Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
Dogs Name: Gunner (Winston and Spencer RIP)
Dogs Age: Anywhere from 7-9 (10 and 9 yrs respectively)
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Well where I am it is -14C and with the windchill it is -20C!!! Gunner goes out, does his business and sometimes is out there for at least 5 minutes; he has to rid the backyard of any squirrels, crows etc.!!! But when he's cold, he will come in!
Yesterday the weather was similar although the sun was out in full and Gunner and I took a walk for about 20 mins (including sniff and pee breaks it was about 25mins) he wore one of his new jackets he received for Christmas (snood attached) and I didn't bother with boots and he was fine. When we arrived back home, he was zooming through the house happy as anything! And Gunner has long show cropped ears as well.
I think just the fresh air etc. is of such benefit for them (and humans too!) that as long as the total time out per trip outside is not hours!!! They're okay. Of course each dog reacts differently, and there will be signs if your dog is getting cold, but all my 3 males have always been able to spend some time outside and it was never too much!