• Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 week, 5 days ago


    Here is a link to a video of a young dog we worked this morning. This is Griffonpoint Z Shaka with her owner Warren. Shaka is now steady until released on birds she has pointed. This scenario was a little different. There was no wind on a warm morning making scent scarce and difficult to work. On these kind of days,…[Read more]

  • Here is a link to a video of a young dog we worked this morning. This is Griffonpoint Z Shaka with her owner Warren. Shaka is now steady until released on birds she has pointed. This scenario was a little […]

  • Higgins Shooting Clinic
    Brad’s goal in training hunting dogs is to create a calm, effective, synergistic team that works together. He writes blogs and articles often about training and shooting over fine hunting […]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Hello Wendell,

    Chewing on birds or being hard-mouthed is caused by the pressure you are putting on her to retrieve. People bring me hard mouthed dogs to fix all the time. One of the first things I do is remove all pressure to retrieve. After I say “fetch”, I walk away in the opposite direction. After just a couple of birds, she will go get her…[Read more]

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


    I’m putting together some wingshooting clinics this summer. This video shows the method we use. It’s a variation of the Churchill or Instinctive method of shooting.

    This video will help you build the sight picture of how the shot comes together. Watch it numerous times. Focus only on the leading edge of the bird. The…[Read more]

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  • 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 month 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 1 month 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 month, 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week ago

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

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

    Wendell, give me a call.

    775-267-7240

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week 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 4 months 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 4 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.

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