Hey everyone! I'm brand new here and have been learning lots from the threads. Thank all of you for being kind enough to help everyone out. My daughter (7 years old) just got a new black lab mix for her birthday. It is pretty much the family dog, but Nicole knows she belongs to her. Her mom and I are helping her with training and all. She is 8 weeks old and we got her from the humane society. Everything is going smoothly with the usual ups and downs, but I was curious about a couple of things: 1 - when we take her out to "do her duty", she is shivering like crazy. I know that the few minutes she is out is okay, but what about extended periods outside. As a family, we often go to the park and walk. Is it too soon for her to participate? Will the activity get her blood going enough to warm her up? It has been really cold here in mid-Michigan lately (5-10 degress with windchill just under 0). Is there a good temp or age to wait for? 2 - We have a full grown male cat who has taken to her just fine except for the puppies great desire to play rough. Beauty ( the pup ) jumps on jack's ( the cat ) back and wants to play rough. For now, we have just been breaking it up. Surprisingly, Jack has been pretty patient as he is twice the pups size, but a little under her weight. He will swat at her, but nothing real aggressive. Any suggestions? Thanks for all your help.