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

    Acting like a dog to manage endlessly barking dogs around the house…

    We live in the ‘burbs, so there’s often something going on outside the front window, and the pointers will all run to the window and bark. They keep barking as long as they see or hear something out there.

    One standard bit of advice is to step between them and the window, but…[Read more]

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 10 months, 1 week ago

    Ran into a couple of guys with a well-meaning but out-of-control GSP. He seemed to want to know what he was doing, but he really had no idea.

    Sophie found a pheasant near them and was locked up, hard. Adrian was searching around the cover when she saw Sophie from way out, went into a stalk, slowly approached around the cover, and did a beautiful…[Read more]

  • BarryD posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    Where can I find the podcast? Is it new?

  • BarryD posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    I have to hunt with him. Then he won’t want to bite my arm off. 😀

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Latest and greatest excuse I heard for the failure of conventional gundog training…

    Hunting Buddy: “Oh, Flash just has happy feet.”
    Me: “What?”
    Buddy: “If the bird starts moving, he will probably bump it.”
    Me: “Uh, that just means that he’s never been taught why he would want to wait for the gun. That’s why launching pigeons in front of a dog…[Read more]

    • That’s the difference between a training method based on obedience and pressure and our method based on trust and cooperation. The best in steadiness (staunchness & intensity) cannot be commanded. It has to be freely given. A conventional method based on obedience will never build trust. As I tell other trainers, you can make a dog respect you but…[Read more]

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 11 months ago

    The City of Boise is currently renovating the local dog park. They’re not changing the 150-yard path from the parking lot to the dog park area, though.

    Whoever designed that, especially in a place where concrete can be icy in Winter, must have never had a dog! You see a lot of dogs dragging their owners the whole way.

    The tools you learn in the…[Read more]

  • BarryD posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 year ago

    Oh now I’m confused. I thought I was part of the Community before, but according to the page, I just joined.

    Hi, everyone!

    Adrian is learning to live in town. Her temperament is great, and I have been taking her out in the hills with the other two dogs. She checks in with me regularly and handles beautifully with little effort on my part. She’s…[Read more]

  • BarryD joined the group HGD Community 1 year ago

  • BarryD posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    I’m really liking the way it’s broken out.

    Also like the term “defer walk.” This makes people think about deferral and what that means.

    The Walk has been a game changer for the way I can relate to and handle dogs, including strays. I’ve used it on lost dogs I’ve run across, from a pit bull to a herder. It works.

    The most dramatic incident,…[Read more]