• Hello Timrau3030, thanks for joining the community. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, etc. We need to get some dialog going here.

      Thanks again for joining.

      Higgins

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

    Hello everyone. Our new certification program is up and running. Here is a link to how it works. Let me know what you think. At this time, I’m working on coming up with a cool award, might be a plaque, a trophy or something else. In any case, it will be unique.

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    • Brad, will we be able to earn these by sending videos to you?

    • I’m really liking the way it’s broken out.

      Also like the term “defer walk.” This makes people think about deferral and what that means.

      The Walk has been a game changer for the way I can relate to and handle dogs, including strays. I’ve used it on lost dogs I’ve run across, from a pit bull to a herder. It works.

      The most dramatic incident, though, was when I was out hunting and I heard a strange howl from the cliffs above me. At first, I thought it was some predator, but when I looked, it was a German Shorthair who saw me with my dogs and was calling for help.

      I climbed up to see what was going on, and I found that he was on a shaky chunk of lava. Big, loose lava rocks covered the hillside, and it seems that he had run out into the loose rock, but when he felt how unstable they were, he froze. He refused to move off the rock he was standing on.

      Fortunately, I’d put a check cord in my vest. I climbed up the shaky rock to him and put the cord on him. Then I led him off the rocks, doing the closest thing to the Walk that I could under the circumstances. With me in the lead, he had the trust to take a step, then another step, then another, until I got him off the rock pile. I was able to lead him another mile or so back to my Jeep, with his trust.

      He had an e-collar on him with a dead battery, so I figured he was probably out hunting. I called the phone number on his collar and it was disconnected. I put him in the back of my Jeep with my dogs and apart from the fact that he was an intact male and one of mine was also, he seemed happy to have someone taking care of him. Again, he seemed to have innate trust in the guy who had done the Walk with him on those unstable rocks and beyond. Because both dogs would defer to me, I was able to manage the male-male stuff immediately with an “ach” and a look or two.

      I had no idea what to do but I figured I might as well drive back out to the pavement and figure it out there instead of in the dirt as the sun was setting. As I approached the main road, I saw a mass of 4×4 vehicles assembling like they were going out to look for something or someone, so, on a hunch, I drove over and asked the first person I saw, “Hey, you guys aren’t looking for a German Shorthair, are you?”

      The guy’s eyes lit up and he said, “Yeah! Have you seen him?”

      I said, “Yes,” and laughed to myself.

      “Do you know where he is?”

      “Yeah.” He asked where. Then I laughed out loud and pointed. “He’s right there in the back of the Jeep.”

      A few other people had walked over and they were almost dancing with joy when they saw him and that he was okay.

      They told me the dog had been lost the evening before, and they thought he might have been taken by coyotes. It seems he must have been standing on that rock, afraid to move, for a whole day!

      There are many “tools” in the toolkit of dog handling, and they all have important applications. But I have to say, the Defer Walk and related stuff like space claiming, have completely changed the way I am able to handle dogs and gain their trust quickly.

  • Katy Stuehm posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Look at these calm puppies managing their energy!
    Yesterday we had our Puppy Partnership Clinic here, and it was great. So nice to meet Ky, Kourtney, Yvonne, Kevin, and Marie and their pups!
    Of course Stewart and Kyle have been here before, and it was wonderful to see how their pups are coming along.
    This clinic is a super way to help owners and their pups connect. We worked on all of the skills in Brad’s Puppy Partnership certification, which resulted in some very well behaved owners and their pups, haha.
    Pups from left to right: Tana Nichols, Bella Cheek, Huck Lusby, and Belle Kranjack. Such a great bunch of pups and their owners.
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  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Here is Alex helping out in the brooder building this morning. We’ve developed a strain of quail that are perfect for dog training and hunting. Very wild acting birds. They tend to stay in the general area where they were released, they don’t bury themselves in heavy cover and they flush aggressively at the slightest pressure.

    Eggs from the flight pens are collected twice a day. When enough eggs are collected (600+/-), they go into the incubators. 17 days later they hatch and are moved to the brooder shed (with Alex’s or Basso’s help of course). Six weeks later they’re transferred out to the flight pens where the process begins again.

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

    Hunting with Kepa ( Higgins Gun Dog ) 2016 – 2017 Season Highlights

    We had a great season , harvested a total of 126 birds and shot over a case of shells , all praise goes to my Higgins Gun Dog Kepa , i could not have done it without him . And thanks to Brad Higgins for his unique method that made Kepa and I such great hunting partners .
    Aloha and Happy Hunting

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

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    • This is a photo taken a few days ago of 17 week old ‘Dude’, owned by George Gough. This will be George’s second Higgins Gundog!

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

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

    Hunting with Kepa ( Higgins Gun Dog )
    Here is Kepa doing a beautiful Flush / Stop on a hunt we did on 12/28/16. In the video you will see Kepa pointing a single wild Valley Quail , as i approach within shooting range you will hear me give Kepa the ok cue , at this point Kepa is free to do whatever he is thinking , he can flush it , relocate , or not even move , in this situation Kepa decides to go right in with an aggressive flush and stops on the flush , i take the shot and Kepa goes on the fall for the retrieve The Higgins method is the only method that allows the dog to flush the bird on cue , followed by a stop to flush and no chasing , this is what Brad refers to as the Flush / Stop . What we have seen and learned from the dogs , the Flush / Stop strategy actually makes the dogs even more steady , yes i am saying , letting your dog flush birds makes them more steady ,and you get a level of trust that you can only get from a Higgins Gun Dog . This is the only way i will have my dogs trained after doing this for over 40 years the flush / stop is one of the best strategies i have ever seen and experienced .

    By – Reagan Olivares

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

    Kepa ended the season with some great dog work and a limit . Trust your Higgins Gun Dog and you can have some awesome hunts just like this one . Happy Hunting

    By Reagan Olivares

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

    I just added a photo and video of Griffonpoint X’Marcus, a 17 week old Griffon pup that we are preparing for his new owner, Chad Woods.

    • Can’t wait to get there tomorrow!

      • Brad has you in his calendar from Tuesday forward. Let him know what time you plan on being in town tomorrow. Did you get your reservation at Main Street Inn okay?

        • No problems with the reservation. I’ll let you both know what time we expect to get there when we get a little closer.

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

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

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

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


    Flagging can be a beautiful thing, if you know what you’re looking at. This is why reading a dog is so important. He’s talking to you if you’ll just listen.

    Stalking is the strategy of all “ambush” predators (as opposed to the strategy of the “pursuit” predators). The point is actually a pause before the pounce. In this instance, the dog is setting up for his “flush/stop” cue. I can’t expect him to pounce until he knows where the target is. In this case, the wind had changed after he found scent. As you can see, he managed it well and didn’t panic. Beautiful style and intensity.

    This is HGD Ch.Firle Oak California Chrome “REX”. He recently earned his Higgins Gundog title. Rex is owned by Jeff & Pam Bucher.

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

    Well, here it is. Our new Community page. This page is dedicated to those that have subscribed to Higgins Gundogs and our unique way of communicating with our canine partners. I hope you will use it to keep in touch with me and each other. Feel free to ask question, voice your opinion (go easy), brag about your dog, etc. Keep in mind, I’m always looking for new ideas and new ways to spread the word about our unique, natural way. Enjoy and let me know how you like it.