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Q: EDITED: How cold is too cold for a dog to be outside during the day?

October 29, 2008 | By Alicia D. | 11 answers | Expired: 2136 days ago

EDITED: How cold is too cold for a dog to be outside during the day?

I'm just looking for input on what point (temperature-wise) should I start keeping my dog indoors while I'm at work. She has medium length hair. I wish she could tell me what she preferred, but of course she can't! I live out in the country and have underground fencing so when it's nice out, she can enjoy being outside even when I'm at work. When I'm home she's in or out, mostly in :) But the last few days have been really cold! Now, my question is just because I think 20-30 degrees is cold, does she?? When it's below zero, I definitely wouldn't leave her outside, doghouse or not. It's mostly the 0-30 degrees I'm wondering about. She has an insulated dog house with the plastic doors on the front and it's got a blanket in it. That sits on my deck which is pretty much out of the wind. I don't ever want her to be cold all day but I don't want to keep her locked in the house for 9 hours while I'm at work if she'd rather be outside. I'm considering a doggy door so she can go in or out so I don't have to worry about it. Do those doggy doors let in a lot of cold air though? And my indoor cats could get out through it too and I don't want that. Look forward to any input!

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Margarel
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Oct 29, 2008

Hi Alicia,
I'm not sure where you live, but around my area (NY,NJ,PA) we don't recommend leaving a dog outside at all when you're not home. Unfortunately today people have bad intentions. Around our area dogs get stolen out of backyards all the time for dog fighting, breeding and lab testing. It's just not safe anymore to leave your dog unattended. If I were you I'd leave my dog inside all the time, unless you are home and able to keep an eye on him.

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Val M.
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Oct 29, 2008

I have to agree with Margarel on this one. It's always safer to keep your pets inside when you can't supervise them, although it's not always an option for every owner. Besides the risk of people with ill intentions, there are other dangers too. A friend of mine lost her dog when a small swarm of bees stung him when he was in her own backyard. There are also numerous poisonous plants that grow in our own yards that we aren't aware of. Collars can easily get tangled up on objects too.

If keeping your dog inside isn't an option, the best you can do is make sure your yard is secure and be weary of the weather - which you seem to be doing! :) Even with a nice doghouse, I wouldn't leave my dogs outside for that long if the temperature dropped under 40 degrees. Even with a medium coat, your dog still feels the cold, brisk air. If you wouldn't be comfortable staying outside in the temperature for too long, you can probably bet your dog doesn't either.

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Glenda
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Oct 29, 2008

I would rather keep a dog inside when it is cold. A doggy door is ok if you have a fenced in yard and they can!t roam away from home.

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