The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
If your dog is enjoying himself and staying active (and it sounds like he is), then he can stay out as long as he wants. Signs that he is cold would be shivering, raising his paws up because they are too cold in the snow, and standing by the door, whining to be let in.
Really, we get much colder weather than that here, I'm used to it, it does not bother me, and not once have my dogs shown any signs of cold, exept for the "cold feet dance" when temps get down to below -30C (about -22F and colder).
Also, dogs do not feel the effects of windchill. Our skin is always imperceptibly moist even when we are not actively sweating (the moisture is part of why it is elastic and flexible). So when very cold outside, even a minor increase in evaporation rates from the wind will make us feel much, much colder. However, dogs do not sweat from their skin like we do, except from the paws - they mainly cool themselves by panting.
So even though it can feel brutally cold to us, to the dogs, the weather is just fine!
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015