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…