• This video shows how we encourage a natural retrieve. It’s natural because I leave the pups free will intact and allow her to choose her options. This is how we build trust and really see a dogs natural talent and abilities.

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 day, 6 hours ago


    Here I’m checking on some of our released coveys of partridge. This is where we practice a different aspect of my training method. What I call “Fair Chase” training. Birds are banded, free released and given plenty of time to run and form coveys before we work any dogs on them. After training and shooting a few birds,…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 days, 5 hours ago

    This video shows how we encourage a natural retrieve. It’s natural because I leave the pups free will intact and allow her to choose her options. This is how we build trust and really see a dogs natural talent and abilities.

  • Higgins Gundogs are trained and managed to a high level. They must be able to adapt to new and unusual situations and control their excitement level. We want to see all their style and intensity, but they must […]

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


    Higgins Gundogs are trained and managed to a high level. They must be able to adapt to new and unusual situations and control their excitement level. We want to see all their style and intensity, but they must choose to remain steady. Here, we’re proofing a seasoned dog. This is Greg Belanger, HGDH and his dog HGD…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago


    Here is a copy of an e-mail I sent a client recently. He had a question about my “Packleader Leash” including how to transition to a regular collar. His e-mail began with how to get his dog to stop pulling or lunging forward on the leash.

    These are typical issues when dogs are learning that the space out front has…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 week, 3 days ago


    Here is Jax, a nice young Lab pointing his bird. Reagan is the shooter.
    When it comes to dogs (like Labs) that have been bred to flush birds, I like to give them the freedom to choose their strategy, to work with their strengths. If a flushing dog demonstrates a talent for pointing, and the type of hunting he’ll be…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Good read on that Barry. Instead of trying to make them stop, you considered the “why” of their barking.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Yes, the power of association. I wish more people realized how powerful it is.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Wendell, give me a call.

    775-267-7240

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Hey Wendell, give me a call. This can be fixed in 5 minutes.

    775-267-7240

    • I tried the walk again with your suggestions. I definitely was keeping the pressure on her rather than tapping. I especially was doing that when she was applying the pressure so it kept getting worse. I’ll post a video tomorrow of it. She is better… Or maybe I am better. By the end of the session I was holding the leash very lightly. That helped…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    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]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    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 a new activity comment 3 months ago

    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

  • 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 🙂

  • Here is a photo of Jeremy Kessler’s prairie falcon on a pheasant with his dog Grizz

     

    As many of you know, I train dogs for use in wingshooting and falconry. What makes the Higgins Method unique is […]

  • 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]

  • 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 […]

  • 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]

  • Here is Moose. He is a Chocolate Lab/German Shorthair mix. 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 […]

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