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01-07-2014 09:01 AM
dpc134 It was -20 windchill this morning, -2 normal temp. My dog was out running around for 30 minutes this morning. She seems to love it. She spends most of her time outside, so the cold doesnt seem to bother her at all.
01-07-2014 08:51 AM
Curtis It got down to the 30's last night here in north Florida which is cold for us. But the cold was like a shot of adrenaline. He wanted to play much longer last night than he usually does. I could tell he felt great!

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01-07-2014 08:33 AM
LaRen616 -14 but feels like -28.

It's so cold, I can't stand it!

My boys can only handle being outside for about 2 minutes and then they start body slamming the door trying to get back in.
01-07-2014 08:27 AM
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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.

Cruz is like Gryff. He gets out and finds the deepest snowbank he can find and just burry himself in it. Then he starts eating the snow which makes him into the biggest drool bug you every seen. I go in after 20 minutes or so, but he seems like the cold doesn't bother him at all. He runs from one end of the yard to the other and we fetch alittle but he likes tug, so we do that the most. Then alittle while later, he's at the back door looking in wondering why I'm not outside with him, half frozen drool and all.

Since the temps have hit single digits, and windchill is in the minus. We stay around the house and no walks. It's giving him cabin fever. He loves his walks. We did get out right before the arctic blast, but that was two days ago. We just hit the backyard for now. Walking in this weather is dangerous not so much for the dog but for the person. It compounds any problems that may arise. We walk trails and fields mostly and it's not hard to get injuries. Injuries if your by yourself in this weather can be a serious situation. So if you walk, plan accordingly and let someone know what area your going to and the planned route you'll take. Make sure if you have a cell phone it's charged up and working. Stay off the ice ect. If it looks dangerous, it probably is. I take water for myself and Cruz when I'm going out for a length of time away from the house. Just exercise some common sense and I usually don't take lengthy walks when the temps dip below 25F.
01-07-2014 01:18 AM
meek -35 here and getting colder. I let my dogs out for a few seconds and right back in. Brr!


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01-07-2014 12:37 AM
llombardo 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.
01-07-2014 12:15 AM
brembo 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.
01-07-2014 12:07 AM
Castlemaid -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.
01-06-2014 11:49 PM
BowWowMeow 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.
01-06-2014 10:33 PM
TAR HEEL MOM 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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