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  1. Hey dont worry about the month thing, even a spot on treatment you pick up in the corner shop at the pets stand works for a month. I had one sheep farmer friend who was concerned about the ivermectin and I asked him what did he do......now this is genius.......since he is a sheep farmer he filled a wheelie bin with water and threw in a cup of sheep dip and sloshed it around and the dipped the dog! Cleanest dog in the country, dont know how future pups will turn out....but cleanest dog in the country!!!! lol
  2. My god and to think hunting with terriers is getting such a bad rap these days. If he was to employ pest control to achieve them results through bait boxes he would have been out a clean fortune and no company could achieve those results in a few hours.
  3. He jumped over the gate on a dander down the mountain and I wasn't for opening the gate, so he had to make his way back over again. Lead or no lead.
  4. He is Irish terrier greyhound (lurcher to lurcher) so has great brains about about him, great round sheep and fiery when I need it. He is sitting at 14months old now so just starting out. Two good friends of mine bred him and I tell ya what, dogs of back in the day are so hard to find now.
  5. Luck is what we need for definite buddy. Luckily I have a few Fenn traps out, a few HMR rounds for the grey backs and maggies, as well as feeding the ground with a ton of old carrots and cabbages from Christmas. Strange taken what I know about managing deer and applying it to rabbits. Who ever thought rabbits would need this kind of conservation effort. I definitely didnt!
  6. Crackin lurcher. Ya can't beat the old types. This is my big fella learning how to jump there in early spring of this (nearly last) year. One thing I gotta give you a heads up on injury wise, is see the second you let the pup out of the pen and he is twisting and turning in the garden sprinting, until he is about 11-12 months old those first few minutes out of the pen can make or break your dog for the season. I am long in the tooth buddy and until his muscles properly develop make him walk out of the pen and his head goes straight through the loop of the lead. I have a few pals dogs have broken their legs, tore knee ligaments and main back leg muscles in the first few minutes out of the pen. Hope that helps and I have definitely given my penny's worth to the sense that I sound like an auld boy giving life lessons.
  7. If ya get the chance throw up a photo of the pup. Always good to see the dog on the other side. Happy Hunting!
  8. 9 months old but don't expect much and if on the lamp you have a real chance of your dog pulling up after 3 or 4 rabbits and not bothering running for the rest of the night. Drip feed the pup. At 9 months old keep your stuff to a bit of day time ferreting. As for the lamp 1-2 runs on a lamping night. No more, honestly. Taking a 9 month old lurcher pup out hunting is like taking a 10 year old child to a boxing session for the first time, you wouldn't get that child to spar for an hour but just give him about a few minutes so he can go away and think about what he has experienced. Injury to the minimum and positive experiences to the maximum. Get your dog broken to livestock, ferrets and jumping fences or five bar gates, especially in the dark. But even jumping gates comes in time. Don't push the dog, let it grow with you, learn what you expect from him each month and ya know what, enjoy the puppy months. Get as many photos of the dog as you go along and each time you both go out it will do something new. Focus on the relationship, the rabbits will fall into place after that.
  9. He is happy we took the rabbits off his ground.
  10. Big mission happening here to relocate what we have left, moving some to old warrens, unused now for over 2 years. 22 relocated so far. We are only taking several from specific areas and relocating them all round us to make better bloodlines and keep the long-eared populations going for hunting seasons to come. Few burrows kicked out already after only a fortnight. Hopefully the virus wont wipe out our hard work but gonna be a great thing come summer to start seeing chippers again. Hunters duty bound to help and look after what we hunt for not only ourselves but the young hunters in our area coming on behind us. Happy New Year lads!
  11. Hope you don't mind me adding my pennys worth. You would never encourage a lurcher to chase something that wasn't there, or keep putting a ferret down a dead rabbit burrow so it is vital a Springer isn't asked to work cover that might be dead also. When you watch youtube videos of fieldtrial springers in action, most of the time they are working estate ground with released birds. In fact the ground scent would be crazy which an FT springer has to differentiate between old and new scent. But FT springer are given a time span of about 5-15mins max so bomb through cover for that small time-frame as this is how they are programmed. If you want your dog to do this then you have to prepare the training ground accordingly, items for the dog to find during training. If like most people you take your dog out and put up snipe, woodcock or grouse on all the heather moorland but then get to thick bramble and expect the dog to bomb through this it doesn't really work like that and for a few reasons. Generally the dog quarters in front of you, so the first question is, are you walking through that tough cover as well? If not then you can't expect the dog to be working fresh ground like that as all it will want to do is go in front of you as you walk along. So during the training phase you have to keep it structured, short, highly positive and evolve your training, i.e. open woodland, then some with willow or rhododendron (no thorns) and then getting a bit tougher as you go. Please don't take a dog not entering cover and try to train it in the summer in brambles as the wee dog will get destroyed. It can also end up highly frustrating for the handler for a dog in pain that doesn't want to work and a handler badgering the dog to get back into cover. Here is what I do. I find something that particular dog absolutely loves, I have a dog which loves rabbits and a bitch that loves birds so for the dog it is rabbit fur dummies or real dead rabbits I hide in cover and for the bitch it is either a winged dummy, partridge or pheasants thrown into cover as I walk along a track. I then go get the dog and begin quartering now entering the cover myself. I don't have a rabbit pen but have access to a ton of wild game. Please never follow on this ridiculous advice some people try to give, such as: 1) Never throw your dog into cover for being reluctant. 2) Never shout at your dog for not entering cover. 3 Never send an untrained dog into cover lacking any game. Especially again and again and again and .....you get my point. 4) If a dog in training can't find placed game (dead) never keep throwing or commanding the dog back into cover. If it didn't find it the second time something like the wind might be wrong or it is high of the ground in cover that the dog can't get too. I hope this helps. I am only a simple countryman who enjoys working dogs but I dog have 20 years of experience with springers so that is my pennies worth right there.
  12. You did the right thing, how do I know this? Because I took the option you were going to pick. Way back, I sold all my dogs and went back to University to do a 2 year course. I got absolutely no where with it. I lost my self, my friends, my hunting and for over 6 years lived out of a back pack, 3 of those years in hostels. Workwise a degree got me nowhere. It has taken me near half a decade to rebuild my life, rebuild a home with dogs that you can call a working line. I now am only back to myself and can truly say I have my energy back. Doing a degree and the bullsh1te of striving for a good career in my line of study had me completely burnt out. Only until I got a great mentor in my workplace who sat me down and told me it was time to get off the stress train, he shifted my focus back to family, hunting and ever since everything in work has just got better and better. I am happy to hear you made the right decision and wait until you see, when you are happy surrounded by your family you will walk into work everyday a happier man, a happier husband and a happier father. People finally get to see the real you and when you surround yourself with positive people, positive things and family, your energy for hunting will go through the roof. Hope this helps and honestly, it took me over a decade to undo the decision I made, which is the one you had the sense not to follow.
  13. Hey if that is demodex (demodectic mange) the vet wont treat it with anything other than a rinse i.e. Advocate. The only thing for this pup is Ivomec or Bimectin. Now on that note it is advised not to give it to collies as they have a gene which can cause death if given ivermectin (the active ingredient in Ivomec or Bimectin). That said every sheep farmer I know here in the Sperrins will always ask the vet to give their dogs a jag while he is there dosing sheep. Ivomec or bimectin retails at about £20 for 250ml. It is super strong but works miracles for demodex. I mean it is like 1ml per 50kg and really really easy to apply. A quick jag to the scruff and in half a second boom, done. It doesnt need a prescription and if you go to any agri store they will have it. They usually throw in a free needle which is real easy to fill 0.1 ml which I would consider for your pup. In a 250ml bottle you will have enough to do you the dogs lifespan (joking, the shelf life will probably expire first). Don't be shy of jagging your pup. I have a dog with the exact same condition and Bimectin has worked an absolute dream, honestly. So if your pup has no collie in it try it out and please 0.1 ml or even half that. The tiniest amount.
  14. Lads must work their way through this questionnaire! It is completely structured so that many people will not fully understand how to answer and the most important part that we must highlight is for question 7! Sentencing disparity is shocking here, I mean come on, a £40,000 fine or 5 years in prison for hunting a fox with a dog. If answering that question just copy and paste this into the box: "fully opposed due to sentencing disparity as this is a form of unequal treatment where the reason for such severe punishment is not explained. The sentencing is also biased, incongruous, unfair and disadvantaging in consequence separating the classes".
  15. I have to add this one last thing as I re-read your first post. It is vital that you change your ground every day. It does not have to be an entire field just a different corner of the field. Don't be casting balls or dummies over ground you trod on even a few days before. Your pup will get bored, become distracted and think "hey, we did this yesterday, I am going to do something else instead of this game". New scent is new stimulus which develops your dog into a true hunting machine. Repetitive action without development is like pissing into the wind.
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