• Mic Cutler posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Are pigeons good game bird substitutes for chukar for training purposes? I have noticed less intensity from Hunt experience d gun dogs. Is this a common problem? Is it something that should be avoided?

    • Hello Mic,

      No, pigeons are useless. To create a good predator, natural acting prey is a necessity. Case closed. You need to use the best, wild acting birds available and set up natural scenarios. Dogs need to see the training not as “training” but as hunting. Yardwork, launchers, pigeons, whoa barrels, e-collars, whistles, voice commands, hand…[Read more]

      • Great info , Brad. It was my guess but I wanted to confirm it with you. Do you sell chukar and quail? What is the cost per bird? Quantity? Thanks again!

        Mic

  • Brad Higgins uploaded 2 new Photos to HGD Community 2 months ago

    Had our beautiful and talented import (Denmark), Matresse’s Diva out in the field today. Special thanks to her breeder Jan Espersen.

    Here are a couple of photos. I’ll have some video posted soon of her during a recent partridge hunt.

  • One of our black pointer pups working some chukar. Still have one available to the right home.

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hunting with Kepa (HGD) 12/9/17
    In this video you will see Kepa stalking a single Valley Quail using all of his Higgins strategies , the deceleration when in birdie areas, dont rush take your time,air and ground scent, and my favorite part of it all is the thinking Higgins Gundog. Conventional trainers will tell you dogs dont think,well when i see…[Read more]

  • Please forgive the not so great picture…I dropped my phone awhile back. This past weekend my pup Griffonpoint X’Bomber really put it together. Steady to wing, shot and fall on this public land pheasant. Due some terrible shooting on my part he was steady to wing, shot and miss on several other birds. I felt terrible for letting him…[Read more]

  • Chad Woods posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Brad,
    Thanks for taking the time to talk with me this morning about introducing the e-collar properly. I worked with Bomber in 4 different places throughout the process this afternoon. By the end of it I was recalling him from over 100 yards without tapping him. It’s just a start and I will work it into our hunt training. Just wanted to give…[Read more]

  • marc commented on Brad Higgins‘s photo 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Beautiful and stylish!

  • Here are some photos of Wallace and Des in the field today. Both are from our Basso/Amber breeding. Great steadiness and natural retrieves.

  • marc posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months ago

    A short clip of steadiness.

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months ago

    Ran into a couple of guys with a well-meaning but out-of-control GSP. He seemed to want to know what he was doing, but he really had no idea.

    Sophie found a pheasant near them and was locked up, hard. Adrian was searching around the cover when she saw Sophie from way out, went into a stalk, slowly approached around the cover, and did a beautiful…[Read more]

  • Kate Polk posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Loved your podcast! Need to get all those NAVHDA people to listen!
    Greta doing great & will be hunting pheasant in SD later this month…will try to video her & post

  • Here is an excerpt from a recent interview. Special thanks to Alan Peterson for putting this together.

    If you like it, let me know. We can start doing a podcast.

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Latest and greatest excuse I heard for the failure of conventional gundog training…

    Hunting Buddy: “Oh, Flash just has happy feet.”
    Me: “What?”
    Buddy: “If the bird starts moving, he will probably bump it.”
    Me: “Uh, that just means that he’s never been taught why he would want to wait for the gun. That’s why launching pigeons in front of a dog…[Read more]

    • That’s the difference between a training method based on obedience and pressure and our method based on trust and cooperation. The best in steadiness (staunchness & intensity) cannot be commanded. It has to be freely given. A conventional method based on obedience will never build trust. As I tell other trainers, you can make a dog respect you but…[Read more]

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months ago

    The City of Boise is currently renovating the local dog park. They’re not changing the 150-yard path from the parking lot to the dog park area, though.

    Whoever designed that, especially in a place where concrete can be icy in Winter, must have never had a dog! You see a lot of dogs dragging their owners the whole way.

    The tools you learn in the…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 1 week ago

    Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundog)
    Nevada, Opening day 10/14/17

    This video should answer one of the more frequently asked questions.
    If my dog is pointing a covey, and i allow my dog to break for a retrieve on the shot (not before)what will happen?
    As you will see in the video Kepa points a covey of Valley Quail,
    as i move in birds flush, i take…[Read more]

  • marc posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’d like your input to help me understand Mauser.

    We were pheasant hunting Sunday, and Mauser would find the shot birds, pick them up briefly, but drop them in place despite me kneeling down and calling him. I’d just go over and pick up the bird. Like you explain in your writings, he will fetch thrown objects – even dead pheasant, due to his…[Read more]

    • Hello Marc. I like these easy ones. The best way to get a natural retrieve is to not ask for it. When he leaves for a retrieve, you turn around and walk the other way slowly. DON’T SAY ANYTHING! When he gets to the bird, he will look up to see where you are. If he sees you walking away, he will pick up the bird and come to you. When he is on his…[Read more]

      • LOL! I’m glad I didn’t make you sweat! Thanks. Now that you provided the answer I think I may have read that in your blog a while ago. I makes perfect sense. I’ll take him out tomorrow and see what happens. Film at 11.

          • Hello Marc,

            All in all, nice work. I’d like to go through it with you. First, at 34 seconds in, you swung on the bird before looking at the dog first. Rule #1, Always be looking at the dog on flush. You must be certain he is steady on the flush before looking at the bird. Only takes a split second. This is the hardest thing for us hunters to…[Read more]

            • Thanks for the excellent debrief Brad. I shoot lefty, so approaching from the left is a better sight window for me. This is our first few times on pheasant in fields. I have been an upland ruffed grouse for my entire life (as is young Mauser). That’s where I’ve developed the “quick draw”. To me, that was actually slow! I will concentrate on paying…[Read more]

  • John Malutinok posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Brad,
    I have a 3-year old pointer who I recently adopted from a friend who, in turn, got him from a chain-gang style operation where he was presumably exposed to heavy pressure early on because now, he blinks birds. He will go up to a pen-raised bird and point briefly, then turn and move on. When I’ve taken him to the grouse woods, he acts…[Read more]

    • Hello John. I see this problem with dogs that have been pressured around birds. Easy to fix in most cases. First we need to know exactly what makes him leave the bird. Is it your approach, did the bird move, did you say anything, is it after a certain amount of time, etc. There is a specific negative association that is causing him to blink. Any ideas?

      • All I know now is that he holds Point for a few seconds, then releases without me saying anything. Could be that he does so when I’m walking up on him, but he releases so quickly that it’s hard to tell. Should I be diagnosing him further with pen birds? Tough to tell when he’s on wild bird dog because I can’t see what the bird is doing.

        • Yes, I would work him on some good flying, pen raised birds. When he points, be quiet, turn around and leave. See what he chooses to do. If you’re not interested in WHY he blinks, you will fail.

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