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Choosing the Right Dog > Hunting breeds
Cali

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Barked: Sat Sep 22, '12 1:16pm PST 
GSPs are fantastic dogs. Very versatile, affectionate, loyal, lots of personality, and lots of energy. As long as you give them the exercise they need, they are very easy to live with and train. I haven't hunted with any other breed, but the GSP is a great hunter. All of ours have hunted purely on instinct. They turn into hunting machines in the field, but they don't lose their desire to please you. Can't say enough about the breed.
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German Shorthaired Pointer > First time owner of German Shorthair pointers
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Barked: Thu Aug 23, '12 11:54am PST 
I'm going to refer you to the general forums since this is more of a housebreaking issue then a breed issue. Check out some forums and articles in the Behavior & Training sections of Dogster. They are very helpful. Whatever you do, DO NOT rub their noses in it!

GSPs are not an easy breed, especially when you have more than one! They require A LOT of exercise, attention, and mental stimulation. If you do not spend time with them, they are prone to becoming destructive. They are also great escape artists. So if left to the backyard with nothing to do, they may dig under, jump, or climb fences and take off. Unfortunately, we see A LOT of GSPs surrendered to rescue because first time owners had no idea the exercise requirements of the breed. Please do some more research and use the resources here on Dogster to your advantage.

Good luck and thanks for rescuing these two!
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German Shorthaired Pointer > Hunting Style Question: Do GSP's flush game?

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Barked: Mon May 28, '12 3:50pm PST 
GSPs are not "suppose" to flush game. They are meant to point and retrieve. However, you can definitely train them to flush if that's what you'd like. I've had several GSPs and most of them tend to flush before they are properly trained. I've only had one GSP that will instinctively hold the point and not flush. So I don't think it would be too hard to train.
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German Shorthaired Pointer > other gsp owners advice needed

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Barked: Wed May 9, '12 4:02pm PST 
What kind of dog food are you feeding? In my experience, diet is the first step in getting good skin/coat. Also, you can supplement with some omega 3's. Just be sure to ask your vet for the right dosage. If switching to a better diet and supplements don't work, your dog could have allergies (environmental and/or food). One of my GSPs was allergic to dust, grass, and a bunch of other things. The only thing that helped was weekly oatmeal baths, high quality diet, and supplements. We eventually went to allergy shots.
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Behavior & Training > Treat Bags

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Barked: Wed Feb 1, '12 10:54am PST 
I LOVE the Premier treat pouch. It has a large water resistant pouch for treats (which stays open or stays closed), a front pocket where I keep my poop bags and clicker, and a small zipper pocket on back big enough for a key or business cards. It also has a ring where you can attach your keys. It adjusts so you can wear it around your waist. Definitely beats the small pouches that clip onto your pocket or belt (I have a hard time getting my hand in and out of those).

https://www.premier.com/store/Products.aspx?cid=2&pid=5
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Choosing the Right Dog > Bloodhound Breeder
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Barked: Tue Jan 3, '12 4:02pm PST 
Although I like most hounds, we are definitely set on a Bloodhound. Thanks for the info.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Bloodhound Breeder

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Barked: Mon Jan 2, '12 2:27pm PST 
I'm looking for a reputable bloodhound breeder. I prefer a bloodhound from working lines if possible, but not a must. I don't care much for the excessive droopiness you see with some show lines. I'd like a breeder that works their dogs because I may be interested in doing some tracking in the future. Also, a breeder that does all the necessary health testing for the breed.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks. smile
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Behavior & Training > what is OCD like in dogs and how do you tell it's not the breed or boredom?

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Barked: Fri Aug 5, '11 2:53pm PST 
What type of odd behaviors are you seeing? I have a house full of pointers and when they aren't exercised, some OCD like behaviors come out. Sometimes I'll get a foster that does strange things, but once they start getting the proper exercise and learn the daily routine, those behaviors go away.
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Food & Nutrition > Natura Law Suit/Settlement??

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Barked: Tue Jul 19, '11 9:27am PST 
I received an email today about a law suit/settlement with Natura about advertising. Does anyone know anything about this? Has anyone else received this?

Here is what some of the email says:

"If you purchased Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, Mother Nature, or Karma dog or cat food you could get a payment from a class action settlement."

"A $2,150,000 settlement has been reached with Natura Pet Products, Inc., Natura Pet Food, Inc., Natura Manufacturing and Peter Atkins ("Defendants" or "Natura") in a class action lawsuit about the advertising of Natura brand dog and cat food. Natura denies all of the claims in the lawsuit, but has agreed to the settlement to avoid the cost and burden of a trial."

"If you received this by email or mail, you are probably included. Generally, the settlement includes anyone in the U.S. who purchased Natura brand dog or cat food products anytime between March 20, 2005 and July 8, 2011."

"The maximum payment you can get is $200. A $2,150,000 settlement fund will be created by Natura. After paying attorneys fees of up to 35% of the fund and costs and expenses of up to $60,000 to the lawyers representing the Class; the costs associated with administering the settlement of up to $400,000; and up to $20,000 to the Class Representative (Judy Ko), payments will be made to Class Members who submit valid claim forms."



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German Shorthaired Pointer > What can you tell me about GSHP's & their exercise needs?
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Barked: Wed Jul 13, '11 5:18pm PST 
I find that my GSPs "self exercise", but not always the way I'd like. If I don't make exercise happen, like taking them out hunting, for a walk, playing fetch in the yard, swimming, etc. then they find ways to exercise themselves. They like to run around and wrestle with each other (usually indoors), dig up the garden, or bark non-stop at the birds in the yard. I have 3 and they tend to keep each other company by playing with one another, but that doesn't mean they don't need their structured exercise. Plus, GSPs tend to be very family oriented (usually termed "velcro dogs") and aren't typically the breed that can just be left to themselves. Mine will sometimes spend a good hour in the yard alone, but they always end up coming back to the door to try to get me to come out with them.

From what you described, you have a great home for a GSP (I know mine would love the acreage). But don't expect to just put the dogs outside for them to exercise themselves. You will definitely need to put in some work.
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