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Q: why doe smy dog shiver after a bath, but not in snow?

December 31, 2008 | By adele n. | 4 answers | Expired: 2014 days ago

adele n.

Last week, after a bath, my dog was shivering - it was 65 degress in the house. Yesterday, she was playing in the snow, 5 feet of snow for over an hour, and never shivered! She was having the time of her life. First time in snow.

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Stacy  R.
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Dec 31, 2008

I know that water can bring humans core body temp. down. When we get out of water we dry off and get dressed or other things to keep warm. Also shivering is an act of adjusting core temp. I'm assuming that the same process happens with dogs.
When dogs go out and play they are not soaking wet so their core body temp is normal. (My small dogs shiver in the cold no matter what, so I'm assuming your dog is larger.) So when dogs exercise that brings there temp. up. With the 2 factors, I'm assuming that is why they do not shiver outside.
I hope this makes sense to you.

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Liz C.
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Dec 31, 2008

It could be that her bath was stressing her out a little...that will make a dog shiver, or she was trying to get your sympathy to stop her bath. Since she wanted to play int he snow, there was probably no reason to get stressed, and so she wasn't shivering. I have a border collie that lives outside and loves playing in the rain, but she will shiver and whine and cry when I try to give her a bath!

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4wheelinman
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Dec 31, 2008

I think it is a little bit of stress. plus water soaks through the fur and can bring down the body temp. The snow does penitate the fur.

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