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Old 01-06-2014, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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well here in the northeast it will be 20 below (frigid for new jersey).Now I know there are a lot of Canadians on this board, any advice??? when does it get too cold to walk your dog? I have a yard to put her out, but I would never leave her out there for extended periods of time. Or am I being ridiculous
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We are all in the same boat! Polar Vortex, lol

My dogs get out for several minutes of running/play and come limping in.
I try not to let them stay out too long in this, and they whine to go back out within a couple minutes of warm up. I'd watch out for ice/cut pads more than anything.

Mushers Secret is a good thing to have on hand in these extreme temps.
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I hate this time of year. It really is disgusting around here now. The roads are going to be nothing but black ice everywhere for the next couple days.

I think if you're good to go for a walk, I'm sure they can go. Let her out in the backyard as long as you're there to let them back in. I wouldn't just leave her out there alone for hours without shelter.

I like to go out to empty baseball fields with a baseball bat and just hit balls around no matter what the temperature is. They're both usually huffing and puffing after 20 minutes of chasing around balls. It's good exercise where you don't have to be outside for hours in freezing temperatures.

Having one of these helps too.

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ok, thanks
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Make sure when you take her for a walk; don't go anywhere where there is salt put down. It will burn her pads. "I am sure you knew this (just saying)" I am in same boat as you too. I got Jonas some booties, but I still will not let him out that long. Let her do her business, then back in for some mental exercise.
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8 degrees here right now with a windchill of negative something or another. (Can I tell you how much I hate winter?) My guys go out the dog door and within 5 minutes they are back in and laying on the couch
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It's much colder here than usual but I moved here from WI so am used to frigid temps. Today Rafi and I were out for 2 hours. It was 5F with windchills of -12. I put Musher's Secret on his paws. We were off road (in a couple of inches of snow and ice) for all but 1/2 mile of the walk. He was absolutely fine.

I think it depends a lot on what they are used to. He and I go out every day and this has been a cold winter so he has a very thick coat and his pads are really tough.
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-20F is -29C. Okay, that is cold even for me. When it gets that cold, more frequent, shorter outside time. I won't put a leash on and go for a walk, we get more exercise in staying near the house and playing.

Cuz's and Ultraball stay flexible and bouncy, even when covered in frozen dog drool in -30 temps. I have a glow-in-the dark ball and we go out on the road (I live in a quiet rural area, hardly, rarely any traffic), and I do a few intense fetch sessions. Keeta is getting up there in age, at 9 years old - I notice she wants back in after a few minutes, and I let her in. Gryff can play like a maniac with no regards to the cold, but half an hour in that kind of cold is my limit.

So shorter, more frequent outings. Stay close to home and play hard. Fetch with a ball launcher, or a good, intense tug session will do a lot to expend pent up energy and keep both of you warm.
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Doggie door. Let them freeze if they wanna. I know I'm not going to. I'm sitting 3 feet from my wood stove in boxers posting from a tablet. Cable has a bad habit of sticking just his head out the doggie door and looking around. Below zero right now, and that jet of cold air from that habit is intense.
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It's -11 without windshield here. My dogs love to be outside but I refuse to let them out together because they start to play and within seconds they are down. I can't be carrying them in. My oldest dog went down after 30 seconds today, I had to run clear across the yard and pick her up and carry her in. My female GSD looked like she had a stroke today, her head was tilted and paw in the air, just a very alarming posture. The male golden froze in place and Midnite just lays down and looks at me really sad. They have permission to play in the house, I will not subject them to the cold any longer then necessary. It took me an hour to let them all out to pee/poop this morning. None of them were able to get both done in one shot.
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