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#6037961 - 11/18/15 07:54 PM Dog does not like vest
river bottom Offline
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Registered: 12/14/10
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I bought my lab a vest to wear and now when she has it on she doesn't want to retrieve, I have to make her go get it and she doesn't want to get in the water with it on. I was wanting to know if this was normal behavior for a dog that never has wore one,, please help

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#6037994 - 11/18/15 08:12 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
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My old yellow was not happy with it. However when it got colder she got used to it. The second season was easier.
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#6038020 - 11/18/15 08:22 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
river bottom Offline
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Ok thanks, I just left it on her and before I go to bed iam going to take it off of her

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#6038034 - 11/18/15 08:29 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
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What's bad is I gave mine away last year thinking I'd never get another dog. Now I need to get a new one.
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#6038062 - 11/18/15 08:45 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
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I hope mine will get use to it, this will be her first hunt on saturday

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#6038094 - 11/18/15 09:07 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
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Did you check it good for proper fit and trim as needed? Make sure she can move all her legs freely. Apart from that, you just need to have her get use to it by running around the backyard, rolling on her back, doing some retrieves and of course swimming.
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#6038369 - 11/19/15 06:53 AM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
river bottom Offline
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Registered: 12/14/10
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I trimmed the bottom of the vest on her chest where it was rubbing her legs, I may need to trim some at the the top oh her shoulder, I bought a large and xlarge, the XL was to loose I believe so I went with the large it fits a little snugger. When I was reading about vest they said u want them a little snug but not tight.

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#6038455 - 11/19/15 08:01 AM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
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She'll end up loving it like everything else to do with hunting.
And yes, a good fit is important.
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#6038531 - 11/19/15 08:43 AM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
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Once the birds start falling she'll forget all about it. From that point, it won't be long before she will associate the vest with hunting birds and she'll get all amped up when you pull it out. Mine have always done that with e-collars, boots, and vests. It's just like pulling your tennis shoes out to go for a walk and the dogs go bat crazy... don't worry, she'll figure it out.
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#6038936 - 11/19/15 12:11 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
hunting_guy Offline
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Registered: 09/09/15
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^^^this^^^ my dog sees vest, guns, decoys, collar, or camo and she gets all fired up. Once she makes that association you won't have any issues.

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#6040001 - 11/19/15 11:03 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
river bottom Offline
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Thanks for the replies!! I took her out today and put the vest on her and used frozen ducks and she worked liked a champ,she loves real ducks,, I went ahead and trimmed her vest a little more. We are back on track now, thanks again

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#6044269 - 11/22/15 09:00 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
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Yeah keep it on her, my dog bucked like a mule w it on I'd say come and she'd jump straight up, so stupid,lol. Needless to say made her wear it for a day straight, no problems now

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#6047479 - 11/24/15 12:06 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: pervis]
ZachW Offline
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Originally Posted By: pervis
Yeah keep it on her, my dog bucked like a mule w it on I'd say come and she'd jump straight up, so stupid,lol. Needless to say made her wear it for a day straight, no problems now


Haha. I love this. My dog did the same and I can guarantee I said the same thing... "so stupid."

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#6048031 - 11/24/15 04:46 PM Re: Dog does not like vest [Re: river bottom]
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Registered: 01/30/15
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Used a vest on my lab & golden , never had a problem with it on. Just the golden wiggles around a lot when I am putting it on him

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