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    Spaniel training dvd or books

    Has there not been a lot of resignations at the KC and FTing committee over its attitude to training/correction?? I don't know that chris upton or watch much utube training videos (any idiot can post 1 up, not a place i'd use as a trainng source for beginners, might be OK when u can seperate the BS form the good) and i have to say the famous clip didn't look good for Upton but it may also have been taken out of context too so i'm not going to judge. I think it really depends on the individual dog, some dogs/breeds will ne virually impossiblre to train by purely positive methods alone. I use dto shoot with a guide dog trainer and even he was not against physical punishment, but all deopends of the type (more shaking, pinching, scruffing or flipping than actually striking the dog) Must admit not watched them all but if u search back throu this sit the few vids that lee klinsman? used to put on always loked very good to me, well worth a look.
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    Trialing dog's that also work

    I know 1 famous spaniel trialler that reckons spaniel FTing has had its day as not enough rabbits left to train dogs on properly. Used to be a lot of rabbit FT's + training days locally, now none, just no rabbits region wide and any serious spaniel trainer trvelling -4hrs to get on them. Also with the way modern breeding is going if u get a dog that makes it to FTCH there will be a que of bitches lining up for it no matter if it is entirley healthly or even a good temperemnt. I know of a recent winner who speaking to thoose in the know is an absolutle headcase and took that 1 trainer (as others had failed with the dog) not a good dog to be leaving its genetic ark on the breed I've shoot some training days with some FT folk and some days i feeel sorry for the keepers absolutley no idea about game, or sometimes shooting safety, walking in front of guns just at likely places then wondering why u never shot at the flushed bird For me FTing has moved too far away from its roots and too many involved now hav little shooting experience/understanding, a few top FT names have said the same in interviews over the past few years too
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    Trialing dog's that also work

    It all depends on the shoot, some big shoots won't even have dogs in th eline others will, but none will want them raking forward (apart from grouse moors0 1 big shoot i go to often hs 20+ dogs in the line and needs them as some quite thick woods in places or nice open bracken/brair hills and faces all needing blanked in, but u have to know when to call ur dogs back in as can be thousands of birds in flushing points, not a good time to have a dog pull in on scent Have u ever watched a FT? Some of the shooting on display at many FT's isn't very sporting either. Not having a go but if u shot a bird at that range on most walked up shoots u'd be sent home, but i do understand why its done (get enough retrieves for dogs and make sure no runners for the dogs) Ur last sentance is wot most folk do it for, but to be honest i don't think any of the boys i know who FT would agree with it anymore, it becomes more about the competition etc than just enjoying the day. I've spoke to hem after FT's and dog ran well but no luck /game on its runs and they're all upset despite it not beinghis or his dogs fault, he had a couple of novice wins this year with both his dogs thou so there there or there abouts and he's been getting awards for a while too To use a different example both my dad and bro play golf and are mad keen on it, my dads absolutley rubbish at it, my bro's off 1-3 handicap so pretty good, my dad gets far more enjoyment out of it than my bro as it becomes more about the comp and with a low handicap if u have a bad shot on the 1st u might as well save urself 4 hrs and pack up then and there and go home.
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    Trialing dog's that also work

    I'm fortunate to come from an area with a few well known trialiers who do quite well in both labs and spaniels. Most of the local keepers have very little to do with them and very few would ever let them on their ground again. apart from the odd 1 or 2 (often older ex keeper types who have been FTing fsuccesfully for decades) who brings out a bunch of old pot lickers rather than any competition dogs. Modern trailling is not really anything like a days shooting nowadays (althou HPR's are the eception to that rule) even a days rough shooting is nt that similar any more I've seen quite a few decent trailing dogs over the years but not many i'd really want in my kennel, For me FT and working dogs are almost 2 seperate types of dogs (esp with FT breeding looks, colour an speed/flashiness and size over real proper attributes like nose and natural ability) And to be honest most triallers wouldn't want to come and work a dog on a shoot anyway as it really does little for them Lloyd ur dog won't last long on a commercial shoot with any number of birds if its pulling away from u. On 2 different shoots i pick up with some FT folk, and to be honest i don't mind doing the extra work if i get to watch a bit of good dog work too, but most competeing FT dogs will be carried on a shoot day by the pot lickers. And most FT folk know that which is why they keep some pot lickers around for the retrieves/sweeping u'd never let a comp dog do Just to add it really depends on the handler, some handlers are there just to train there dogs while others are there to do wot the keeper wants, in most cases the dogs will do the work its the hndlers that won't allow them too
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    Spaniel training dvd or books

    I would imagine DVD's will be the modern way nowadays. I'd also reccommend training or helping with a group or if a local trainer does demo days or if u can train with a mate who actually knows wot there doing. While books/dvds are great they don't sho u all the mistakes u'l likely make and how to fox them or even stop them forming, that's why i enjoyed training as a group as u can watch others problems and how to fix them so if/when u encounter the same problem u have a beter idea how to deal with it If ur just after a working dog it won't really matter wether a lab or spaniel book/dvd, all the basics are the same anyway.. I train all my dogs the same way wether spaniel or lab as i expect to do much the same jobs wethr beating or picking up To be honest i'd actually be wary of some spaniel orientated books, not because anything wrong with them but the better triners are usually FT focussed so focusses far more on hunting which is not a bad thing, but sometimes at the expense of heel work. And u also need to have the experience to know whe to reel the dog back in before it goes wild. For just a working level dog i'd actually train more like a lab, less focus on hunting and more on heel work, a dog that pulls like a train on the lead is just a pita for a shooting dog no matter how hard it hunts I'd also not entirely discount labs, i've never had a probelm with working labs entering cover, if a dog of any bred won't enter cover not worth having esp if scent/birds in there I've seen my labs enter cover that some poor spaniels turn up thier nose at. Just about getting a proper working line with a decent heavy coat and just encourage them into cover as pups and get cover heavier and heavier.
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    Punchbag bracket weight limit

    I mibbee read the site wrong then possibly it was 10 for the 3m length, i usually just buy my steel at Franklins as only steel place for miles.
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    Sleeving Box Section Steel

    Cheers to everyone, i must admit i thought there was some steel maker making custom sizes for this and just hadn't found out where yet. I have sort of managed at smaller sizes by altering thickness and does ok for wot i was needing Bit of work involved to get it right then, cheers lj12 never heard of doing that before. Born free Quite a lot of work welding and i imagine cutting to channels/angles together to get a box that fits But my weldig a bit of flat bar on along the box idea wasn't that far away. I'll get my design's measured up and steel ordered and have a play with the steel and see how it fits and wot sort of play i have in it. I think for the axles it will need to be a far tighter fit but might get away with more slack/play where the axle brackets slide on the trailer body as it wil be covered in mud most of the time anway Cheers again to all
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    Punchbag bracket weight limit

    Had a quick look at steel prices online the other nite, were looking about 10 quid a m for 50mm box x3mm. No idea if thats cheap or not compare to off a steel stockholder or direct for smithy. But guessing 30-40 quid of steel depending on the design/hieght
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    Sleeving Box Section Steel

    It probably doesn't want to be a tight tight fit but worried that 4/2mm play wil be too much, but possibly i'm worrying over nothing. Aye bornfree had that problem in the past esp some of the small box sizes, i have ran a grinder down 1 face before just to create a wee groove so that goes wher ethe joint is. Sort of works. Althou only done it for relatively small lengths Am i right in saying some types of steel (more expensive) ERW? or something is formed without an inside ridge. Don''t really buy that much steel and until now my 'projects' have been a good bit smaller and less complicated OF Does pipe sleeve nicely into box section?? Not something i've ever thought about or even seen.. I just thought box in box u'd have no room for play/wiggle if the pipe tried to rotate, or even the hassle of trying to spin the frame round to get holes alinged How do agricultural engineers/fabricators do it as quite often see 2 box sections sliding ontop of each other and adjusted with pins.
  10. Alright I was just wondering how/wot more experienced engineers/fitters do when they need to sleeve 2 pieces of box section together so 1 can move over the other? I've done it before easy enough with small box say 20mm-30mm as i've bought different thickness to give me the right sized dimensions of internal diameter. No idea if thats wot 'proper' fitters would do? The projects i'm looking at now really should be in 50mm x3mm box range so the next nearest size up or down i'm worried going to leave it to slack (talking a 4mm gap) or should Would welding a strip of flat bar on work? or be a lot of work? Or should i just step up to 4mm thickness? But trying to keep wieght down if possible I know a 2mm gap each side isn't massive but i think for wot i'm trying to do they'll move aabout and end up with wear as wellas a noisy trailer "1 of the projects i have are for an ATV trailer,, 1 is so the axle could slide up/down trailer body/chasis to balance logs (fixed with either ppins or bolts/nuts) or for tow bar to move for transport another idea for the same trailer was to have the axle interchangable. I weld a solid box in as axle (which can slide/move as above) but i then can slide anther piece of box in with stubb axle/wheel attached, be handy either for transport lifting if i could take wheels off plus got a set of twin bogey wheels i could rob of another trailer when needed so could convert into a twin axle. (TFM do a similar axle set up with pipe in there lightwieght quad trailer, a really nice little trailer) Cheers for any avice
  11. Cheers clumber, thats why i was asking there does seem to be hundreds doing this sort of thing. Just i do quite like the radio for something a bit different and was wanting 1 with a good radio reception. I know from the past with the old radois there was a big diffrence, even with digital tuning so every time u brushed something u'd have to fiddle with the tuning again so u could hear anything
  12. Sorry i should of said be into headphones. Just changing away from smart phones, sick of charging them too, lies in van all day with no signal then has the cheek to flash no battery left😒 Just tried my new push button phones radio and its actually quite good, might try it out over next few days but really would prefer a seperate 1 so not running phone battery down all the time. Usually at the end of the day as ur driving out is when u get signal back and make any calls u need to before 5pm, so
  13. Alright. Just as title, just looking for a small/pocket radio also with MP3. And wondering wot the better brands are. I would imagine wot i'm after is a decent battery life (wether rchargable or AAA) really good radio reception even in dodgy areas and pretty robust (shower proof, dust/soil tre resin proof) I work in pretty remote areas so i would imagine DAB will be a waste of time, plus always on move to. Is there anyway to tell by reading the blurb how good t will recieve FM radio stations? Also with battery life some u seem to need to charge them for almost as long as u use them. Dunno if u get more battery life out of recharable AAA type batteries so u can always have some spare charge 1's with u. Had an old radio and batteries would last 3+ odd days, even the 1's from the pound shop, unfortunately its not working anymore and thought i should move with the times and get 1 that can have some tunes even when no radio Cheers
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    Gripple in the Garden

    Not neccesarily if ur doing that why bother using a gripple at all ? U'd just join the wire properly.which would be stronger and non slip With the proper tool it will almost tension the wire for small pulls. To be fair the turn bolts is a good shout and far less hassle thn gripples or butterflies
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    Gripple in the Garden

    Wot are u attaching the wires too? U might get enough tension just levering a pair of fencing pliers against them (Must admit i don't really like/trust gripples fr fencing but ave used them occasionally for yeas without a tool but always with a set of wire puullers) I think the proper name for wot ur looking for is radasuiers?sp but many nick names butterfiles the usual 1's might be a bit heavy looking and lok odd u do get other types u bolt on to the post which are far less bulky (usually use them for security/chain link fencing) While High Tensile wire would be best it can be bad to work with and hard to bend/wind (dunno wot smallest dia is? for fencing 2.5 is usually the smallest u work with but u could easy go smaller) Mild Steel would be easier for u to work with but harder to get tight and may need retensioning over time. Not sure how tight u really need it, i'd be tempted to buy a pack of gripples and try to do it by hand, easiest way and see if good enough. Ps Infact give me a PM when u know wot wire dia u are going to use and i'll post some down to u, should have some in my tool bucket. Guessing u won't need that many? There not dear
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