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Alley 12-06-2013 10:57 AM

If you're in a cold state. . . (moved to Basic Care)
We're expecting snow this weekend and I'm curious -- when it gets really cold my husband says that our GSD pulls to leave his walk and come back into the house.

Surprising to me because I assumed his coat would keep him really comfortable.

Do you do anything special for your dog when you take him on walks and it's really cold and/or snowy outside? Meaning, do you put a coat on him? Or booties? (Don't laugh.)


Wetdog 12-06-2013 11:30 AM

Mine would scamper around and go through second puppyhood when the wind would be blowing, snow piling up to my waist, and temperatures of 0*F or below.

Shade 12-06-2013 11:47 AM

Delgado loves the cold and it really doesn't seem to affect him. I just keep a eye on him and make sure he takes breaks if he's having too much fun and not self-regulating. I do worry about his paws as I live in a city so I walk him as much as possible on foot paths/trails that aren't heavily salted. He doesn't like boots so I did buy the wax as a backup but so far he's been ok, I just wash his feet when we get back as a precaution

kiya 12-06-2013 11:50 AM

The cold has never bothered my dogs when it comes to going for a walk. Wherever the last piles of snow are guarantee you will find one of my dogs laying on top of it. As soon as the temps start to drop it's like Kiya gets a burst of playfulness.

AngelaA6 12-06-2013 12:03 PM

Gunther doesn't like the cold haha he walks funny when there's snow on the ground because its too cold and inside he likes to be under my blankets during the winter. Summer time he LOVES to spend his day laying in the sun.

katro 12-06-2013 12:17 PM

Ralphie loves the cold and even more so the snow. The only time he reacts to the weather is when it's summer and really humid out, then he wants to stay inside and/or only walk for a short time. My mom used to put baby socks on our GSD when I was kid; it was one of the most hilarious sights I've ever seen!

Saphire 12-06-2013 12:33 PM

Gus loves the cold and snow and has from a young puppy to now. I usually have to give him a treat to coerce him into house.

trcy 12-06-2013 12:51 PM

Mine loves the cold. He's been going in the pool everyday except yesterday. He took to laying in the icy grass. He's not an outside dog.....

MyHans-someBoy 12-06-2013 01:10 PM

Right now it is cold and sleeting. When Hans & I went for our first walk of the day this morning, he was super energized and very sure footed. I, on the other hand, was cold, miserable and had to work hard at staying upright. :)

He seems to love cold weather and when it snows, runs along scooping up snow in his mouth, tossing his head around. Can't say I'm all THAT thrilled about winter, lol.

In the summer, which I love, he tends to walk around listlessly like he's way too hot to even consider lifting his leg to pee. :D
He just wants to get back to the AC.

Call him my Snow Dog!

Our cow dog has a very short coat and is miserable and shivering if it is 45 degrees out. She runs circles around all of us in the summer.

What a household!

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DutchKarin 12-06-2013 01:33 PM

My 6 month old and I walked for over an hour at a temp of 4 F yesterday and 12F this morning. No problem. As long as he is moving I think he is fine and like others he loves walks and he loves snow. He has a short shepherd coat and does fine.

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