Working Dog Question

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  1. Bodi's Mom

    Bodi's Mom Hylen's Bodacious Big Boy

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    I am the proud owner of a young, male Bernese Mountain Dog. BMD's are "working dog" breeds and I am a true believer that whatever a dog was genetically bred to do, it should do it.

    I make sure my Berner gets plenty of cart pulling time, off leash walks not to mention the three times a week we visit the local nursing home and spend some time with the seniors there..and many other daily car rides that lead to new places.

    The problem is lately, the northeast winter has set in and my time outside with my Berner is limited. He is definitely feeling the boredom. Today it is 10 degrees with 30 mph winds. This will probably continue until late February.

    Will this decrease in activity dampen Bodi's working dog spirit? He looks so sad, even though he gets tons of love from us. Does anybody else have this problem?
     
  2. darkchild16

    darkchild16 We are Home.

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    hes prolly just bored just try and keep him a bit more entertained. When we arent hunting Tytus gets so bored and drives us nuts. We just have to make sure he gets more excersice.
     
  3. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    Keep him entertained inside? If I can't do as much outside time with my BCs I do more inside fun.
     
  4. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Take him outside then, he has a thick coat I'm sure he won't mind. ;)
     
  5. BRTLover

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    I know this is the case with my BRTs! Even the two month old seems to not be affected by the bitterly cold weather we are having right now.

    She just loves playing and digging in the snow.

    Too bad they could not dig out the laneway?:yikes:

    I stay outside for as long as I am comfortable. Once I start getting cold I figure they need to come back in too and we warm up and go back out again later.

    My dogs are never outside without me.
     
  6. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Izzy (corgi) lives for below freezing temps :rolleyes:
    Sometimes Frodo (also corgi, lol) decides that he'd rather stay at home on the couch, but we still go hiking through the woods/running at the park no matter the temp or they drive me nuts!
     
  7. Lizmo

    Lizmo Water Junkie

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    If you can stand the cold, by all means take him outside for those activities he loves. :) He's got a very good coat on him.
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    Try bundling yourself up and getting some booties for Bodi. Coated dogs are a lot more tolerant of the cold than we are.
     
  9. dog_gurl

    dog_gurl Dog_luver

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    Whenever the weather is bad, like it is right now, I just put my cattle dog on the treadmill. He loves it. I also put my chihuahua dog on the treadmill, he appreciates not having to go out in the cold to run lol.
     
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    oc_spirit Snow Girl

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    Why not continue the "carting" outdoors by using a small child's sled rather than a cart?? If you cant stand the temps then there are many indoor activites you cold do too. Dont worry his spirit won't dampen for work ;) Sibes get the summer off from pulling because it is too hot. Come autumn when the temps drop enough to pull the cart or ATV out, they are just howling for the chance to run again!
     
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    How hot does it get in your part of the world? I see teams out with carts or ATVs in the summer here.
     
  12. Bodi's Mom

    Bodi's Mom Hylen's Bodacious Big Boy

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    Thanks everyone. The problem with the cold is me, NOT Bodi - he can come and go as he pleases via a dog door in our kitchen. He chooses to stay outside pretty much all day during these zub zero temps. Me on the other hand can handle about ten minutes outside then I'm done. Today (-1 degrees) I took Bodi to the dog park (no one there but us) and took a very short walk, then off to PetSmart for some meet and greet.

    I just love his working dog spirit and would be crushed if I had somehting to do with ruining it.
     
  13. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    not OC but it can get up in the high 90's low 100's with high humidity. Heck it can get to hot to do agility, I can't imagine an endurance sport with a heavy coat.
     
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    I don't think down time is going to hurt his working spirit, but in order to keep yourself sane, you need to find some kind of outlet for him when it's cold. If it were me, I'd bundle up, and go about your business like it's any other day. When I take Gunnar to our working club, it's rain or shine, cold, heat, whatever. I have a lot of weather appropriate clothes. I just bought some ski bibs for when it gets really cold, and I use underarmor and all kinds of layering to be able to move freely but stay warm. We're outside from 8am to noon, so even if it's zero degrees, you have to be ready to go. Of course, Gunnar loves the cold and will spend more time outdoors now than in summer.
     

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