Here is the first video in a new series I’ll be producing. This series will concentrate on the handlers responsibilities when wingshooting over dogs using the Higgins Training Method. Most of my videos show the unique talents displayed by the dogs. This new series will show the hunt but include more from the handlers perspective. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to comment.
Congratulation to our recently certified Higgins Gundog, HGD Griffonpoint X’Bomber and his owner Chad Woods. Chad drove here from Kansas and stayed for four days. It worked out great with Bomber even earning his Higgins Gundog Certification. We worked a total of 65 great flying (and running) Higgins quail. Below is a link to a video I did on our last day of training. In it, Chad is handling and shooting over Bomber.
In order to earn his HGD title, Bomber demonstrated his understanding of our flush/stop cue, stop to flush, steadiness through flush, shot and fall, team stalking (honoring), and a nice natural retrieve on our “hunt dead” cue. As is the mark of a Higgins trained Gundog, he showed more than physical steadiness, he showed a mental steadiness based on free will and trust in the handler.
I’ve included here, a link to the list of Certified Higgins Gundogs and their owners as well as a link to our certification requirements. https://higginsgundogs.com/s…/higgins… https://higginsgundogs.com/higgins-pa…
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 dogs. Over the years, we have worked with all levels of wingshooters. Some grew up with grandparents or parents who hunted and learned to shoot from an early age, and others (seemingly more and more), decide to learn to shoot so they can best enjoy the sublime relationship earned by hunting with a dog. Because Brad’s main interest in training hunting dogs requires a partner who effectively hits birds (at least some of the time), he has decided to offer shooting clinics for all levels of shooters. He has been an upland bird shooter for more than 40 years and has been successfully teaching amateur hunters to shoot for more than 30 years.
Throughout the clinic, he’ll be using the latest technology including lasers and a ShotKam video recorder. This makes it easy for students to learn, understand and practice, first in the classroom and then outside on real clay targets. Brad’s next shooting clinics have been designed to meet the needs of beginning shooters who may or may not own their own gun, or have limited experience with shotguns.
Saturdays July 28, 2018 and August 4, 2018 have been reserved for our upcoming clinics for Lady Shooters. Additionally, Sundays July 29, 2018 and August 4, 2018 are available for one on one private shooting instruction for those in attendance to the previous day’s clinic.
In order to meet each shooter’s needs, Brad has limited each day of the clinic to three shooters.
The schedule follows:
-8:00 AM Coffee, fruit and pastries
-Indoor Instruction and Practice
- Understanding Gun fit (length of pull, drop at comb, cast on/cast off)
- Shotgun Disassembly and reassembly
- Shotgun Cleaning and maintenance
- Practicing the gun mount and move (using a barrel laser and projected targets)
- Creating a consistent sight picture (don’t look down the barrel!)
- Keeping your eyes on the target while mounting the gun in front
- Forward allowance (trusting the subconscious to apply lead)
- Eye dominance
-Out to the Field
- We’ll practice shooting clay targets with a ShotKam video camera (a high-tech training camera) attached to your shotgun. We record each shot so we can then examine your shots sight picture in slow motion.
-Evaluation of ShotKam videos
- We’ll head back to the classroom so we can watch actual videos (ShotKam) of your shooting and see why you hit or missed the targets.
- We’ll discuss your strengths and weaknesses and give you advise on what to work on at home.
-Back to the Field
Wingshooting demonstrations with Brad, Katy and Reagan. We’ll end the day shooting live birds over finished Higgins Gundogs.
Cost is $200 per shooter.
Please contact Katy for more information on upcoming dates.
We will soon have a “Community” page linked to our “Higgins Gundogs” website. It will be similar to a “Groups” page on Facebook. Members can get together, discuss any topics and even search for specific topics of interest. There will be member profile pages too where you can look for other members with similar interests in your area. It will be the best of a blog and a forum. In the meantime, if you would, please use this forum page to keep in touch. I’ll be announcing some upcoming events here soon.
As many of you know, over the last few years I have been building a unique pointer breeding program. From falconry dogs forged on the Moors of northern Scotland to beautiful and talented individuals from the leading kennels in Italy and Denmark, I have been importing those dogs that have the right balance between natural talent, drive, biddability and cooperation. Read more…
We are sorry to hear of the recent passing of one of our original Higgins Gundogs. HGD Tom and his owner Andie Mann were always a pleasure to work with and made me proud. They were a great team and will always be remembered with a smile. Keep up the good work Andie and give Jameson a pat for me.
Here is a video from 2013 that include some scenes of Andie handling Perfect Tom. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
Been very busy here at the Higgins Sporting Estate. The new clubhouse and kennel building has been approved by the County and construction will begin shortly.
We will be expecting puppies this spring with the breeding of our UK imports Amber Uno of Glencuan and Oksby Basso. Many thanks go out to the late Des O’neile of Northern Ireland for entrusting me with these beautiful, talented dogs. They are a wonderful addition to my breeding program.
There has been some recent activity in the forum. Please take a look and feel free to join the conversations.
Thanks again for your interest and continued support.
All the best,
Since I put up the most recent “Magic Brushpile” video, ( http://youtu.be/8vDfeE1405c ) there has been a lot of interest in what I call the “bang machine” (Zinger launcher). I know, they’re expensive. With electronics, about $600. That’s why I’ve started a bang machine rental program.
If this is something you might be interested in, or you’d like more information, please let me know.
Here is our newest pup Will. Special thanks to Des O’Neile, Glencuan Pointers in Northern Ireland.
Will is gaining hunting experience and has been introduced to the gun. Soon, we will begin his steadiness training with the “Magic Brushpile”.
The Member’s section is moving forward but obviously not as quickly as I had hoped. Putting it all together has proved to be a bit more complex than I had considered. My web guys have been great. This is a unique project requiring a substantial amount of work and testing. In addition, we had the whole Facebook issue (they shut me down) requiring moving and redirecting my current web content. Enough whining.
When finished, this Members section will be unique to the dog training world. All the videos will be of actual dogs during training. They will be categorized and tagged, and will follow my method step by step. Current and new training videos will be included as well as custom videos for specific members. In addition, I have videos available showing me rehabilitating client dogs. As many of you know, much of my business involves rehabilitating and repairing dogs trained with other methods. Some of these issues include flagging, blinking, gun shyness, handling issues, retrieve problems, etc. These videos will be valuable in showing you how to get back in your dog’s head and building that trust based relationship required for a well balanced, happy dog.
In the meantime, I’m offering a discount on private phone consultations. Also, if any current, registered users have questions or would like to see specific training videos, please let me know. I can post links to various training videos from the upcoming members section. Keep in mind, the Forum section, here on the website, is always available for specific questions and comments too. I even included a subscriber “Timeline” there just like Facebook where you can keep in touch with friends and talk about any subject you like.
Hang in there, we’ll get er’ done.