Posts Tagged ‘German shorthaired pointer’

Dog of the Day: “Dandy”

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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“Without fail, every day when I telework, my 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer Yankee Doodle ‘Dandy’ stops by my office to remember last year’s hunt,” says Ted Hagert of Antioch, Ill., “Hopefully, this fall will be the year we finally complete the double and take home two roosters from one flush.”

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Dog of the Day: “Stella”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Stella

Garrett Mikrut and his 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer, “Stella,” found these ruffed grouse last season. “She pointed one bird 100 yards in the woods. When I approached, the grouse flushed and Stella retrieved the bird.  On the way back to the trail, Stella pointed the second grouse and she retrieved that one as well,” Mikrut says.

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Dog of the Day: “Max”

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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“Max” was Donald Armstrong’s 7-year-old German shorthaired pointer. Unfortunately, Max passed away following a car accident earlier this year. “He was a great pheasant dog and good duck dog in the blind,” Armstrong says.

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Dog of the Day: “Casey”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Norton’s Odyssey Twilight, call name “Casey,” is Ian Pizey’s 5-year-old German shorthaired pointer. “She loves to hunt and retrieve, and has proven herself on ruffed grouse and woodcock in Ontario and sharptails and Huns in North Dakota,” Pizey says, “But my favorite times with Casey are in South Dakota looking for ringnecks.” Casey has also been to Nebraska and Texas in pursuit of quail.

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Dog of the Day: “Hank”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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“Hank,” Michael Sousa’s German shorthaired pointer, had that all-business look on their first outing together.

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My New Bird Dog and Puppy Potty Training

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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I am proud to introduce Top Gun Escanaba v. St.Pierre, my new 10-week-old female German shorthaired pointer. My new bird dog pup, call name “Esky,” comes from the same bloodlines as my previous two shorthairs, Izzy and Trammell. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you may remember my young shorthair Izzy died tragically last October. Izzy and Esky share the same dam, Top Gun Hope.

Esky2Esky joined our family last Thursday after a trip to Top Gun Kennels in Iowa where we met a few of her siblings. The breeder, Steve and Jodie Ries, made my pup selection for me in advance. Steve and Jodie know me well, know my hunting style and know what attributes I was looking for in my new pup. There was no flipping over pups on their back to see which one fought me, or didn’t. There was no walking around the yard to see which one followed me, or didn’t. There was no chance of a pup having a good day or a bad one when I met them. I simply communicated my preferences and trusted them. This strategy of trust worked seven years ago with my first pup and I’ve kept returning to the same breeder ever since.

Tip: I’ve found most gun dog breeders to be similarly dedicated to their client’s needs.  If you’re looking for a pup, ask prospective breeders for the contact info from some of their clients and make a few calls.  Speaking to owners from the same bloodlines you’re interested in will provide a tremendous amount of insight into both the breeder and the line.  It’s well worth the effort.

The Name Game

EscanabaWhile I named my previous two bird dogs after Detroit sports heroes of my childhood (Alan Trammell and Steve Yzerman), I went a different direction with my new pup. “Esky” is the nickname of my hometown of Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I selected the name for a couple of different reasons. First, I’ve never met another bird dog named Esky and a unique name in the field is important to me. Second, Esky sounds similar to Izzy, which I like considering the circumstances of losing Izzy at such a young age. Lastly, growing up in Escanaba translated into my love for the great outdoors and bird hunting in particular, so naming my dog “Esky” seemed a fitting tribute to a place I love.

Puppy Potty Training

Life with a puppy is a shock to the system and our normal daily structure. In fact, I spent my Fourth of July holiday weekend not sleeping. Ten-week-old puppies want bathroom breaks at 2AM and 4:30AM, and you’d best move quickly to avoid accidents.

Tip: Puppies need to go to the bathroom as soon as they wake up. Carry your puppy outside as soon as they awake to avoid an indoor accident. Put that puppy where you want them to learn “going potty” is acceptable. Say “go potty” until they go to the bathroom. Jump up and down like you won the Stanley Cup after the pup successfully goes to the bathroom.

And it begins again; the process of training a puppy and adapting to life with a new member of the family. Stay tuned for more posts as I go through the process of training my third bird dog.

Note: I’m hoping to contact the gentleman from the Maplewood/White Bear Lake, Minnesota area who has named his new shorthair puppy, Izzy, in tribute to my pup. I’d like to express my gratitude. Please email me at stpete@pheasantsforever.org. Thank you!

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The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre and listen to Bob and Billy Hildebrand every Saturday morning on FAN Outdoors radio on KFAN FM100.3.

Dog of the Day: “Moose”

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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“Moose” is Allen Imhoff’s proud German shorthaired pointer.

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Dog of the Day: “Ruudy”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Shooting High’s Ruud Awakening, call name “Ruudy,” is Charlie Edwards’ German shorthaired pointer. Ruudy is shown here at 16-weeks-old, his first day out in the field. “His first point was anything but pretty, but a few minutes later he winded a strange new scent, his DNA kicked in and he dropped into that classic textbook point like his dad, “Trigger,” says Edwards, “He found the source sight unseen 90 seconds later leaving an ear-to-ear smile on my face.” Edwards and Ruudy base camp out of Eden Prairie, Minn.

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Dog of the Day: “Murphy”

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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Murphy

“Murphy” is Michael Keyser’s German shorthaired pointer pup. “He’s our family’s first GSP and we love him. He is doing well with some early training, can’t wait to get him out in the field!” says Keyser, who hails from San Ramon, Calif.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Myla”

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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Myla

After losing his first ever pet, “Casey,” a 14-year-old German shorthaired pointer, last year,  Tim Olszewski and his family decided this year to add a new pup to the household. “Myla,” an eight-week-old German shorthair, is the new addition.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.