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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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What do you do with you Vizsla in the Winter?

I am a first time Vizsla owner with an 11 month old puppy. I got her in January but as a small puppy I wouldn't let her stay outside during the cold weather for very long. I have owned dogs all my life but never a dog with such strict exercise requirements or short coat. I live in Atlanta, GA so our winters for the most part are very mild. I want to keep her exercise routine the same but don't want her to freeze. My other dog, a 5 year old cocker spaniel, LOVES cold weather and playing in the snow if we get any. Will my Vizsla enjoy the snow? Should I get her some boots to wear or a coat? Being a good ole southern boy my boyfriend is clearly opposed to dressing dogs but she is my baby and I want her to be warm and comfortable.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 11:59 AM
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Re: What do you do with you Vizsla in the Winter?

Hi - We get some REALLY cold days here (Ontario, Canada). I think there was only a couple of days we didn't really go out last year - mainly cause it was snowing and blowing too much and I couldn't see anything.

I do have a jacket (http://www.chillydogs.ca/ ) for my Vizsla and he lets me know when it's time to wear it, i.e. if he puts the brakes on at the door that means "I'm cold, put my Chilly Dog on!" and then he's good to go.

Re: Boots - I did get him some and I found them "ok" - I use them when we go walking on the road to protect his feet from the salt but I prefer the cream stuff for going out to play in the snow as the snow chunks were getting caught in the cuff of the boots - Pretty sure you won't have that problem :-)

Hope that helps!
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Re: What do you do with you Vizsla in the Winter?

Thank you so much. I will probably get her a jacket for our hikes in the mountains and maybe some boots-just to make my boyfriend roll his eyes lol.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 12:18 PM
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Re: What do you do with you Vizsla in the Winter?

If the dog is moving he/she will be fine down to about 15 degrees F. If they are standing or sitting still, I would be concerned under 40 degrees. I had Copper out on the river this past weekend. It was low 50s and raining hard. He was fine when he was moving. When the rain came down and the wind picked up and he was sitting, he got cold. He still went swimming and had fun!
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Re: What do you do with you Vizsla in the Winter?

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Firstly your new baby does not have a short coat. She has only one coat, and as such she has no undercoat to trap heat next to her body, as the cocker does. It's an important distinction.

I'm certain your Vizsla will love the snow. Mine do, and all the ones I had before them loved snow also. Snow is no big deal to a Vizsla. They are quite adept and agile in the snow, as your cocker will soon find out.
If she is left to just sit outside in the snow, yes she will get cold. If she's moving around and playing and hunting, she'll be fine. Each dog is a little different with respect to it's tolerance to cold. just as humans are.
What will give her problems is combing any of these conditions Cold, Windy, Wet. Individually they are not a big deal. Put them together, and her lack of an undercoat can quickly compromise her.

There is nothing wrong with having a coat or vest for her, and additionally an old towel. She may not need them while she's horsing about, but having them with you while she's romping about in the cold and wet is a very prudent measure. I live in Connecticut
and carry them with me if the dogs are in the woods. I don't leave my dogs unattended outside at any time, so it's not a concern at home.
If "your good 'ol boy" has problem with "dressing her up". Get some Camo gear from Cabela's. Hunt vests, Neoprene Vests, etc. Tell him it's tactical gear for dogs.

You'll never beat a lesson into a dog, you just beat desire out.
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 01:38 PM
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Get some Camo gear from Cabela's. Hunt vests, Neoprene Vests, etc. Tell him it's tactical gear for dogs.
LOVE it!!!!!
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Re: What do you do with you Vizsla in the Winter?

Yes, camo is always cool.
But if you want your V to look bad a$$ then get one of these.
This is how Kian travels the streets of Toronto on very cold days, if he's not wearing his Chillydogs jacket.

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That sweater on Kian is great 8)!! My 6 y/o son is going to be a "skeleton ninja" for Halloween. He's super fascinated with skulls, mummies, Egyptian hx etc. He would get a kick, and I would too, because it would be a funny mock on Pumpkin's character! A hoot! Where did you get (I'm in the states)? I'm hopeful online???
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Re: What do you do with you Vizsla in the Winter?

We stumbled upon it in a pet store but here is the website.
I am sure you can order it online.
http://www.chillydogsweaters.com/index.php?main_page




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Re: What do you do with you Vizsla in the Winter?

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Tell him it's tactical gear for dogs.
hahahaha
If we had a male, the word tactical is probably the only word that would get me to buy him a coat. ;D
Since we have a "daddies little girl" instead, I ordered her a sweater and jacket last fall before the cold hit so she'd be nice and warm when it did...

I've never been to Georgia but Tennessee is just north and I know they can get temps below freezing occasionally. I'm sure you'll get good use out of a sweater or jacket, especially up in the mountains.

You can get a very good indication of their body temp by touching their ears.

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