Skip to comments.The Dog Whisperer: "Walking the Dog in Cold Weather"
Posted on 11/14/2008 7:22:18 AM PST by yankeedame
Let your dog check the weather. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it's too cold or stormy...Instinctually, the dog will understand why it has to come back inside where it's safe.
Don't let your dog manipulate you. Dogs can learn to use that open door as a means to control you. When you let your dog do that "weather check,"...you decide when the assessment is over.
Don't rely on natural protection from the cold. Some dogs do develop thicker fur and maintain their fat as a natural protection from the cold...But many breeds...do not have this natural resistance... If you're unsure...consult your veterinarian.
Gear up! If you have a breed that's not built to handle cold... [get] the proper gear to handle it, such as doggie boots, winter jackets, and even paw waxes that protect your dog from the cold and aid its grip on slippery surfaces...
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OR live in, say, southern Texas or Arizona.
Instinctually, the dog will understand why it has to come back inside where it’s safe.
Unless the dog in question is Rummy. He would beg to go out in Texas spring storms. Dear hubby opened the back door once for him to show him that he didn’t want to go out in the downpour, and off he went...to stand in the middle of the yard. It’s either the water retriever in him, the blond in him or he’s just too dumb to come in out of the rain! He does wait to come in before shaking though!!!!! :P
Our dogs get to do their “weather check” once I boot them out the door.If it’s raining or too cold, they better do their business with a sense of urgency.
“He does wait to come in before shaking though!!!!!” :P
I live in southern CA. My 3 big boxers are afraid of the rain and wind. They just hold it!
My dogs never come into the house.
My two black Labs lives outside where they roam the farmsite (two chihuahuas stay inside). When I got the first Lab I renovated an old granary. I lowered the ceiling, completely insulated the room and ran power out to it and installed a milk barn heater and heated water dish and heated dog bed. The dang dog preferred to stay outside regardless if the temperature -20 or colder. He would usually sleep up on the deck. And, he continues to jump into my pond up until it freezes over.
Our late and greatly missed Golden Retriever, Prior Lake Jake loved nothing better than a walk out on the frozen lake in January snow to check out what was happening in the local fishing shacks. He was known to bum beers and eat small bass and crappies off the stringer. He could consume beer from a can if it was poured slowly. By the second car he was starting to blow beer foam bubbles via his nose and had to come in for a nap.
My mom called me and said she was worried about Jake, apparently he was standing out in the cold rain. I said “does he look miserable or happy”.... “kind of happy I guess” she replied. “He is fine” I concluded.
Sure enough I was up there the next day and we were walking by an ice cold snow melt creek. For the last few months everything on the farm has been trying to keep as warm and dry as possible, but not Jake. He got into the creek and then, deciding it wasn't deep enough, laid down in the ice cold water with a look of utter satisfaction.
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Labs and other water dogs love cold wet days.
We had German Short haired pointers as a kid in Michigan. My dad, a frustrated engineer built a dog house that was better than most people live in. Totally insulated with a lift off top. A flip door insulated, two rooms each (this was a duplex,one for sleeping with a mat and one for eating. A thermalcouple with a heat lamp that was guarded so no burns from the hot lamp. It maintained a constant 50 Degrees. And of course a fenced dog run. Our babies lived better than most people.
Our Weims love to swim and go in the pool or gulf, but they won’t go out in the rain, go figure.
My choc. lab Cosby was the same way.....no matter how cold he was in the creek. We would have to brush the ice cycles off of him before he came into the house....I don’t think I ever saw him shiver....
Then why do you have them?
Yeah, I have to admit my wife and I tend to pamper our dogs, especially the Chihuahuas. We make our own dog food for them, they have their own room and beds but they usually prefer to sleep with us. The Labs have several hundred acres to roam, all sorts of critters to chase. One learned the hard way not to chase porcupines. There’a a meat shop in a little town close to us where I can get all the beef bones and trimmings they can possibly eat. I should have it so good.
I don’t worry about my Dobie and weather for the most part. My theory is he wouldn’t do well if had to stay outside on cold days. However walking or running, he’s generating enough heat where he can handle the cold.
Of course he hates the rain (like today) but life ain’t always easy for dogs as well as humans.
Your picture just warms my heart. We had 2 Choc Labs and Finnegan (who passed away 3 years ago at 14 1/2) loved to make snow angels. He supplied us with years of entertainment with his love of the snow.
Our golden loves cooler weather.
At the end of a 2 mile walk in July, he’s pooped. In December, after 2 miles, he’s just getting warmed up, LOL.
Oh my...is that what I have to look forward to? My Texan Golden is soooooo going to love winter in Northern VA!
When we hike in the mountains in the early spring, Michelangelo [Jello for short] will literally wallow in any of the snow patches he can find at higher elevations. Watching the steam rise off his body cracks me up!
My poor old Golden loves the cooler weather too. Sadly, his hips are starting to give out. I hate seeing him getting older.
If you remember, Katie understood. She’d walk out on the back porch and if it was raining or heaven forbid SNOWING ahe’s give me the look, the look that seemed to say, “you really expect me to go out in that? Surely you jest.” I’d point like the Ghost from Scrooge and she’s grudgingly go off the porch.
We went to visit my daughter in Indiana for Christmas several years ago, and they had had a huge snowfall just before we arrived. We brought our dachsund with us, and she would not go outside on her own to do her business. My husband had to carry her outside, and her little legs were so short, that her belly just sank in the snow. She was not a happy camper.
They make the chocolate ones extra sweet!
Jake is chocolate also. Great dog. A bit ‘hard of listening’ in his old age (his hearing is just fine), but the most loving and sweet gentle old dog I have ever known.
I had a Border Collie/German Shepherd mix that worshiped cold weather. The only time I saw him act cold was when he was riding in the back of a pickup as we drove on the highway in Wyoming one winter. It was -35, so the wind chill must have been around -80. Every black hair was frozen over individually with ice.
I brought him inside, and he spent the rest of the day barking only through his mouth...kind of a “wuuuf” sound.
Apart from that? -40 was lie in the snow and act happy weather!
Over the years, our Labs have ranged from 85-100# ...... a lot depends on their heritage.
If that doesn't make you hair hurt ... then...Labradors come in 3 colors; black, yellow and chocolate. Black is the most well known color and it is dominant in Labradors. Black was also the Labrador color commonly preferred and bred for up until more recent times. It should be noted that the colors chocolate and yellow have been noted in the original St. John's dogs from the Newfoundland. They are recessive genes and were referred to as the color 'liver' or sometimes 'golden'.
As recessive colors the yellow and chocolate labrador pups would occasionally appear in litters throughout time. During the earlier breeding programs these 'off colors' of yellow & chocolate were often 'culled' until they were finally accepted by the British and the American Kennel Clubs and registered.
Chocolates are the most rare.
I lost my dog Sophie this past August,after 13 years.She loved all forms of water.
Our first dog was a Norwegian Elkhound that adopted us - he just showed up one day.
That guy absolutely loved cold weather and snow, and kind of suffered in the summer months.
I hear ya .... to see Huskys and Malamutes in a hot clime kills me.
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