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Lonnie Utah
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A little? But mine is still young.



Ours was about 3-3.5 before he truly settled down. Now his pretty chill most of the time. Unless you tell him it's time to take a walk (he associates it with going up to the school to get his boy) or he plops his ball in your lap. Ours is a fetching machine.


KJS
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Ran some HRC grands in the same flight as Mule and Chief ( Grand champion boykins)
Both were so impressive to watch work I bought a puppy. Flew to S Carolina to pick him up.Mine certainly did not turn out like the two I ran with. Trained just like a chessie, extremely hard headed but soft when leaned on. Very birdy but terrible eyesight. Mine couldn’t see a mark over 60-70 yards. Much better nose than my lab. Used him to hunt the swamp until he went deaf from chronic ear infections which the vet said is common for the breed. Probably the best family dog we’ve ever had. Not the handling machine my lab is, but with his nose he didn’t need to be. The lab is always getting into trouble while our Boykin likes to just hang out.
I’ll get another one but may send it off for basics this time. I’ll get one from a better retrieving (waterfowling) line as well. Mine had a HRC titled sire who hunted ducks, but the bitch was an upland field champion and I think mine favored his mom more. Still very cool little dogs.


choupiquesushi
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KJS trimming the inner ear hair nips the ear infections same with other spaniels, if yours had that much trouble seeing it might have had a hereditary eye issue. guy down the street from me has an AFC sired lab - that is a complete disaster. It happens...
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Lonnie Utah
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Our BS struggles with ear infections. Two in the past year.


choupiquesushi
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Our BS struggles with ear infections. Two in the past year.
trim that inner ear hair


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Paging duckaholic25 have you ever had ear infections hard hardheadedness with your DD Or is yours like mine like a diesel toss fuel in and they go to work day in and day out. Post some pics of your pup which breeder is yours from? My first I got from Jack Wilson in SD and my current one came from Germany.


850tiger
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And they listen just fine. Particularly when you tell them to "Find 'em", "Hunt 'em up" or "Bust 'em"


If I tell mine "find the bird" he'll lose his freaking mind and wont quit looking for 20 minutes. If I tell him "come in the house, I have to go to work", he'll pretend not to hear me


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If I tell mine "find the bird" he'll lose his freaking mind and wont quit looking for 20 minutes. If I tell him "come in the house, I have to go to work", he'll pretend not to hear me
mine get pissed when we limit on wood cock but still keep flushing and not shooting - female barks at me after about 3-4 no shoots. squirrel and rabbit encounters are hilarious...


duckaholic25
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You just can't compare the desire to hunt and birdyness between the DD and boykin. I'm not sure there is another breed out there with a higher hunt drive than an DD. My dad has a 3yo boykin and I have 2 DDs. When we load up to go duck hunting the boykin usually stays home. And like another poster said they are really easy to train. The biggest thing they need is obedience and exposure. One day this last fall I took my DD duck hunting that morning, shot some liberated quail over her that afternoon, and tracked a deer for my brother in law that night. They are incredible dogs. And no health problems yet knock on wood. I have a ton of pics but I'm not sure how to post them.


Outdoorreb
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Ever have problems with cockleburs?


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Lonnie Utah
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re: Boykin Spaniel
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trim that inner ear hair



We recently switched Vets and that's exactly what they advised us to do.

He usually gets 1 in the summer and 1 in the winter. In the summer it's swimming related and in the winter he gets them after playing in the snow. Folks talk about their heat tolerance, but ours is happier in cold weather than warm.



Lonnie Utah
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If I tell mine "find the bird" he'll lose his freaking mind and wont quit looking for 20 minutes. If I tell him "come in the house, I have to go to work", he'll pretend not to hear me



That sounds about right. On top of that, they have good memories too. If they've found something in a spot, that's the first place they go back to when they start looking again.

Have any of yours done the box turtle thing? Our has. There is not a wild box turtle within 500 miles of us but when we turned him out in the woods of the Carolina's that nose of his promptly finds one for us.
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choupiquesushi
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lonnie also a technique for ear cleaning where you use a cotton ball deep in ear that works (pro trainer showed me that, he does it on all of his-all breeds) also never put em up wet.


Lonnie Utah
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lonnie also a technique for ear cleaning where you use a cotton ball deep in ear that works (pro trainer showed me that, he does it on all of his-all breeds) also never put em up wet.



Thanks for that. We generally used oversized cotton swabs that we have 1,000,000 left from when the kid was a baby. I'll look up the other.

Thanks for the advice. Hopefully we've turned to corner on these things.


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duckaholic25
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choupiquesushi
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re: Boykin Spaniel
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Ever have problems with cockleburs?
occasionally


choupiquesushi
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choupiquesushi
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choupiquesushi
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as for trainability we went all the way through cabelas and even checked out just like this.....


choupiquesushi
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and yeah they fetch ducks too


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