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

    Learning the Higgins Method. First, Forget Everything You Know

    Been working on the upcoming book, The Higgins Method. Here are some thoughts taken from various chapters on the differences between my method and conventional, obedience based training methods. You’ll find that many things are opposite of conventional obedience training.

    (1) I…[Read more]

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

    Here is our newest, certified Higgins Gundog Sage, and her owner Ron. We took her from bumping and chasing birds, to steady to wing, shot & fall in three days. In addition, she does a nice aggressive flush/stop on cue, honors another dog’s point and has a nice, gentle retrieve.

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

    This is a short clip of some work Reagan and I did this morning with a client and his pup. Here, I’m starting the steadiness process, showing the dog a new, successful hunting strategy that includes the shooter. Before coming here, the owner had done some retrieve work (force fetch) and taken the dog on a few hunts.…[Read more]

  • Zhanat joined the group HGD Community 2 months ago

  • Wendell uploaded 1 new Video to HGD Community 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Annie flushed her first bird then handled the next great. Later in the day she tried catching then on her own. When that didn’t work she went back to doing it right. She’s learning.

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

    Here is one of our black pointer pups, Olive, in the field today during one of our training hunts. Here, she finds a bird and waits for us to catch up. Once we arrive, I get the shooter (Reagan) in place and give Oliver her Flush/Stop cue. She did her beautiful aggressive flush to present the bird to the guns, but the…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins uploaded 1 new Video to HGD Community 4 months ago

    Here is a young Griffon learning that bird management (stalking) is a necessary and successful strategy. The video starts after the dog scented the bird and pointed. Now the bird has moved off. The dog is learning that to get the bird to stop, it must keep in touch with the bird but not flush it. If the dog does not stalk (too little pressure),…[Read more]

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

    I had Nigel and Glenn in the field this morning for some New Year’s bird work. Here they are Pack Hunting some quail. The only rules are, nobody flush the birds until I say, nobody chase, and everybody share the kill. I had to put the camera away to shoot but all did well. I’ll get the GoPro going so I can film the…[Read more]

  • Here is some video of one of our training outings with Eric handling Stella and Samantha. We are so pleased with their good work and thankful to Brad for all the training. Both dogs were steady until given the alright cue and stopped to flush. Stella even had a beautiful natural retrieve. Hope we did everything right. I am sure you will let us know. 🙂

  • tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 months ago

    Hi Brad and all members of the HGD Community. Just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Please say a prayer for our Servicemen and women that are not able to spend this Holiday with their families. Thanks

  • (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.

  • Reagan Olivares uploaded 8 new Photos to HGD Community 6 months ago

    (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

  • Reagan Olivares uploaded 4 new Photos to HGD Community 6 months ago

    (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 6 months, 3 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 6 months, 3 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 6 months, 4 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]

  • 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

  • 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

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