• Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 week, 1 day ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

    Ekahi Learns the Retrieve

    Brad’s  method breaks the retrieve into 2 parts. First the release to go get the bird then a here command to return with the bird. It is done this way because a predators brain can only focus on one thing at a time. They must complete the…[Read more]

    • Curious if you do anything in particular to prevent or cure hard mouth. Sometimes my Annie is pretty aggressive with her bite… But not always.

      • 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]

        • we were training fetch with dead birds, often in the field as a reward for steadiness on training birds – holding through wing and shot – stopped when he started bringing me back dead birds at field trials – ones I don’t think he caught and killed – well maybe, all happening at 200+yds, can’t see on foot – have concluded training with dead birds…[Read more]

          • Hello Jack, welcome to our community page.

            We don’t train for field trials or tests. My method is designed to bring out all of a dogs natural drive, style, intensity and focus for upland hunting (foot hunting) and wingshooting. Goals for field trials are considerably different. If you like, I can post some videos showing how we get a dog steady…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

    Ekahi learns some new successful strategies.
    1) Being steady and not chasing birds leads to success
    2) When you are stationary, a flushing bird means don’t move. (steady to flush)
    3) When you are moving, the sight of a flushing bird means stop. (stop to flush)

    In this…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 1 week 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]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 3 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]

  • Raul C Pena posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Hello community. I’m located in Georgetown, Tx and am looking for some hunters near me. How many Texans are in this community?

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months 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]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa,(Higgins Gundogs)
    Jan. Highlights,#3
    2017-2018 Season Finale

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months 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.

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundogs)
    Jan. Highlights #2
    2017-2018 Season

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa, (Higgins Gundogs)
    January Highlights, 2017-2018, Season

  • Raul C Pena posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Hello all, I’m new to this group and upland hunting. I have a GWP Drahthaar, her name is Charli and I’m considering heading out to Nevada and working with Brad. Just have to figure out the logistics. 🙂

    • Kepa replied 2 months ago

      Welcome to the group Raul, my name is Reagan Olivares,I dont know if you remember me, we are actually facebook friends, i could be wrong but i am pretty sure you have seen my videos before.( Hunting with Kepa) i work with Brad , hope you can make your way out here, it would be a pleasure to meet you and Charli in person. We have some really cool…[Read more]

      • Hi Reagan, i have to talk to Brad again and see when would be a good time to head out to Nevada. It will be a long drive but worth it.

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundogs)
    Dec. Highlights, 2017-2018 Season

  • Wendell posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Here’s the video of the walk after switching from steady pressure to tap tap tap. https://youtu.be/uDMZPI6HFc4

  • My gun introduction is very good now. She looks like she might be leaning something. https://youtu.be/yRkiFsKAqaw

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa, (Higgins Gundog) 11-15-18, Valley Quail

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months 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]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 1 week ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

     

    Shooter gets the bird and gives it to the dog

    Ekahi learning about the value of the shooter and trust

     

    The goal here is to show Ekahi that the Handler/Shooter is valuable and possesses an important skill. I have the ability to help get the b…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 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]

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