Dog’s feet

GW from Tenn

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What is the best solution to keep your dogs feet healthy enough to hunt everyday on a 2 week hunt in the Dakota’s? We’ve tried several ideas and none seem to be full prove
 

Gatzby

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Get 2 more dogs and hunt each every third day! Seriously I don't think anything could prepare a dog for 14 days. I guide occasionally and it really takes a minimum of 3 dogs for a 1 week guiding gig (5 would be better).
 

BritChaser

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What is the best solution to keep your dogs feet healthy enough to hunt everyday on a 2 week hunt in the Dakota’s? We’ve tried several ideas and none seem to be full prove
If there are other dogs in your group you could rotate them.
 

BrownDogsCan2

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I assume he means 10 days , but I’d want 2 dogs and a rest about every 4 th day. I couldn’t hunt 14 days straight and of course neither could my dogs
 

Bob Peters

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I went just me and my dog last year and we hunted 4 days straight late season. She was really tired by the end of the 4th day, and she was in good condition going into the trip. To answer the original question musher's secret always comes up every time for use of the pads. Bag balm also. Could try boots, although I've never used them so don't know much about them.
 

Wolfchief

Member
I've used boots on my Labs and they work IF you put them on the dog several times BEFORE the trip to acclimate his paws to them. After the hunt check the paws carefully for abrasions/cuts between the pads and toes, and clean each boot after the hunt because grass, burrs and grit will accumulate.. Another tip: Secure the boots with duct tape (on the boots, not the fur) or you can lose a boot. I bought mine from Ugly Dog but Scheel's, Bass Pro and Cabela's have them too.
And I agree--you can't hunt a dog 2 weeks straight; I've had to hunt mine 3 or 4 days straight and felt guilty doing even that.
 

BigRand

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My dog wears boots. I always carry an extra set for the inevitable when the fall off or wear out. Go through about one pair every season due to loss and wearing out. Never had to hunt her more than three days in a row. That was by myself for three days. So only needed nine birds.
 

GW from Tenn

New member
Thanks for all the help. I'm good on the dog situation, I have 4 dogs. I'm just needed the best solution to keep they're feet healthy enough to hunt. I don't have the luxury of living close to the states that have an abundance of pheasants so we (my Dad and I) take a trip once a year. We've been doing this several years now and I've found it doesn't take but one outing to mess a dog's foot/feet up, so that's why I have the question. We've bought some boots and there hard to get to stay on and just hard to get on properly. I've got some of the Musher's and some other healing cream, both help but I'd still like to hear what other people think and use.
 
I've never had issues with the dog's feet getting worn out. Maybe it is where I hunt, or the type of cover, but after over 50 times out last year my female golden that made every trip had no issues whatsoever. With that being said, they are constantly out running fields/sloughs/dirt trails/etc. during the offseason, so maybe the pads are used to it? I'm definitely no expert, so take this as just my own personal experience with my golden retrievers.

Snow is a different story, and can really irritate my goldens if there is a lot of ice building up. Musher's secret seems to be the ticket for that.
 

UplandHntr

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I think part of it is a dogs hunting style. My Goldens dont seem to have many issues but my Springer does. She bounces left and right and is a manic in the field.
 

GW from Tenn

New member
I bought some of the Lewis dog boots, I can't wait to try them out this weekend. I hope they will be the solution I've been looking for. They look like they could be just that, I may have to duct tape them to keep them from coming off but I think they'll work.
 
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