Those of you who prefer to shoot waterfowl from a distance instead of sneaking up on them with a chokehold ready know how hard it is to locate the bird you’ve just shot sometimes. You are not hunting in an open field and not even in a forest - flooded timber is a terrain more challenging for prey collecting. Some of you are lucky enough to have a trusted four-pawned member of the family that can assist you in this task. Dogs have been accompanying hunters for centuries, so why change the tradition now? Animal senses are much sharper than ours, and legends are told about dogs’ sense of smell (especially when a treat is involved). And, since your canine is a full-fledged member of a hunting team, they need to be dressed for the occasion. Dog hunting gear allows your friend to feel comfortable while traversing water and soil to get your shot prey.
Some of the goods you can find here can also be categorized as dog camping or hiking gear since many of the items presented are designed specifically to keep your dog safe from snags and other forest obstacles while trapping body heat for additional warmth. However, duck hunting gear for dogs also considers the environment your pet is going to run around, that’s why many dog parkas featured here have integrated floatation padding for increased buoyancy. They are also camouflaged to mimic the terrain. Not that it matters for the already shot targets, but camo never hurt anyone.
Another category of items is dog training gear. Of course, your pet might understand that you ask them to bring you the duck, but where is the guarantee they will bring it to you in one piece and not eat half of it on their way? Dog bumpers and dog training dummies are crucial in teaching your pet how to handle the shot prey. We have dog bumpers of three major colors and various training dummies imitating birds for the most natural and close-to-reality training experience.
Gritr Sports presents to you our collection of top dog gear for hunting. If you are familiar with the waterfowl gear market, you’ll be pleased to see the industry major Avery widely presented. We have Avery dog vests, bumpers, and dummies, as well as waterfowl equipment for dogs produced by other worthy brands.
What kind of hunting dog gear do I need for my dog?
The specific hunting dog gear you'll need depends on the type of hunting you plan to do and the breed of your dog. However, some essential pieces include a sturdy collar and leash, a protective vest, a GPS tracker, and training tools like whistles or clickers.
How do I measure my dog for a hunting vest?
To measure your dog for a hunting vest, first measure around their chest at its widest point with a soft measuring tape. Then measure from the base of their neck to the base of their tail. Use these measurements to find the right size vest for your furry friend.
How often should I replace my hunting dog's gear?
The lifespan of hunting dog gear varies depending on usage intensity and other factors such as exposure to water, mud or rough terrain. Generally speaking, it is recommended that you replace collars and leashes every year or so, while protective vests can last several years if they are well-maintained and not damaged during use. It's always best to inspect your gear regularly and replace anything that appears worn or damaged before heading out into the field again.