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I am on the lookout for the perfect dog vest and have not as of yet found it. So i am wondering if any of you in all of your travels have seen such an animal. I want it to be at least 5mm, camo, velcro(sp) only no zipper, and hopefully with some added chest protection. I have found a few with some of these qualities but nothing that is what i would say is the perfect waterfowl dog vest.
 

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Man! Thats alot to to ask for. I don't recall seeing too many 5mm, mostly 3mm. And as far as zipperless, that maybe a shot in the dark.

Try Mack's Prairie Wings, they may have something. If not, maybe look to Duck's Unlimited forums and ask the specialists. Hope this helps!


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I am on the lookout for the perfect dog vest and have not as of yet found it.

....and you never will.
I have never seen a vest that did not do more damage than it was there to prevent.
My advice is to run your dog and run your dog more often, he'll toughen up or get benched for the next tough one to come along.
 

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....and you never will.
I have never seen a vest that did not do more damage than it was there to prevent.
My advice is to run your dog and run your dog more often, he'll toughen up or get benched for the next tough one to come along.
I don't disagree with you too often but after a trip to Iowa and having two dogs visit the local vet for stitches and staples, they now wear vests. for upland running I like the kind shown in the photo. They cause less chaffing in the armpit area. They really are great for protecting the female teats.

For waterfowling, which you may be describing, I will leave to the waterfowlers.
 

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I don't disagree with you too often but after a trip to Iowa and having two dogs visit the local vet for stitches and staples, they now wear vests. for upland running I like the kind shown in the photo. They cause less chaffing in the armpit area. They really are great for protecting the female teats.

For waterfowling, which you may be describing, I will leave to the waterfowlers.
Ditto.

I had the same thing last year in S.D. with my dogs.

I also had my female put a stick through her chest and almost killed her but, I doubt a vest would have helped that. For Michigan hunting just let the dog toughen up (upland that is) for out west get 2 for each dog. One Neoprene and one Nylon.

Good Luck, there aren't any perfect ones but, quite a few that will do the job.
 

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As you can see in my photos my dog always wears a vest. I had problems in the legs with rubbing but I cut it to fit. I have a real nice Herter's camo vest with a little flotation added to it, that has served well it has velcro but everything I have bought since then in neoprene is zippered. My light weight vests i had velcro sewn on after market because the straps were tearing her hair out so I bought one a size bigger took it to a seamstress, and had her sew velcro on it just like your asking for. It cost me 5 dollars, pretty inexspensive. Jeff
 

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Ditto.

I had the same thing last year in S.D. with my dogs.

I also had my female put a stick through her chest and almost killed her but, I doubt a vest would have helped that. For Michigan hunting just let the dog toughen up (upland that is) for out west get 2 for each dog. One Neoprene and one Nylon.

Good Luck, there aren't any perfect ones but, quite a few that will do the job.

What happens out west that rips the dogs up so bad?,but doesn't happen in Michigan?(serious question).
 

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I do a lot of hunting in Lake Michigan which is about 30-40 degrees while i am hunting so you can see where even the toughest dogs need a vest if you are going to hunt for any length of time. I saw that browning made a 6mm vest which is great but i wonder if you could not have a professional sew one of the skid plate vest to it...that might be the ticket.

And as far as letting the dog toughen up or getting a differnt one well that is spoken like a truly ignorant person.
 

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I do a lot of hunting in Lake Michigan which is about 30-40 degrees while i am hunting so you can see where even the toughest dogs need a vest if you are going to hunt for any length of time. I saw that browning made a 6mm vest which is great but i wonder if you could not have a professional sew one of the skid plate vest to it...that might be the ticket.
Oh, duck dog, never mind my comment was directed to the uplands.

And as far as letting the dog toughen up or getting a differnt one well that is spoken like a truly ignorant person.
Oh, duck dog, never mind my comment was directed to the uplands. :dizzy:
Yours truly, In Ignorance.

But seriously, if dogs are constantly getting injured they need to toughen up or miss out on the ground time. Sometimes experience enables them to grow out of it. I have a tough dog and a not so tough dog.
Tough dog gets the lion's share of the ground time and injury prone dog rides the bench a bunch but fills in when the tough dog needs rest.
Not rocket science, not ignorance, just relating my experiences, it wasn't a shot at your dog.
 

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Oh, duck dog, never mind my comment was directed to the uplands. :dizzy:
Yours truly, In Ignorance.

But seriously, if dogs are constantly getting injured they need to toughen up or miss out on the ground time. Sometimes experience enables them to grow out of it. I have a tough dog and a not so tough dog.
Tough dog gets the lion's share of the ground time and injury prone dog rides the bench a bunch but fills in when the tough dog needs rest.
Not rocket science, not ignorance, just relating my experiences, it wasn't a shot at your dog.


Makes Sense. sorry for the over reaction
 

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If your dog lives inside then you probably should use one, definately if its cold and your dog is not getting much work, otherwise I wouldnt bother.
 

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What happens out west that rips the dogs up so bad?,but doesn't happen in Michigan?(serious question).
I still disagree about the "toughening up" statement. I train my dogs year around and you can get a dog in great shape, toughen their pads but you are not going to build callouses on their belly to prevent cuts. Charging through switch grass, milo, sorghum and various other stubble fields can tear them up. That is not to mention the barbed wire fences that are everywhere in some places. Try calling a hard charging dog off a crippled pheasant that just ran through a fence. Or, you might not even see the fence.

Plus, here you are not as likely to hunt this type of cover day after day. When you make the trip west you will, just because that is what you are there for. A vest will go a long way toward saving a vet bill.

However, the toughen up theory may work. You may want to try this for yourself by wearing shorts, no shoes, and no shirt then walk behind you dog
while it is getting toughened up. You should be able to hit the fields without any "field gear" on this fall:yikes: .
 

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Maybe Iowa is tougher terrain than Kansas but my sissy grouse dogs handled the Kansas prairie without problem. Very little barb wire in KS where I hunted but maybe smarten up is the operative word, not toughen up. My dogs learned how to avoid barbwire as youngsters hunting them on MI. farms.
I tried a couple vests on my dog but had to cut it so narrow in front to prevent rubbing the armpits raw that it did very little to protect and I felt they all created "snag" possibilities or held in too much heat.
Maybe you need more dogs to rotate Tim :D .

By the way, nice article in the RGS rag this month.
 

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Got 4 thats enough and I would trash your ES for ***** footing it through the fields but that would be hitting below the belt and too easy:) . Besides, one of mine that got cut is an ES. He doen't give a rip about anything when going after a downed bird. I make sure the vests are not too tight. Sure does protect aagainst raw teats on the girls.
 

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What happens out west that rips the dogs up so bad?,but doesn't happen in Michigan?(serious question).
Just like others have mentioned. The grass, cattails etc. My dogs have never really torn themselves up in MI, maybe a few minor cuts and scrapes but, nothing like S.D.
 

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