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What temperature should you keep your home?

Does anyone have any literature or resources that discuss what is the ideal temp to keep your home at if you have a GSD? Especially if you live in the South? Personal opinions welcome too.

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Re: What temperature should you keep your home?

I guess my first question would be, does your dog have any specific health conditions? Sometimes, very young dogs, seniors, and dogs with ailments have a harder time adjusting to the temperatures and humidity levels than a healthy adult dog would.

We live in Virginia, so I'm not entirely sure you would consider us "the south", but it sure does get hot and humid here - it was today! We try to acclimatize to the warmer and colder temperatures as the year passes, so we don't turn the AC on as soon as it goes over 70 and we don't turn the heat on as soon as it goes below 70. In summer, we don't usually turn the AC on until it's well into the 90's, except at night (because my DH doesn't like to sweat when he's asleep) when we set it to 85ish. In winter, the heat doesn't go on unless it's below 60 (and DH complains he's "cold").

In my experience, Abby could care less about the weather. As long as she gets brushed out frequently and has fresh water available, she's game for pretty much anything, indoors and out.

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Re: What temperature should you keep your home?

Well we keep our AC on 72 degrees in the Summer, and in the winter we burn wood, so if we are gone, we leave the heat on about 72-74 depending on how cold it is.

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Re: What temperature should you keep your home?

In Ct, I keep my house at 65 in the winter when I'm not home, and find that when we burn wood in the winter, the girls are searching for cooler spots. They don't love humidity, but we'll leave fans on during the day in the summer. Pups perfer it a little cooler, and any dog with heart conditions may have issues, but in general, if we're ok, the kids are too!

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We live in Virginia, so I'm not entirely sure you would consider us "the south", but it sure does get hot and humid here - it was today! We try to acclimatize to the warmer and colder temperatures as the year passes, so we don't turn the AC on as soon as it goes over 70 and we don't turn the heat on as soon as it goes below 70. In summer, we don't usually turn the AC on until it's well into the 90's, except at night (because my DH doesn't like to sweat when he's asleep) when we set it to 85ish. In winter, the heat doesn't go on unless it's below 60 (and DH complains he's "cold").

In my experience, Abby could care less about the weather. As long as she gets brushed out frequently and has fresh water available, she's game for pretty much anything, indoors and out.
It's not for me. I keep my a/c most of the time and just adjust the temp. In the winter, I don't keep the heat on most of the time b/c the dogs like it cool. I just double up on my clothes. But I was struggling with what to tell someone else. I guess my question should have been - what is too hot? Should one not go over 80 degrees if the dog is healthy, has a water source, lights are off, curtains closed? As far as location, I'm in Charlotte, NC and it is pretty warm here but also quite humid. I think it must be hot at least half the year. Maybe 3 cool - cold months.

P.S. I am from Fairfax County in VA and consider anything south of that the South.

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Re: What temperature should you keep your home?

It depends a lot on the dog--age, what they're used to, etc. I don't have central air and sometimes it gets up to 85 in my house. I turn on fans, wet the dogs down, feed them ice cubes, etc. Chama does best when it's 70 or below in the house because she is older and has lung problems.

And in the winter I keep the heat at 58 when I'm home and 53 when I'm out or sleeping. The dogs love it! The cat, however, thinks it's too cold!

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Re: What temperature should you keep your home?

I hear you about the cat. Often, I'll wake up in the winter to find my girls on the floor and all 8 of my cats trying for the warm spot on the bed!!!!!

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Quote:I guess my question should have been - what is too hot? Should one not go over 80 degrees if the dog is healthy, has a water source, lights are off, curtains closed?
In that case, my answer is .... "Depends on the Dog."

In all seriousness, if we're talking about a health adult German Shepherd with no medical issues who has water and shade available to him, I don't see why that dog wouldn't do well at 80 degrees - or 90 degrees - or even warmer. As long as the dog has a cool and shady spot to go to, fresh water available, and a well-maintained coat, they can get used to the warmer temperatures and withstand them without any problems.

We still go hiking if it's over 90 degrees. We also go reenacting if it's that hot. Our hottest event recently was in Pennsylvania - it was 102 degrees and 63% humidity. Plenty of shade but no fans or air conditioning. We were all FINE, including Abby!

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I keep it very cool, around +50F. I cannot tolerate heat at all, and now that the dogs have acclimated, they too get too hot when it is much above 50.
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Re: What temperature should you keep your home?

I keep my AC on at anywhere between 72 -75 degrees with the ceiling fans on and I live in Florida. Romy does well and sleeps like a baby!
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