Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Scott M

If you could change one thing you did when you started

Recommended Posts

Scott M

If you could change one thing you did when you started...training your dog (or first dog for those in the business), what would it be?

Just curious what mistakes some made or what they would have changed so I don't do the same...

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LABS4ME

Pushing retrieving and formal field training at a young age. I've learned over the years to set the basic obedience package firmly in place with some "fun" retrieves thrown in as rewards... along with bird and gun intros.... most guys WAY over do retrieving and flushing work before their dogs are truley solid on obedience... I used to be the same way, but have learned you will fight life long battles. If it's bred in them, you don't need to concentrate too much on the field stuff... it will come out!

Good Luck!

Ken

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PikeBayCommanche

Labs hit the nail on the head on this one. That is exactly right.

I see alot of people throwing bumpers and doing all this retrieving work at a young age. Well most labs instictivly will have the field work come out when you have them great on obedience.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bryce

Holy smokes. Could almost put a lock on this thread. Pretty much covers it for 95+% of all problems owners are going to encounter.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
setterguy

I would have broke my dog right away, she was naturally broke about 75% of the time and I thought it might just come, but never did.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
gonefishin11

I would have whistled trained my dog when she was a pup. I did it this summer, she was 1.5 yrs, but I wish I would have done it right away.

This piece of advice comes from watching my roommate train his dog. Don't let the dog get away with certain things like jumping on people, chewing things around the house or biting people because the dog is a "cute little puppy." Correct the dog right away so you won't have problems in the future (like chewing through seven TV remotes).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Harmonica Bear

or sleeping on the bed...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
cjac

Keep in mind I'm a total novice, but have done a couple Labs.

LABS4ME hit it on the money. Obedience first and "fun" as the reward. Don't push until the basics are established.

It helped to establish "you" (me) as the primary trainer, I didn't let others assist, unless they really knew what they're doing and were a primary figure that's consistently there to reinforce the message, and the right message. Mixed messages are not good. I had a guy try to use a McDonalds hamburger once as "stolen" and "not stolen" on my dog... it even confused me. Translation: don't let the neighbor help, unless the last name is Bakken or something like that.

My best lab was decent on obedience early on, and I was lucky enough to introduce to her to ducks her first year with another well trained dog on a trip with a lot of birds flying. She learned on the job. By the end of the weekend she was head skyward, looking for birds, waiting for me to release her on a retrieve. Honestly, I think I got lucky with an exceptional dog, but I'll take some credit. Took her to So Dak later that Fall for phesants in a similar situation with a couple good dogs and she was an all-star, and was from there on.

My good results were, in my mind, the product of obedience first, a little help, a little love, and letting instincts kick in.

Above all, have fun and let the dog have fun too, but in a constructive manner. I'll say this, I miss that girl and look forward to breaking another in when I'm ready and the time is ready.

Chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pyrex

I agree with you cjac,, I took my brit to SD after some obedience training, (heel, stay) the rest was mostly natural instinct. But the SD birds trained my dog. My biggest problem was not trusting her in the earlier years, she would go too far to the side of us and I would always call her back, after letting her go, she would go on point almost every time, I think I missed alot of birds because I didnt trust the dog.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
schr0563

I wish I would have put more effort into designating a spot for my dog to use to do his business. Now my whole yard is basically a mine field.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eric Wettschreck

I would have spent more time with obdience training. A lot more time.

Most dogs already know how to hunt, to a certain degree. A dog that won't come to me when I call him, all the time, every time, is a nusience to me. I don't want to be "That guy" that doesn't have his dog under control.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ray Esboldt

I know I put way too much emphasis on the retrieves, which really tried my patience. That led to some poor training sessions and distracted me from making progress in other areas. In the end, we figured it out, but cut out two things that I started on but never finished that I wish I had now.

Use of a place board or mat. Guys that do it are rewarded with dogs that are enthusiastic about taking their "place."

Sit and stay on gunfire. Fortunately, my dog is not typically a bolter, but when you drop a bird and five more get up when the dog starts on a retrieve, you have a confused dog. Ken warned me about this, and I regret not following through.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Ray Berg
      The wife and I were up to L O W  for whole week. Great weather, good fishing and fun time. Was able to fish 7 days split up between Morris point, Long point and the river. For me Long point was the better bite. May have seen a couple members of outdoors Mn on Tuesday out of LP. Let me know if I'm right. Also met member from Wisc. at Morris point( real good guy) Anyway didn't seem to matter much what color jig caught them on every color with frozen shiner. Some days were better then others but always caught fish. Ate several meals of fish and brought fish home. Also caught a 14 in perch that I brought into taxidermist. Plan on going back at least one more time this fall . ( Too good not to).
    • ANYFISH2
      That the best sounding plan yet!! same to you and your party.
    • monstermoose78
      Get em guys
    • monstermoose78
      Got some grouse and saw some nice coveys. The biggest was 6 birds but found couple groups of 5. That is always fun.
    • eyeguy 54
      we mainly jigged fatheads in front of their mouths. 2 weeks ago also and tried a few different times over 3 days this trip. water is still crazy low so I don't think many boats will be using access. Also tried a couple different plastics and some gulp. Probably ready to go crazy up there soon.  Last year at this time it was really good. Might get there once more before ice time but not sure. 
    • gunner55
      Been thinking about breaking out the Jiggin Raps, might have to give that a shot. It's been too crowded out there this weekend with MEA going on.
    • Wanderer
      Sounds good! May an oversized deer with obscenely large antlers find its way to you!  
    • DLD24
      Well the weather was pretty crappy but the fish were biting...Had to sort through but kept some for dinner. Caught a variety today, eyes,jumbos,crappie and a few smallies... rigging on or next to rocks worked best for us.
    • ANYFISH2
      hummm, hadn't heard a thing?
    • ANYFISH2
      Good luck. Maybe we will see you Friday. I will let you know how things are looking by us as the weekend goes by.