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Lloyd90

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  1. Facebook - affordable game days group.
  2. How do you tell what length you need mate? I have a side by side that’s a bit short but no idea how much to add to the butt stock.
  3. Is that just walked next to you on the lead mate? How long / far is that for?
  4. Amazing scenes, bet those dogs do 5x what you cover.
  5. Used mine properly on the weekend just gone out rough shooting, only had to use it couple times, dog had a funny look like he had clicked "You can get to me no matter where I am" and then started doing what he knew he was supposed to. By the end he was flushing birds, sitting to flush and not moving on the shot (at first he tried to run in on the shot). He then picked some birds (when told he was allowed) and retrieved them back to hand lovely. He flushed 5 of these birds and picked 4. Shot between 3 guns, and he saw several flushed nearby and missed and carried on hunting in the opposite way when told.
  6. Nope they aren’t. Not yet anyway. Very unclear if they will be made illegal or not.
  7. Kibble seems to give mine bad stomach, I even tried grain free and expensive ones ... currently feed BARF which he is better on ... suppose you have to weigh up convenience and performance. Proper diet of meat, fish and eggs, with some filler for a good going dog. My mate feeds something called Power for sled dogs and his spaniels are flying.
  8. First dog I’ve trained mate suppose we learn as we go along eh. What did you do with your old dog and what you do with your new ones? I think I own every training book going lol. I can take my dog out to places with cover but not always game. Gamekeepers / shoots don’t always like you flushing their birds on the shoot but I have had the the dog out lately and will get him onto more game as we progress. I have spoken to a bloke who has a rabbit pen with varying cover in it so am planning to take the dog down for a run
  9. Why? A good field trial judge told me he’d be worried about a dog that just smashes cover for no reward... he would doubt its intelligence ... however the dog does need to face cover and at pace and with drive if it is going to trial. A good test dog will need to hit cover at times with no scent. I took mine up the woods today and threw several balls into cover where he could see, then kept adding balls to different spots, giving him the prompt to get in. He was going in and hunting round however many times he went in then stopped and stood still just stood there, but with some prompts hunted on. If I keep doing that over and over hopefully he will think cover is full of full stuff to find and be keener to get through it.
  10. He’s coming up 20 months mate, I haven’t over faced him with cover. Previously he wouldn’t run into longer grass etc but now he flys through it. But I now need to progress onto thicker stuff again if he is going to trial or even do well at tests then he needs to get in and through it, instead of stopping and standing still when he gets to it.
  11. Any tips you lads have to get a spaniel (springer) very keen to hit cover ... mine will absolutely fly across grass, reedy ground and recently some light bracken but he can be running flat out, gets to cover and stops flat. Ideally I would want him to charge through like he was the reeds etc and not stop at all.
  12. Just wondering, when not on shoot days what kind of exercise and fitness work your gundogs (spaniels ideally) are getting? Are they walked on lead or all free running? How long and how many times a day? I want to get my dog as fit as possible before next season now. Living in the city it’s a bit of a pain as you can’t just jump on the bike with the dog running loose behind.
  13. Yes and in Scotland... England proposed a ban, did a consultation and something like 70% of people said not to ban them they’re very good when used properly. Still unclear if they’re pending ban or not.
  14. I've just used one on myself, I was shocked at how low the pulse was ... I can't even call it a shock as it wasn't one. I bought one recently that goes up to 127 and I had to put it up 60 to even properly feel a good pulse. I have been putting it on my dog the last few weeks but not switching it on so he just get's used to having the collar on. I am trying to avoid him getting collar wise.
  15. Your mates a prick, that's not how they work. The dog needs to be basically trained before using one, so it 100,000,000% knows the command so you can re-inforce it. The collar aint for training a dog.
  16. I think you honestly have to consider her working ability. Surprised no one has even mentioned it yet. Is she working to a standard that exceed a lot of other dogs of her breed? does she have any faults? what will she contribute to the breed that you couldn’t find from buying a pup? Don't take offence mate, it’s a serious consideration. Almost everyone with a “working dog” will tell you it’s a great worker but it’s not always the case. On top of that breeding isn’t without its risks. Bitches losing pups, losing the bitch, complications, emergency Caesarians all happen and I personally know lads who’ve had the above. It soon turns the romance of a litter into a nightmare. I honestly think the vast majority of people would be better off just buying a pup in.
  17. Thanks mate was in rabbit pen yday and by the end was getting solid contact flushes and the dog sitting up and watching them away
  18. Can anyone advise me their method of getting a spaniel rock solid on the stop whistle even on the flush please? I had mine out this week on a training day, birds were flushing either side of him, just a few feet away, and he sat and watched them shot and retrieved by other dogs no problem. Issue is, when he gets a solid contact flush himself, such as pushing the bird off the end of his own nose, or right past his face, he will break and give chase. So far I have just been running him down, dragging him back to the stop and scruffing him on the spot whilst blowing the stop whistle. I cna throw dummies and balls past him all day long and he will stop, but in the field is another game. thanks
  19. You don't need to add carbs you need to add more kcals, easiest from fat. Crack an egg over the meals your already feeding. Add a spoon of oil, add a tin of fish, add some beef dripping or goose fat. Add salmon oil. Just feed a larger quantity of what your already feeding.
  20. A mate and I are trying to do just that, how did you find best to trap and transport them?
  21. Jesus 1/2 mile memory... long walk back if the dog forgets Baz lol
  22. What type of thing you do mate? Just lead walking? What distance / time? Ive not done much with mine previously but he’s coming up 15 months now and needs some more fitness. I was up early this morning and we did a big walk round the block at a brisk pace and then did 3 separate bouts of stopping at some cover and hunting intensely for a bit.
  23. Your supposed to sit in the basket and put the dog on the bike you lemon!
  24. Thats the type I’m after mate what attachment is that?
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