• Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 week, 5 days 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]

  • 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 […]

  • Brad Higgins uploaded 1 new Video to HGD Community 1 month 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]

  • VIDEO: Griff Stalk

    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 […]

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

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

    She’s coming along. Let me know how she does when you transition back to the field. Good work.

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

    Hello Tomdi. Hope you and yours had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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

    Nice work. They both look good.

  • 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 3 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]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 3 months, 4 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 3 months, 4 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 3 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]

  • 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 4 months, 2 weeks 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. […]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update 5 months ago


    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]

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