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Old 12-19-11, 10:18 PM   #1
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My dog Vic wants to stay out in 30 degree weather!

Does anyone think this is OK? He's an inside dog (Lab poss pitbull mix) and all of a sudden tonight he wants to stay out in the yard in 30 degree weather? Nothing else is different, he's eating drinking pees and poops, all the same. Is it OK for him to stay out there? He has no dog house cause he never sayed outside, but I layed down a few old blankets and set his dog bed on top. He ran around the yard for a few minutes wagging his tail, then he just sat looking around, when I went outside he jumped up and we rough housed for a few minute, he went inside had some water and a few bite of kibble then went right back outside! Right know its like 30ish degrees F and evrytime I check on him I find him sleeping on the blankets, he wakes when he hears me and wags his tail hard while looking at me. I try to let him in but he refuses. HELP!
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Old 12-19-11, 10:31 PM   #2
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Get him in quick before he turns into a pupsicle!



30 degrees...indeed.
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Old 12-19-11, 10:44 PM   #3
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So your saying he'll be fine? Although he never spent a single night in the yard before? ever!?
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He'll get his wiwi frostbitten
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Does he have a dog house to sleep in? I'd make sure he had some sort of cubby hole to curl up in and keep warm. He should be fine.
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Old 12-19-11, 11:07 PM   #6
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,,God gave hin fur for a reason..bbbuuuttttt...I think he may just want to hang out there for a few hours..and then wake you up when he wants in..I wouldn't let him stay outside all night..
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@cbadrider. No dog house, he's been strictly an inside dog for just about 4 years now. He just has his dog bed on top of two blankets. Please read my post completely to get an idea of why I'm asking. =0)

@lodi71. He's been out there 'round 6 hours now! its 12:13 and he still doesn't want to come in! and when I forced him in (3 times!) he starts barking and crying like he wants to get at something outside! but theres nothing there! He'll run out charging at nothing then growls while looking around the perimeter of the fence! When he's sure nothing/no ones there he walks over and lays in his bed and goes to sleep!
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he's protecting you from something out there that's trying to get into the house. Has anyone seen jsharr?
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No digging? Nothing nice and stinky that he wants to roll in? Neighbor's female dog in heat? If he seems healthy he's probably fine but if you're worried ask your vet.

Labs get their name from Labrador Canada so the cold shouldn't be a problem.
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I have a full yellow lab. He doesn't care much for anything below 20F.
Our husky is out playing in negative temps. 30F is fine for many breeds. IMHO
I still find it amusing to watch the husky napping on a pile of snow while the lab is huddled next to the house sleeping.
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So how did Bowser make out on his campout? 30 degrees wouldn't be to bad, now if it were minus 30 it would be another thing.
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it's just your dog's way of calling you a wus.......
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I have a Corgi mix that does the same thing. Just lay out in freezing weather. I leave him be. Dogs digestive systems are pretty sensitive. He may have eaten some grass or plants to get his stomach moving and is just sitting outside until it passes or he gets rid of what he ate.

I keep my dogs on regular diets and they sometimes still eat grass just to clean themselves out. As Colorider stated there may be a female in heat in the area or just a new stray dog nearby and he wants to touch noses hrough the fence. Make sure he is current on his shots! Strays can spread diseases.
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If it's humid out, he may be just enjoying the cool damp interesting smells. Who can say what a dog thinks?
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Our Belgian Sheepdog is getting on for a big dog, about 17 years old. He has for years often decided outside is where he wants to be. it seems he does it more in the winter when it is reasonably cold.

I don't worry much about it as we have a doggie door and he can get in anytime he wants.

I will also point out that he will detect coyotes well before I can. Sometimes I can't pick them out until I let him run free on teh hill and then he finally gets close enough that the coyote moves.

He isn't the dog he once was, but I still figure he can take 2 coyotes and while his beta dog is not the match of his previous number 2 she is still good for 2 and the local pack rarely runs as many as 4 adults.

If yours is staying out be sure he is well fed. As long as he is 30 degrees shoudl be fine.
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Our Belgian Sheepdog is getting on for a big dog, about 17 years old. He has for years often decided outside is where he wants to be. it seems he does it more in the winter when it is reasonably cold.

I don't worry much about it as we have a doggie door and he can get in anytime he wants.

I will also point out that he will detect coyotes well before I can. Sometimes I can't pick them out until I let him run free on teh hill and then he finally gets close enough that the coyote moves.

He isn't the dog he once was, but I still figure he can take 2 coyotes and while his beta dog is not the match of his previous number 2 she is still good for 2 and the local pack rarely runs as many as 4 adults.

If yours is staying out be sure he is well fed. As long as he is 30 degrees shoudl be fine.
Be careful though. Even though he's big a coyote may still go after him. My 100 lb lab/great dane was attacked by a coyote last year. We think there may have been pups in the area or it was just a territorial thing. He held his own but did need stitches on one hind leg.
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My 13 y/o heeler has some heat tape underneath her dog bed. It only kicks on when it's sub freezing temps. Your dog will be fine.
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Be careful though. Even though he's big a coyote may still go after him. My 100 lb lab/great dane was attacked by a coyote last year. We think there may have been pups in the area or it was just a territorial thing. He held his own but did need stitches on one hind leg.
That's really unusual... A coyote has to be pretty desperate to attack a bigger animal.
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That's really unusual... A coyote has to be pretty desperate to attack a bigger animal.
I know. It didn't appear rabid evidently and my dog is up on all his shots. That's why the vet was speculating on it being a territorial issue or protecting pups. I'm just glad it didn't go after my other dog. She's only 40lbs and wouldn't fare too well and this was a big coyote evidently.
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The dog is smart. I would not stay in the house with ilikebikes either.
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Good god man! Thats it! LOL!

Ends up he's in heat and there is a female dog just a few houses down that is indeed "feeling the need to breed!" He came in that night around 2:30 A.M. I wanted to gut him and roast him for Christmas dinner!
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I grew up in northern Alberta, about 75 miles north of Peace River, for anyone who knows the area. We would get below -30 F every winter, -20 F as the high for at least a couple of weeks at a time (every winter), and -40 F not every winter, but at least every third winter.

We had a dog when I was very small, and it never saw the inside of the house. It did have a doghouse, but it was nothing special. It wasn't insulated, but had a sack for a door, and some bedding.

I've wondered since then if it was hard on the dog. But there were plenty of wolves and coyotes in the area. They didn't even have a dog house, and they seemed to do just fine.

People are nuts about heat. You sleep better when it's colder. I was camped out near Delhi one autumn and on one cold night noticed that the temperature was 52 F. There were a lot of people in the area who did live in tents. It was just an interesting thought to me at the time. If it gets that cold at night near the equator, maybe we are built for it. Nights are longer there in the summer, giving it more time to cool down. (Not that it always does cool down.)

The pigs, chickens, cattle, and whatever else we had, had the same thermostat as the dog did, whatever nature provided. They seemed to do fine.

If the dog wants to stay out at 30 above, I wouldn't give it a second thought.

That's just one of those wimpy city folk concerns. (Don't mind me. 'City folk' is my favorite insult these days )

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Dogs and cats can take those temp without any problem. If he wants to start spending a lot of time outside make sure he has shelter from the wind and plenty of water and food.
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