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Vests and Boots for Dogs
Last Post 20 Oct 2009 09:52 AM by Porknbeans. 18 Replies.
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cacklencrowUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:23 cacklencrow
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25 Sep 2009 08:40 AM

    I've been contemplating getting both vests and boots for my dogs.  Does anyone else use them?  I know the last two seasons we hunted dogs until their feet got sore.  I also had a problem with the front teats of my older female GSP getting raw and bloody from busting through the frosty grass and weeds.  I've got another dog now to swap in and out with her but I figured the vest might be a good thing to protect her underside.

    Also looked at the Tuff-Foot lotion.  Anybody use this?  Supposed to apply 2-3 times a week to the dogs pads to keep them tough and leathery. 

    My cousin and I only get to do the pheasant thing once a year and we hunt hard all day for 4-5 days straight.  We had to stop using the dogs last year after the third day.  They wanted to hunt but their feet couldn't take it anymore.  

    Just seems like the dogs would look goofy all dressed up but may be worth the heckling I guess.

    CNC

     

    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    25 Sep 2009 04:29 PM
    My dog don't wear boots. He does wear a orange Chest Protector by Remington. It works real well for him. If he didn't have it his chest hair would be all wore off in no time......Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    chrisUser is Offline Pheasant Chick Pheasant Chick Send Private Message Posts:94 chris
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    26 Sep 2009 04:44 AM
    crackle,I found that sometimes the chest protector make thing worst pices of branches or thorns rub in between.but my dog is a hard charger willgo through anything.boots are a lost cause i bought a set put them on the wife had a good chuckle.
    as for tuff foot i use it it helps. my dog would run on 4 stumps to find birds. swaping dogs is key to back to back hunting trips
    a dog need time to rest , a 8 hour hunting day your dog covers 50-75 miles. my feet hurt after 5 miles.tuff feet & rest are the
    best to do ,i do keep the in car just in case.
    cacklencrowUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:23 cacklencrow
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    27 Sep 2009 11:12 AM
    .boots are a lost cause i bought a set put them on the wife had a good chuckle.



    Because the the wife laughed at them or they wouldn't stay on his feet??
    Brady-24-7User is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:41 Brady-24-7
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    27 Sep 2009 03:23 PM
    I also use the Remington vest for my Brittany but had to modify it so his pecker was exposed. He kept filling the vest up.
    Had the neighbour re-work it so all is exposed and now works like a charm.
    No boots though.

    Lee
    chrisUser is Offline Pheasant Chick Pheasant Chick Send Private Message Posts:94 chris
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    27 Sep 2009 04:08 PM
    cackle, He will not run with the boots on.
    chrisUser is Offline Pheasant Chick Pheasant Chick Send Private Message Posts:94 chris
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    27 Sep 2009 04:10 PM
    cackle, He will not run with the boots on.
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    27 Sep 2009 04:34 PM
    Brady, I had the same problem with Tony and the Remington vest. I noticed it the first time he wore it. He was acting strange so I looked for the trouble and found what the vest had done.....Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    grouchyolddudeUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:173 grouchyolddude
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    28 Sep 2009 04:07 AM

     

    Ready 'n waiting......

    Yup.. I do.  It took all of about 5 minutes in the feild before he was totally adjusted and (I believe) appreciative.  But.. finding 'good' boots, that will stay on, can be a chore in itself.

      I use an athletic tape that sticks to itself.

    LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO HUNT WITH AN UGLY GUN
    ggburkeUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:14 ggburke
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    28 Sep 2009 08:25 AM

    The best chest protector, in my opinion is made by "Skidplate".  The chest protector attaches to the dog in three different places around the neck, a under the arms and around the middle. It uses "fasteck" fasteners and web straps,  the front two connections make an X pattern with a handle.  It is more form fitting; it does not inhibit movement, is blaze orange and is made of heavy cordura nylon.  The only drawback is the straps seem to catch a lot of burrs.   They run a little small. My 80 lb lab takes an XL instead of the recommended large. I got mine at Gander Mountain.

    BigMattUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:42 BigMatt
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    28 Sep 2009 02:43 PM
    Watch for the vests rubbing around the dogs front armpit area. It is an issue with some vests.
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    28 Sep 2009 04:50 PM
    Yes, I agree BigMatt, I have these Remingtons do it Tony a few times. I think it is how tight you have them on your dog. When nice and snug it don't happen.......Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    28 Sep 2009 04:50 PM
    I use motor cycle inner tubes and duct tape for boots works great. Never used a vest but would.
    Life's Short Play Hard
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    28 Sep 2009 04:51 PM
    I use motor cycle inner tubes and duct tape for boots works great. Never used a vest but would.
    Life's Short Play Hard
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    28 Sep 2009 10:49 PM
    If I didn't use a chest protector on Tony he would have no hair on his chest. His hair is so fine, the weeds take it right off. This turns his chest into a big raw sore. Which I don't want him or I to deal with with......Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    grouchyolddudeUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:173 grouchyolddude
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    29 Sep 2009 05:31 AM
    Posted By Hillbilly on 28 Sep 2009 05:51 PM
    I use motor cycle inner tubes and duct tape for boots works great. Never used a vest but would.

    I've heard of that.. pictorial?..tutorial??   "How to"..

      put the foot inside, fold it back up over the toes/foot, and tape it ALL up?

    LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO HUNT WITH AN UGLY GUN
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    29 Sep 2009 05:00 PM
    I cut the tube just long enough to go to the elbow, You can leave the end open or make it long enough to fold under, Then I tape the top not to tight and you can tape the foot. Leaving the end open lets small debry fall out.
    Life's Short Play Hard
    grouchyolddudeUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:173 grouchyolddude
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    30 Sep 2009 06:00 AM
    I'm gonna try that hill'y. THANK YOU!
    LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO HUNT WITH AN UGLY GUN
    PorknbeansUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:542 Porknbeans
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    20 Oct 2009 09:52 AM
    I use a chest protector quite a bit and highly recommend one. I have boots, but the dog doesn't like them and they get really slick in snow and winter conditions.

    Porknbeans Grand High Pooba of the Fraternal Order of Procrastinators
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