Have a 3-4 year old yellow lab male. Rescued him from the shelter in May 12', so my best guess is he's 3-4. Excellent dog, a real pleasure to train and hunt with. Last year, he was the go-to dog and consequently had to hunt several times per week. I noticed he began to get cold tail roughly once a week during the brunt of the season. I did my best to give him time to rest and allow his tail to return to normal. Once it was, he was back in the blind again.
Hunted him for the first time this past Monday. Was a quick and easy Woodie hunt and he retrieved 8 birds. Yesterday morning I noticed he had cold tail yet again. I feel bad for the dog and I was wondering if it's normal for a dog to get cold tail this frequently? In this case after the first hunt (for him) of the season in a small swamp? I've read that cold tail can be a result of over-strenous exercise. My pooch is very healthy and I work him 3-4x a week and also take him on 1-2 three mile jogs per week if I have time.
So, do your dogs get cold/limber tail often? If so, what measures can you recommend to limit the frequency of this in the future? He has the rest of the week off and this weekend. Not going hunting when it's supposed to be 70 degrees on Saturday