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How cold is too cold to take the dogs for a hike?

I called a friend this morning and had to convince her that it was too cold to take the dogs for a hike today, even a short one. We got a foot of snow yesterday and it is 6 degrees out today. The wind chill is -15. They say that humans can get frostbite on uncovered areas in less than 5 minutes. This friend (yes, Linda) was on her way to walk the pups! I wasn't able to convince her that taking them out in this was a bad idea, but she did agree to call the vet. They told her to just let them out to potty and right back inside. She is heading back home. But, she said she would wait till tomorrow afternoon when it is closer to 20 degrees (still far below freezing) and take them for their hike. Linda, I love you to death, but this can't be any fun for your babies. What do others think?


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i just posted somewhere wondering if Linda was going out with the dogs today. I'm thankful that Tim isn't a huge fan of the cold weather so this has never been an issue. I do know that I'm not a fan of cold weather either so Mae is out voted going for even a short walk I do bundle them up but I worry about bare feet in this weather, man that's got to be uncomfortable. I also wonder when the news says human's shouldn't be outside is that the same for dogs? I did let Mae outside today without a coat figuring if she got cold I'd be right at the door to let her back in. It's good to know that Linda's vet suggested short spurts outside today because that's what we're doing. I might go out to get the mail later today with the pups and let them mingle in the street for a while if there's not too much melted salt stuff.

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I am also curious as to what others think. I had no idea!!! My guys will miss their hike today. I did have snowsuits and mushers secret on their paws though…..





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I did walk my guys for a short walk in the snow yesterday. Both picked up their paws, so I guess it was cold for them. I kept picking them up and rubbing their feet…..

Bella is the smart one and doesn't even come to the door when I tell them we are going for a walk





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How far is the hike? We had a vet appointment this morning....a 2 block walk...and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Any longer and I'm certain I would have to pick up one of them.
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Mae is especially wild today because she was inside for most of the day yesterday, groomer in the morning and then the snow with no walk. Tim is a couch potato . I am interested too in what others think. I guess a lot depends on where the dogs are used to being, if they are in a warm climate I'm sure this weather would hit them harder then our pups. Stay warm and play lots of fetch, that's what I'm doing! I'll be putting Mushers Secret on Mae later this morning.

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How far is the hike? We had a vet appointment this morning....a 2 block walk...and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Any longer and I'm certain I would have to pick up one of them.
Im almost embarrassed to say…..the other day it was windy and 7 degrees and they walked 45min. They had their winter coats on. There was snow on the ground.

Yesterday it was cold and snowing and they did 30 min with their snowsuits on.

Today they are staying in after I've read many articles like the one below. I feel bad for walking them in the extreme cold. I thought they liked it

http://www.exercisemydog.com/how-col...-walk-the-dog/





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I don't know… Kodi is pretty clear about when it's too cold for him. He just sits down and says "no"! I have a friend who lives in northern VT, and she was out hiking with her dogs at 6F yesterday, though it was sunny and windless there. The other difference is that her dog is a 50 lb-ish mixed breed. The picture she posted did show him wearing a coat and boots, though.

I think it REALLY depends on the breed… certainly Huskies and Malamutes REVEL in this weather!!! And it depends on the clothes we put on them. (and that they will tolerate!) I think if I got Kodi boots (and he'd wear them) that he'd enjoy walks in colder weather… it really seems that his feet getting cold are the limiting factor. Because he's in long coat, wetness is also a factor. I can't keep him dry if it's just above freezing, so I think that tmp, especially if it's also windy, can almost be worse as far as keeping him warm. Wet hair has NO insulating ability!!!

I know that we do not exercise the horses heavily when it's in the single digits… too hard on their lungs. We might walk them, either under saddle with a "quarter sheet" (which overs their back, sides, and hind end) or hand walk them in their blankets, but no heavy work that gets them breathing hard.

And, honestly, _I_ don't want to be out there for any length of time when it's really cold.


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Oops. should have read your article first, Linda. Glad to see it said pretty much what my common sense told me!

I also wanted to say that Kodi has handled the snow and cold yesterday and this morning pretty well in his own way. He clearly has ENJOYED being out… he has gone out MANY more times than could be accounted for by the need for potty stops. But he's been out for short periods. I've watched him. He does a little exploring, a little RLH, then his feet get cold and he's back in the house. Again, there is no wind, so his coat probably holds the heat in better, and it's cold enough that it's a dry snow that sits on top of his coat without getting him wet. I really think what forces him back indoors is his feet getting cold.


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I know Karen I feel the same way about their feet. I'm in the process of making fleece booties with suede bottoms and elastic at the top. I'll see how they work mostly for walks outside on the street once things dry out. Mae will even stand outside and pick one up at a time switching around. I have let her outside too, a lot, because she's pretty stir crazy but she only stays out a short time too. No wind here and sunny today, but very cold. Timmy been sleeping on the couch all morning went out once to do his business so he's good till late afternoon.

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