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Old 04-04-2012, 08:23 PM
 
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I'd like to get a dog one day, and haven't had one.

So, when there is a snowstorm or other type of inclement weather where it is not possible to walk outside, how does one ensure the dog gets walked/gets exercise for that day?
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: On the west side of the Tetons
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I think it all depends on the kind of dog you have. I have 3 dogs who love cold and snow and don't mind rain, so I just dress appropriately for whatever weather we're having and off we go. My neighbors have a Chihuahua that can't weigh more than 4 lbs. and that thing never goes out unless it's 70 degrees and sunny. We live in an area that averages 500" inches of snow a year and, even in the summer, nighttime temps often drop below freezing. To me, having a dog that can't handle the weather doesn't make sense. But, they love their little rat and, apparently, a little dog can get enough exercise in the house.

Before you adopt a dog, consider what breeds or mixes would do best in your climate, then you can toss on boots and a jacket and it won't matter if it's raining or snowing.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Either reevaluate your idea of "not possible," or don't get a dog that needs walked every day. People walk their dogs in snowstorms all the time around here.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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Rip gets his 15/20 mile run no matter what the weather is.

I am glad I am in the truck many days!!!!!
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:53 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Thats why they invented Coats for dogs LOL For the 1st time in my dog owning life I faced the same delemia as you! I wanted a Pap sooo bad! But I had the wait for the right time & place. Paps have long silky hair but dont get double coats for winter LOL So Lad-Bug has a coat & 2 t-shirts LOL But as a small dog she gets plenty of exercise just doing the Furniture Agility Course inside!
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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Thats why they invented Coats for dogs LOL For the 1st time in my dog owning life I faced the same delemia as you! I wanted a Pap sooo bad! But I had the wait for the right time & place. Paps have long silky hair but dont get double coats for winter LOL So Lad-Bug has a coat & 2 t-shirts LOL But as a small dog she gets plenty of exercise just doing the Furniture Agility Course inside!
I once had a 9# dog, admittedly a little ball of fur, who insisted on her regular stroll along an exposed slope regarless of temperature or windchill. The only time she declined was in a record cold snap with -40 ambient.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:47 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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Coats/boots help, but there are times when poor visibility or slippery conditions make things unsafe. Pouring rain or very cold temperatures will turn off some dogs no matter what they're wearing.
The younger and more active the dog, the more of an issue this is. There are games you can play, like throwing one treat at a time down the stairs for the dog to get. Some people get treadmills for their dogs. Games of mental stimulation can help too if boredom is the main issue.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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My dog loved the rain as a puppy. He would want to walk around for hours in the rain splashing in all the puddles. These days if it's raining, he goes out the back door does his business and comes back in. In a light snow he get walked and possibly a trip to the dog park to play in the snow. I bundle up and watch. Okay, I throw a few snowballs at him In terrible blizzard type weather, I shovel first and then the dog goes out. Shoveling a path for the dog is a standard part of snow shoveling if you choose to have a dog. When people say dogs are a lot of work they aren't joking.

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Old 04-05-2012, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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You just go. Otherwise you're going to have an unhappy, bored dog... and a house full of pee and poop.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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My little three legged beagle.....loves to go out in the snow...not so keen on rain but will go out to do her business. In really deep snow I have to shovel t he steps from t he back deck and a path in the yard....once she is out however....she stays a long time and blazes her own trails.....following mice or voles under the snow cover. I used to shovel a "piddle yard" for my elderly westie.
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