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

    Hi Brad and all members. I saw an “unwanted association” the other night while watching the “Virginian”, a cowboy movie. I immediately thought of you Brad and how you warn us about over doing something where you can get an unwanted association. On the show they had a stallion that they wanted to race but was gun-shy and terrified of the starter’s…[Read more]

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

    Great podcast Brad. This is another tool in my toolbox especially because I just posted a week ago that my goal for next season is to hunt my Britts together where I will alternate sending one out for the retrieve. You just gave me a plan that I will use when working them individually to keep them guessing when I will send them out for the…[Read more]

    • 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.

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

    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]

  • tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Brad. Watching those two dogs in your video stalking those birds fueled a goal I have for me and my dogs. Both my Britts 85% of the time are steady to wing, shot and fall, 98% of the time steady to wing, and shot. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself by saying that and have them decide to break on the flush the next time we are out. I do not…[Read more]

    • 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]

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

    Tom can not be happier hunting with my Britts Percy and Ruger, that were trained by me using the Higgins method. I love when I am hunting on state lands, which is all we have in NJ and you might think that everyone hunting has named their dog “whoa” because that is all you here. I hunt my dogs with a tracking collar in very high grassed fields and…[Read more]

    • 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]

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

    Hi Brad. Because you have taught me to think outside the box and to try to look at things from the dog’s perspective I have would like your thoughts on this. My Brittany is as steady as can be when on point. If we flush a bird and it isn’t killed and we decide to go after it my dog will almost always find it and hold point till we catch up and…[Read more]

    • 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]

  • tomdi posted an update in the group HGD Community 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and safe and healthy New Year. Please take a minute and say a prayer for our troops that might not be as fortunate as us to be spending this holiday with their families.
    Tomdi