We have hashed this on a 100 plus posted thread a week or so ago. Please go back and read it.
I have Huskies, they love it outside but they rather be inside with me. I even give them the choice. I open up the gate and say do you want to come with Mom today and they just come running. We all hop into the ride and away we go to work. Or I say lets go inside and they come running. They following me all over. I can't even think about having a dog and letting them outside just to wait for you.
I keep the house cooler because they are huskies. My sister has a lab and he sleeps on the kitchen floor. There house is 72*.
I know you have shelter but you are fighting a battle that has been fought. The person in question that you got all upset about has no shelter for the dog and we where trying to get her to treat her dog better!
We want people to treat animals kindly and help to take care of them.
I dont want to be considered a bad owner because people dont either know how to care for outside dogs or dont have enough time for them. My dogs of course want to come inside if they see us going in and we let them. But then they just go back out after a little while and remain out there. People are making me sound like a horrible dog owner just because A couple of our dogs are suited for the cold. My fox terrier is an indoor dog and the lab & GS are outdoor dogs. If they shivered we would with out hesitation bring them in, but they dont, and if they're inside to long they start to pant and try to get out. I wasnt trying to be mean to people i just didnt want anyone thinking of me as a bad person.
I'd like to add (since you brought it up) I've never heard of a dog dying from overheating after being brought indoors during winter. I've never even heard of one getting remotely ill from overheating after being brought inside. If you have a link that says otherwise I"d love to see it.
Conversely I've heard (obviously) of hundreds of dogs that hae died from exposure and heat exhaustion when they have gone outside during extremely hot or extremely cold weather.
Get acclimated: If you know your dog is going to live outside, you need to acclimate it. If you bring home a new dog during the winter and plan to keep it outside, take it for walks outside for a few days, then letting it stay in the garage before putting it outside full time. Even then, be sure your dog has adequate shelter from the cold and wind at all times. Provide shelter from the storm: Outside dogs in cold climates require reliable shelter. Insulated doghouses with loose bedding are best. Straw works well because it has a lot of air space and traps the heat. Also, you don't want such a big house that 10 dogs could fit in there, body heat will keep a dog warmer in a smaller space. Provide a "no-wind zone": Dogs coats are built to keep them warm, the hair Is a great insulator, but if the wind blows the hair away from the dog's body, it will blow away the heat, too. Your dog needs a place where it can get out of the wind, especially when wind chill factors dip below freezing, installing a canvas flap over the doghouse door helps. Don't overestimate your cold-hardy dog: Just because your dog is built for the cold and loves the snow doesn't mean it is immune to winter's dangers. A good rule of thumb is, no dog should be outside when it gets below 20degrees. Water, water, everywhere?: Dogs can become dehydrated in the wintertime, and a bowl of water can freeze in under an hour in sub-zero temperatures. Some folks assume dogs can eat snow and lick ice in the winter for water, but they won't get enough that way. Purchase a heated water bowl, or change the water several times a day. If you work all day make arrangements for someone to change the water at least once while you are gone or come home for lunch. Check those paws!: Rock salt used to melt snow on driveways and roads is an irritant to a dog's footpads and so is the ice itself. When the warmth of the dog's body hits the snow, the snow melts, then crystallizes on the dog's feet so, check those paws, especially after a walk. Rinse off any salt or ice, then dry thoroughly. Watch for frostbite: Frostbite, also known as cold injury, is the freezing of body tissue. Frostbite can be seen more on the thinner areas of the body like the ear flaps, tail and between the footpads. A frostbitten area may appear dark or black because blood can't reach the frozen area, so the tissue dies. If you suspect your dog has frostbite, take it immediately to a Veterinarian. Hypothermia: Any profound decrease in body temperature qualifies as hypothermia. Signs include diminished consciousness, slow or infrequent respiration, dilated pupils, delayed reflexes, shivering and, eventually, a pale or blue cast to the skin and gums. Hypothermia can be mild to moderate or severe. When severe, a dog can go into shock and its heart can be affected. If you suspect hypothermia, gently warm your dog with blankets and hot water bottles or warm water in 2-liter bottles and call your Veterinarian. Purchase a few luxuries! The market has a variety of heated dog houses or heated dog beds is available to keep your outdoor dog cozy in the cold. Let 'em in! If your dog's accommodations aren't equipped with the latest technology, or even if they are, consider letting your dog inside when the temperature or wind chill drops below 20 degrees. The biggest danger of having an outdoor dog is that you may forget about your pet. So, remember that an outdoor dog is a family member, too, needing and deserving as much attention, care and love as a pampered indoor dog.
Thats from a webby And my dogs has everything this article says.
And i dont believe they can die? If i said that im sorry. But they can overheat if they're bodys are used to the weather and their coats are thick. BRinging them from 30 degrees to about 75 degrees can make a dramatic effect on the dogs body
Wiley... I hate when people keep their dogs outside and dont know how to properly care for them. Im 100% against chains firstly. And the dogs that people leave outside are poorly cared for. Im not like them though and other people are comparing me to them.
What rescue dog is doing is terribly wrong!! she should bring the poor puppy in or at least provide it with shelter and bedding... not just a blanket that cools down within like 5 minutes.. you shouldnt have a dog if you can care properly for it.
Also they should be penned up....its quite dangerous to have a dog run freely.
***Edited By: Ookadahusky on 1/20/2007 10:56:11 AM*** Reason: a
I never read her thread before.. But my dogs are in a different situation? They have everything they need provided for them, they're up todate with shots and are well cared for. What rescuedog is doing is wrong. Like i said, its the owners that kills the dogs if you dont know how to care for them in cold weather. My dogs are penned at night, have a well-sized hand built dog house, a wind blocker, straw, blankets, water and food 24-7, runs, excersize, human company... everything basically except a TV lol
OOKADOOKAHUSKY, YOU ARE NOT A BAD DOG OWNER DON'T WORRY MY DOG IS A MINY POODLE THAT LOVES THE OUTDOORS AND THE INDOORS BUT WHEN IT'S COLD OUTSIDE AND SHE NEEDS TO GO 2 THE BATHROOM I HAVE TO PUT HER IN HER DOGGY COATS AND SWEATERS FOR HER TO BE WARM BUT LABS THEY WERE BUILT FOR THE OUTDOORS I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LABS SO I READ ABOUT THERE TYPE OF BREED AND THEY DO FINE IN COLD WEATHER AS LONG AS YOU HAVE GOOD SHELTER FOR THEM . I AGREE WITH YOUR OPINION ON THIS COLD WEATHER CRAP THAT EVERYONE IS FIGHTING ABOUT. MY DOG MAY BE AN INDOOR DOG MORE THAN AN OUTDOOR DOG BUT EVERYDOG CAN'T BE KEPT IN A HOUSE ALL DAY BECAUSE IT'S COLD THEY NEED EXERCISE AND TOYS TO CHASE AFTER IN ORDER TO KEEP THEM FIT, HAPPIER, AND HEALTHIER. SO I TAKE MY DOG OUTSIDE FOR WALKS AND TO PLAY WITH HER. MY DOG IS SITTING ON MY LAP RIGHT NOW SO WE ARE WRITING THIS TOGETHER SHE LOVES RUNNING AROUND AND PLAYING OUTSIDE WITH ME AND I WOULD NEVER TAKE WHAT SHE LOVES AWAY FROM HER BECAUSE OF COLD WEATHER. NOW IF IT IS LIKE LESS THAN THIRTY DEGREES OUTSIDE I WILL KEEP HER INSIDE MORE AND TAKE HER FOR SHORT WALKS ONCE OR TWICE SO SHE ISN'T LAZY AND BOARD ALL DAY. EVERY DOG OWNER HAS THERE OWN OPINIONS SOME ARE LAME AND SOME ARE GOOD.
If I where you I would go back and clean up the other thread defending the person that has her dog living on the porch.
Also learn something from this and find out what is going on before you tell people off. OK
People do have pets outside 24/7. Farmers have them sleeping in the barns and so on. I agree that the dogs are well taken care of and don't see the light of the indoor home. Again these dogs are breed for the northern climate, Huskies and such.
If I had 8 Siberians I wouldn't be able to have them all in the house so I would have to make sure there is a great place for them to sleep and live in when not running around outside.
Having two dogs is no problem to bring them in.
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 1/20/2007 11:43:58 AM*** Reason: add