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GSDs and frigid cold weather?

I guess I'm more curious than anything. Since I live in California, I can't even imagine what it's like for some of you with your dogs in the coldest parts of the U.S.

How do your GSDs do in weather like some of you are now experiencing in the Midwest, i.e., some of this frigid, record-breaking cold weather? Do you have to make special arrangements for them to go outside and go potty, etc., etc.? At the very least, you probably have to put some "booties" on your dog, don't you?

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No. I take them out to potty and bring them back in. The year Seger was a puppy, it was much colder for much longer than this year. We had sustained temps from -15 to -25 air temps.
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Yes it's horribly cold here in Michigan.Even the postal carriers have the day off!My dogs are only going out for potty breaks and right back in again.The biggest danger is to their paws and ears of they are out for more than a few minutes.They actually are pretty bummed out that we aren't spending any time playing in the snow.They love it
I watched a documentary about Siberian trappers and their dogs and don't fully understand why they aren't all frozen to death or frostbitten.One of the trappers said he disagreed with some of his peers who let their dogs sleep indoors at night because "it made them soft"!!

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...The biggest danger is to their paws and ears of they are out for more than a few minutes....

Out of curiosity, since you live in a very cold climate, what's the coldest temperature that you think is safe for a GSD to be outside in? *I* would think anything below, oh I don't know, maybe even 20 degrees is probably too cold for any length of time, isn't it?


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This is the first time in my life I've been in a temperature that I think is actually unsafe for the GSDs. My car said -25F when I left this morn, windchill is somewhere around -50F or -60F, depending on who you believe.

Out to pee, then back in the house.

It's so cold my goats' faces look like White Walkers, even inside their shed.... the goats are getting whole bananas twice a day, and the birds are getting hot corn mash and hot cooked peas. I would not keep a GSD outdoors in this weather.
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Last night and this morning the booties were on.....-30 ambient.


The dog pretty much lets me know when they need to go on....the hobble, 3 legged standing or just laying down....generally starts when it gets below zero and she is out for 10-15 minutes.


In these current temps.....she's good for a minute before she starts showing the effects of the cold on her pads.


I have to agree with @dogma13....."One of the trappers said he disagreed with some of his peers who let their dogs sleep indoors at night because "it made them soft"!!".......no doubt acclimation makes a huge difference.....my bitch is acclimated to being spoiled temperature-wise........



One other thought......there's a lot to be said for teaching the on demand dump or squirt when these temperatures occur.




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...One other thought......there's a lot to be said for teaching the on demand dump or squirt when these temperatures occur.

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HA! My dog would be in serious trouble with temperatures like you're describing. Maybe because she's a "California Girl", potty time is not to be hurried. To "Jazzy", it's never a bad time to make time to "stop and smell the roses", see what critters have peed in the yard, etc., etc. Jazzy's relaxed attitude at potty time drives my Wife up a wall as she's waiting for her to decide on the perfect spot to potty.





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20degrees is not too cold,even for dogs that sleep outdoors as long as they have plenty of straw to burrow into and can get out of the wind.The wind chill is what is bad.I actually get overheated outside in single digit temps if I'm walking or playing with the dogs when it's sunny.Really!
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20degrees is not too cold,even for dogs that sleep outdoors as long as they have plenty of straw to burrow into and can get out of the wind.The wind chill is what is bad.I actually get overheated outside in single digit temps if I'm walking or playing with the dogs when it's sunny.Really!

Oh man...I guess you can tell I'm from California.




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Lol!It's all what we get acclimated to I suppose.I lived in Texas for ten years and the heat didn't bother me much.Now I start whining when it's over 70

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