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.
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.Originally Posted By: HistorianI 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.
In that case, my answer is .... "Depends on the Dog."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?
Brightelf, are you a writer? I love your vivid descriptions!Originally Posted By: BrightelfI must be related to Richard. I am trying to train a new hubby to accept sleeping in cooler temps.
Each dog has preferences. Do the dogs sleep on carpet, or always try for a space on the tile, hardwood, or linoleum? I would say most of the GSDs that I know prefer it cool, 70 degrees is the warmest they like it, but cooler is better for them, it seems.
And then there's Grimm, who craves the glacial cold of ice and snow. As a 9 week old puppy, he would lay in the flying frog position, his naked new-puppy tummy in his weenie zone pressed to the snow, grinning with delight.