I couldn`t get Jake to lay down because the ground was frozen so I took the liner out of my coat to give him something warm and dry to lay on. All I got was a linerless coat and a dog that still wouldn`t stay down no matter what I did so I cut some sage and stuck it in the ground around him.
We got our ducks and a honker apiece
I saw a pop out doggy blind on tv, kinda like a "pup" tent I`m thinking of getting. It folds down like the folding truck windshield suncovers and pops into a small tent for the dog to climb in when there`s nowhere for him to hide, like where I hunted yesterday, there is really nowhere for a dog where I wanted to hide so as much as I hated doing it he stayed home.It`s a shallow pond so retrieving was no problem and he didn`t have to freeze his tail off.
I showed him the birds when I got home and boy was he pissed but sometimes he just does me more harm than good.
It`s something to consider (leaving him at home),I hate hunting w/out my best blind buddy but I`m sure he understood matter of fact I`m pretty sure he`s already forgiven me.
Maybe you could dig a shallow pit for Sam and brush it up it might be tough now with it flooded,the chicken wire thing is a good idea.