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  • What extra protection to you give to your outside dogs in these cold conditions?

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  • #2
    Great excuse to turn them into inside dogs.

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    • #3
      My neighbors went to Florida for a week. They are looking for a house to buy down there. Their house dog miniature collie loves the cold air when I walk her. She smells every tree, mailbox stand and fire hydrant we walk pass. She wants to stay outside longer than her walk. I walk her in the morning and evening.
      I think every outside dog should have a dog house with bedding material or the owners should be reported. JMO

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Happy Myles View Post
        Great excuse to turn them into inside dogs.
        Lol, I don,t live in a dog house,and dogs don,t live in mine,use too ,no more

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
          My neighbors went to Florida for a week. They are looking for a house to buy down there. Their house dog miniature collie loves the cold air when I walk her. She smells every tree, mailbox stand and fire hydrant we walk pass. She wants to stay outside longer than her walk. I walk her in the morning and evening.
          I think every outside dog should have a dog house with bedding material or the owners should be reported. JMO
          Have you heard about the new breed of dog?
          It's a cross between a pit bull terrier and a collie.
          It bites your leg off, and then goes to get help!

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          • #6
            I am sure we all have our own thoughts as to the reason for having a dog, but if a dog is not part of the family (even a good hunting dog) I see no purpose for it. Dogs need love, good care and as a result of their commitment to man, they should be a regular in the house ! There is no better friend to man than a dog, they deserve the best we can give and do for them. That means a warm house in winter and a nice blanket to snuggle up in. These thoughts are of course only my opinion !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
              I am sure we all have our own thoughts as to the reason for having a dog, but if a dog is not part of the family (even a good hunting dog) I see no purpose for it. Dogs need love, good care and as a result of their commitment to man, they should be a regular in the house ! There is no better friend to man than a dog, they deserve the best we can give and do for them. That means a warm house in winter and a nice blanket to snuggle up in. These thoughts are of course only my opinion !
              I agree with you Richard. I will say though, I've seen some packs of coonhounds that are just as happy outside in a kennel with the other dogs as any inside dog, provided they have a way to stay warm/cool etc.

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              • #8
                Ours is an inside dog, but being a hunting dog I've had no issues getting him into cold water while training (his first hunt in cold water will be Tuesday). I've been looking for a good duck hunting vest to give him a little extra warmth since he doesn't have a double coat like a lab, but I'm having trouble finding anything to fit a 30lb dog that isn't bright colors.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
                  I am sure we all have our own thoughts as to the reason for having a dog, but if a dog is not part of the family (even a good hunting dog) I see no purpose for it. Dogs need love, good care and as a result of their commitment to man, they should be a regular in the house ! There is no better friend to man than a dog, they deserve the best we can give and do for them. That means a warm house in winter and a nice blanket to snuggle up in. These thoughts are of course only my opinion !
                  And I will also agree with you Outlaw when it comes to a pack of dogs. It would not be really possible to have a pack of dogs in the house, but I have lived with 3 dogs and all was well, but then that depends on their training and house manners. And some dogs prefer the outdoors, but for those that don’t, house is where they belong, and again jmo !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Outlaw View Post
                    Ours is an inside dog, but being a hunting dog I've had no issues getting him into cold water while training (his first hunt in cold water will be Tuesday). I've been looking for a good duck hunting vest to give him a little extra warmth since he doesn't have a double coat like a lab, but I'm having trouble finding anything to fit a 30lb dog that isn't bright colors.
                    For the first time out buy him a kids sweater in a bright color! just saying

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                    • #11
                      My Lab pass three years ago She loved cold water/weather all so. NO more pets only old good looking lady's ;-))

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                      • #12
                        I have heard dog lovers say if you donate to the ASPCA, donate to your local branch. Donations to the National ASPCA are used up in exuberant high overhead so less money actually gets to the needy animals. Don't know how true it is but something to be aware of.

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                        • #13
                          My two dogs live with me in the house and are better house quests than some people I know. This in no way affects their hunting ability. I plan to hunt with them today. Their feet will be treated with Mushers Secret due to ice and snow. They normally ride in the back of my pickup cap in a crate and drawer system I made. But, today, they will ride in the heat in my crew cab. Temperatures around 12 degrees today, colder as the week goes on. My nephew has a heated and air conditioned kennel with access to outdoor runs for his 10 dogs. Even my father who believed that his hunting dogs should not be housed, always had a well insulated dog coop for his dogs. When temperatures dropped to very cold conditions he would bring them into our basement.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
                            I have heard dog lovers say if you donate to the ASPCA, donate to your local branch. Donations to the National ASPCA are used up in exuberant high overhead so less money actually gets to the needy animals. Don't know how true it is but something to be aware of.
                            jimbo The ASPCA And PETA are one in the same they are not in favor of people using Hunting Dogs.

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                            • #15
                              My three hunting dogs live in the house. If anything it makes them better in the field. When you live with a dog, the two of you are compelled to become intellectually bonded. It's a hard thing to describe. My dogs know how I think and I know how they think. It's just natural when you live together. I also think it helps a lot to have more than one dog (though three is a bit over the top). They keep each other entertained when you're too busy to do it. This is especially important for high energy breeds like my little French Brittany.

                              The dogs and I go back to Montana every year for six weeks to hunt pheasants. No crates for them! I put the back seats down in the Jimmy and move the barrier up so they have the entire cargo area to move around in. It's a 25+ hour drive straight through and I'm not going to stuff them in a box that long. They can also tell me when they need to get out (so I don't have to crawl into the crate and clean it up!). Never had a problem except with my youngest Lab, Ellie. She gets a little wound up sometimes. Chewed off the back seatbelts THREE TIMES. Grrr. I now just keep the tools needed to replace them on board. It's funny how the dogs know exactly where we are on that long trip. The moment I cross the border from North Dakota into Montana the two young dogs put up a fuss. No kidding! I guess they know I only have a license to hunt on the other side. Amazing. Or maybe they can sense the excitement in me when I finally get "home" again. Yes, that's probably it. Intellectually bonded.

                              Sometimes it is difficult finding a motel that will take my dogs but I can usually count on Motel 6 (with no extra fees!). A few have even said no because mine are hunting dogs. And I can certainly understand why. I have seen so many kenneled hunting dogs that are just an unruly pain in the arse in a civilized environment.

                              My dogs add so much to my life I simply can't imagine living without them in the home. Living with hunting dogs for the last sixty-five years has shaped me as much if not more than the sport itself. And that shaping takes place on a moment by moment, day after day basis ... when they are in the house.

                              Edit: The second photo of dogs on the couch at home is Ellie, Coral, and Opal. The order is mixed up in caption.
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