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Any advice on jackets and booties for your doodles? Miles gets snow balls stuck all over him and between his paws..I am worried he might cut his paws when we are out ice fishing. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Comment by DonMarie & Picco on December 20, 2017 at 8:33am

Those snowsuits are cool!  I haven't seen any in person but they would sure help in your situation.  Post a photo of Miles wearing it!  I have a knitted sweater for Picco for those cold days.

Comment by Tay Friend on December 16, 2017 at 4:39am

Funny you ask! I was on a quest to find the perfect gear for my Finn. This is the first winter i've had him and he absolutely loves the snow. Luckily, I have a heated hose in my garage to melt the snow/ice balls from his fur, but I figured there must be some sort of suit to protect his luscious locks...After researching options online, I finally decided on a full body suit from www.neopaws.com. I was so excited, I paid the outrageous price for primary shipping because I just couldn't wait! They also have boots on their site if you're interested in those. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on December 15, 2017 at 6:31pm

Since I don't keep my dogs out in cold weather, I've not needed a jacket for them (I get cold long before they do!).

For hours of ice fishing, I would think a jacket a good plan.  One that maintains core body temperature.  Another concern is extremities like tail and ears / head / nose (as well as feet - which was already discussed).  If you're fishing using a portable tent, make sure the dog gets time in the tent and monitor them for signs of hypothermia.  Bring along an extra blanket or two just in case. And, be prepared to stop fishing if the dog is showing signs of hypothermia.   Also, remember to provide water for the dog.

Maybe someone that actually takes their dog ice fishing would be able to give more specific advice. I found this forum that might give you more insight - http://www.outdoorsmenforum.ca/showthread.php?t=200447

If I were to go out on the ice with my dog, I would keep it on a long training lead.  Dogs don't know to stay away from thin ice.  We've already seen several cases of people walking dogs along rivers and lakes and the dog falls through the ice because the owner didn't have them on lead.  (Fortunately, both of the most recent were rescued, as were their owners).

Good luck!

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on December 15, 2017 at 6:14pm

For ice fishing, I would guess Muttluks are the most tested most used option.  They've been around for years.  If you can't find them in the store to try on, be sure to follow their measuring guidelines to get a good fit.

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on December 13, 2017 at 7:05pm

Most Doodles love the snow! And their whole bodies can get covered in snowballs.

I use Ultra Paws Snow n Go (cannot withstand pavement or rough surface) and also Traction boots (fleece with grip on bottom). I don't know if it's enough grip for sheer ice.  Ultra Paws are a good price and stay on.  Watch out for durable boots, they may be too stiff.  I have the leg wraps too but haven't yet used them. 

Muttluks are popular but I've never tried them.  Your best bet is to try on any booties in store for best fit before buying.

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