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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-21-2017, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Weather or Not?

So since we are all "gung ho" to train, how bad does the weather have to be to stop you from training? Or what is the worst weather you have ever trained in?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-21-2017, 11:59 PM
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Will your dogs work in the rain? Mine say No!
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-22-2017, 12:05 AM
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If someone - animal or human - is likely to literally break a leg, our trainer calls it. Otherwise, game on. This recent horrible ice rink of doom has been very annoying for us upper Midwesterners.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-22-2017, 12:07 AM
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I usually stop all training and outdoor activities above 80-85F degrees. When you add a blazing hot sun and ungodly humidity on top of those temperatures, it is just too risky.
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Rain, snow or whatever, If I'm out there in it they'll happily join me. High heat say 85f or above sessions are shorter as I become miserable, hate summer, glad it's usually short here.
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if it is just for fun - then you look to being sensible .

if it is training for work -- you better train in all weather -- extremes , wind , rain, snow, dark of night . The only time to call it quits is electrical storms , lightning.
I do believe in the lightning storms the dogs were still required to manage sheep from stampeding , just not so safe for the handler.

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I just got accepted on the local schutzhound facebook page here and they cancel if the weather is bad - i.e. snowing. I don't know if Hakki and I are going to go in that direction but I just wanted to get a "feel" of what it is about.


We are also dealing with abnormal amounts of snow and freezing cold days. I am leaving for work and it is only 1 degree outside. That wouldn't be bad other than the fact I deliver mail for a living and I don't have a route where you just drive up to mail boxes. My route is all community boxes and condo buildings. By the time the weekend comes I just want to stay inside and keep warm.
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I just got accepted on the local schutzhound facebook page here and they cancel if the weather is bad - i.e. snowing. I don't know if Hakki and I are going to go in that direction but I just wanted to get a "feel" of what it is about.


We are also dealing with abnormal amounts of snow and freezing cold days. I am leaving for work and it is only 1 degree outside. That wouldn't be bad other than the fact I deliver mail for a living and I don't have a route where you just drive up to mail boxes. My route is all community boxes and condo buildings. By the time the weekend comes I just want to stay inside and keep warm.
Oh please send some of the cold and snow here! I am in the northeast and it was in the 70s today and will be in the mid 60s tomorrow.

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Hubby is retired military and says that he has had enough days of having to work and live outdoors in terrible weather. A little drizzle won't put us off but we won't work in the rain. Or extreme cold for long. And my boy goes very flat in hot weather.

Guess you can say we are fair weather trainers. But that is fine since we have no illusions of standing on a podium with our dogs, getting huge trophies.

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Hubby is retired military and says that he has had enough days of having to work and live outdoors in terrible weather. A little drizzle won't put us off but we won't work in the rain. Or extreme cold for long. And my boy goes very flat in hot weather.

Guess you can say we are fair weather trainers. But that is fine since we have no illusions of standing on a podium with our dogs, getting huge trophies.


Wait.......they don't give out participation trophies? Ok forget schutzhound....not going to do it


I am just a fair weather person all together! I used to laugh at "snowbirds" and now I can't wait to become one!


Love Florida but too hot in the summer. Love Utah but too cold in the winter. Yep......I am going back and forth in about 3 years when I retire. We have a summer cabin here already.....now we just need a winter home in Florida.
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