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how long to leave the dog out???

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by Ender, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. Ender

    Ender ComfortablyNumb

    May 20, 2001
    how long would you guys leave your dog out in cold weather?

    i deliver to this house once in a while...when i first started, it wouldn't get below 60 degrees...not a big deal, i go out in shorts at anything above 60 most the time.

    every time i go to this house, this beautiful Golden barks his ass off at me (like a good dog should) from the back yard. now, its quite possible that they let the pup out because they know someone is coming and don't wanna deal with restraining the dog from greeting me/defending the house...or maybe they leave him in the yard all the time.

    as it gets colder, windchill and all, i go to this house, and the dogs in the backyard. i'm thinking, "DAMN, ITS COLD!"

    naturally the dog has a nice thick coat, and my pup has a double coat, but i still don't like to leave her outside for more than 30 mins max in the cold.

    when i let her in, her fur is really cold feeling, but only for a couple mins...then shes at room temp again. her skin is much warmer at all times...i still don't like to leave her outside, but she LOVES being outside...i always end up putting her out for a bit, letting her in for 10 or 20 mins, then letting her out again at her insistance.

    anyways, in weather you think of as COLD, how long would you leave your dog out?
  2. All my dogs, 4, are house dogs. They are NEVER left out. I take them out, observe them doing their business, and bring them back in. They are only out when I'm working in the yard or clearing the woods. Dogs are pack animals. When bought into a human family, you become the pack. They want to be with you. Dogs left outside or chained to a house are not happy nor in a normal state of mind.

  3. Ender

    Ender ComfortablyNumb

    May 20, 2001
    my pup likes to be let outside for a while...she regards it her 'job,' to make sure the yard is kept empty of squirrels, birds, and other animals.

    often times i'll peek out the window at her, and she'll be sitting or laying in the middle of the yard, keeping watch. hell, the only time shes ever barked at someone right away was when they were in the backyard (cable guy, i had her out to pee on a leash).

    she'll chase (or herd, perhaps) anything out of her yard...when my g/f brings her dog (Aussie mix, loves to herd) down, they'll work as a team to patrol the yard...its actually quite amazing to watch how they work together without verbal communication like we would use.

    leaving a dog outside doesn't necessarily bother them at all...i suppose it depends on the dog. some are real lapdogs, some like to be independant, and some are a mix.

    when my dog is outside, she controls her yard. inside, shes a shadow/lapdog thru and thru.
  4. WolfmanGK

    WolfmanGK Super Plump

    Oct 7, 2000
    Northern Dakota
    My dog knows that when he barks, it is time to come in. Sometimes he just likes to watch the cars go by, and be outside of the house. He's a good boy, late at night when it's too late for a bark he will usually give a "woof" that I can hear, cos he's a big dog, and his barks are loud.
  5. Jaegergirl

    Jaegergirl Proud2BAmerican

    Apr 24, 2004
    my dog is a house dog so the only time he is outside when it's cold is to go to the bathroom or to play. we have a 6ft privacy fence around our backyard so he's able to roam or "patrol" the backyard (he loves to chase the squirrels and they love to taunt him) without having to be leashed but when it's cold out, i wouldn't keep him out there for longer than 20-30 minutes.
  6. tony4311


    Sep 19, 2004
    S. Wisconsin
    When I had a dog we left her outside until she came up to the door and barked to get back in. If they're not bothered by the cold there's no harm.
  7. Ender

    Ender ComfortablyNumb

    May 20, 2001
    Reagan isn't a huge GSD...about 75 lbs, which is average-ish for a female. she has a VERY male sounding ferocious type bark...but she doesn't use it often. lately shes been barking rather randomly...i assume she hears something outside that she doesn't like, because i'll look at her, and she'll be standing in the living room like, "yeah, i barked, so what!?!"

    maybe its the early morning paper guy or something...