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Training in Cold Weather. How to stay warm??

Ok so the past few times I have been training it's be cold!! We train twice a week. I'm a bit of a wimp so it was about 42 degrees. I'm looking for suggestion on how to stay warm. I was thinking about buying some insulated coveralls. My fear is I don't want to be mistaken for a decoy . LOL!



How do ya'll stay warm in the winter months when training is done outdoors? What do you wear? What tricks do you have? Also what suggestions on keep dog/ dogs warm? Please help.....

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I wear those snow overalls with a few jackets, and I put hand warmers in my pockets which work really well. Bundling up is all you can really do... and during the training itself, you should be moving around a lot, which will help with the cold. I don't see a dog mistaking you for a decoy just because youre wearing overalls. If they did, that would be quite the liability in the real world... LOL

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Great suggestions. We do move alot when working. However we have to wait for our turn too. We have 12 dogs in our group. So waiting can be awhile. What brand of overalls do you use?

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I use something similar to these - http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do...102&tid=gofr1r

Ouch! Couldn't imagine having 12 dogs in a group. We've only got three handlers that come consistently and I still get cold waiting for my turn. :P

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I swear by my 1 piece. For the best results..fleece pants and a hoodie.

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I wear Patagonia ski underwear(longjohns and longsleeved shirt), then I wear ski socks and jeans with Ugg rainboots (they are waterproof but have sheepskin lining). I wear a thick shirt and a car length down coat. I have a good hat from REI and a few different sets of gloves. I also have a large box of the handwarmers and have been known to stuff a few in my bra LOL. I am extremely cold natured and also have a condition called Reynaud's Syndrome which causes the circulation in my hands to stop, so I really have to keep my hands warm to avoid that.
Patagonia Capilene 3 Long Underwear Bottoms - Women's at REI.com

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Here's the coat, but mine is brown to hide dirt and such .



I searched LLBean and bought the longest coat rated for the lowest temps.

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Ouch.... To my pocket but I didn't even think about Uggs!

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http://www.zappos.com/ugg-adirondack-boot-ii-black-grey

I'm going to Bass Pro to try on coveralls some time this week. I have some at my club that brings hot water bottles. Great idea too for keeping warm. Never thought to put hand warmers in the bra. Your a smart woman! Having Reynaud's Syndrome is it really hard for you to hold the leash even with gloves on? Sounds almost painful ? I almost let go b/c I could feel my hands. I know that just must have been the cold weather though.

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You're in TX right? lol

Last few times training this has been me dressing....
- underwear
- ankle socks
- long johns
- camisole
- Smart Wool socks (pulled up over long johns)
- knee-high boot socks
- thermal long sleeve shirt
- wind pants
- t-shirt
- hooded sweatshirt or sweater fleece
- fleece jacket
- outer shell
- Muck boots (I have the Muckmasters with thick soles, keep my feet warm all winter)
- assorted hats, hoods, and mittens

Right now I have a storage bin in the van with dozens of mittens, gloves, and hats. Keep your head and your core warm and this will help keep your hands and feet warm. I have some serious cold-weather (I'm talking west Michigan blizzard negative windchills) mittens and gloves but if my core is not warm my hands are icy.

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I just did the lined rainboots, not the workboots. I got mine on ebay for around $80. I normally would NOT buy a name brand anything for working dogs, but I discovered that warm feet is worth the price. I can stand to be outside in the cold for much longer as long as my feet are cozy. I think mine are called "Orcas".
The Reynaud's only poses a problem if I actually have a flare up. I have learned to secret is to NEVER let my hands start to get cold to begin with. What gets me is if I have to take off my gloves to fill a bucket or something and my hands get wet.

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