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    A Stinky Opener

    The Myth Busters did a show on this subject. As I recall, the substance that was the most effective was baking soda.
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    German shorthair and Viszla differences

    Good choice. Prior to getting our V, we had narrowed our choices to the Weimer and the V. We opted for the V because we wanted the smaller dog. Enjoy!
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    German shorthair and Viszla differences

    Here is one that I am very qualified to answer. I am a Vizsla owner and my good buddy owns GSP's. I have hunted with both breeds for the better part of 15 years. Gspman is right, the Vizsla is a dog with a softer temperament. This makes them very easy to train as all they want to do is make you happy. They do need to be around their family and they bond very closely with their family and especially the person who does the training. They do not respond well to a firm hand in training and typically need only minimal correction. They are also very affectionate, and you end up with a 45# lap dog. They also are a calmer dog that won't be bouncing off the walls if you miss a day of excercise. In the field, they hunt very close and typically slower than a GSP. When we hunt, my buddy's GSP hunts the horizon and my Vizsla works close to us. It works pretty good as we tend to get excellent coverage. They mature slower than a GSP as hunters as well. This means that they don't typcially start to shine until their third hunting season although they do well in season number two. Don't expect much in the first hunting season. The Vizsla (at least mine) makes a better grouse dog than the GSP as they don't get as close to the bird on the point and grouse will not tolerate being crowded by a pointer. Plus they hunt closer to you so even if they crowd a bird the flush is closer and you actually have a chance at bagging the bird. The Vizsla is a smaller dog than the GSP. Most females weigh 40-50 and males 45-60. Mine is a medium size and she is 23" tall at the shoulder and weighs 43#. Because they are smaller, they tire more quickly than a GSP. They don't shed as heavily as a GSP since they don't have as much fur. However, they do not take cold weather as well as a GSP. Mine shivers when it's 50 and although she'll hunt in cold weather it's a challenge when you want to stop and get a bite to eat and have to leave them in cold vehicle. Whichever dog you get will be an excellent choice for a pet and field dog. The thing to remember is that the dog is first and foremost a pet since we only spend three months out of the year hunting. As gspman said, do your homework to make sure you get a dog you can live with for the next 13-15 years.
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    I got my new puppy!

    Scotty, I'm curious if you're the owner of the DQ?
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    German Short Hair - Any Opinions

    One other word of advise in a thread filled with it: there are two other of the "contiental" pointers that are worth investigating. The Vizsla and the Weimeraner. All three breeds are wonderful family pets, companions and hunting dogs, but all three have enough differences in things like height, weight and activity levels that one could turn out to be a little better than the other for your needs. Good luck!
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    Pointing labs good or bad?

    IMHO, no matter which dog you end up with you will be compromising something. If you are primarily a duck hunter, the lab is probably the best bet. However, you do sacrafice some upland hunting ability because labs are, at their heart, retrievers. Hence the name labrador retriever. If you are primarily a pheasant hunter, the GSP, Brit, English Pointer and Vizsla are excellent choices because they are, at their hearts, upland bird dogs. They naturally quarter, cover lots of ground and do things that a lab won't in the upland fields because of their breeding. However, you will sacrafice water stamina, some retrieving ability and the ability to handle the cold waters that come in October and November. Since a dog is a long term relationship it is important to figure out what you want/need. Also remember that any bird dog spends about 3.5 months a year hunting and 8.5 months as a pet so your family situation and needs also should be addressed. For all of you lab people, this is not a slam on labs. I've pheasant hunted over dozens of them, and some were fine pheasant dogs, but my experience has been that dogs bred for hunting upland birds consistently perform better. Conversely I've hunted ducks with an upland breed and the lab is without question superior to any other dog in the water. For me the best case scenario would be to have two dogs. An upland pointer and a lab, but for most people (myself included) that is not reasonable. Good luck in your choice!
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    Dog won't Point ???

    Standing and looking at it is the point. Pointing is a reaction of a breed of dog to a certain concentration of scent that causes them to stop and "point" in the direction of the scent. The only time you'll get the leg in the air is if the dog happens to have it up when they stop and look. The hunting trials by the AKC do not require that and you likely won't get it, so don't worry. I own a Vizsla and my best hunting buddy has GSP's. We've shot hundreds of birds over these pointers (not to mention the number of hen pheasants that we don't shoot). I could count on my hands and toes the number of points I've seen that represent the "classic" point.
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    first aid kit

    Eye wash to rinse eyes if they get full of goop Instant cold packs A box of bandages that includes fingertip and knuckle bandages Tweezers for plucking small thorns Ace wrap
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    obedience training

    The only thing that I can think of is that Marlie has pretty much retired. The last time I used her was 12 years ago, and she was probably pretty close to 60 at that time. Perhaps she's switched to puppy training and no longer deals with obedience classes for mature dogs. I am surprised that there were so few suggestions from the readers of this forum. To me, the first thing a hunting dog needs is obedience. The fact that so many don't appear to bother with obedience training is a boon to the retailers of shock collars and the like. I find it intersting how many guys pour hundreds of dollars into having their dogs trained for hunting but do nothing with quality obedience training. It also explains why so many guys end up straining their vocal cords screaming at their dogs. I own a Vizsla and received the info on Canine College via the Twin City Vizsla Club. I know that those people are dedicated to all aspects of dog training and that many of their dogs receive hunting and obedience titles. Try looking at their HSOforum and make contact with one of them. I am quite certain that they can recommend a quality place to go for obedience training. Good luck.
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    obedience training

    Unfortunately, she only operates out of the SW metro location. When I used her services, I lived in Richfield so it was not a problem. For the north metro I have heard very good things about Big D's. Maybe someone else has info on him.
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    obedience training

    That's very easy. Canine College. If you are willing to put in the between class time you WILL get solid results. Many people who are trying to earn the various obedience titles awarded by the AKC go there for obedience training. Marlie Whiting is the owner and has also written several books on obediance training. You do the training under her direction and classes convene once per week.
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    Recipes for a rib rub

    How are you planning on cooking the ribs? If you are planning on using a smoker, which I think is the best albeit slowest method, make sure you either cook with moist heat or use a mop to add moisture and flavor. Also, baby backs are quite a bit more forgiving since they are a better cut and don't rely on the preperation method/style as much as spare ribs. If you are smoking, don't forget to try smoking a couple of big sweet onions slathered in mustard barbeque sauce as an accompanyment. I love this time of year when I can throw a couple of racks of ribs into the smoker, go fishing and come back to a couple of chilled malt-based beverages and BBQ!! All of that being said, the Alton Brown rub is awful close to the one that I use. Remember to watch the cayenne if you have someone eating who is heat sensitive. Plus, Alton's recipes always turn out excellent when I prepare them.
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    Training Birds

    If you're in Ramsey, check with Armstrong Ranch where Game Fair is held. Also, the game farm just south of Princeton sells LOTS of birds to LOTS of different places. Not sure what all they may have, but it's worth a call.
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    Vizsla Puppies?

    I have a 13 year old Vizsla, so the time has come to get her replacement. Does anyone have a line on pups? I'm in no particular hurry to get a new one.
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