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    Temps are supposed to get down to 9 degrees this weekend with a high of 22. This is a high drive dog but does stay inside at night so I have a feeling the cold will get to him some unless birds are working. Here is my plan to keep my dog safe, please share any opinions:

    Neoprene vest on dog at all times
    Dog rides in truck to and from blind
    rubber wetmutt mat in dog box on blind
    Heater in blind that dog will sit next too. he usually sits in an enclosed box but has a door to get in the blind. He knows to go to his box and look when birds are working.
    dry dog off to keep ice from forming after each retrieve
    don't send on long marks/blinds or on ice. we have ice eaters to form a hole around 75X75 yards and that is the only area I will let him retrieve that day.
    check his gums for color and have water next to heater for him

    Anything that I am missing?

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    Default Hunting cold & hot weather

    Anything that I am missing?[/QUOTE]

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    I think you'll do just fine. You're thinking of your little buddy and that's the main thing.
    My pup did great on this ice hunt and we didn't have much shelter in the boat.

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    Double vest your dog: I use a 5mm base and a 3 mm second coat. Also, I protect the dog with a SUGAR coat - very well worth the money. And, I'm not certain if feeding the dog will maintain any body warmth - something to do with blood flow and how dogs digest food. I'd do some research into that. Oh - and make sure the dog's vest fits properly !!!! Tight; not loose and sloppy.
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    Cold tail prevention. Keep dog dried off as you mention, and try to avoid prolonged periods in cramped spaces i.e his box

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzappia View Post
    Double vest your dog: I use a 5mm base and a 3 mm second coat. Also, I protect the dog with a SUGAR coat - very well worth the money. And, I'm not certain if feeding the dog will maintain any body warmth - something to do with blood flow and how dogs digest food. I'd do some research into that. Oh - and make sure the dog's vest fits properly !!!! Tight; not loose and sloppy.
    +1 on the SUGAR coat, I have only used mine a couple of times, but it makes a huge difference in the intense cold.
    Also be sure to exercise the dog lightly after hunting and before putting in the crate for the trip home. This really help decrease cold tail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8DuckCaller View Post
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    Agreed on Sugar coat. I take my dogs in any weather, they retrieve and back in the boat. Within 5 minutes the shivering has stopped. Therefore I am convinced.

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    Regarding the SUGAR Coat: I have the wool liner and my buds have the fleece liner. I much prefer the wool liner. I believe it is much warmer and I believe wet wool maintains its insulation value over wet fleece.
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