• Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 days, 20 hours ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

    Ekahi Learns the Retrieve

    Brad’s  method breaks the retrieve into 2 parts. First the release to go get the bird then a here command to return with the bird. It is done this way because a predators brain can only focus on one thing at a time. They must complete the…[Read more]

    • Curious if you do anything in particular to prevent or cure hard mouth. Sometimes my Annie is pretty aggressive with her bite… But not always.

      • 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]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 weeks ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

    Ekahi learns some new successful strategies.
    1) Being steady and not chasing birds leads to success
    2) When you are stationary, a flushing bird means don’t move. (steady to flush)
    3) When you are moving, the sight of a flushing bird means stop. (stop to flush)

    In this…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa,(Higgins Gundogs)
    Jan. Highlights,#3
    2017-2018 Season Finale

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundogs)
    Jan. Highlights #2
    2017-2018 Season

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa, (Higgins Gundogs)
    January Highlights, 2017-2018, Season

  • Kepa posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    well worth it, have a great day

  • Kepa posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Welcome to the group Raul, my name is Reagan Olivares,I dont know if you remember me, we are actually facebook friends, i could be wrong but i am pretty sure you have seen my videos before.( Hunting with Kepa) i work with Brad , hope you can make your way out here, it would be a pleasure to meet you and Charli in person. We have some really cool…[Read more]

    • Hi Reagan, i have to talk to Brad again and see when would be a good time to head out to Nevada. It will be a long drive but worth it.

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundogs)
    Dec. Highlights, 2017-2018 Season

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa, (Higgins Gundog) 11-15-18, Valley Quail

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

     

    Shooter gets the bird and gives it to the dog

    Ekahi learning about the value of the shooter and trust

     

    The goal here is to show Ekahi that the Handler/Shooter is valuable and possesses an important skill. I have the ability to help get the b…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 1 week ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa
    Hungarian Partridge
    Idaho, 11-7-17

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 1 week ago

    Happy Hunting
    Kepa ( Higgins Gun Dog) – 10/22/17
    Valley Quail

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 1 week ago

    The Higgins Method -www.higginsgundogs.com
    Ekahi learning the steady to scent strategy.
    Steady to scent is when a dog smells a bird and goes on point, no matter how far from you, it waits until you get there to finish it up. The most important thing about teaching this strategy , you have too have good wild acting…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    The Higgins Method, http://www.higginsgundogs.com
    Ekahi learning the alright cue

    Ekahi is ready to move on with her gundog lessons. At this
    part of her lesson, the goal is to show her that she needs to wait until I say “alright”, before going in to flush the bird. In the beginning, Ekahi tried a few times to go in before…[Read more]

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

    Kepa (HGD) 1-6-18
    Kepa does a beautiful job stalking a covey of about 20 Valley Quail. This is the kind of dog work that a Higgins Gundog is capable of handling, if you just leave him alone to do his thing. I would rather shoot only one bird a day with this kind of dog work, instead of shooting 10 limits. Some will…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months, 1 week ago

    Kepa (HGD)
    The Higgins method is unique, in that we allow the dog to flush the bird on our verbal cue, (flushing before the cue is not allowed) , followed by a stop to flush,(chasing after the flush is not allowed). Here are a couple of videos of Kepa demonstrating the Higgins Method flush/stop strategy on wild Valley Quail. Wow, what a beautiful…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 7 months ago

    Kepa (HGD)
    Here is a video of Kepa doing the Higgins Method Flush Stop Cue on wild Valley Quail.The Higgins method is the only one that allows the dog to flush birds on cue, followed by a stop to flush,and no chasing allowed.The transition has been a little tough for Kepa, due to he was originally trained by Brad, where i would go out front to…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 8 months, 1 week ago

    Hunting with Kepa (HGD) 12/9/17
    In this video you will see Kepa stalking a single Valley Quail using all of his Higgins strategies , the deceleration when in birdie areas, dont rush take your time,air and ground scent, and my favorite part of it all is the thinking Higgins Gundog. Conventional trainers will tell you dogs dont think,well when i see…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 10 months ago

    Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundog)
    Nevada, Opening day 10/14/17

    This video should answer one of the more frequently asked questions.
    If my dog is pointing a covey, and i allow my dog to break for a retrieve on the shot (not before)what will happen?
    As you will see in the video Kepa points a covey of Valley Quail,
    as i move in birds flush, i take…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 11 months ago

    Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundog’s)
    2016-2017 Season Highlights

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