• Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 days, 8 hours ago

    Here is one of our black pointer pups learning my flush/stop cue. You’ll see in the video, when she gets in a birdy area and begins to stalk, I physically connect her to me via a clamp on my vest to the checkcord. I do this in part, because I am not only the handler, but also the shooter. I need to help her understand that steadiness is n…[Read more]

  • Here is one of our black pointer pups learning my flush/stop cue. You’ll see in the video, when she gets in a birdy area and begins to stalk, I physically connect her to me via a clamp on my vest to the c […]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Hello Jason. I do all of my training in Yerington Nevada. Only about 4 hours away. Keep in touch. When you’re about to get your new pup, give me a call. I have a lot of information about starting a pup out right. Keep in touch here too. We’ll have some good conversations I’m sure.

    • Thanks. I’m excited about getting my pup and learning all I can. I will definitely stay in touch.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Thank you tomdi. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    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 1 month 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Here is one of our black pointer pups working some chukar. This has been an outstanding litter. At this time I have one male available to the right home.

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

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hello Ed,

    I release birds in the field. Then I leave and wait at least 10 minuted for the birds to settle. I release the dog. and follow him toward the birds. DON’T go to the dog!!! Stay away at least 100 yards and be quiet. When he finds the bird, leave him alone. He may point. If he does, just wait as long as it takes him to decide to flush the…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    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]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Sounds like some beautiful dog work.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Nice work Marc.

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

  • 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.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    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.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    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.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    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]

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