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A lot of short coated dogs don't much like rain--but if they find out they are going to be doing something they like to do they forget all about the rain.
One of my dogs who really was convinced that he was going to melt in the rain forgot all about it when I started tracking with him--I'm in the Pacific Northwest too so if my dogs didn't go out to do things in the rain they'd get zero exercise for about 5 months. Once I started tracking the meltable Dobe it made no difference what it was doing outside--could be torrential rain, sleet or snow or perfect sunny weather--once he saw the tracking harness come out he was all for getting out.
I do dry the dogs off when they come in soaked but that's as much of a concession as they get from me...if I can survive rain, so can they.
Last edited by dobebug; 12-13-2009 at 11:19 AM.