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How cold is too cold to walk?

How do you handle walking your dog in the cold weather, say teens and below? I don't have a snowsuit or booties for Sir Winston, and I don't like to walk until the middle of the day when the weather is in the teens and low
20s. However Sir Winston wants his walk twice a day! When I open the door and the cats will NOT go out, it is too cold!!
How do you walk your dog in the cold cold weather?

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I take my guys out no matter what the weather. If it's really cold and windy, I put them in their windproof winter coats. They also have a lighter version windproof jacket. If it's in the 30's and not windy, I just use their normal winter coat. I don't normally put a coat on Fred unless is below 30. He hates coats so I try not to use them on him.
I don't use boots. Can you image trying to get 12 boots on? !





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I guess what I am going to need is the windproof coat. No, I cannot do boots on him I bet, he does like his walk no matter what, so I will have to figure out how not to freeze!!

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i don't walk the dog if it's below 30 degrees. if it's cold but not windy or snowy, we can go always with his fleece. not big on the booties. there are days when it's just too cold and snowy to go out. if it's cold and sunny, we venture out. be careful of salt after a snow, it can burn their bellies!
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I guess I am worried about frostbite too, is that possible for dogs? I have to be careful due to some skin grafts on face, so I wrap up, but wonder about the dog!

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Daisy and Beau want to go out no matter HOW bad the weather is. I've tried booties, but the don't tolerate them. I still haven't solved my snowsuit problems - so they go without. They ring their bell and will take a quick RLH around the back yard, do their "business" and come back to the door. They still get their twice/day walk - but its REALLY short: maybe only a half dozen house up the street and back. THEY do't want to come back - but DH can't stand it! LOL

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We just came back inside from a short walk (less than 10 minutes), it is 36 degrees. It seems like the boys are more friskier in the cold weather. We are inside now, because I am cold, not the boys. They do not wear coats. In fact, Jack did not want to come inside! They were both trying to wrestle each other with the leashes on them while outside.



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Sir Winston seems to love the cold weather too. He is never ready to come back, we go 1.5 miles two times a day...he will plant his feet and not move if I try to shorten the walk...he has gradually moved it from .8 miles to 1.5...so I know he would go further, but there are some loose dogs I worry about if we go further!

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Flynn, when it's this cold, Cicero and I don't do much walking inside!! We prefer the sofa, a fleece throw, and a book and a bone. Cicero does seem to like going out and having a fast run in the cold but he doesn't stay out long.

Winston might could do with a thick sweater for his walk, but you will really have to bundle up. Cicero is lucky to have his 'best friend' that goes out with him often.


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Wish I had a BF for Sir Winston who would help walk him!!! Cicero, you are a lucky guy
Dexter at least you and Jack have each other, we only have kitties. Daisy and Bo have the same problem Winston has, a cold human at the end of the lead. Freddie and Scudder have a Mom who bundles up and just goes...so they are lucky! Little Buddy, thanks I would not have thought about the salt!!!

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