• Wendell uploaded 1 new Photo to HGD Community 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Just did a gun introduction with my pup. I had already done it with a starter pistol very successfully. With the pistol there was NO reaction to the sound. Today I used a shotgun blank from 50 yards years away and she jumped a bit when it went off. She immediately went back to chasing the birds but bummer. I put the gun away and we have more…[Read more]

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

    Hi Brad and all members. I saw an “unwanted association” the other night while watching the “Virginian”, a cowboy movie. I immediately thought of you Brad and how you warn us about over doing something where you can get an unwanted association. On the show they had a stallion that they wanted to race but was gun-shy and terrified of the starter’s…[Read more]

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 1 week ago

    Acting like a dog to manage endlessly barking dogs around the house…

    We live in the ‘burbs, so there’s often something going on outside the front window, and the pointers will all run to the window and bark. They keep barking as long as they see or hear something out there.

    One standard bit of advice is to step between them and the window, but…[Read more]

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

    Kepa (HGD) 1-6-18
    Kepa does a beautiful job stalking a covey of about 20 Valley Quail. This is the kind of dog work that a Higgins Gundog is capable of handling, if you just leave him alone to do his thing. I would rather shoot only one bird a day with this kind of dog work, instead of shooting 10 limits. Some will…[Read more]

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

    Great podcast Brad. This is another tool in my toolbox especially because I just posted a week ago that my goal for next season is to hunt my Britts together where I will alternate sending one out for the retrieve. You just gave me a plan that I will use when working them individually to keep them guessing when I will send them out for the…[Read more]

    • Hello Tomdi. Everybody shares in the kill, always. Part of that whole trust thing. I usually have the lead dog go get it. After he has spent a few minutes with it, I take it back to the honoring dog. This is a great energy management tool too. Everybody learns to be patient instead of competitive.

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

    Hee is a link to a podcast I did a while ago. It’s called:

    “Consistency Builds Association Which Leads To Anticipation”

    Let me know what you think. I’m considering starting a weekly podcast.
    http://bit.ly/2pmHqVz

    • I enjoyed the podcast and would definitely listen weekly.

      • Thanks for the feedback Jason. I’m thinking I might have people pick the topic. Might be interesting.

        All the best,

        Brad Higgins
        Higgins Gundogs

    • Great information in the podcast. I would also keep listening. Do you use the same idea with the flush cue? Do you manage the anticipation of the dog by not letting it flush every bird it points?

      • Great question Brian. I want to reward with the flush every time but here is what I do to manage the energy. First, I vary the timing of the verbal cue (alright). Once the dog is done managing the bird and he has it set, I might give him the cue right away, or I may wait a few seconds. In addition, after I give the flush stop cue, sometimes I…[Read more]

    • Please do a weekly podcast. I love how you explain things.

    • That podcast was very helpful Brad. I would enjoy and benefit greatly from listening to your podcasts. Please proceed! You have my verbal cue 🙂

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I had a question in a forum about the difference in how I use the training line (a 12′ rope). Here is my response:

    A major difference in my method is in the use of the training line. I always talk about giving the dogs free will to make choices and decisions. I use the training line in the beginning to slow the dogs down and show them how I can…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    This is a clip from a video I’m working on. It shows Moose when he was learning my flush/stop cue.

    I enjoy watching flusher/pointer mixes develop their particular hunting strategy. Will he stalk and point (like a pointer) or will he smell a bird, accelerate and flush (like a flushing breed)? Before I agree to work…[Read more]

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

    Hi Brad. Watching those two dogs in your video stalking those birds fueled a goal I have for me and my dogs. Both my Britts 85% of the time are steady to wing, shot and fall, 98% of the time steady to wing, and shot. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself by saying that and have them decide to break on the flush the next time we are out. I do not…[Read more]

    • Hello Tomdi,

      Here is one of my favorite quotes:

      “The chief glory of the sport is to shoot over a brace of raking pointers, matched for speed and style, sweeping over the rough places like swallows, and passing each other as if they were fine ladies not introduced. Let one of them get a point and the other will, as if connected by an i…[Read more]

      • Good morning Brad. Thanks for the reply. Both of my dogs back, something they did on their own from the day they starting pointing, because I hunted them together at one time (about a year and a half ago) but stopped hunting them together because I did not have the ability to handle them together. They were very competitive and it was always a…[Read more]

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

    Looks like stalking birds is encouraged in parts of Europe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvoGMYDAMjQ&feature=share

    • Hello Brian,

      That slow movement is pretty to watch but is not what we’re looking for. If you watch closely, you’ll see that the dogs were told (with obedience commands), when to move, the honoring dog stole the point (moved forward past the dog that established point), and in the end, they both broke, flushed and chased the birds. Those dogs had…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the insights into what the dogs are doing. I am just learning what makes a good pointing dog.
        I enjoy learning about how dogs are trained and what is desired from a dog in different parts of the world. I may not agree or it may not be what I am looking for, but I find it all fascinating.

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


    Had a couple of the black pointers in the field today. They’re putting it together. Handling well, good pace and drive. The collars you see them wearing are for tracking. No e-collars are used.

    Here is a great quote from a book about the origins and history of the Pointer.

    “The chief glory of the sport is to shoot…[Read more]

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

    Kepa (HGD)
    The Higgins method is unique, in that we allow the dog to flush the bird on our verbal cue, (flushing before the cue is not allowed) , followed by a stop to flush,(chasing after the flush is not allowed). Here are a couple of videos of Kepa demonstrating the Higgins Method flush/stop strategy on wild Valley Quail. Wow, what a beautiful…[Read more]

  • tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Tom can not be happier hunting with my Britts Percy and Ruger, that were trained by me using the Higgins method. I love when I am hunting on state lands, which is all we have in NJ and you might think that everyone hunting has named their dog “whoa” because that is all you here. I hunt my dogs with a tracking collar in very high grassed fields and…[Read more]

    • Hey Tom,

      Great post. Here is how I explain the difference between creeping and stalking. Creeping is moving toward the bird with the intent to catch or flush the bird and chase. With our Higgins Gundogs, stalking (managing) is moving toward the bird with the intent to get in a position to flush it when asked. To get as close as the bird will…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Here are a couple of young Griffon pups, Fox and Griffonpoint Y Lucy, learning that the sound of gunfire is a good thing. I help them with this by associating the noise to the best thing in the world, a bird in their mouths. The primary way predators learn, dogs included, is by association. Associations can be based…[Read more]

  • tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Brad. Because you have taught me to think outside the box and to try to look at things from the dog’s perspective I have would like your thoughts on this. My Brittany is as steady as can be when on point. If we flush a bird and it isn’t killed and we decide to go after it my dog will almost always find it and hold point till we catch up and…[Read more]

    • Hello Tom,

      Yes I believe dogs can tell if a bird is wounded. More than that, I believe that dogs can tell by scent, one bird from another. If they’re stalking a covey, they can follow a specific bird. To prove it, try this. Next time you shoot a bird your dog has stalked and pointed, keep him there, go out and retrieve the bird back to him. On…[Read more]

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

    This video shows Ben and Leslie’s dog Katie during a recent training hunt. Ben is the shooter and Leslie is handling. I’m the one barking orders as usual. Katie handles the bird well and does a beautiful “flush/stop” on Leslie’s cue. And yes, Ben killed the bird.

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