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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-12-2016, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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When is it too cold to swim

I just saw signup for dock diving practice this weekend, daytime high of 60 and high 30s the night before.

Am I a sissy that I am worried it is too cold for him to be swimming? Obviously other ppl are planning to be doing it....
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Dakota isn't a GSD but if there's water, she's in it. She's my daughter's Golden/Lab mix. Thank God she's a red color because we have red clay and every puddle must be rolled in no matter the temperature. She's broken ice to get to the water in a puddle to roll in it. She's water obsessive. When my daughter lived on the lake Dakota hit the water every chance she could get or steal, 20 degrees, 30 degrees, 102 degrees, it didn't matter. My daughter just towels her off well and Dakota wiggles with joy the entire time. I think if a dog likes water it's never too cold to them.
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My dogs break ice to get in water too.I think if they're uncomfortable they would let you know.

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My dogs break ice to get in water too.I think if they're uncomfortable they would let you know.
Mine are the same way. They stubbornly attempt to swim well into late fall... when the lake we live on starts to crust over (December-ish) I have to enforce a NO-LAKE rule until it's frozen solid and they can run on ice. If your dog is a powerful, confident swimmer, there's a lot of season left yet.
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I just closed my pool today. At some points throughout the day up until today the water would be rather warm. Next year I might put up the heater I have to get more time for swimming in. If the water felt to cold to me I didn't let them in. They wanted in no matter what.

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I mean, it is a 4' pool so def not as cold as these icy mtn rivers. We quit swimming in those a few weeks ago. It was 80 degrees and I took the old girl and when she came out of the water her scruff was standing up all the way to her butt which I have never see her do before. She is ten, so I bailed and took her out of the water for a walk in the sun. Oh she was mad and wanted to keep swimming. I didn't think it was good for her to be so shocked by water temp that her hair stood on end

But the one going diving this weekend is the 1.5 year old...probably way more resilient than her at her age.
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We were at the beach yesterday and it was 60 degrees still beautiful out and Max was enjoying the water. Just think when they are in the snow they get all wet and love it. Their coats are incredibly resilient! This is our favorite time a year. A few fisherman, a few people otherwise we have the whole beach to ourselves.
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We were at the beach yesterday and it was 60 degrees still beautiful out and Max was enjoying the water. Just think when they are in the snow they get all wet and love it. Their coats are incredibly resilient! This is our favorite time a year. A few fisherman, a few people otherwise we have the whole beach to ourselves.
Wow, I am jealous!!

And, I signed him up. Probably his last chance to do a little flying this year lol. He loves it so much.
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That is great I'm sure you guys will have fun! Can't wait to see photos!
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