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Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby birdyhunter » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:13 pm

Cooper is my 1 1/2 yr old gsp and is turning into a wonderful water dog. Training him myself and couldn't be happier with how he is coming along. He is an insanely fast learner and makes me look good even through all my mistakes and inexperience.

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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Griffdom » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:55 pm

Only a few here do, but I know that many of them make great waterfowl dogs. I have a GSP. What lines/kennel did you get you pup from?
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Rich- » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:09 pm

I am planning on using my 8 month old this season for duck. We'll have to see how he does.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Medic4049 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:15 am

I use mine till it gets really cold. When I have to break ice every morning is when he starts staying home......and looking ticked off.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Rich- » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:22 am

Medic4049 wrote:I use mine till it gets really cold. When I have to break ice every morning is when he starts staying home......and looking ticked off.


Are they usually safe to run in the cold up until that point where it starts to ice over? Anything you do during the day to keep them warm?
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:57 am

there is another thread on this here somewhere. get a neoprene coat for dog, they will love you for it.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Medic4049 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:34 am

ok my dog is 9 yrs old and a wussy indoor bed warmer. he loves to hunt. I can find a vest to fit him properly due to his shape. If i am hunting a heated blind he can come whenever but i usually hunt as a poor boy (no boat and hunting sloughs). If he was outside all the time and was younger, I would hunt him like I used to. but now a days I dont risk it.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Duckdon » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:04 am

I run DD's now because of the cold water but growing up in Minnesota as a kid we used GSP's for all our bird work. Good dogs. Don
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby birdyhunter » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:57 pm

Being from fl we don't really have to much of a cold water problem but he does wear a vest on those chilly January mornings.

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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby birdyhunter » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:59 pm

Griffdom wrote:Only a few here do, but I know that many of them make great waterfowl dogs. I have a GSP. What lines/kennel did you get you pup from?

I'm not 100% on the lines but he came from a small kennel in Albany ga. I'll look at his papers and find out.

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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Tanner01 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:16 pm

I am working hard to get my girl ready for her first duck season. We are at cold blinds and we are doing 200 yd plus and starting to work on thicker more difficult cover. Can't wait for our season to start.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:37 am

Medic4049 wrote:ok my dog is 9 yrs old and a wussy indoor bed warmer. he loves to hunt. I can find a vest to fit him properly due to his shape. If i am hunting a heated blind he can come whenever but i usually hunt as a poor boy (no boat and hunting sloughs). If he was outside all the time and was younger, I would hunt him like I used to. but now a days I dont risk it.
:huh: what issues are you having shape wise??? shop around for the nearest fit you can find and dont be afraid to trim a bit of here n there (coat not DOG!!!) :thumbsup:
some dogs just wont wear a coat...mates black lab hates them probly gets too hot.
my dogs all loved vests although wee cocker got chaffed this year as we left coat on most of weekend(lesson learnt)
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Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby wpevey » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:25 am

My GSP is 6. I've done nothing but duck hunt with her. She is the smartest dog I've ever owned, she will run with any lab I've been around. I just rescued another GSP male, he was HW positive and untrained at 2yrs old. Im trying to train him now while I treat him for the HW, he is a project though.
I have a neoprene vest for mine she hunts in boat with me. she does fine with the cold. If its really bad cold I'll put a heater in boat blind for her. But it doesn't get that cold down here. Just make sure you can get them out of the water and wind as much as you can.

They are great dogs and can be very good duck dogs. Mine has over 300 retrieves including geese.

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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Medic4049 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:02 pm

i guess i expect my GSP vest to fit like my labs vest did. It has gaps where shoulders are not as broad and the tuck as he is in extreme shape. Well was in good shape. My son to be ex still has the dogs :no: Well it may be time to get a lab or a good DKV dog.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Griffdom » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:46 pm

Medic4049 wrote:i guess i expect my GSP vest to fit like my labs vest did. It has gaps where shoulders are not as broad and the tuck as he is in extreme shape. Well was in good shape. My son to be ex still has the dogs :no: Well it may be time to get a lab or a good DKV dog.


Vests are made with a lab body type in mind. I've heard you can tailor them to fit your dog, but I've not done it.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:31 pm

there are different shapes in different brands. my old girl GSP/ huntaway fitted hers fine.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Rich- » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:25 pm

Any other specific brands that will fit a GSP?
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby Tanner01 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:40 am

I just got an Avery brand. My girl is 52 pounds, the large was to loose but the medium seemed to fit nice, 5 mm. Not to tight not to loose. Only problem is the collar opening is a little big ( probably for a lab). I am going to stitch about 3/4" on each side to make it snug so it won't scoop water while swimming.
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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby birdyhunter » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:14 am

A mefium browning vest fit mine very well. Not to lose on the neck or around his stomache.

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Re: Anyone else use their gsp for ducks?

Postby qwakerwhaker » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:47 pm

My GWP retreived his first ducks on opening day. He also does dove, quail and pheasants. I bought him an Avery vest and customized it by cutting and sewing it to get the desired fit.
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