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#1437388 - 12/08/09 08:44 PM Dog Feet
Dustballs Offline
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Registered: 03/14/09
Posts: 861
Loc: Wyoming
I went today to call some coyotes. I didnt get to det any calling in due to some guys trespassing. Anyway I let the dogs out to run around and after a very short period they both started acting like they were walking on thumb tacks. The temp was -4 with about 8 inches of snow. I have never seen them act like there feet were hurting before. This is the first time I went calling with dogs in these kind of temps. Can I due anything for them or if I keep them out can I hurt them?

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#1437429 - 12/08/09 09:04 PM Re: Dog Feet [Re: Dustballs]
Duane@ssu Offline
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Registered: 04/24/01
Posts: 4095
Loc: Gods Country
Cold is cold, I don't run my dogs much when the temp is -0.
Some guys do, but I don't. Just not gonna put the wear and tear on my dogs for a 25$ yote.
I went out for a few hours yesterday, got a Christmas tree, and looked for cats tracks, but at 6pm it was 0, so I "pulled the pin". Got up at 6am, -14, to dam cold to run dogs.(in my opinion).
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#1437495 - 12/08/09 09:52 PM Re: Dog Feet [Re: Duane@ssu]
walker1 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/08
Posts: 92
Loc: Wadena Minnesota
We have used them nylon booties you can get very cheap at any gander mountain or any other place that sells dog supplys but if you do use em use duct tape over the top or they don't stay on long.

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#1437559 - 12/08/09 10:46 PM Re: Dog Feet [Re: walker1]
Devin69 Offline
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Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 1467
Loc: Craig Colorado
-20 here righ now. The dogs don't like to go in this stuff and I don't blame them. But once they get on a track they seem to forget how cold it is.lol



Edited by Devin69 (12/08/09 10:52 PM)
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#1437583 - 12/08/09 11:09 PM Re: Dog Feet [Re: Devin69]
Duane@ssu Offline
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Registered: 04/24/01
Posts: 4095
Loc: Gods Country
They can take the cold when they are movin, just like if we are working, compared to sittin on a pail icefishing.
I just don't like to run my dogs below zero. Maybe I'm just a "puss".
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#1437786 - 12/09/09 08:38 AM Re: Dog Feet [Re: Duane@ssu]
Dustballs Offline
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Registered: 03/14/09
Posts: 861
Loc: Wyoming
To be honest I didnt even thik about it. I let the dogs out while we were standing around. It wasnt long and both dogs were acting like there feet hurt. Not wanting to hurt the dogs we loaded up and went on to other things.

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#1437984 - 12/09/09 12:25 PM Re: Dog Feet [Re: Dustballs]
RGraff Offline
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Registered: 10/25/07
Posts: 192
Loc: Eastern Oregon
I've had them out when it was too d**n cold and wasn't smart enough to notice until I saw blood on the ground from where the hide had been pulled off their pads. Needless to say, I subscribe to Duane's philosophy of leaving them home when it drops to 0 or thereabouts.


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#1438114 - 12/09/09 02:37 PM Re: Dog Feet [Re: RGraff]
Dustballs Offline
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Registered: 03/14/09
Posts: 861
Loc: Wyoming
I will have to agree with Duane and Rgraff. I learned a lesson. Thanks for the reply.

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#1438643 - 12/09/09 09:20 PM Re: Dog Feet [Re: Dustballs]
Duane@ssu Offline
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Registered: 04/24/01
Posts: 4095
Loc: Gods Country
I ran this morning for a few hours, It was -16 when I left here, but just -4 when we turned out. The sun was coming up, and the hounds were running hard.On the dry ground and rocks they never showed a sore foot.At noon when I got back to the rig it was +18. Conditions change quick sometimes.
I would have stayed home except I got a call at 6:30 so I went knowing it would be warmer by the time I got there with the dogs.And knew it would warm up as we hunted.
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