At what point do you say it's too cold to hunt your dog (particularly if they're going to get wet)?
My lab is roughly 60 pounds and I'm thinking 20 degrees and wet is on the edge to cold but wanted to get all your thoughts.
I toss the empty slotted decoy bags down on the floor for her to lay on.My lab is roughly 60 pounds and I'm thinking 20 degrees and wet is on the edge to cold but wanted to get all your thoughts. It is not an issue fora few hours after she first gets wet.I always have a vest on him but he sits on the front of the boat and would be bit exposed to wind. After a while she gets cold enough she comes inside the boat blind and either sits or lays down in front of the heater.If a dog is sitting in the wind it does not have to be extremely cold for them to be uncomfortable and have their body heat sapped.3) How well the vest fits.Most I see in pictures do not fit correctly, they are too loose but at least they will break the wind when the dog is out of the water.Since we hunt out of layout boats or sitting in corn we don't have a boat blind and heater.I have a dog stand so she stays out of the water, but I know she gets cold.Something I've not seen mentioned is insulation between Pup and cold/wet surfaces, I use fatigue mats to keep mine up off the aluminum boat deck and natural vegetation, such as cedar boughs to get them up off the ground and let water drain away from them.Also not too proud or lazy to crank the boat for long stuff we can handle that way.I think fat is actually more insulating than the proper coat.The coat I think deals more with ability to shed water after retrieves and break the wind.2) Wind.