Is it ever too cold for your dogs to go out?

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  1. Kimbers

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    The high for today is -15 degrees. I took Schaffer on a walk and he was fine. I then tried to take Kailey out. Five minutes in, she just sat down on the sidewalk and looked at me like "yeah, no. We're going home."
    Of course, when we got home, she spazzed out and zoomed around the house like a crazy dingo. It'd better warm up soon, or this dog may find herself being shipped out to Cali with my brother.

    Are your dogs winter wusses like Kailey, or does the cold not effect them as much?

    EDIT: Whoops, posted this in the wrong place. Sorry!
     
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    The minute snow touches the ground, there's no making Rosey go out.
     
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    The cold doesn't seem to matter much. Mine are all double coated and pretty sturdy. They don't like the rain though! I will say that the Mal is pretty slick-coated and skinny, and if it's below like 45, she'll shiver unless she does something vigorous to warm up. But for plain walks she needs her fleece jacket.

    But of course, she won't acknowledge that she's cold. LOL
     
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    The Dobermans, obviously due to their lack of coat, get cold easily. They have winter jackets that help, and they'll happily go to the park in any temperature because that's exciting, but once it hits below zero they look disgusted at just going out in the yard for bathroom breaks or to play. They get cold at the park as well, but they don't care. That's more worth their while than just going out in the yard haha. I have to insist they go outside on cold days. They try to refuse. Especially Keira - Ripley is braver against the weather.

    Journey gets cold easily. Her puppy fluff doesn't seem to keep her that well insulated. I'm sure once her adult coat comes in she'll handle the cold better. But even so, she loves the snow/cold and will go out and play no matter the weather. I have to go fetch her and bring my shivering, happy, snow plowing puppy inside haha.

    Dance will happily go out in any temperature as well, but she gets cold quickly at about -15 to -20 depending on where her own fur coat is at. She tends to blow her coat right before winter, which means that for much of the winter, she's not that well insulated against the cold. But she has a winter jacket for those really cold days too which allows her to stay out for a long time. Her feet don't handle the cold well, though. She definitely enjoys park outings more with boots on.

    I, OTOH, don't tend to take my dogs out unless I have to if the weather is colder than -15 or so. I don't like the cold for one thing. I worry about the Dobermans' ears for another. And really, my dogs don't *need* to go out for a run every day. So if I skip a few days or a week here and there, they might be a tad antsy in the house, but not enough for me to freeze myself and them to go on a walk/run.

    The one thing the Dobermans do hate with a passion is the rain. I hate rain + Keira. It's super annoying. I literally have to stand at the door and force her to go out and repeat her bathroom word a million times to get her to do anything, or crate her in the house so she doesn't decide to forget she's housebroken. Ripley will begrudgingly go out and do what he needs to do at least. And playing in the rain is not an option for Keira. Ripley will for a few minutes. With that said though, both will happily run around the park in a downpour. It's just at home/in the yard that they despise rain and cold, because again, it's just not fun/exciting enough I suppose. Dance doesn't care about the rain at all, and Journey didn't seem to care when it was raining at her breeder's house either last month. We'll see what she thinks in the spring, although I doubt she'll care.
     
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    Art hasn't been as much of a woose as usual, but since everything is more ice than snow his feets get cold and he refuses to move. He sits there and shakes and alternates picking up his feet and shaking them. It almost looks like he is having a seizure :rolleyes: And it's only in the upper 10's to low 20's F.

    Talon prefers it. He whines and get's uppity if the house get's above 60F.
     
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    Well they go out any way but right now it's 2* F. They can't really stand out to go than do more than their business but Dixie still insists you play fetch with her. We play a few times and then it's back inside.
     
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    I live in AZ now, where people want to curl up and die when it's 20 degrees. (probably myself included, as I hate the cold) My dogs were fine when I lived in IL though. Even Jules. I still hibernate indoors when it's cold. If I had to walk my dogs for pee runs, we'd be in a horrible state.

    Rain, though. Aesop dies in the rain.
     
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    Under 60 degrees is **** near torture for my pit bulls, they'd die in a location with snow throughout winter.

    My Malinois don't seem to notice but I have been worried a few times about Sloan, not that it stops her. Backup never shows signs of being too cold but he has more coat than she does, it may help.
     
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    Jack doesn't care much about the cold-I get more worried about his elbow getting sore from the cold than anything else. Sally gets cold more easily so she has a coat for extended winter outings, but I don't bundle her up for just a potty break in the yard.
     
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    Yeah, that's the thing. Blossom will just pretend she's fine while she shivers and shakes. I tell her she has to wear her jacket because she's not allowed to waste calories shivering.
     
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    The first winter we lived in our house we had to we had to change the doorknob on our basement door because Sally had learned to open it and was sneaking into the basement to poop so she didn't have to take the time to find a poop spot in the snow...
     
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    Minus 3, 10, 50, 70....meh. Brrrrrrrring it on.
     
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    Today is too cold for Juno to go out. I think it's 8 degrees F.

    She WILL go out... but when I first open the door she kind of jumps back like HOLY CRAP lol. And it takes about 30 seconds for her to start shivering. Sooo usually once it gets below freezing, it gets a little dicey. Walks are hard, usually we can still do them though as long as it's not windy.
     
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    Moses is fine usually in winter, although sometimes he shivers if he's out too long. I've never understood my mom's reasoning behind shaving him in spring/fall instead of just before the summer though.

    Cali, on the other hand, doesn't like rain and gets cold pretty easily because she's so small. If I could get her to tolerate boots, we could probably go on a walk but otherwise, she starts lifting her feet up when we're only a few meters down the sidewalk. We went on our first walk a couple days ago in weeks, because it had been so cold and icy. Up until then, we had just played inside and went in the yard for five/ten minute increments before she started to shiver. (my choice mainly even though she still wanted to play fetch)
     
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    Both of my dogs will go out for quick potty breaks without much argument regardless of the temperature. Out to the front yard, potty in the area of the lawn we keep shoveled for them, and right back in. Meg won't go out for walks or playtime if it is much below freezing. Gusto still gets outside running time down to about 15 degrees.

    Below that, they get indoor exercise and training to keep their brains intact. And I won't run my dogs hard below 20 degrees. We skip agility practice in the barn at that temperature. I don't think it is good for their muscles or their respiratory systems.
     
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    I don't think it's ever been too cold for Kim. If she's out long enough her feet get cold but even then she doesn't want to come in...

    Webster thinks all cold is evil. But he also gets zoomies and has fun and doesn't seem to actually BE cold...he just prefers the tropics. But even he won't avoid going outside when it's cold, he is just happy to go back in.

    Mira will and has jumped into water and laid down to submerge herself if necessary when there is a skim of ice on the water and snow on the ground. Then she gets cold but wants to go back in as ice forms on her fur. This is not allowed.

    That said we don't *usually* get super cold temps where we've lived. I've never seen below -30F, and it's usually no colder than 0-10F for any real duration. The last year or two, below 10F has been rare.
     
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    Pit bulls are notoriously allergic to the cold. My fosters loved playing in the snow, but definitely needed a sweatshirt or they shivered terribly. If there was no snow, they were not remotely interested in spending time in weather under about 25 F.

    None of my other dogs have seemingly been bothered by the cold.
     
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    Zander says it's never too cold. He'll run and play in any kind of weather, and it bothers him none. I've had to pull him in early this winter, because he'll play and run TOO much and come inside limping until his joints warm back up.
     
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    So far Tucker has never indicated that he is cold. He loves the snow, never shivers. But it hasn't been super cold since we've had him. Max HATED The cold. He'd be out for 2minutes and then refuse to walk and hold up a paw, his feet were too cold.
     
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    Pretty sure Pip is hiding a small furnace somewhere in his innards. Dog never gets cold.

    Maisy is a delicate flower about the cold. Although with a coat and/or when highly motivated, she will still go out and do stuff.

    So far I've never seen Squash bothered by the cold. He likes to just sit in the backyard, and on the coldest days we've had so far he doesn't stay out as long, but you can tell he doesn't really want to come in, either.
     

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