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by crackerd
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steady to flush, shot, and fall with a spaniel
Replies: 30
Views: 12276

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: 2843

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: 4611

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: 4611

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: 6288

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: 4360

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: 12276

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: 4360

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: 12276

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: 3207

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: 2615

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: 1623

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: 2134

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: 2406

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: 3334

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: 7467

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: 489233

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: 4940

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: 5998

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: 3628

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: 31210

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: 2558

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: 2762

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: 2403

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: 7348

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: 2244

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: 11646

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: 11646

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: 11646

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: 3882

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: 8194

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: 8194

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: 3402

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...
by crackerd
Fri May 27, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with NAVHDA Duck Search
Replies: 13
Views: 3402

Re: Help with NAVHDA Duck Search

... I can not get her to take the back command across water for the Duck search. She will run a cold blind on land every time I give the back command, so I know she understands there. But for some reason I haven't been able to get her to make the transition to water. The "transition" is water train...
by crackerd
Mon May 23, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun shy...maybe.
Replies: 15
Views: 4109

Re: Gun shy...maybe.

polmaise wrote:My penny ...
Was the pup 'gun shy' when it was born ? ??
Wisdom worth far more than a penny or tuppence right there - and dispensed to let you know if there's any gunshyness in a dog, any dog, it was put there in the "nurturing," not by nature.

MG
by crackerd
Mon May 23, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun shy...maybe.
Replies: 15
Views: 4109

Re: Gun shy...maybe.

My question is about gunshyness. When I took him to the trainer they worked hard on breaking him on shyness and when I would come visit and on the day I picked him up, he seemed broke of it. The gun noise itself does not phase him, especially in the field. When we got home however, he still seems t...
by crackerd
Mon May 16, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

She's going from strength to strength, well done. Bill T. Bill I think you are wee bit prophetic Zeta is really building some momentum! :D Tearing it up, for sure, gundogguy - congratulations. Question: Will you keep campaigning Zeta for years to come given she's still rather young but already CFC/...
by crackerd
Tue May 03, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: water retrieves
Replies: 12
Views: 2950

Re: water retrieves

Hate to sound discouraging, but usually "it works itself out" in a vice versa way, even for Labs - the puppy's got such great desire to get to the bird it thrashes all the way out to the retrieve, then upon putting the bird (or even a bumper) in its mouth, levels out swimming on the return. In your ...
by crackerd
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Heat exhaustion in labs
Replies: 9
Views: 3106

Re: Heat exhaustion in labs

...I have been working on the back command with him and he was doing well. Once i started to make it a little more complicated he didnt do very well even after I scaled back... "Working on the back command" is something you work up to [/i] with retrievers through a training program, and which 99.9%...
by crackerd
Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Aparently it was not consistent if you were not penalised yet others were. Robt.! - maybe you mistook the judging in Bill's venture with the HRC test you took in over the weekend! :mrgreen: - can't wait to "hear" (still haven't got that faculty down quite yet) all about it, and your thoughts on the...
by crackerd
Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Hi Robert, I have just finished posting this "elsewhere" ......it is my perspective on today's spaniel tests. I hope nobody minds me posting it onto here........... Re: On Edge... Nice to read you and edge did well. You should have been a a journalist for the Times felt like i was walking with you ...
by crackerd
Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Well played throughout, gundogguy - wondering: I was getting into spaniel hunt tests not long after cocker trials resumed following a 30+ year lapse if I'm recalling correctly. Seems the breed (fbcockers) has only grown in popularity since - why, in your opinion, have the trial numbers stayed flat? ...
by crackerd
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Looks like somebody named "spanielguy" has made a big hit with them videos on another site where a gundog training topic is usually anathema - as in having a near-fatal allergy against practicing it... :wink: compilation of a Open All-age dog Fc Salmy's Legend of Zorro Zeta The first 8 months https:...
by crackerd
Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:07 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Need some new puppy advice from 8 weeks-4months
Replies: 11
Views: 4364

Re: Need some new puppy advice from 8 weeks-4months

Oh, yeah - and you want to get this book http://www.gundogsupply.com/bkk-0523.html this instant for the timeframe you're alluding to in your header - and also, the url for the retrievertraining.net forum to connect with trainers down your way is http://www.retrievertraining.net/forums/forumdisplay.p...
by crackerd
Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Need some new puppy advice from 8 weeks-4months
Replies: 11
Views: 4364

Re: Need some new puppy advice from 8 weeks-4months

Really appreciate the feedback. I'd like him to be trained this season but I care way more about the dogs happiness so I'd be perfectly fine with waiting another year to take him hunting. I want his training to be fun like ABSINTHE said. I want the pup always wanting more. RANDOMNUT, thanks I agree...
by crackerd
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Is there little or no variation in the cover types encountered during most trials in America ? You also have woods, root fields etc. so you must encounter things like brambles and gorse and fallen trees too ? Or are woodlands never used in spaniel trials in America ? Bill, pretty sure gundogguy wil...
by crackerd
Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

The " THE OVER Command " In trial here in the states usually suggests, over and back to the truck and car park!!.. Now, having a cocker there are times when he will try to take a couple extra steps towards me if I stop him on his way back in to me. In that case I will raise my hand to enforce my ne...
by crackerd
Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Many actually ..inadvertently as by natural behaviour of human (if they are right handed) raise the right hand when they 'stop' the dog !? when the dog actually is not looking at them ?...what's that all about ?....In that cover :wink: . It's a sign the handler's training is going well. At this poi...
by crackerd
Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Now, on the topic of handling on blind retrieves, I've developed a vexatious problem which has me somewhat stymied. The dog has decided that a left or right over indicates she should run back towards me and aim for a spot to my left or right someplace. She is fine on a memory but on a blind she dec...
by crackerd
Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Spaniel Spot
Replies: 1740
Views: 489233

Re: The Spaniel Spot

Cover that high is a bit of a nightmare for everyone. The handlers cannot see the dogs and neither can the judges. A very experienced field trialing lady was competing in the first spaniel trial I ever saw. Her bitch was given a hunt through waist high, very densely growing kale. Her dog found noth...