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Old 09-16-2008, 10:51 PM
Location: Jax
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Originally Posted by Ericmrtt View Post
I leave my dog permanently outside. Unless its below 20 degrees. Than I bring her inside.
It gets pretty hot and humid in Atlanta, doesn't it? I'm a few hours south of you, in Jax, FL, and I can't leave my dogs outside in the heat here.

80 degrees and mine start feeling legarthic, 90 degrees and they are downright unhappy. Plus with our Southern humidity, we get a lot of bugs with that heat and I don't want them getting too many mosquito bites.
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:13 PM
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My labrador retriever is able to tolerate the 90 degree weather outside. Of course, she has access to water and shelter (usually in our garage where it is much cooler during the day). With lots of water, cool shelter, and restricting heavy activities she can adjust.

Of course, over here it's just dry heat. I'm not sure if she can tolerate the hot weather with humidity.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:16 PM
Location: Blackwater Park
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Originally Posted by Blondie621 View Post
According to the Humane Society which I agree with. Dogs should be brought it at 40 degrees and below. Also 80 degrees and above.
So basically my dog shouldn't go outside in July and August? Alright.

I can understand the two extremes, but dogs become acclimitized to heat like we do. I'm not saying to leave them out in sub zero and 100+ degree weather either. But sometimes it's okay to be a tad uncomfortable. Hell, it's too hot/cold to me sometimes as well, but I put up with it.

So is the HS you work with opposed to working dogs?
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:56 AM
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Originally Posted by jhlcomp View Post
Doesn't it depend on the breed? Example - I have had Greyhounds and now a Whippet both breeds are not outdoor dogs at all. My Whippet shivers in the 50's and has no desire to play outdoors when it's in the 90's. His ideal temparture is 60-70. :-)
Totally depends on the breed. Huskies are fine to below zero temperatures. Chessies can be soaking wet in 20 degree weather without so much as a shiver. Chihuahuas will be popsicles in thirty seconds in 40 degree weather.

Also totally depends on the individual. My family had one lab that would stay out all day in the Houston summer and another that would raise cain if he was left out for more than 10 minutes.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:05 PM
Location: Thornton
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The breed is really the determining factor. You can't specify a "perfect" temp for "dogs". You really have to be breed specific.

I have a Siberian Husky. Right now it's 80 degrees during the day, so I don't leave her outside or take her for a walk until at night when the temp starts to drop and it gets down to 50 or less. Even 50 degrees is still too warm for her to really be active. The colder the temp gets the more energy she gets and the longer I have to have her out running/pulling to give her the exercise she needs.

So while a chihuahua might start shivering from 50 degrees, 50 degrees is still too hot for my Sibe.
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:09 PM
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Default Below 45 is Too Cold

Originally Posted by Ericmrtt View Post
I leave my dog permanently outside. Unless its below 20 degrees. Than I bring her inside.
This is dangerous for dogs, as they must come in when the temperature is under 45 degrees. Below, I will link the most reliable source I could find confirming what I'm saying (Texas A&M University).

Other sources you can look up info from will usually tell you somewhere around 40 and 45 is too cold.

Here's the link: [url=http://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/pet-talk/how-cold-is-too-cold]How Cold is Too Cold - Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences[/url]
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:26 PM
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Holy bring out an old thread!

Oh and that's bs. Plenty of dogs thrive in Montana at 40deg and less.

Heck 40 degrees people are still wearing shorts here, lol.
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:37 AM
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Location: Idaho
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Old thread, yes! But some of the replies are absolutely ludicrous but funny to read at 4:30 AM as I am drinking coffee and getting ready to walk two furry Malamutes.

I walk them really early in the AM when the days are above 90 degrees. After the walk, they will lay on the shaded deck out back until the temps get around 75 and then I let them in. But sometime my male likes to go out in the 80s and lay in the grass in the shade. He does not appear to be distressed when doing so, and I keep an eye on him, and if it get's to 90 I bring him in.

In the winter, it is hard to get them inside from the snow. But they are Malamutes, and if some stupid article written by some Human society tells me they are unsafe outside below 40 degrees they are morons and that does not apply to all dog breeds.

When they are ready to come in, they let me know with a polite howl, and I won't let them stay outside too long and they sleep in the house all year round.
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:47 PM
Location: West Virginia
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Peeps are too much into A/C Joey was born & Worked on a Farm! Yet since I have had her she thinks shes going to Melt going out to potty! ALL she want to do is lay in her crate & expose her belly to the A/C
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