• (HGD) Kepa and (HGD) Ekahi 11/23/18
    Nevada , Valley Quail

    First time working the dogs together since Idaho. Although they did a great job , I still need to do more work on them hunting together as a brace. Just need to have them trust each others abilities and understand how to work as a team.

  • (HGD) Kepa, Chukar hunt 11-17-18
    Walked 9 up and downhill miles, to find a Chukar 1/2 a mile from the truck. Great hunt and day.
    Good Boy Kepa
    Happy Hunting to all

  • (HGD) Kepa , 11/15/18, Valley Quail
    Just enjoying my day with Kepa , while Ekahi recovers from her barb wire cuts

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Had Nigel (Des x Fizza) out this morning showing off for some prospective owners. Here he is demonstrating steady to wing, shot and fall, waiting for my verbal release to retrieve. In this video, I am filming and the bird flushes behind me.

    This is a short clip from a longer video that will be going up on my website…[Read more]

  • Wendell posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Annie and I (and my wife Cheryl) did the magic brush pile this after noon. This wasn’t her best session but I think she learned a thing or two. She had to run in to the pile a few times before she learned that wouldn’t work. She’s smart but my wife says she is ADHD. There is an edit in the video because we had…[Read more]

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

    Stella (Basso x Amber) went to her new home today. This video is of her new owners, Therese and Eric, learning to handle her in the field.

    Stella is steady on her birds until released, does a nice flush/stop on cue and has a natural retrieve. In this video, I’m having Eric and Therese take turns learning to handling…[Read more]

    • Here is my response to additional questions that were asked on another forum regarding this video:

      “Hello All. I’ll try and answer a few questions.

      If you watch the video, listen to the narrative and please, if you would, read the text that I included there on Youtube. It explains a lot about what I’m doing with Stella and her new handler. First…[Read more]

      • On the other forum someone asked about our hunting strategy. Here is my response:

        Yes, with my method we have different expectations and in fact, we hunt in a different, more natural way. All the dogs are expected to handle well, manage their birds (set the bird but don’t flush until cued by the handler), Do an aggressive flush/stop when asked (…[Read more]

  • Reagan Olivares uploaded 2 new Photos to HGD Community 2 months ago

    Opening weekend of upland season, 10/14/18

    (HGD) Ekahi goes on her first Valley Quail hunt and gets a 4 bird harvest . Her first encounter was a covey of about 50-60 birds and she handled it pretty good for a rookie. My next goal is to get Kepa and Ekahi hunting together in a brace.
    Great weekend
    Happy Hunting to all

  • Reagan Olivares uploaded 4 new Photos to HGD Community 2 months ago

    Opening Day of Upland Season, Nevada, 10/13/18
    (HGD) Kepa starts the season with a 6 bird harvest of Valley Quail. Great day.

    Happy Hunting

  • Sage Grouse , Sept. 2018
    HGD- Kepa
    HGD- Ekahi on her first wild bird hunt and harvest

    2-hunts , 2- limits, 2- different areas.
    Thank you Fred and Jani Ahlvers for a great hunt

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

    Here are a couple of our young dogs, Stella and Ekahi, hunting in a cast for the first time. They did well, hunted independently and handled nicely.

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

    When you set up for the magic brush pile… Is it important or not important that my pup does or does not see me put the bird in the launcher and get set up? I would guess from an association perspective that hiding those activities from the pup would be best?

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months ago

    Ekahi and I received our Higgins Gundog Certification.
    So now i have 2 Certified Higgins Gundogs.
    I would like to thank Brad Higgins​ for allowing me to take the lead in the training of Ekahi, and being there to guide me through the process. Great learning experience

    Higgins Gundog Certification (HGD)
    A dog t…[Read more]

  • William finds the covey.

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

    Here is one of our young pointers, Nigel. His sire and dam are both UK imports. He’s a beautiful, well balanced boy with lots of drive, pace and style.

    In my breeding program, one of the most important things I look for is a good balance between cooperation and drive. I want to see good field work but just as…[Read more]

  • Wendell uploaded 1 new Photo to HGD Community 3 months, 1 week ago

    Saturday was the first day of preserve hunting in Missouri. Annie and I got out there after a rain storm. After the birds got wet they didn’t want to fly real well. This was just a fun hunt for me to see how she would respond to here/come in a more excited area. She did great. She watched where I was, pointed some birds, flushed some birds,…[Read more]

    • Hello Wendell,

      The best way to build birdiness and scenting ability is to do just what you’re doing, give her experience on wild acting birds. Also, be quiet in the bird field. Let her focus on her hunting and the birds. Remember, the bird trains the dog. All we do is set up realistic hunting scenarios. Keep it as natural as possible with good,…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 1 week 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 4 months, 3 weeks 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]

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