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

    Great question Brian. I want to reward with the flush every time but here is what I do to manage the energy. First, I vary the timing of the verbal cue (alright). Once the dog is done managing the bird and he has it set, I might give him the cue right away, or I may wait a few seconds. In addition, after I give the flush stop cue, sometimes I…[Read more]

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

    Hello Tomdi. Everybody shares in the kill, always. Part of that whole trust thing. I usually have the lead dog go get it. After he has spent a few minutes with it, I take it back to the honoring dog. This is a great energy management tool too. Everybody learns to be patient instead of competitive.

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

    Thanks for the feedback Jason. I’m thinking I might have people pick the topic. Might be interesting.

    All the best,

    Brad Higgins
    Higgins Gundogs

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

    Hee is a link to a podcast I did a while ago. It’s called:

    “Consistency Builds Association Which Leads To Anticipation”

    Let me know what you think. I’m considering starting a weekly podcast.
    https://bit.ly/2pmHqVz

    • I enjoyed the podcast and would definitely listen weekly.

      • Thanks for the feedback Jason. I’m thinking I might have people pick the topic. Might be interesting.

        All the best,

        Brad Higgins
        Higgins Gundogs

    • Great information in the podcast. I would also keep listening. Do you use the same idea with the flush cue? Do you manage the anticipation of the dog by not letting it flush every bird it points?

      • Great question Brian. I want to reward with the flush every time but here is what I do to manage the energy. First, I vary the timing of the verbal cue (alright). Once the dog is done managing the bird and he has it set, I might give him the cue right away, or I may wait a few seconds. In addition, after I give the flush stop cue, sometimes I…[Read more]

    • Please do a weekly podcast. I love how you explain things.

    • marc replied 3 months ago

      That podcast was very helpful Brad. I would enjoy and benefit greatly from listening to your podcasts. Please proceed! You have my verbal cue 🙂

  • Here is a photo of Jeremy Kessler’s prairie falcon on a pheasant with his dog Grizz

     

    As many of you know, I train dogs for use in wingshooting and falconry. What makes the Higgins Method unique is […]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 months, 1 week ago

    I had a question in a forum about the difference in how I use the training line (a 12′ rope). Here is my response:

    A major difference in my method is in the use of the training line. I always talk about giving the dogs free will to make choices and decisions. I use the training line in the beginning to slow the dogs down and show them how I can…[Read more]

  • I had a question in a forum about the difference in how I use the training line (a 12′ rope). Here is my response:

    A major difference in my method is in the use of the training line. I always talk about giving […]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 months, 1 week ago

    This is a clip from a video I’m working on. It shows Moose when he was learning my flush/stop cue.

    I enjoy watching flusher/pointer mixes develop their particular hunting strategy. Will he stalk and point (like a pointer) or will he smell a bird, accelerate and flush (like a flushing breed)? Before I agree to…[Read more]

  • Here is Moose. He is a Chocolate Lab/German Shorthair mix. This is a clip from a video I’m working on. It shows Moose when he was learning my flush/stop cue.

    I enjoy watching flusher/pointer mixes develop […]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hello Tomdi,

    Here is one of my favorite quotes:

    “The chief glory of the sport is to shoot over a brace of raking pointers, matched for speed and style, sweeping over the rough places like swallows, and passing each other as if they were fine ladies not introduced. Let one of them get a point and the other will, as if connected by an i…[Read more]

    • Good morning Brad. Thanks for the reply. Both of my dogs back, something they did on their own from the day they starting pointing, because I hunted them together at one time (about a year and a half ago) but stopped hunting them together because I did not have the ability to handle them together. They were very competitive and it was always a…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Hello Brian,

    That slow movement is pretty to watch but is not what we’re looking for. If you watch closely, you’ll see that the dogs were told (with obedience commands), when to move, the honoring dog stole the point (moved forward past the dog that established point), and in the end, they both broke, flushed and chased the birds. Those dogs had…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the insights into what the dogs are doing. I am just learning what makes a good pointing dog.
      I enjoy learning about how dogs are trained and what is desired from a dog in different parts of the world. I may not agree or it may not be what I am looking for, but I find it all fascinating.

  • Had a couple of the black pointers in the field today. They’re putting it together. Handling well, good pace and drive. The collars you see them wearing are for tracking. No e-collars are used.

    Here is a great […]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months ago


    Had a couple of the black pointers in the field today. They’re putting it together. Handling well, good pace and drive. The collars you see them wearing are for tracking. No e-collars are used.

    Here is a great quote from a book about the origins and history of the Pointer.

    “The chief glory of the sport is to shoot…[Read more]

  • I had a recent question on our community page about the difference between creeping and stalking.

    I talk about how our Higgins Gundogs, once in a bird area, are allowed to manage or stalk their birds (a good […]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Hey Tom,

    Great post. Here is how I explain the difference between creeping and stalking. Creeping is moving toward the bird with the intent to catch or flush the bird and chase. With our Higgins Gundogs, stalking (managing) is moving toward the bird with the intent to get in a position to flush it when asked. To get as close as the bird will…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Hello Tom,

    Yes I believe dogs can tell if a bird is wounded. More than that, I believe that dogs can tell by scent, one bird from another. If they’re stalking a covey, they can follow a specific bird. To prove it, try this. Next time you shoot a bird your dog has stalked and pointed, keep him there, go out and retrieve the bird back to him. On…[Read more]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Here are a couple of young Griffon pups, Fox and Griffonpoint Y Lucy, learning that the sound of gunfire is a good thing. I help them with this by associating the noise to the best thing in the world, a bird in their mouths. The primary way predators learn, dogs included, is by association. Associations can be based…[Read more]

  • Here are a couple of young Griffon pups, Fox and Griffonpoint Y Lucy, learning that the sound of gunfire is a good thing. I help them with this by associating the noise to the best thing in the world, a bird in […]

  • Brad Higgins posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    This video shows Ben and Leslie’s dog Katie during a recent training hunt. Ben is the shooter and Leslie is handling. I’m the one barking orders as usual. Katie handles the bird well and does a beautiful “flush/stop” on Leslie’s cue. And yes, Ben killed the bird.

  • This video shows Ben and Leslie’s dog Katie during a recent training hunt. Ben is the shooter and Leslie is handling. I’m the one barking orders as usual. Katie handles the bird well and does a beautiful […]

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