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The Dog Whisperer: "Walking the Dog in Cold Weather"
http://pets.yahoo.com/blog/cesarmillan/3786/walking-the-dog-in-cold-weather/ ^ | Nov 19, 2007 | Cesar Millan

Posted on 11/14/2008 7:22:18 AM PST by yankeedame

Walking the Dog in Cold Weather

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...

(Excerpt) Read more at pets.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
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1 posted on 11/14/2008 7:22:18 AM PST by yankeedame
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To: HairOfTheDog

doggie ping at you...


2 posted on 11/14/2008 7:25:16 AM PST by Issaquahking (Obama won the election, and America lost!)
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To: yankeedame

OR live in, say, southern Texas or Arizona.


3 posted on 11/14/2008 7:26:05 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: kalee

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


4 posted on 11/14/2008 7:30:33 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: yankeedame

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.


5 posted on 11/14/2008 7:31:57 AM PST by kickonly88
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To: Cailleach

“He does wait to come in before shaking though!!!!!” :P

Smart dog!


6 posted on 11/14/2008 7:33:40 AM PST by kickonly88
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To: yankeedame

I live in southern CA. My 3 big boxers are afraid of the rain and wind. They just hold it!


7 posted on 11/14/2008 7:35:16 AM PST by barbarianbabs (AnimalFarm2008)
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To: yankeedame

My dogs never come into the house.


8 posted on 11/14/2008 7:35:37 AM PST by blam
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To: yankeedame

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.


9 posted on 11/14/2008 7:42:43 AM PST by PrairieRoot (Here's hoping Global Warning extends the hunting and logging seasons.)
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To: Cailleach

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.


10 posted on 11/14/2008 7:44:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Cailleach
I was visiting family in Northern California for the holidays, down with my brother and my dog ‘Jake’ (Labrador retriever) up on the mountain with my mom.

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.

11 posted on 11/14/2008 7:44:59 AM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed.... so how could it be Redistributed?)
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To: Issaquahking

If you have a “doggie ping list” please add me. If not, no harm asking...


12 posted on 11/14/2008 7:47:18 AM PST by GOPJ (Election Day... liberals who had spent years praising McCain all voted for Obama - Coulter)
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To: allmendream

Labs and other water dogs love cold wet days.


13 posted on 11/14/2008 7:47:29 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: PrairieRoot

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.


14 posted on 11/14/2008 7:48:42 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: barbarianbabs

Our Weims love to swim and go in the pool or gulf, but they won’t go out in the rain, go figure.


15 posted on 11/14/2008 7:51:59 AM PST by Dawn531
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To: allmendream

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....


16 posted on 11/14/2008 7:52:50 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: yankeedame
Makin' snow angels!


17 posted on 11/14/2008 7:55:53 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: blam

Then why do you have them?


18 posted on 11/14/2008 7:56:55 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: 70th Division

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.


19 posted on 11/14/2008 7:58:51 AM PST by PrairieRoot (Here's hoping Global Warning extends the hunting and logging seasons.)
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To: yankeedame

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.


20 posted on 11/14/2008 8:00:39 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Golden's long fur likes the snow...


21 posted on 11/14/2008 8:02:42 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition

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.


22 posted on 11/14/2008 8:06:19 AM PST by go-dubya-04
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To: Daffynition

Great pic
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.


23 posted on 11/14/2008 8:10:53 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: Daffynition
Jake would have these snow balls on his feet. He would try to lick them off and this would only contribute to more ice...
I was planning some trout for guests coming to our Prior Lake home years ago and had 6 nice fish, about one pound each, ready to grill. I stepped inside for 20 seconds to get a beer and when I came back out, there were five fish on the platter. Jake had decided to claim his share and swallowed one of the the fish in one gulp.
24 posted on 11/14/2008 8:11:42 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Daffynition

Oh my...is that what I have to look forward to? My Texan Golden is soooooo going to love winter in Northern VA!


25 posted on 11/14/2008 8:12:44 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: go-dubya-04

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!


26 posted on 11/14/2008 8:14:12 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: nascarnation

My poor old Golden loves the cooler weather too. Sadly, his hips are starting to give out. I hate seeing him getting older.


27 posted on 11/14/2008 8:17:08 AM PST by navymom1 (I support Free Speech. Defeat the Fairness Doctrine.)
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To: nascarnation; Cailleach
A few more snowball collections...


28 posted on 11/14/2008 8:18:10 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Cailleach

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.


29 posted on 11/14/2008 8:19:17 AM PST by kalee
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Surviving the cold, you have to have a very warm coat!


30 posted on 11/14/2008 8:19:48 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition
He looks to be a very big dog.
Jake got up to 120 pounds at 18 months. On his second or third duck hunt, he nearly flipped our boat over jumping out of the blind for some mallards. The vet suggested cutting back a bit on his chow and we got him down to about 95 which seemed to suit him.
31 posted on 11/14/2008 8:35:02 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: yankeedame

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.


32 posted on 11/14/2008 8:35:17 AM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: Kimmers

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.


33 posted on 11/14/2008 8:42:13 AM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed.... so how could it be Redistributed?)
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To: allmendream
Is a chocolate lab the result of a tan and black lab cross ?
34 posted on 11/14/2008 8:46:19 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Kimmers

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!


35 posted on 11/14/2008 8:54:16 AM PST by Mr Rogers (And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way - Reagan)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The Labs love duckin' .... season here just ended. They live for their work and seem to get lazy until it's pheasant season again.

Over the years, our Labs have ranged from 85-100# ...... a lot depends on their heritage.


36 posted on 11/14/2008 8:57:10 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I am not sure of the genetics involved, but I do know that a litter of labradores can be all one color or multiple colors depending upon the genetic make up of the sire and dam.
37 posted on 11/14/2008 8:58:15 AM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed.... so how could it be Redistributed?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
It's in the genetics.

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.

38 posted on 11/14/2008 9:01:48 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: yankeedame

I lost my dog Sophie this past August,after 13 years.She loved all forms of water.

39 posted on 11/14/2008 9:19:11 AM PST by tapatio
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To: Daffynition
Yup. "Flying ears."
Change the color and it could be Prior Lake Jake.
40 posted on 11/14/2008 10:40:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: yankeedame

for later


41 posted on 11/14/2008 1:30:04 PM PST by Shady Ray
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To: Daffynition

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.


42 posted on 11/14/2008 1:33:20 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

I hear ya .... to see Huskys and Malamutes in a hot clime kills me.


43 posted on 11/14/2008 2:22:42 PM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: nascarnation
Forgot to show you my pupsicle.


44 posted on 11/14/2008 2:24:47 PM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition
Aaah


45 posted on 11/14/2008 3:02:55 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: Issaquahking; Joe 6-pack

Joe 6-pack has the doggie list now. :~)


46 posted on 11/14/2008 7:05:37 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Joe 6-pack; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; ...

DOGGIEPING!!!
Other articles with keyword “DOGGIEPING” since 12/29/04

If you would like to be added to the Doggie ping list, sit up and beg!

(...and send me a FReemail. G'boy!)

47 posted on 11/15/2008 4:45:36 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: yankeedame
Walking the Dog in Cold Weather

No thanks.

48 posted on 11/15/2008 5:18:15 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: GOPJ

Joe 6-pack has the doggie ping list now ~ you can PM him to get on it.


49 posted on 11/15/2008 5:54:36 PM PST by Peace4EarthNow (Come to know Jesus as your Savior, so YOU TOO can be saved!!)
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To: GOPJ

You’re part of the litter now!


50 posted on 11/15/2008 7:15:42 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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