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by twistedoak
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you carry?
Replies: 25
Views: 5509

Re: What do you carry?

there are some things that move in and out of my vest ,like phone ,leatherman ,cigar or two etc then there are the thing that are replenished like alpha transceiver(charging) and shells. my vest also holds up to 2 70oz camel back bladders that I water my dog with and must refill. then there are thin...
by twistedoak
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is the government selling your hunting spot too?
Replies: 40
Views: 10079

Re: Is the government selling your hunting spot too?

of the 2 monuments that were just given away the bear ears deal was put together in co operation with the big 4 Indian trial nations. they were to be in charge of its care. just another treaty in a long line our gov has broken with them as for the grand staircase. well that's that barren area that y...
by twistedoak
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is the government selling your hunting spot too?
Replies: 40
Views: 10079

Re: Is the government selling your hunting spot too?

the states can't afford to manage it.they couldn't before and still can't
and that will be the excuse to sell it off for mining.
if your lucky maybe some rancher will sell you a hunting lease on the unprofitable parts
by twistedoak
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is the government selling your hunting spot too?
Replies: 40
Views: 10079

Re: Is the government selling your hunting spot too?

we just had 2 million acres stolen from us.
by twistedoak
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs vest for grouse hunting
Replies: 12
Views: 3971

Re: Dogs vest for grouse hunting

nothing wrong with the skid plate,i have and still use it in some conditions I have a portable kibble burning stove and there are times even the skid is too much insulation I did find a nice lightweight orange mesh type vest that vented nicely but that turned into 2 vests in a barberry bush. since m...
by twistedoak
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: dog wont hold for running
Replies: 32
Views: 13682

Re: dog wont hold for running

bonasa wrote:
twistedoak wrote:woodcock aren't exactly known for running...
Hunt them much?
actually no , I don't like the taste of them so I don't shoot them
but I do kick up a fair amount while grouse hunting and occasionally while hunting pheasants.
and no they are not big on running around here
by twistedoak
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: dog wont hold for running
Replies: 32
Views: 13682

Re: dog wont hold for running

woodcock aren't exactly known for running...
by twistedoak
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's your dogs command words
Replies: 19
Views: 6059

Re: What's your dogs command words

whoa
come
to me
leave it
easy
no
down
go/lets go
ungawa
no bird
dead bird
find it
pee
ata girl
drink
by twistedoak
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Paw infection
Replies: 10
Views: 2700

Re: Paw infection

last year at the end of the season I had the same problem with my griff. within 36 hrs a golf ball appeared between the toes on top of the foot . puncture wounds when infection sets in, develop on the top of the foot. the tougher pad closes up and doesn't weep. in my case lancing was needed to clean...
by twistedoak
Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do if the bird will not fly ??
Replies: 12
Views: 4409

Re: What to do if the bird will not fly ??

Place birds in very light cover . Ah!! So No Hunting then? Just find the tame bird with the human scent on it . Whilst I appreciate 'la difference' across the pond ,the principles are/should be the same if one want's a sequential process for a dog to Hunt/flush/steady to shot/retrieve. Apologies ,o...
by twistedoak
Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog gets ice balls between toes.
Replies: 5
Views: 1975

Re: Dog gets ice balls between toes.

http://www.mtnridge.com/Finished-Top-Booties_p_13.html I did the trimming and the mushers secret ,etc I grew tired of it all. the company and the boots are geared for sled dog racing the boots stay on surprisingly well,never lost one yet . but even if you do ,there cheap enough. they make several s...
by twistedoak
Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog nose is broken when it snows!
Replies: 8
Views: 2352

Re: Dog nose is broken when it snows!

snow does not promote good scenting conditions . but bad conditions occur without snow too... my question would be is the dogs nose drying out? moisture is needed for the dogs nose to process smells.cold air holds less water vapor my dog does not want to drink as much in the cold so I force many sma...
by twistedoak
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Flush on Command
Replies: 27
Views: 9962

Re: Flush on Command

There must be something I do not get about this. Every time I have sent the dogs in to flush, the bird flys out the back way or the other side and my first glimpse is of it going around a tree at fifty yards if I see it at all. I get much closer to the bird if I flush. Generally if you and the dog ...
by twistedoak
Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha
Replies: 5
Views: 2137

Re: Alpha

lets look at the basic realities here. Garmin is generally a navigation GPS maker for all industries. aircraft , auto ,marine etc. it just so happens they also targeted the dog training market. the alpha hand held has all the software and features of a top of the line GPS. you can use it to plot a f...
by twistedoak
Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: New 8 wk old puppy whinning all night
Replies: 22
Views: 6631

Re: New 8 wk old puppy whinning all night

7.5 hrs in a crate at 8 wks????
know wonder hes peeing in his crate .
and i'd whine all night too if I had to sleep in it !!!!

A pup can hold its bladder for about 1 hr per month in age .
the pup should let out to pee every 2 hrs at that age.
every 3 at 12 wks
by twistedoak
Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Color of clothing
Replies: 9
Views: 2904

Re: Color of clothing

also keep in mind that while dogs see color , they don't see the same colors we do. there eyes developed to see movement not color dogs cannot see red or orange, the do not have cones in their eyes that detect red. red to them becomes green because blues and greens and browns are the colors they see...
by twistedoak
Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Was it you? :)
Replies: 11
Views: 4999

Re: Was it you? :)

nothing unusual in the video to me I came to the conclusion long ago that i'd need to let my dog flush on command on some birds if we wanted a shot at harvesting any birds . on the first bird i'm not sure I would have released the dog ,it didn't look that thick. but on the second bird the dogs did a...
by twistedoak
Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Training
Topic: 10 week lab pup walking beside or behind...
Replies: 9
Views: 4427

Re: 10 week lab pup walking beside or behind...

the pup is acting normally for its age
and also keep the idea of "range" in proper context
depending where you live what you hunt and where your hunting ...
ranging way out there can be 30yrds or be 300
by twistedoak
Sat May 14, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Finally! Decent shotguns for the ladies.
Replies: 3
Views: 3330

Re: Finally! Decent shotguns for the ladies.

just a heads up
if your into pumps Ithaca carries a women's stock profile
by twistedoak
Fri May 13, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training off leash
Replies: 13
Views: 4097

Re: Training off leash

too early in my opinion for an ecollar take him someplace safe and put a check cord on him for safety reasons. at this point you want the dog to gain confidence and independence so you really only want to recall him in an emergency. if you want to work on recall , do it in the yard and with a check ...
by twistedoak
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: SAD but TRUE
Replies: 61
Views: 19245

Re: SAD but TRUE

how long is your hunting season? our season is only 4 1/2 months long . if hunting preserves you can get another month and a half? now of course nobody is gonna hunt every day for 5-6 months ,unless of course your in the minority a train or hunt for a living I hunted fairly often this last year. i p...
by twistedoak
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Need help with retrieving and swimming
Replies: 7
Views: 2508

Re: Need help with retrieving and swimming

every dog is different.
I had an irish setter that swam like a fish just because water was near.
my current griff likes to wade all day long ,but isn't big on swimming unless theres something worth swimming for.
try the hobbled pigeon trick
by twistedoak
Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How many of you let your pups chase birds?
Replies: 33
Views: 12233

Re: How many of you let your pups chase birds?

I always let them chase.
and when they do I start gun intro.

they find bird
they chase bird
I fire blank gun
rinse ,repeat
by twistedoak
Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Relocating or going in on the flush
Replies: 57
Views: 15867

Re: Relocating or going in on the flush

I'd say you need to make a choice over whats more important a trial dog or a personal hunting dog. I decided on personel gun dog so, with pheasants I let my dog respond to what the bird is doing ,relocate if needed or even flush if the bird isn't cooperating. I also allow the dog to flush off a poin...
by twistedoak
Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Potty Training help!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 4461

Re: Potty Training help!!!!

I used a small cow bell during potty training with my WPG. it worked real well until I installed a dog door ,then I removed it as it wasn't needed. last year I had to work out of town so I rented a place and took my dog of course. since I was working nights I split the rent with someone working days...
by twistedoak
Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Ticks
Replies: 12
Views: 4033

Re: Ticks

how do you know the dog brought in the tick you found on your daughter? honestly I could just as easily been on you. just a thought. I been using a seresto collar for the last few years with good results I still find a few , but they are dead or dying when I do find em. since none of the meds are tr...
by twistedoak
Sun May 31, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Releasing Pheasants in ND
Replies: 18
Views: 5894

Re: Releasing Pheasants in ND

while captive bred birds will go feral the hens don't carry the instincts to raise a successful brood. here in Pennsylvania the PGC runs two types of programs that directly relate to what were talking about. at one time pennsy had a booming wild bird population. so over the years many attempts have ...
by twistedoak
Wed May 20, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: female in heat
Replies: 10
Views: 3461

Re: female in heat

I think it depends on where your training also..
if its private land I don't see a problem.
if its land that others also use ,you might want to think it over.
not only could you draw unwanted attention it could also ruin the area for a few days for others
by twistedoak
Sat May 16, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Ringworm!?
Replies: 6
Views: 2078

Re: Ringworm!?

don't use anything with zinc in it
zinc oxide is poisonous to dogs .

bulls eye marks are also a result of a bite from a tick with lyme .
just another thing to ponder
by twistedoak
Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bravecto flea and tic
Replies: 30
Views: 11204

Re: Bravecto flea and tic

one of the reasons I prefer the seresto is because it repels ticks before they bite.
whereas topicals and chewables work after the tick bites
by twistedoak
Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bravecto flea and tic
Replies: 30
Views: 11204

Re: Bravecto flea and tic

I believe it takes 24 hrs to become effective.
its a sturdy collar compared average with no metal involved.
I put it on in summer and take it off in march after the season ends
by twistedoak
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proper Hydration during and after hunt/run
Replies: 12
Views: 3937

Re: Proper Hydration during and after hunt/run

I use warm water when its cold out just because my dog is just more willing to drink it
can't blame her really
by twistedoak
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proper Hydration during and after hunt/run
Replies: 12
Views: 3937

Re: Proper Hydration during and after hunt/run

my hunting vest holds a camelback bladder. a dogs nose needs moisture for it to work efficiently with that in mind I'm constantly squirting water on the side of her mouth.i try to keep her muzzle wet as much as possible depending on how warm it is i'll hold her longer and maker her take more water b...
by twistedoak
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Which of these e-collars would you choose?
Replies: 14
Views: 5631

Re: Which of these e-collars would you choose?

the alpha is a great unit , its just slow to make adjustments on. however if you have a conditioned dog the alpha gives you much more in the long run, its a stand alone gps unit and does anything and I mean anything a standard gps unit does. the collar half allows dog gps tracking and logging as wel...
by twistedoak
Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Which of these e-collars would you choose?
Replies: 14
Views: 5631

Re: Which of these e-collars would you choose?

it really depends on what the collar main use is.

if your looking for training and timing is critical use a sportdog.

if the dog is basicly trained and looking for a more universal tool get an alpha
by twistedoak
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bravecto flea and tic
Replies: 30
Views: 11204

Re: Bravecto flea and tic

Not sold in Canada and can't be bought on line and sent to Canada. We always let you Americans test new things first. :) Anybody using the Seresto collar ? ( Which also can't be bought in Canada.) I used the Seresto collar last year I didn't find one tick on my dog while using it. that's a big impr...
by twistedoak
Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Socialization issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6266

Re: Socialization issue?

Agree with Sharon, but one thing you may want to try also is doggy daycare or boarding the dog. The dog will learn to play with others and be handled by other adults other than you. Have seen several Shorthairs like yours and daycare and boarding helped alot. As you mentioned, nobody but you has ha...
by twistedoak
Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Reasonable First Year Expectations
Replies: 29
Views: 13046

Re: Reasonable First Year Expectations

my pups first season was at 6 months. all we did was chase and find birds and continued gun introduction. every time a bird was found I fired a shot ,if the bird was pointed I shot the bird. in the end I didn't shoot many bird but didn't expect to. the birds I did shoot were towards the end of the s...
by twistedoak
Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pup sitting on wings and trash birds
Replies: 7
Views: 4281

Re: Pup sitting on wings and trash birds

at 4 months old , I wouldn't worry . I would stop using bird parts ,the dog is old enough to meet his first real bird though. I would pick up a few quail if possible. pull a few feathers and let the pup have at it ,let him run and chase it and have a good old time. learning birds are fun is the best...
by twistedoak
Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: He or she
Replies: 33
Views: 14576

Re: He or she

I went with a female simply because with most predators the females are tasked with hunting to raise their young. this probably applies less with dogs but nature has a pretty good streak going. in the real world , only thing I can say is the female is less headstrong then the males I've had. however...
by twistedoak
Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FT dogs not such good hunters
Replies: 180
Views: 52827

Re: FT dogs not such good hunters

Actually...Yes they will. Most of the time anyway. A good dog will run just as far and as fast as it can. That means(to me)...if the dog is running in front of a horse it is a quarter to a half mile out in front...going hard. Because a mounted hunter/handler can operate very effectively with a dog ...
by twistedoak
Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FT dogs not such good hunters
Replies: 180
Views: 52827

Re: FT dogs not such good hunters

Kinda like what good is covering a small piece of ground thoroughly if there are no birds on it... Exactly. More to the point: sadly, even a meat dog can't find quail in the Midwest/South any more. well the hunter with a slow working dog would at least know for sure their wasn't any birds in the ar...
by twistedoak
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FT dogs not such good hunters
Replies: 180
Views: 52827

Re: FT dogs not such good hunters

I guess the red herring in this whole argument to me is ,
what good does it do to cover a lot of ground quick if your missing birds?
by twistedoak
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FT dogs not such good hunters
Replies: 180
Views: 52827

Re: FT dogs not such good hunters

what I actually take from the OP is that slower working dogs are more productive then big runners .
by twistedoak
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FT dogs not such good hunters
Replies: 180
Views: 52827

Re: FT dogs not such good hunters

maybe the birds are conditioned to dealing with trial dogs? when slower dogs with a different skill set came through the birds go to tactics didn't work so well. conversely maybe birds that grow used to slower running dogs would not fair well with trial dogs. the birds will always be a variable in a...
by twistedoak
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Will quail stay in a general area?
Replies: 4
Views: 1718

Re: Will quail stay in a general area?

they will recall to an extent if you have a house built they live in , and don't release them that far from it , most will find their way back . its important to always leave a few in the house when you do release them. they recall more by talking to each other rather then home like a pigeon does. k...
by twistedoak
Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: pup pointing to far off
Replies: 86
Views: 25087

Re: pup pointing to far off

I think subjects like the one the OP is talking about "pup pointing to far off" and some of the responses are the biggest flaw in the "American" style of dog training. its too directed towards trialing and titles then having a functioning hunting partner. in Italy I believe they teach a system of du...
by twistedoak
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Give or Drop command? And others...
Replies: 18
Views: 5030

Re: Give or Drop command? And others...

I use leave it , drop it and give it

leave it means /don't even think about picking it up
drop it means /drop it
and give it means /put it in my hand
by twistedoak
Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Best scenting conditions
Replies: 7
Views: 2218

Re: Best scenting conditions

yes
that too
by twistedoak
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Best scenting conditions
Replies: 7
Views: 2218

Re: Best scenting conditions

keep in mind also ,,
its still summer and the chloroform from the green vegetation is a good scent mask