Posted 18 January 2007 - 02:52 PM
Posted 18 January 2007 - 04:56 PM
In terms of leaving your lab outside, I'd use your best judgement. My lab Tessa used to sleep in a kennel in the garden all year round although she had a 'hut' to retreat to at night and when it got cold with blankets in.
One of our members 'Violent Storm' offers some great advice when it comes to handling a lab so maybe he can give some suggestions....
Posted 19 January 2007 - 04:27 AM
I think there are few replies to your query, not because people aren't interested, but I think it's because maybe we need a bit more info or, like me, some may not feel really qualified to give you a definitive answer.
What is certain is that labs are very hardy and not phased by low temperatures per se. My layman advice would be that as long as the dog is already used to being outdoors and has shelter and some form of bedding available, then there should be few problems (but then again I don't know what temperatures have in Texas at night time, and also how old your dog is.)
Then I would advise you to get advice from someone who knows more than me.
Posted 19 January 2007 - 07:49 AM
Dogs are a lot like us when it comes to cold weather. You will have to use your common sense when it comes to bringing the dog indoors. Dogs do get hypothermia and frostbite.
Personally i would bring em in, when the temp gets below 5-6 degrees. That's unless you have heat lamps in the kennel.
Then it works
Mans best friend
Posted 19 January 2007 - 02:06 PM
"Learning for all animals is a lifetime commitment. Just as education for humans does not end with a high school diploma or a college degree, so the graduation certificate after eight weeks of training class does not end Flash's brush with scholarship. Dogs learn constantly, but they may not be learning the things you planned to teach."
Norma Bennett Woolf --from a Dog Trainer's Guide
Posted 19 January 2007 - 02:54 PM
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