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bullred84
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Retrievers in below freezing temps

Going west next week to duck hunt what will be mostly tank ponds. Temps could get as low as 23 degrees. My dogs are used to hunting Louisiana where it rarely freezes. They'll have a vest on and I planned on bringing a towel to help keep them dry. Any other suggestions on hunting them in these type of conditions?


LSUballs
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RayVegas LA
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
They’ll be fine. Being cut by ice is the biggest threat, if it’s iced up


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jgthunt
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Hunted last Friday on a frozen pond in Oklahoma. Dog was fine with the cold, but wouldn't get close to the ice.


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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Dog should be fine. If you’re concerned then bring a mr buddy heater and aim it at her.

If you have a blind that is ideal too just something to get them off the ground

Wool blanket can be used too if you’re really worried.


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Insurancerebel
Madison
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Should be fine. Just keep an eye on how the dog is acting. If anything is off, dry them off and put them in the kennel.


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HoldThatTiger03
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Hunted my dog multiple times where she has had ice sickles hanging from her coat. Just keep an eye on them.


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BorrisMart
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La
Member since Jul 2020
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Seen videos of guys hunting and the labs have ice cycles on them and they look like they're loving the action. I have never hunted freezing temps or ice with a dog, but people do it. Maybe bring a little box heater and make sure to pet it to keep the water from freezing every so often and some treats.


OntarioTiger
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Canada
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
I hunt in Ontario, Canada and waterfowl hunt until end of season (Jan 10 here). Have dog wear a well fitting vest, bring a wool blanket as others have said and last let them run around after a few retrieves to warm up. Letting my dogs run is the biggest thing i find to keep them warm. Have fun


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Whatafrekinchessiebr
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Member since Nov 2013
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps


Get you a CBR and you are good to go.


MobileJosh
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
They’re dumb as a box of rocks but hardy as hell.


Whatafrekinchessiebr
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Member since Nov 2013
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
quote:

They’re dumb as a box of rocks but hardy as hell.


I had enough issues getting my now 15yr CBR trained that have me seriously looking at replacing her with a lab but dumb wasn’t one of them.


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TigerstuckinMS
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Labs have a water resistant double coat and they were bred from water dogs that came from Labrador. As in the far Northern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They were specifically bred to be water retrievers in colder weather and if they're active, they tend to do really well in the wet and cold. Of course, if their coats get really wet and they just sit around, they can get hypothermia just like you can.

I'm with everyone else. Bring a blanket and maybe a little heater, let them run around every now and then to keep their body temp up, and watch them for signs of distress, but they'll probably be loving it.
This post was edited on 1/13 at 5:09 pm


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Goldensammy
Cypress, TX
Member since Jun 2016
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
If you are setting up in dry ground, the dog will be fine. If not, make sure dog (their balls, tail and all) are elevated up out of water. If in a blind with a dog box. Make sure it drains. Putting hay in the bottom of a dog box will also help.

If the dog stops shivering, that is when you should be concerned.


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pjab
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Your dog will be fine. 23 won’t feel like 23 would in the south. You can tell which car in the ski parking lot has a big dog inside because the windows don’t have snow. Dogs put off a tremendous amount of heat.

Re: southern dog... my old lab is South LA/MS breed. My young lab is from northern Iowa. I don’t notice a difference about their cold tolerances.


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oleyeller
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Watch their legs getting cut up by ice. And monitor them closely. Had a buddy last yr in frozen ponds in arkansas with his lab, and it started pissn blood. Had to rush to vet, was getn hypothermia


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VernonPLSUfan
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
Several years back a front pushed thru with 15-20 mph winds with temps in the upper teens. Shoot our first volley my dog hits the water. Comes back, heels in his spot. Shoot another volley and he's off again. By the time he gets back to the blind, maybe 5 minutes, the spot he was sitting in is frozen. He loved every minute of it, I was freezing my balls off.


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MWP
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Kingwood, TX via Monroe, LA
Member since Jul 2013
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re: Retrievers in below freezing temps
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They'll have a vest on


I put a vest on my YLF when it gets much past freezing. Never really had any issues with the cold but I am gonna say that I don't think I have never ran a dog in temps lower than 20's. Also fyi, putting your frigid hands in between the vest and their coat is a bulletproof hand warmer.


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