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View Poll Results: Do you walk your dog/dogs when it's very cold outside and sidewalks are snow covered?
Yes-we walk regardless of the weather. 50 74.63%
Sometimes 14 20.90%
No way! 3 4.48%
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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only when it isnt icy. we've both slipped before. i've had him run full speed on snow towards me and then at the last second i realized i was standing in a slippery spot and he tried to stop and took both of us out. snow is fine. icy conditions i'd rather stay in. less chance of him breaking something or getting hit by an out of control car.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yes, I have snowshoes so it's not really an issue.
That's devotion. Or insanity? :-)
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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We walk in any weather: rain, snow, heat... of course we might adjust the length of our walks, and I gear up accordingly. Canteen of water and the shady side of the street on really hot days (as well as checking road surface heat), ice cleats for my boots and Musher's Secret on paws during the winter

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You can get Yaktraks or Stable-icers for your shoes if it's icy.
I have a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes and I love them!

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Old 02-04-2014, 10:29 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I would usually say "yes, we walk no matter what". Gotta admit, today the wind chill was -26 and I couldn't stand to be out there for longer than 30 minutes. No amount of clothing can prepare you for that kind of cold. I have good traction boots for the ice and use ice cleats when needed.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:33 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yup. MN bred & raised so I bundle up & my rescue guy loves 10 degree or above weather the best so far, but is a trooper through the negative degrees. A shorter walk/potty time, but we make up for that in playtime.

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Old 02-04-2014, 10:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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honestly though, why risk going out every day and catching a cold when you can stay inside and work on tricks/obedience?? its not like walking is actually exercise for the dog. your dog isnt going to die if it doesnt get its walk. its also not going to tear up your house if your stimulate its mind in other ways. its funny how some people brag about walking their dog every day no matter what like its a badge of honor. to me walking around in 0 degree weather isnt much to brag about (im not talking about anyone in particular!)

i guess everyones dog can sit pretty or wave or do focused heeling?
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:45 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Bragging? It's my way of life! I don't just walk for my dog, I do it for me too. My walks usually are hikes and offleash so she gets plenty of exercise. We also do indoor activity, but she's a dog & likes to be out and run full on and smell around.

Now, in the summer time that's a different story. I'll be asking "how do you guys walk your dogs in the heat?"
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:10 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Yes, we usually go out every day whether it's to walk/hike, or throw his ball/frisbee for a half hour. The only time we won't go out is if there is WAY too much snow (i don't like walking him on the road - too much salt) or if the windchill is ridiculous (there have been MANY days this winter with the wind-chill at -40).

If we can't go out, we do stuff inside though.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:25 AM   #20 (permalink)
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you're not a pansy. you're smart for not going
out in 10 degree weather.

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lol-at our house

>>>>> i am the pansy<<<<<

-my boys wanna go out no matter how cold but

>>>>> below 10 degrees and I am the one who can't be
dragged out. <<<<<
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