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by shags
Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No wheels on my wagon.
Replies: 26
Views: 2012

Re: No wheels on my wagon.

God bless and keep you, Bill. Peace and comfort to your loved ones.
by shags
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Odd behaviour
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Odd behaviour

There's a thing called ovarian remnant syndrome. If a fragment of ovary is somehow left in the dog during the spay, it can produce hormones and cause the symptoms of being in heat. Is your girl swollen and receptive to the male? Maybe call your vet and ask more about it, to find out if she can smell...
by shags
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New/old member, trail info
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: New/old member, trail info

Are you looking for an amateur or a pro? AKC, presumably? I'd start by asking your trainer for some possible handlers. He probably has been around enough to know who he'd trust, and who has similar training/handling skills. Otherwise you might start going to trials and observing, see who does the wi...
by shags
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Ear Hematoma
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Ear Hematoma

Sometimes when they are drained, they fill up again. It might take a day or two, or it might happen in a couple of hours. Don't be surprised if your vet recommends surgery, where it'll be sliced open, drained, and cleaned of any clots. Then sutures will be placed through all layers of the ear flap t...
by shags
Sat May 29, 2021 5:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Barks in Outside Kenne
Replies: 17
Views: 551

Re: Puppy Barks in Outside Kenne

Another method you might consider is the Smiths' Silent Command System using a Figure 8 for barking; it also has other training implications http://www.huntsmith.com/article.php?id=7 You have to be ready to spend some time with it and the dog, because you don't apply it and leave the dog unattended....
by shags
Fri May 28, 2021 4:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Puppy Barks in Outside Kenne
Replies: 17
Views: 551

Re: Puppy Barks in Outside Kenne

Can you plan to spend a little while out there at the kennel after putting the dogs up? Keep the hose right near you with enough water pressure to reach the little dude when he starts in. It shouldn't take many blasts of water to send the message. Your choice would be whether to hose him him *after*...
by shags
Fri May 21, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Pregnant GSP
Replies: 17
Views: 699

Re: Pregnant GSP

No offense meant, but if you can't afford to get your dog to the vet now, how are you going to afford raising a litter of puppies? Not to mention, all sorts of things can wrong when she whelps, if in fact she is pregnant. Maybe you vet friend can suggest some options, like a low cost spay-neuter cli...
by shags
Tue May 18, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: TPLO, pain relief trial
Replies: 0
Views: 416

TPLO, pain relief trial

Dog needing TPLO? If you're in or near Ohio, Ohio State is doing a trial that might help with some of the costs of TPLO surgery. You'd pay for preliminary xrays and the surgery, but bloodwork, meds, one day hospitalization, and a $200 credit toward vet care at the vet medical clinic would be covered...
by shags
Tue May 18, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: collars any really for pointing dogs?
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: collars any really for pointing dogs?

We've used biothane or beta-biothane collars for ages, and like them best. They are tough, they don't collect stink, are easy to clean with just a wipe of a cloth, come in just about any color you could want, in any length you want (my little jagdterrier wears one) and several widths. I like the one...
by shags
Mon May 17, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running with a GSP?
Replies: 13
Views: 742

Re: Running with a GSP?

I let my young dogs decide when enough is enough. When they're tired, we quit. Remember that you have to keep an eye on them, because wherever you are when they start showing fatigue, they still have to get home.
by shags
Tue May 04, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Working tug/obedience with toys
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: Working tug/obedience with toys

Do you mean using a toy as reinforcement or reward, the way law enforcement K9s or search dogs are trained? I suppose if you wish, you could do that for basic around-the house obedience drills, or for parlor trick training. But I don't think I'd want my bird dog messing around with squeakies or tenn...
by shags
Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog not obeying commands from others
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Dog not obeying commands from others

I've never heard of such a thing. Wow. Someone always came running back to me to tell me to get my bum in gear as my dog was on point. I wouldn't like someone else being asked to handle my dog ....... sorry to go off topic. It's much better than the alternative. I had one of those occurrences where...
by shags
Mon Apr 26, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog not obeying commands from others
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Dog not obeying commands from others

I've had a few situations where having a dog obey a stranger paid off. Or maybe it was because the dogs just knew what to do all by themselves anyway, I don't know. I've gotten behind my bracemate at trials, having had birdwork and my dog caught the front well before I could. And he either landed in...
by shags
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog not obeying commands from others
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Dog not obeying commands from others

We had the same situation with my (our) dogs and the Old Ball and Chain. The answer was for me to butt out and he gave the command which was generally ignored, and then he made the correction. Sometimes I made myself scarce while he trained, other times I just sat there quiet and let him take care i...
by shags
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: 5 month old GSP with biting problems
Replies: 21
Views: 1470

Re: 5 month old GSP with biting problems

I wouldn't use the ecollar for this problem. You'd be taking a chance of your dog directing aggression toward whoever is nearest her. Frankly it sounds like your dog was allowed to misbehave because as a baby puppy it was funny and cute. And now it isn't. If I'm not correct, I apologize for the assu...
by shags
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: 5 month old GSP with biting problems
Replies: 21
Views: 1470

Re: 5 month old GSP with biting problems

Grab the skin on the back of her neck and force her head to the floor. If she doesn't flop the rest of herself down, use your other hand to get her down. Hold her there until she submits. I don't do this on baby puppies, because they don't need that much dominance. But an older pup or grown dog some...
by shags
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No wheels on my wagon.
Replies: 26
Views: 2012

Re: No wheels on my wagon.

Bill,

I am so sad to see this. I hope your time is filled with peace and strength and serenity, for you and your loved ones.
by shags
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: 5 month old GSP with biting problems
Replies: 21
Views: 1470

Re: 5 month old GSP with biting problems

Do you think this means she is still trying to exert dominance and does not respect the leaders of the pack? In her mind, she *is* the leader of the pack. She bites, you give a weak little objection to it, then give her a toy. And now she's a liability to your family. Even a play bite that breaks t...
by shags
Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:42 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Right front shoulder pain and limping
Replies: 11
Views: 1346

Re: Right front shoulder pain and limping

Any way you can get your dog to a vet school? In my experience they are very thorough and tenacious about rooting out the problem. Your regular vet might be able to get an appointment time sooner as a referral. I've taken two dogs and my horse to OSU which is about 2 hours away. There is an attendin...
by shags
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: GSP lost 7 pounds in year
Replies: 41
Views: 2526

Re: GSP lost 7 pounds in year

C'mon, man! Way too complicated. :P

Go with a dollop or glug. If the dog pukes or gets the squirts, cut back. Or start with a small dollop or glug, and work your way up.
by shags
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: GSP lost 7 pounds in year
Replies: 41
Views: 2526

Re: GSP lost 7 pounds in year

if your vet seemed alarmed, it's probably just because 7 pounds is a lot to lose for no apparent reason...but the lab results were good and your explanation of your dog's work explained the weight loss. Having your vet take notice is a good thing. Some vets get so used to seeing chubbo dogs that the...
by shags
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Tributes to the Departed
Topic: Another Passed On
Replies: 6
Views: 2027

Re: Another Passed On

That is a lot of loss on a short time. Condolences from our house to yours.
Star was a pretty girl, and it sounds like she had a very full life with you.

So sorry for your loss.
by shags
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: GSP lost 7 pounds in year
Replies: 41
Views: 2526

Re: GSP lost 7 pounds in year

If you think he's too thin, up his feed gradually. Don't overload or go too fast, because chances are he'll squirt it right out before it does him any good. High calorie snacks throughout the day might work also, if that fits into your schedule.
by shags
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: GSP lost 7 pounds in year
Replies: 41
Views: 2526

Re: GSP lost 7 pounds in year

How does the dog look? Is he all lean muscle, or does he have bones sticking out? What did he look like before the lost weight? Was he round, with no ribs visible? Could you feel ribs or hip bones? Or did he start out thin? Don't worry about numbers on a scale or a chart. Use your eyes and hands to ...
by shags
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy drools in dog box during transport
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Puppy drools in dog box during transport

I used either the regular dramamine (dimenhydrinate) or the non drowsy (meclizine) whichever I had on hand. I don't remember for sure, so ask your vet or Dr. Google, but I think it was 1mg/lb It didn't seem to affect my pup's activity level; at pit stops and at the end of the trips ( several to mayb...
by shags
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:23 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy drools in dog box during transport
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Puppy drools in dog box during transport

As a puppy my dog drooled so much he would soak his crate bedding. Tried some Dramamine and it worked very well for him.
by shags
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Interceptor over heartgard?
Replies: 6
Views: 825

Re: Interceptor over heartgard?

Sentinel Spectrum. Fleas, heartworm, hooks, rounds, whips, tapes.

And a Seresto collar if I find any ticks as the weather warms up.
by shags
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting fed up with my Brittany not checking in
Replies: 31
Views: 2441

Re: Getting fed up with my Brittany not checking in

What Sharon says. That is great advice. Don't nag the dog. That teaches him to ignore you. One command, and enforce it. Don't climb up the ladder with the ecollar stimulation. Find the lowest level he responds to and use that. Don't fry him just because *you* are angry or upset. Keep your ownself up...
by shags
Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Walking Bird Dog on Lead
Replies: 28
Views: 2093

Re: Walking Bird Dog on Lead

Let him empty out in your yard, then go for your walk with him at heel. When you come to an area where he can sniff and pee - please, not in someone's yard or the curbstrip in front of someone else's house, or on someone's hedge, tree, bushes, or vehicle! - release him with "okay" or whatever comman...
by shags
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Carded quail.....same quick flutter but don't lose the bird
Replies: 15
Views: 1173

Re: Carded quail.....same quick flutter but don't lose the bird

I'm with CJ on this, it's a bad and inhumane idea. Have you ever seen a carded bird stuck in a tree or on a powerline, left there to flutter and slowly die? At least a crunched or shot bird gets a fast death. I wouldn't want to inhibit my training birds enough to make them an easier target for an un...
by shags
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Puppy intro to quail - let them catch or no
Replies: 14
Views: 1407

Re: Puppy intro to quail - let them catch or no

That kind of bird intro is for the owner, not the dog. Why let the pup maul a bird as its last memory of bird work before you're ready to start the pup? The first dogs I trained were 7and 8 year old mostly show bred Irish Setters. If they didn't need that early stimulation, probably your pup doesn't...
by shags
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting fed up with my Brittany not checking in
Replies: 31
Views: 2441

Re: Getting fed up with my Brittany not checking in

Clarifying question for. So when he gets to 80 I should call him and if he doesn't then ecollar him. Is that right? I wouldn't call him back in, because a recall means coming all the way back to you, and that's a waste of time and energy if he's supposed ro be hunting. You want your dog to hunt in ...
by shags
Fri Mar 19, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Books or literature for spouses
Replies: 14
Views: 1347

Re: Books or literature for spouses

IME none of it matters. And it sure wouldn't work at my house for one of us to lay down "dog rules' for the other one of us to follow. What is this, 1890 for husbands and the brave new world of feminism for wives? Dogs figure out who means what when. So if one spouse has training standards that they...
by shags
Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Getting fed up with my Brittany not checking in
Replies: 31
Views: 2441

Re: Getting fed up with my Brittany not checking in

Think about what you've been doing. You corrected the dog when he was at 370 yards. By doing that you told him that 370yds is his limit, then he gets zapped. So he figures he's doing fine until he gets to 370. If you want him closer, correct him at *your* limit so he knows that's as far as he's allo...
by shags
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Over correcting and fear in gsp puppy
Replies: 12
Views: 1260

Re: Over correcting and fear in gsp puppy

^^^ Try Don's checkcord method :D
by shags
Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Seresto Pet Collars Linked to Dog Deaths
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

Re: Seresto Pet Collars Linked to Dog Deaths

No problems with Seresto collars here, either.

We only purchase them from vendors approved by Bayer, which we found on their website. Buying at steep discounts from places like ebay risks purchasing fakes.
by shags
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cracked Nail
Replies: 8
Views: 1127

Re: Cracked Nail

Ouch!

I had a dog rip a nail off really close to the toe and it took about 2 weeks or maybe a little less to heal up.
by shags
Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Docked Tail - Infection / Vet Recommends Amputation
Replies: 10
Views: 1084

Re: Docked Tail - Infection / Vet Recommends Amputation

If the bone is poking through the skin and causing a problem, then it needs to be removed. Ask your vet to spare as much tail as he can. Don't worry about the amputation putting the dog through anything; you're kidding yourself if you think he's not going through something with the infection now. Su...
by shags
Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handler errors
Replies: 16
Views: 1525

Re: Handler errors

I have had handlers braced with me hacked from the put down all the way through the pickup and judge never mentions that as a impedance. That's the breaks. You can put some distance between you and the loudmouth if the course allows. You can ask the judge if (s)he sees that you dog is being impeded...
by shags
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handler errors
Replies: 16
Views: 1525

Re: Handler errors

I don't remember ever hearing a handler over-sing, but I have heard hacking to the point where it interfered with the bracemate. Constant nagging at the dog, even if it isn't loud, is also a mistake. Just zip it and let the dog do his job. Sometimes handlers don't stay aware of what their bracemate ...
by shags
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Please Welcome New Members - Introduce Yourself Here!
Topic: New Member & New WPG Puppy
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: New Member & New WPG Puppy

Congrats on the new puppy :D I prefer the plastic airline crates over wire. IMO the solid crate is more den-like while the wire crates are more like dog jail...they can see out but are stuck inside. Plastic crates keep tons of hair and dirt inside the crate and don't let it leak all over the outside...
by shags
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Training
Topic: English Setter Pup - Aggression or Not?
Replies: 24
Views: 2503

Re: English Setter Pup - Aggression or Not?

Congrats on the new puppy, and sorry that you're having problems. It sounds like you are clear in what you want, and that's a great first step. Sounds like "no bite" doesn't have any teeth. I've never once ever rewarded a puppy with a toy for biting anyone ever. That's what you're doing. Some dogs r...
by shags
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: First post & need your input on some old stuff
Replies: 8
Views: 1220

Re: First post & need your input on some old stuff

Tennessee? Yikes! Mr. Smith was friends with PH Bryson who owned Gladstone, and Bryson lived in Tennessee.

Gladstone was a foundation dog for field setters.

Dude, I think you have some bird dog history in your hands. Seriously.
by shags
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: First post & need your input on some old stuff
Replies: 8
Views: 1220

Re: First post & need your input on some old stuff

Not to apply pressure of any kind, but if those items don't have special meaning to you, here is a worthy place that would probably appreciate them if you'd lend or donate.

https://birddogfoundation.com/

They have wonderful collections of memorabilia of many gundog breeds.
by shags
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: First post & need your input on some old stuff
Replies: 8
Views: 1220

Re: First post & need your input on some old stuff

Leicester was the sire, and Dart the dam, of a dog called Adonis (English Setter) who was the first dog registered by the AKC. AKC was founded in 1884, but the first dogs weren't registered for another year. I've read that Adonis was whelped in 1875. I have some old books and will see if anything tu...
by shags
Mon Feb 01, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pup and separation anxiety training
Replies: 17
Views: 1689

Re: New pup and separation anxiety training

OP, For the housebreaking part, don't wait until the last minute so you have to carry him out. Right after a meal, or a water, or a few minutes of playing walk him to the door with some happytime "Wanna go out?" stuff and ring your bell. Go out with him and do a little more happytime so he thinks it...
by shags
Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pup and separation anxiety training
Replies: 17
Views: 1689

Re: New pup and separation anxiety training

Excellent advice, Sharon! You nailed it.
by shags
Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wow!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1334

Re: Wow!!

Uurrrrrppp! :| :| :|

And you know that dog would go right back again tomorrow and take another hit :wink:
by shags
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Advice for a new owner
Replies: 9
Views: 1397

Re: Advice for a new owner

I think in your shoes I'd get settled and check out what's available in your new area as far as being able to exercise the pup and do a little training. Better to know before bringing a puppy home than to have it and be looking for solutions to "Now what?" You'll have to know your work hours, travel...
by shags
Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GDF Banner - Photos Needed
Replies: 11
Views: 2216

Re: GDF Banner - Photos Needed

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