• 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 […]

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

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

    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]

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

    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]

  • On another 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]

  • 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.…[Read more]

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

  • 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 […]

    • 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, because my method is based on trust, not obedience, the relationship between the handler and the dog is different. Stella is steady when I handle her because she knows that working with me, trusting me, pays off. In my experience, dogs learn best by building natural associations. It’s how pack animals learn to cooperate for the greater good. The reason I have Stella on a check cord for a few sessions with her new handler, is so that they can begin building that necessary, trusting relationship. I need her to associate the new handler with successful hunting. Just as she did with me. It takes only a few birds. Speaking of trust, that’s why I sometimes give the bird to the dog. First, I always expect a natural retrieve to hand. Sometimes after offering the bird to me, instead of taking it and putting it in my pack, I will give it back to the dog. I’m sharing the kill with her, just as she did with me. Once I give it back to her, it is hers to do with whatever she pleases. If she sees it as valuable enough to bury, that’s a good thing. Prey value equals drive, intensity and focus on birds. All the things we like to see.”

    • On another 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 (our “alright” cue), be steady through wing, shot and fall, and then retrieve. Our dogs would never consider “creeping” (moving toward the bird with the intent to flush or chase). They manage or “stalk” to get close enough, without flushing the bird, to set the bird and be ready to do a flush/stop on our cue. It’s what all predators naturally do, dogs included. Like I said, we hunt in a different way.

      Another way to see it is that the bird is not ours, it’s theirs. Ask them, they’ll tell you. 🙂 My job is to show them that If they’re willing to work with me, I can be useful in getting that bird in their mouth. I tell them, I know I can’t keep up and I can’t smell a thing. But if you’ll try a new strategy, be steady instead of chasing, I’ll show you that I can be useful to the pack. I can kill the bird for you and get it in your mouth. They all take the deal.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 3 months ago

    William finds the covey.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago

    Nice work Reagan.

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 4 months 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 5 months 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 […]

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