• 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]

  • BarryD posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Where can I find the podcast? Is it new?

  • BarryD posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I have to hunt with him. Then he won’t want to bite my arm off. 😀

  • 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]

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Oh now I’m confused. I thought I was part of the Community before, but according to the page, I just joined.

    Hi, everyone!

    Adrian is learning to live in town. Her temperament is great, and I have been taking her out in the hills with the other two dogs. She checks in with me regularly and handles beautifully with little effort on my part. She’s…[Read more]

  • BarryD posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    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,…[Read more]