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?