Preparing a Goose for Training

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  1. Doc E

    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Every year, there are some posts titled like, "My Dog Won't Retrieve a Goose".

    Here is how to fix one up for training....... Of course, first you have to get a Goose

    Step One : Pluck a narrow line down the keel of the breast
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    Step Two : Barely cut through the skin down the keel of the breast
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    Step Three : Peel the skin off both sides of the breast
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    Step Four : It should now look like this :
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    Step Five : Breast out the meat and gut the bird
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    Step Six : The bird should now look like this
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  2. Doc E

    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Step Seven : Use a big needle and strong string
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    Step Eight : Sew the skin back together from the bottom up
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    Step Nine : Sewing continued
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    Step Ten : The finished product
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    This is all you need to do if you are going to use the bird on land only.
    If you are going to use it for water retrieves, it will float better if you fill up the gut cavity with the "Foam Insulation in a Can" stuff.




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  3. Potlicker

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    I'm curious, are those your beautiful fingernails? Very good idea!
     
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    Very cool idea
     
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    No, his wife is the true hunter in the family!!!:l
     
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    My wife takes the dog's fish oil and her nails look nice as well. Must be the fish oil :dv
     
  7. Doc E

    Doc E Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    In all honesty, she is my best friend, my favorite hunting partner, a great dog trainer/handler --- an all around 100% superb woman and human being. Been married 41 years.

    BTW, those fingernails are real ---------- not plastic or whatever they use = Great backscratcher.



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  8. NorIDhunter

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    Not to mention better looking !! :dv :l As well as being fun to talk to, with a great sense of humor (has to be to put up w/ the "curmudgeon". ;)

    Side note for those of us more ham fisted than Nami, I found that clamping the skin together (w/ hemostats or similar) helps a lot (!) and that a curved needle (quilter's ?) also makes things easier too. I've used dental floss instead of string as I do for most of my water exposed repairs (dog vests, deke bags etc).
     
  9. Steve Peacock

    Steve Peacock Senior Refuge Member

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    1) Kill goose
    2) take home
    3) Throw in freezer ;)
     
  10. Steve Peacock

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    I would put something in the cavity for weight.
     

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