16
Views: 3487

Re: Small Kibble

by crackerd
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gone over to the dark side .
Replies: 9
Views: 2749

Re: Gone over to the dark side .

Bill, here I was hoping that it was your Scots fellow Polmaise who made you a bargain he had arranged through a 'Merican breeder of some repute - he knows a few of those these days, and 'Merican dogs, too. We're ready to claim him as our own by now - and if and when that happens, Robt. and I will co...
by crackerd
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lab breeders
Replies: 7
Views: 1740

Re: Lab breeders

That last referral's a good one, but you're considering a British Lab you also might want to go up the road a ways into 'Husker Country and see USAF Maj. (Ret.) Bud Clouse at Dublem Gundogs https://sites.google.com/site/dublemgundogs/

MG
by crackerd
Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Head Swinging
Replies: 8
Views: 2296

Re: Head Swinging

Yes just the T. He swings his head from when I say dead bird. You've got bugging, not head swinging - which is a dog looking off one bird without watching it go down so as to mark the fall, for another bird that's more exciting (usually a flyer). But what GH said about taking the step forward with ...
by crackerd
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pet rabbit and bird dog
Replies: 7
Views: 2532

Re: Pet rabbit and bird dog

Our dog isn't allowed around the rabbit. He's bred to hunt. You can't take that out and expect a productive hunting dog in the field. Cass, got to ask before Bill T. and Robert get their dirks in: So you've got a spaniel and a not-open-for-training indoor rabbit pen? My, my. And what about the fort...
by crackerd
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Never had this happen
Replies: 10
Views: 3469

Re: Never had this happen

What GH and Polmaise said, plus the confusion you've induced in the dog with "do(ing) doubles (sort of)" as bolded below She actually does doubles (sort of) I can throw a long bumper and a short one and she does fine on the short mark but the one she does not see clearly (throw in high grass) she so...
by crackerd
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Training
Topic: FTP
Replies: 26
Views: 7741

Re: FTP

Robt., GH neglected to tell you that all the above also occurred in an era when the judges were looking to keep North American retriever trials somewhat true to their British roots - with high scores going to, you know, slower and stolid (a/k/a "British-seeming") retrievers. :lol: No, no, no - but a...
by crackerd
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 495382

Re: The Spaniel Spot

:lol: I can think of a lot of reasons to be driven to drink. However the spaniel of any ilk would not be one of them, except for possible the Sussex or Clumber... Happy New Years! :D Careful there, gundogguy - somebody else might have a nip over those "possibilities" http://img.photobucket.com/albu...
by crackerd
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Non-spaniel flushers for rabbits
Replies: 17
Views: 5214

Re: Non-spaniel flushers for rabbits

I'm a father of a young family looking at a possible future dog. I currently have a field bred 9yo Golden Retriever who is a solid waterfowl dog and upland bird dog. Lately though I haven't been doing much upland bird hunting. Focus has been on waterfowl and honestly rabbits because it's just too b...
by crackerd
Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best Kennel?
Replies: 22
Views: 6494

Re: Best Kennel?

randomnut wrote:Anybody got an affordable option with a good door?
Depends on what you view as "affordable:" http://www.ainleykennels.com/CratesSingle/1crates.htm

MG
by crackerd
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The ever popular question...Which Breed?
Replies: 15
Views: 3822

Re: The ever popular question...Which Breed?

Mnaj, all else being equal, first sentence here sort of marries "Lowcountry" to his breed:
http://larleyboykinspaniels.com/index.p ... 2&Itemid=3

MG
by crackerd
Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: clicker training
Replies: 59
Views: 31598

Re: clicker training

You guy's and the ole guard are great ..but. Cracker'd ..you invited me here a few years ago for the right reasons , .Please no more . Mea culpa, mate. My penance is that I "clicked" on the Enter button to enter my dogs in a field trial this weekend, only to have one of them come into season, and t...
by crackerd
Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GWP vs WPG vs Spinone?
Replies: 7
Views: 2714

Re: GWP vs WPG vs Spinone?

Not all Spinoni have very long coats and they shouldn't. The standard is 1.5 inches. They are excellent retrievers and swimmers and yes they are used for waterfowl. They were among the first NAVHDA dogs invited into the AKC Retriever trials. You should have no issue training a Spinone for waterfowl...
by crackerd
Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Water retrieve help
Replies: 8
Views: 2902

Re: Water retrieve help

I have 1 year old Gwp. He does very well with upland birds pointing and retrieving. He also loves the water fetches dummies all the time. When we get out on the water actually hunting though he is very hesitant to get out of the blind even when he sees a bird go down . Bill, given that the dog is a...
by crackerd
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog won't retrieve live ducks.
Replies: 6
Views: 2639

Re: Dog won't retrieve live ducks.

The idea is to build up to a more and more "exposed " duck... Yes, Bill, the steps between "frozen duck" and live duck seem to have been skipped - of course, I would have skipped the ducksicle altogether for a thawed [/b] dead duck, then a fresh-killed duck, then a "flyer" shot purposely for the do...
by crackerd
Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: AKC obedience and upland hunting ....conflict???
Replies: 29
Views: 7514

Re: AKC obedience and upland hunting ....conflict???

IMPO High end AKC Obedience has never been part of my dogs development. Primarily it is a timing issue, in the dogs life. The time spent on competitive AKC obedience training could be spent on the actual behaviors a dog needed to be developing in the field. After a dog has developed into the workin...
by crackerd
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: retrieve distances
Replies: 9
Views: 2325

Re: retrieve distances

Do you folk see much the same thing at training classes in the U.S. ? Bill, it's not the short distances that give the dogs problems, it's how they're trained for FTs (as gundogguy and timewise hinted) at far greater distances than is humanly possible to shoot a duck (or pheasant), and the "concept...
by crackerd
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Retrieving
Replies: 41
Views: 11827

Re: Retrieving

com'on GH ... I put "force fetch" in quotes. The point is that the dog learned the commands of fetch, hold, and drop with no force - quickly, and at an early age. Later, the commands were proofed by the ecollar. Darnit, Bruce, I was going to rebut GH and say - bad- dummm - that maybe you'd force- f...
by crackerd
Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Retrieving
Replies: 41
Views: 11827

Re: Retrieving

...Let's take a three year old GSP who sits on the whistle well but doesn't square up, so doesn't take casts reliably. For example, she might be sitting facing to left and you want to cast her to the right. The dog's been collar conditioned and been through the single T. She is a very strong and in...
by crackerd
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Retrieving
Replies: 41
Views: 11827

Re: Retrieving

Treats are not a new method but have been pretty much discarded in the past 20 or 30 years as they cause some other problems that most trainers do not need as they don't want to spend time correcting them. When you find the Pros using and advocating something different than you are it is normally b...
by crackerd
Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush Spaniel
Replies: 16
Views: 4080

Re: Steady to flush Spaniel

Gundogguy, I bow not to your fierce determination for training up a gundog (well, that too), but to your reading Meskousing the gundog training riot act/facts of training life manifesto. It don't come easy...but it does come with the territory of a beginning trainer who'll go to any lengths to finis...
by crackerd
Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: First time at a NAVHDA training day...likes/dislikes
Replies: 26
Views: 8397

Re: First time at a NAVHDA training day...likes/dislikes

I think the next step for me is to be more clear on what I want to accomplish at the next training opportunity , and be prepared to execute it myself instead of relying 100% on others there. This was a great learning experience for me and my pup. As I said in the initial post, I'm glad everyone the...
by crackerd
Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Training
Topic: First time at a NAVHDA training day...likes/dislikes
Replies: 26
Views: 8397

Re: First time at a NAVHDA training day...likes/dislikes

I have real problems watching that clip,so I'll let the 'experts' guide you . Robert, this is why I've opined that you would be a great addition to these shores as a gundog trainer. NAVHDA is of great value to the beginner, but alas can also be of great detriment because, as shags noted, there are ...
by crackerd
Fri May 27, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with NAVHDA Duck Search
Replies: 13
Views: 3594

Re: Help with NAVHDA Duck Search

If I understand what NAVHDA people tell me correctly, the duck search is not about finding and retrieving a duck. It is about searching for the a duck. Yes and no, cj. It's about perseverance on the water in searching for the duck, and if the opportunity presents itself through the search, retrievi...