• Here are William and Nigel in the field this morning. This is their first time together working birds. Before beginning their brace work, both were shown individually, that stalking and steadiness lead to success. […]


  • Here are William and Nigel in the field this morning. This is their first time together working birds. Before beginning their brace work, both were shown individually, that stalking and steadiness lead to success. Now it’s time to turn them loose and see what choices they make. No voice commands (whoa, etc.), no hand…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins uploaded 1 new Photo to HGD Community 2 weeks ago

    William finds the covey.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    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]

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

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Nice work Reagan.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    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]

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

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    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]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months 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]

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  • 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.

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

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

  • 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 […]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months, 2 weeks 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]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago


    Here is a copy of an e-mail I sent a client recently. He had a question about my “Packleader Leash” including how to transition to a regular collar. His e-mail began with how to get his dog to stop pulling or lunging forward on the leash.

    These are typical issues when dogs are learning that the space out front has…[Read more]

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