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How Long Can I Keep My Australian Shepherd Outside?

by Dana Mcgee, Saugatuck, Mich

It is in the dead of winter, Southwestern Mich and when I leave my Aussie out all year round on my farm, I do not have to put her on a run. Now my swans and geese are herded into a corner of the pond, and she goes out and pretends she is walking by and when I am not looking, stalks them and chases them across the ice, she is sneaky sam, has the intelligence to behave and then sneak behind your back. Food on the counter, disappears if you turn your back, and she sneaks off with it in her mouth, gone was l/2 half of my chicken breaks my blue cheese, and everything else. Now is have to keep her on a run. The fur is 5 to 6 inches long on the body, not the feet, so how long can I keep her outside in this weather of 10 above ))

I cage sneaky sam at nite so we can all get some rest, and she is warm and loves her cage at nite, she snuggles till morn. I want to change her name to sneaky sam, but she is used to her name, so its hard to break, if you live in a cold region tell me your story. Dana

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How long to keep Aussie out
by: Sandy

If it's safe for a child to be out, it's safe for a dog to be out. However they can get frostbite on their feet and ears just like we can. When it's below 20 degrees out, I only leave my Aussie out to go potty and then in she comes. She is glad to get in sometimes too. When it's below zero definitely do not let your dog out longer than to go potty. Treating frostbite is very expensive and they can lose feet and ears like us. You sound like you have a handful with your girl.

Aussie Outside in WInter
by: Sally Freeman

We have an Australian shepherd that is 2. In the cold of the winter we don't put her outside other than to go to the bathroom. If it's 30 degrees it's okay for a little while. She lets us know when she is cold and wants to come in. They are smart dogs but are not smart enough to know when they are getting frostbite. I would say to not let her out for long periods of time when it's 10 degrees. If it's over 32 it should be okay. You might want to ask your vet. They would know the answer to that question.

Aussies are north country tough!
by: Dave and Molly

I know a lot of people are going to disagree with this but I will say it anyway. This breed and indeed most breeds can tolerate very cold temps for long hours at a time, or even all winter. I say this from experience. I grew up in Fairbanks Alaska where the temps get an honest -60F and there are literally thousands of dogs of all sorts that live outside 24-7! The Aussie is a tough breed with a LOT of hair! Think about it, a dog bred to work outdoors all day in the Montana/Wyoming type country would have to be able to take a little cold weather! We live in a somewhat warmer part of Alaska now on 3 acres and our big male Aussie is outside in the snow for hours at a time. He comes in mostly to get us to play, take him to get us to take him for a walk, or looking for a treat, not because he is ever cold!

Interesting how your Aussie will sneak food. We are fortunate that ours is just the opposite. Never gets into garbage, or counter surfs, and I can leave a plate of food on the coffee table and he wont get near it. Never chews up anything but his toys etc. The only thing he does that is forbidden is he'll grab a piece of kindling from near the stove and chew it. He knows he isn't allowed and only does it if we are not given him enough attention, sort of acting out.

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