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post #31 of 40
Originally Posted by missakgrown View Post

I live in Anchorage as well and tons of my coworkers bring their dogs with them, I actually was just asking some of them this question. They bring their dogs during the winter, with blankets, toys, food and water, and a pee pad on the floor, they park close to the building to "monitor" every now and then too. Everyone says that they start their car for ten mins at least every hour and they walk them on all their breaks, almost everyone will take their dogs to the dog park off of Elmore for their whole lunch break as well... I feel like if your smart about it and it's not too cold it's a good idea. Like everyone left their dogs at home today cause it 12 degrees out, but they plan on taking them tomorrow and next week cause it's going to be warmer in the loow 40's.


There are a lot of crazy opinionated dog freaks out there, not to be rude. I just feel like people arnt using common sense when replying and assuming people will leave their dog in the car in 100 degree weather.. Just use common sense is what everyone has told me, and if you bring your dog don't forget the mini walks on your breaks and doing something super active on lunch... Hope this helps :)


It scares me to think about the other extremes--warm weather gets hot in a car very quickly. On a 70-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. It's like putting a dog in a greenhouse and cracking the windows does not make much of a difference.

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 I just feel like people arnt using common sense when replying and assuming people will leave their dog in the car in 100 degree weather

Some people don't have common sense, or are ignorant. I volunteer for our city's animal shelter, and you would not believe what some people really, truly think is okay when it comes to taking care of animals.

post #33 of 40

Yesterday, I saw some idiot lady driving her car down the street with nonono2.gif two dachshunds standing in her lap hanging half their bodies out the driver's side car window. Even a minor fender bender would have broken those dogs in half.

post #34 of 40
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A big thanks to the recent posters on my query. Here's an update: This winter, I've started bringing Scout into the office full time, so the cold is no longer an issue. And Scout sure loves her winter walks. She just turned three in February and is a lot calmer. A bark collar also helped, but I hardly ever use it any more. Plus I just adopted a kitty pal for Scout -- a tiny boy named Ollie. They are in love and bonding big-time.
post #35 of 40

We leave our puppy (mix of Bichon, Maltese, few other things, very long haired) in the car in temps down to the high single digits. Four tricks: 1) Park with the windshield facing the sun, even on a cloudy day. They don't call it "greenhouse" for nothing. 2) Put your dog in a carrier of some kind that's fairly compact. So not a ton of extra space. 3) Wrap it in a space blanket, the one's coated with mylar. Forget regular blankets or horse blankets. The space blankets are cheap, and work far better. In fact, anyone in a cold climate should carry a few, along with good sleeping bags, for emergencies. 4) Get out of the car quickly, when the interior is still warm from the heater, and shut the door. 


We've found that if we do this, outside can be 8 or 10, inside of car after 4 hours will be high 20's to freezing, inside of carrier wrapped in space blanket will be high 50's to low 60's. Any long haired breed will be fine at that temp. We tend to check at lunch just to make sure all is OK, give him some water, run the heater for a while. 

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Thanks for the tips, Beyond!
post #38 of 40
Should be fine, dogs dont have the nervous system we do, and what feels cold to us humans may not be actually dangerously cold. Humans have alot of nerves that make the cold feel colder, dogs do not. Obviously if you were out for too long yes, but a dog in a car with some blankets should be fine. Dogs used to live outside lol. A car is somewhat similar to a den, in the sense that its blocking them from elements, and that coat is gunna keep them warm like a permanent blanket.

Brutus and Zeke dont hesitate to go out even on the coldest/snowiest days, and we leave them in the car aslong as its above 0...They have short hair, but Dobermans were bred in Germany, for Germany and other cold regions of northern Europe. However, Having two dogs would make things better I guess, since they could cuddle up if they got cold. But neither of them is neutered and they wont be caught cuddlebuggin when anybodys around. Their egos wont allow it.

post #39 of 40

Looks like you have gotten lots of good info but I just wanted to add a little bit.


I don't know how much you have learned/researched about dogs but how much training do you do with her? A lot of people think that all that's necessary for a dog is physical exercise but that's not true at all. They really need mental exercise. This can be anything from teaching her new tricks to just making her sit and stay for a few minutes. Hyperactive/destructive dogs aren't always not getting enough exercise sometimes they are bored.


Another important thing is establishing that you are the dominate one. A lot of things that we as human think of as showing affection are actually submissive actions to dogs. You might think the dog doesn't think it's the leader because it sits when you tell it but that's not true. The dog thinking she's the leader  leads to significant stress issues and destructive behavior. Changing your training to establish that you are the leader may very well lead to a more at ease dog and one that is amenable to staying home on it's on. If you want some more info pm me. My family has raised several rescue dogs and one of my good friends is almost done with her vet studies.   

post #40 of 40
I have Bernese Mountain Dogs. One of them was taking a nap outside in a pretty good storm with temps in the teens a couple weeks ago. It does also depend on the breed and they are fine in any temps I consider reasonable for skiing, although with two dogs for company they are really better off at home.
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