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Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby Athomas16 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:10 pm

I live in South Alabama where are winter is usually about two weeks long. Last year I don't think it got below freezing for longer than a couple hours. As a result, I have never had to think about temperature (overheating in the summer, yes).

I have a 3 year old, 35lb Braque Francais and we will be hunting Pheasant in western Nebraska for the week of Thanksgiving. The dog will sleep inside so my question only concerns while hunting. Should I get a vest or something for her?

If yes, recommendations? If no, at what temperature do you start thinking about adding some protection?
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby waldo8403 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:58 pm

I live in ND and hunt with setters. I frequently hunt in temps well below zero (not windchill, actual temp), without a vest. The biggest problem is snowballs building up between the dogs toes.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby orhunter » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:44 pm

If the dog is panting from exercise, it's warm enough. Dogs don't really pant because they're short (in most situations) of Oxygen, they do it to reduce body temperature.

You can use something greasy (Bag Balm) on the dog's feet to reduce snow buildup.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby Calvinator » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:27 pm

I suggest Musher's Secret for the feet to prevent ice balls.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby AverageGuy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:32 pm

Calvinator wrote:I suggest Musher's Secret for the feet to prevent ice balls.


This is what I use. I have bird cleaning equipment in the truck including disposable latex gloves. I put the gloves on and smear the Musher's Secret all through the dog's toes and pads. Works really well.

My experience is with GWPs and we have hunted in subzero temps down to 13 F below zero with no problems. But they have excellent undercoats and are moving constantly to generate their own heat while hunting.

Good Luck on your trip.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby Dakotazeb » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:00 pm

Your Braque Francais, having short hair, really shouldn't have a problem with snowballs between his toes. That's usually more of a problem for longer haired dogs. Unless temps get down close to zero or below having the dog wear a vest really isn't necessary either. As long as the dog is moving he will be fine. And temps in Nebraska around Thanksgiving shouldn't be that cold. You might consider a vest more to protect your dog from barbed wire, brush and other things that could scrape or cut him. I use one like this from Cabelas on my Brittany. http://www.cabelas.com/product/hunting/ ... s?slotId=1
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby Willie T » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:12 pm

I live in Texas. In North Dakota now. Your dog will love the cool weather
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby Athomas16 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:15 pm

Thanks guys.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby twistedoak » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:59 am

I moving dog should be ok in sub freezing temps.
but don't forget to factor in wind
but if the dog is not used to ice and snow ,you should take extra caution with the feet.
as some said mushers secret can help with snowballing, really it provides no protection from the raw sharp edges of ice crystals.
I found the best solution is dog boots made for sled dog racing.
they stay on well ,even if you do throw one , they are inexpensive.

if you are travelling and on a timeline , the last thing you want or need is for your dog to be sidelined for med reasons.
so i'd be packing a vest and boots for the dog
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby NEhunter » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:42 pm

I live in Nebraska and will hunt my dogs on upland through January with nothing more than a chest protector for fences, most of the time they wear nothing, unless I am duck hunting then I have a neoprene vest for them.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby mtlhdr » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:11 pm

The only time I've seen my shorthair cold was when it was very windy with wet snow. Every time he plowed through the brush (which was constantly) heavy wet snow kept falling on him, keeping him soaked. It never hurts to have a neoprene vest along. Make sure you customize the fit because most vests aren't made for pointing dogs.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby marysburg » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:45 pm

The Rivers West Fleece dog vests sold by Ugly Dog Hunting are made for pointers (and with another model to fit Retrievers). They are windproof and water resistant, and my shorthair just loves hers in wet and windy conditions. The vests fit small, so I have size L for the 40 lb Britts, and a 2XL for the 60 lb shorthair. The vests work really well if you have a dry one to put onto a wet dog you are putting into a dog box or crate. The dog doesn't get chilled, just dries off.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby orhunter » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:28 am

The worst weather we've hunted is thick freezing fog. Dog was fine if it was cold enough so the fog just formed ice on her coat. If she was wet, she was fine while hunting, stop for a break, she'd get cold.
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby Calvinator » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:25 pm

SD December 2013 8" snow Temp with windchill -30F Dogs were fine except for ice balls
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Re: Heading for Nebraska - Cold weather protection for Dog?

Postby orhunter » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:35 pm

Windchill only affects damp exposed skin.
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