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

    Hello Tomdi,

    Here is one of my favorite quotes:

    “The chief glory of the sport is to shoot over a brace of raking pointers, matched for speed and style, sweeping over the rough places like swallows, and passing each other as if they were fine ladies not introduced. Let one of them get a point and the other will, as if connected by an i…[Read more]

    • Good morning Brad. Thanks for the reply. Both of my dogs back, something they did on their own from the day they starting pointing, because I hunted them together at one time (about a year and a half ago) but stopped hunting them together because I did not have the ability to handle them together. They were very competitive and it was always a…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Hello Brian,

    That slow movement is pretty to watch but is not what we’re looking for. If you watch closely, you’ll see that the dogs were told (with obedience commands), when to move, the honoring dog stole the point (moved forward past the dog that established point), and in the end, they both broke, flushed and chased the birds. Those dogs had…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the insights into what the dogs are doing. I am just learning what makes a good pointing dog.
      I enjoy learning about how dogs are trained and what is desired from a dog in different parts of the world. I may not agree or it may not be what I am looking for, but I find it all fascinating.

  • Had a couple of the black pointers in the field today. They’re putting it together. Handling well, good pace and drive. The collars you see them wearing are for tracking. No e-collars are used.

    Here is a great […]

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


    Had a couple of the black pointers in the field today. They’re putting it together. Handling well, good pace and drive. The collars you see them wearing are for tracking. No e-collars are used.

    Here is a great quote from a book about the origins and history of the Pointer.

    “The chief glory of the sport is to shoot…[Read more]

  • I had a recent question on our community page about the difference between creeping and stalking.

    I talk about how our Higgins Gundogs, once in a bird area, are allowed to manage or stalk their birds (a good […]

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

    Hey Tom,

    Great post. Here is how I explain the difference between creeping and stalking. Creeping is moving toward the bird with the intent to catch or flush the bird and chase. With our Higgins Gundogs, stalking (managing) is moving toward the bird with the intent to get in a position to flush it when asked. To get as close as the bird will…[Read more]

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

    Hello Tom,

    Yes I believe dogs can tell if a bird is wounded. More than that, I believe that dogs can tell by scent, one bird from another. If they’re stalking a covey, they can follow a specific bird. To prove it, try this. Next time you shoot a bird your dog has stalked and pointed, keep him there, go out and retrieve the bird back to him. On…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Here are a couple of young Griffon pups, Fox and Griffonpoint Y Lucy, learning that the sound of gunfire is a good thing. I help them with this by associating the noise to the best thing in the world, a bird in their mouths. The primary way predators learn, dogs included, is by association. Associations can be based…[Read more]

  • Here are a couple of young Griffon pups, Fox and Griffonpoint Y Lucy, learning that the sound of gunfire is a good thing. I help them with this by associating the noise to the best thing in the world, a bird in […]

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

    This video shows Ben and Leslie’s dog Katie during a recent training hunt. Ben is the shooter and Leslie is handling. I’m the one barking orders as usual. Katie handles the bird well and does a beautiful “flush/stop” on Leslie’s cue. And yes, Ben killed the bird.

  • This video shows Ben and Leslie’s dog Katie during a recent training hunt. Ben is the shooter and Leslie is handling. I’m the one barking orders as usual. Katie handles the bird well and does a beautiful […]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hello Brian,

    I’m putting together a video about claiming space. Should have it posted by first of the week. Keep in touch.

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 months 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 5 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 2 weeks ago

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

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 6 months 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 6 months 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.

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