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by shags
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why we play this game.
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Why we play this game.

Moments like that make all the training, all the drills, all the aggravation that comes with birddogs - totally worth it.

Congrats :D
by shags
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sad news about our member Irishwhistler
Replies: 8
Views: 225

Re: Sad news about our member Irishwhistler

A sad loss for the forum community. His photography showed such regard for his dogs and the outdoors.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
by shags
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: pain relief
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: pain relief

Is there a way you could improve her conditioning program? IME drastically upping exercise occasionally like that leads to the Weekend Warrior pain and stiffness, but keeping dogs in shape for whatever particular activity you participate in helps a lot. Can you road her, run her off a quad or golf c...
by shags
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA Regional run
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: NSTRA Regional run

Big congrats! Sounds like Team Missy topped some very good competition. What memories to add to the pile :D
by shags
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Masticatory Myositis
Replies: 18
Views: 899

Re: Masticatory Myositis

So sorry to see this, Sharon.
It's been a tough year for you :(
Peace and strength to you and yours.
by shags
Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bicep tendonitis
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Bicep tendonitis

Can you split the difference and give the dog 10 days off and see how it goes? If he seems painful after that, I'd put him up for a longer while.
by shags
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about JGHV, FF, JGV-USA and steady to WSF
Replies: 14
Views: 479

Re: Question about JGHV, FF, JGV-USA and steady to WSF

Sharon, they probably dinged your dog for blowing a stop to flush. I hate STFs at a distance...what a waste of time to have the dog stand there like a dummy, burning time when he could be moving on and finding birds. I've had my dog picked up for self-relocating before I went in for the flush (runni...
by shags
Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I can't wait
Replies: 10
Views: 491

Re: I can't wait

I'm jealous, Ray :mrgreen: I've had January pups, summer pups, and Thanksgiving pups. Over the course of 13 or so years, it doesn't make a bit of difference when their birthday is. Well, maybe a little bit, for AKC trials depending on your state's trial seasons, you get either 2 puppy seasons and on...
by shags
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 660

Re: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany

One thing that is confusing me though is why I would keep my mouth shut and not whoa him. How else would he know that he has the stay in one place. Also what do I do on false points when there is no bird there. My thinking is exactly the same. Move him back to position and then release him when I a...
by shags
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Baseball
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Baseball

Shed no tears, Buckeye football makes up for it :D
by shags
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 660

Re: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany

So your pup disobeys a command then you reward him for it, then wonder why he keeps disobeying the command?

You know what to do...A,B, and C.
by shags
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Baseball
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Baseball

Wait til next year. Go Tribe. :P
by shags
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2167

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

Averageguy ( who always posts way above average advice :D ) I think the point is that stuff just happens sometimes, and for whatever reason the dog can be negatively affected. Poor timing, not reading the dog correctly, an ill-timed correction, malfunctions, all sorts of thing can happen. As with ec...
by shags
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2167

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

Ratdog We do not know what happens at the trainers. I had a fairly big name trainer launch a bird from a snow covered launcher that hit my dog. That dog is now a 12 year old AKC Master dog, she is a super dog. BUt, she has never went within 100 yards of a launcher again and certainly will not point...
by shags
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: sore spots on toes
Replies: 1
Views: 711

Re: sore spots on toes

I would guess that the boot rubbed and irritated the toes. Because it stings or itches or whatever, the dog licks it and starts a cycle of sore, lick, more sore, more lick, on and on and on. the cone interrupts the cycle and gives the sore spots a chance to heal. But the thing is, you have to carefu...
by shags
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy exercise and growth plates.
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: Puppy exercise and growth plates.

I think you'd have to start with finding out the details of how/when/why your friend ran his pup. Maybe the vet knows those details and is responding to them. Did your buddy overdo it or was he cautious? I also wonder if the dog is neutered; I've read that early neutering can cause orthopedic proble...
by shags
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cracked foot pad
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Cracked foot pad

You've been running him a lot. A couple of days off to let it heal won't kill either one of you. Any athlete knows that recovery days help overall performance. As far as him being a pain, he needs to learn to settle so you can use this as an opportunity to start teaching him how to behave. Maybe do ...
by shags
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2167

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

With head slinging IME it's not so much what you're doing with that particular point, it's what you do/did during training. Could be too much chatter from yourself, too much verbal cautioning, too much hands on styling up, too much physical correction, sometimes even overly aggressive body language....
by shags
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Masticatory Myositis
Replies: 18
Views: 899

Re: Masticatory Myositis

Sharon, sorry to hear that it was a tough diagnosis. Day by day, may they be good ones.
by shags
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: BURR COMB
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Re: BURR COMB

You can get an aluminum mane comb from a horse tack store...Big D has them for $1.75
We've had ours for decades.

While you're at it, you might like to try a tube of Cowboy Magic. Works great for sliding vegetation right out of hair.
by shags
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Our Beloved GSP Miranda
Replies: 7
Views: 1387

Re: Our Beloved GSP Miranda

Condolences for the loss of your Miranda. It sounds like she was beyond a good one. Peace to your family.
by shags
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New member just south of Chicago
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: New member just south of Chicago

Welcome!
Sounds like you and the pooch are doing awesome.
by shags
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog is “soft”
Replies: 25
Views: 1404

Re: Dog is “soft”

You've had this problem with the dog since the beginning, no? IME this stuff is the result of the dog having a screw loose, which is very difficult to fix because that's just how he's wired; or a major attitude problem which may or may not be fixable. Given that he tends to overreact to any kind of ...
by shags
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy question
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Puppy question

A friend gave me a puppy out of an accidental breeding, mother/son, and the pup was fine. In fact he was more than fine. I never heard of any of the littermates having problems related to the inbreeding. If the parents are healthy with no or very few known heritable problems, the puppies ought to be...
by shags
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bumps appearing all over my GSP
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: Bumps appearing all over my GSP

I'm no vet but I would guess hives also.

As to what caused them, that's a puzzle for you to figure out. If it happens again go over what that day and this day have in common.

Good luck, hope the benedryl kicks in.
by shags
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 1439

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

Sometimes that point is 200-300 yards out and since you can't run in NSTRA it can take some time to get to the dog. That's when she is likely to scoop the bird. Have you worked on that in training by making her wait? Lots of times in training it's dog points and handler gets right on the flush. But...
by shags
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 1439

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

Thing is guys, these dogs don't do wrong in training, so there isn't any meeting with Jesus. They are also smart enough to figure out that fake trial situations are just that, fake...and they know it's just more training. IME it's difficult to set up a good fake trial, because a bracemate won't suff...
by shags
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is It Time to Give Up?
Replies: 28
Views: 1439

Re: Is It Time to Give Up?

The dog has your number and knows he can get away with misbehaving, and is having a great time with it. You need to figure out a way to correct your dog on course within the rules of the trial organization. I run AKC, and the book says no training at trials. But most judges don't mind and will look ...
by shags
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: HOF Dog
Replies: 9
Views: 1549

Big giant congrats! That's something to bust yer buttons over. Enjoy your visit to Grand Junction. It's quite something when you stop to think about all the great dogs and dog men and women who have gone before. Maybe you can take Penny on over to the morning breakaway at Ames just to say she was th...
by shags
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How many gun dogs?
Replies: 21
Views: 1495

Re: How many gun dogs?

Disclaimer - we compete with our dogs rather than bird hunt. But the dog population question has similarities between the two. I think first you have to consider your housing situation. If you live somewhere with restrictions on the number of dogs you can keep, it's a whole other game than if you ca...
by shags
Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Intro: Nate
Replies: 8
Views: 809

Re: Intro: Nate

Welcome!

Sounds like your new dog has landed in the place he needed.

Good luck with him. Hope you both get home soon :D
by shags
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall with ecollar question
Replies: 11
Views: 864

Re: Recall with ecollar question

I also overlay the cc with the ecollar. Command, quick tug, nick, reel him in with praise. One command only, you don't want the dog to learn that you only mean business after several commands. In the field, command, and nick if he ignores. Use the lowest setting that gets a reaction. My dogs get #1 ...
by shags
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 829

Re: Insurance

I don't know where's the better place to put this, here or on the clinical trials thread, but here goes. Some vet schools are researching a canine anti-cancer vaccine, which if successful in dogs might go on to develop one for humans. It's called VACCS. They're using it for cancers other than osteos...
by shags
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 829

Re: Insurance

It's important to have clear communication with your veterinary professionals about treatments, costs, and probable outcomes. For example, recently my daughter's little dog was diagnosed with lymphoma. She was referred ro a veterinary oncologist who explained the treatment in detail. Bottom line, no...
by shags
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 829

Re: Insurance

No insurance here either. We've had between 3 and 5 dogs at any one time and the premiums would have been way to expensive. Back in the day when our budget was tighter, we squirreled away a small emergency fund and also left room on a credit card to cover unexpected vet expenses. Now that we have mo...
by shags
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Teaching scent pointing?
Replies: 18
Views: 1430

Re: Teaching scent pointing?

I'd probably ("probably" because things might need to be changed up depending on circumstances) start him like I would a little baby puppy. Plant some birds in light cover so he can't see them and checkcord him in crosswise to the wind. Use the cc to control his pace so he doesn't outrun his nose, a...
by shags
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Events
Topic: covid and So Cal NSTRA trials
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Re: covid and So Cal NSTRA trials

Probably the same everywhere. As of now, it's okay to have them in my state if we follow all the governor's mandates. On state grounds there might not be any facilities open. On private grounds there's the problem of who is going to sanitize facilities after each use or at least several times a day....
by shags
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: male testicles
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: male testicles

Is it hot by you? How old is the dog? Older males hang lower IME, and the scrotum loosens in the heat. Do his testicles snug up after a cool/cold swim or hosing? I think the thing to watch out for is whether the testicles are of his 'normal' size and denseness, one or both not enlarged or unusually ...
by shags
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Vive'ing la difference
Replies: 33
Views: 2170

Re: Vive'ing la difference

:mrgreen: Horrifying! :mrgreen:

(Well done, Buddy)
by shags
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 1801

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

Claude, I'm glad that you're feeling better. I hope you know that six months is puppy h3ll...for its people :D The suggestion to use a stake out or chain gang is a good one. It worked wonders for one of my boneheads. But there are some safeguards you should be aware of. Don't make the chain on the s...
by shags
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Acana dog food
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Re: Acana dog food

Will it nag at you forever if you don't try it? Your best bet might to try it for a bag or two. No telling in advance how a particular dog will do on a particular food. That being said, I started with PPP, switched to something "better" and again to something "just as good but cheaper" and here I am...
by shags
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Trimming Toe Nails?
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Re: Trimming Toe Nails?

I think it has a lot to do with how the dog is put together, the shape of the foot, and how it moves. I used to hang with someone who is a pro show-dog handler. They like those nails short. Her dogs nails got dremeled at least once a week whether they needed it or not. You can clip the nails first, ...
by shags
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to calm down a Brittany?
Replies: 22
Views: 1801

Re: How to calm down a Brittany?

A couple of suggestions, A tired dog is a good dog. Find a way to wear out that pup almost every day. Can you free run him for about 30 minutes? Does anyone in the family run and is able to take the dog along? How about biking...can someone run the dog along side? Remember that oftentimes our dogs p...
by shags
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Clinical trials
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Clinical trials

Kind of a PSA. Are you aware that veterinary colleges offer inclusion of our pets in clinical trials? If you're not unreasonably far from a vet school, it might be worthwhile to check out any trials upcoming or ongoing. Often they offer free treatment for a variety of conditions and diseases and fir...
by shags
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Her First Catch!
Replies: 8
Views: 1020

Re: Her First Catch!

Pink rules!
by shags
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Problems with come/here
Replies: 23
Views: 2026

Re: Problems with come/here

1 Not big deal. In fact, if my dog were more interested in cookies than hunting, I'd be disappointed. 2 Give only one command and enforce it. Two commands leads to three, leads to four, etc. Give the cc a good snap or jerk to get the dog moving. 3 Not too young for ecollar work on recall. How old is...
by shags
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Newbie from Oregon!
Replies: 7
Views: 726

Re: Newbie from Oregon!

Congrats on the new family member :D

Sounds like your new guy landed in a good place.
by shags
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nice Pup
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Nice Pup

Well that was fun! Thanks for posting it.
by shags
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Grain-Free kibble
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Grain-Free kibble

IME a major cause of gas and/or diarrhea in an otherwise healthy dog is too much food. Cutting back a little each meal, and feeding two small meals if they need the calories, can clear it right up. Sometimes it helps to skip a day of feeding to give the gut a chance ro settle down, then proceed with...
by shags
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Grain-Free kibble
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: Grain-Free kibble

The big national brands like Purina have nutritionists on the payroll, and I'm pretty sure the small boutique brands don't. Purina for example keeps "research" dogs who can be tested for various health concerns related to feed. If I were to switch to a smaller or local brand, I'd find out who mills ...