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Thread: Cold weather safety/warm dog vest question.

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    Default Cold weather safety/warm dog vest question.

    Hi all,
    I was curious as to which winter dog vest people here use for short hair ( not labs ) dogs.
    I’ve hunted with labs for years, taking granted that my labs love swimming or being out doors in ANY weather.
    I recently added a pointer in the mix, her breed is from a dry arid warmer climate and any thing below 40* she’ll shiver the whole day. I have a thin orange vest for her but it’s only for safety reasons.
    I’m looking for something that can withstand thorns sticker bushes etc. also something that will keep her warm and a bright color.
    I’ve looked through Amazon and various hunting dog supply shops.
    Was wondering if anyone has any input on the subject?

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    Just be careful with neoprene. My pointer has little hair compared to most breeds and after half a day hunting it wore the skin off both arm pits. It was bad. She was out of commission for two weeks.keep that in mind when fitting and trimming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnHunter View Post
    Just be careful with neoprene. My pointer has little hair compared to most breeds and after half a day hunting it wore the skin off both arm pits. It was bad. She was out of commission for two weeks.keep that in mind when fitting and trimming.
    Yes, great point. I went thru that with another dog.

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    I have a Sylmar that has a neoprene type lining for cold weather. Same chest protector material all around. I dont think Ive had to use it yet with my Springer but probably will at some point. She's pretty thin haired as well.
    Mike

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    I have a GSP, he seems to handle the cold at least as well as I do, no need for a vest for warmth, but if I hunted along the rivers or creek with beavers, I would definately invest in a skip plate design. Those 12" high cut-off willows are dangerous for man and beast.

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    I have found that Brittanys really do not need any type of clothing when hunting upland game. I have several vests and jackets that I rarely use except during deer gun and muzzle loader seasons. My dogs are indoor dogs by the way.

    I have found that ice balls in their pads is the biggest problem in cold weather hunting when snow is on the ground.

    I do use a neoprene vest when hunting waterfowl since mornings are often cool and the dogs spend more time sitting.

    I have a large SUV and my dogs ride inside. I would suspect the greatest chance of hypothermia could arise when transporting gun dogs in the kennels located in the bed of pick ups - especially if their is no cap or topper. If your dogs ride in back make sure they are dry and out of the wind when traveling place to place.

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    My dog, always rides inside my truck.Not in a dog crate.In Montana, a neoprene dog best in late November, and December is used. Browning, makes a good one.Im going to start using it more often, because it protects the chest, and belly, from cuts.

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    Agree with Goosemaster that protection from cuts is a better reason to cover your dog. Be careful using products that hold heat during mild and of course warm days. Dogs do not sweat and can overheat quicker than some may believe especially if covered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRITTMAN View Post
    Agree with Goosemaster that protection from cuts is a better reason to cover your dog. Be careful using products that hold heat during mild and of course warm days. Dogs do not sweat and can overheat quicker than some may believe especially if covered.
    That's a good point
    It has to be chilly out, when using neoprene vests.My dog doesn't mind .

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    I picked up a vest for her from west wind. Very pleased.

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