Are neoprene dog coats effect for water work or wildfowling? Please let us know!
By Peter Blatch
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Have you got any experience of neoprene coats for gundog training? Do they work?
The reason I ask is because my spaniel last season shivered badly whenever we went wildfowling. I assume wearing one will not impair the dog’s swimming ability?
Hands up here - I don’t know. I have never tried one on a dog of mine though I will admit that dogs sent to me for kennelling with one on do look very comfortable in them.
As for wearing one in the field, I am not so sure; maybe if the dog is just sitting in a pigeon hide or roost shooting on a wet night things might be okay but I would be a little cautious sending a dog into water wearing one in case its paws got caught in the straps.
As I say, I don’t have any experience of these garments and I would be pleased to hear from folk – particularly wildfowlers – who have used them on dogs.
Maybe such coats give the dog extra buoyancy, who knows…
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