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From an old post:
I live in Colorado Springs; this was written for someone who was moving to Colorado. Some of this applies our weather here, but may not work for a higher humidity place.
I tend to use a fleece coat whenever the temperature drops below 35 or so under normal cold conditions. (Look up Made by Meadowcat's [she's a member here] custom made coats). It is so sunny and dry here that it usually feels warmer than it actually is. But you have to take into account things like whether dog is able to run freely, is on a leash or is standing around, the humidity, the wind speed and the amount of sunlight when you try to figure out what kind of apparel your dog needs.
I generally figure that if I need something more than a heavy sweatshirt, my dog needs a coat.
It doesn't snow here (if you're not actually in the mountains) as much as you might think, but there can be a big difference in snow amounts between Denver proper and just 15 or so miles up into the foothills. When there is snow on the ground, a fleece coat works well (IMO). Generally summer rainstorms are infrequent and short, so you can just wait it out--I don't think I've ever used a waterproof coat. I've never used boots on my dogs either, but if I were walking in an area where they salt their sidewalks, etc heavily, or where there was a heavy crust of ice on top of softer snow I probably would. Their footpads can get dry and cracked if they are spending a lot of time walking in the snow and ice, so regular application of something like "Musher's Secret" is a good idea.
Let your dog tell you how long your walks should be. I usually feel their ear tips from time to time; when they start to feel cool or cold, I go inside. I don't dress them up in a coat when I let them out for their business--rain, cold or snow (though it will take some effort to persuade them to step out of the door). They'll just dash out and come back in faster. I do find that I have to watch a bit to make sure they have actually pottied, because sometimes they lie and try to persuade you that they have...I just "cruelly" send them back out into the "horrible freezing unbearable" weather.
In the winter, I don't go out if we are having one of our windy days. About 3 or 4 times a winter, we get massive windstorms (they call them chinook winds and usually call a high wind warning) The air can warm up in a few hours maybe up to 50 degrees or so, and the day is sunny and fair (they occur more often at night though), but the wind makes it un-fun to walk in. You almost feel as if you might blow away and the dogs won't want to go out either anyway. If you are really close to the foothills on the west side of Denver or anywhere right up against the front range, wind speeds can sometimes be as high as 90 mph (or even higher if it's really bad), but usually the wind speeds are more like 40-50 mph during these storms.
Last edited by melbrod; 11-07-2019 at 11:18 AM.