It’s not just us!

That can be affected by the weather!

In posting this I must admit to not noticing any changes in our group of ‘buddies’. Correction: I don’t notice any changes in behaviour as a result of cold temperatures. Hot weather is different.

See what you make of the following article that was taken from here.

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How Changes in Weather Can Affect Your Dog’s Mood

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Have you ever noticed that your dog’s mood shifts with the weather? Storms, heat, cold, and the changing seasons affect our dogs, just like they affect us. Understanding this behavior can help you prepare your canine companion for the forecast ahead.

Changing Seasons

When the temperature heats up, some dogs rejoice, while others seek out cool, shady spots where they can rest. Though all dogs can be susceptible to hot weather hazards, certain dog breeds are less heat tolerant than others. Brachycephalic breeds, such as Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, and Boston Terriers, do best when staying cool in hot weather because they can have difficulty breathing in extreme heat. Large breeds are also susceptible to heat, as are longhaired breeds like the Komondor, Afghan Hound, and Alaskan Malamute. If you own a breed like these, you may find that your dog is not as active in hot weather or as willing to engage in play and other activities.

Colder climates, on the other hand, is where Northern breeds like American Eskimo Dogs, Samoyeds, and Siberian Huskies thrive. Longhaired or double-coated breeds like German Shepherd Dogs, Saint BernardsGreat Pyrenees, and Newfoundlands typically enjoy cooler weather, too. They often become more active and playful during the winter months, unlike cold-intolerant breeds such as Italian Greyhounds, Greyhounds, hairless breeds, toy breeds, senior dogs, and dogs with conditions such as hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease.

Relocating to a New Climate

Seasons change gradually, giving your dog time to adjust. Relocating to an entirely new climate, however, can cause sudden shifts in your pup’s mood. Depending on your dog’s breed, you may notice that he becomes more or less active, and some dogs even show signs of irritation if the weather makes them too uncomfortable.

A move to a cold climate can be shocking for dogs that are not used to chilly temperatures. Some pups seek out warm places, like air vents, blankets, or human contact, and you might notice your canine companion becoming cuddlier in the cold. Understanding the cause of your dog’s sudden lethargy or increased activity can help you determine if his change in mood is circumstantial or medical. Lethargy is a common symptom of many illnesses and should be taken seriously, so make sure your dog is not exhibiting any other abnormal signs. If he is, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Helping Your Dog Adjust

If your dog gets grumpy in the heat, don’t worry. There are things you can do to make him more comfortable and lower his risk of heatstroke.

  • Avoid taking your dog for walks during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure he has plenty of fresh water.
  • Raised canvas platform dog beds offer a cooling alternative to traditional beds, and you can even invest in cooling mats or kiddie pools for particularly heat-intolerant dogs.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, adjust a fan so that your dog has access to a nice, cool breeze.
  • Never leave a dog unattended in an enclosed vehicle or in a warm environment that does not have good air circulation.

You can also help your dog acclimate to the cold. After all, who doesn’t love a pup in a sweater? With so many dog sweaters, jackets, raincoats, and booties to choose from, keeping your dog warm is easier than ever. However, it’s important to note that you should never leave an item of clothing on an unsupervised dog. And anything you do put on your canine companion should fit properly (not too tight or too loose).

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Understanding this behavior can help you prepare your canine companion for the forecast ahead.” One wonders just how one prepares our canine companions (all six of them) for the forecast.

Maybe we should go back to the drawing board!

11 thoughts on “It’s not just us!

    1. The smaller dogs, Sweeny and Pedy, don’t like cold weather especially when it is below freezing but the rest of the gang are not bothered. Then in the summer it is especially Brandy who has problems. Brandy is our largest dog, a Gt. Pyrenenean (sp?), who tends to stay inside.

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  1. Issi loves the cold – and heat. Her fave place in the heat of the summer – is on the deck – in a sun spot. It would be over a 100 and she would be out there – but then she wants in and lays on the cold tile floor in front of the fan….but then she wants to go outside again and lay in the hot sun….all day long….out in out in out in. Makes no sense. During this last spell, she was out in out in…..- however, I think she finally hit her limit with the -50 stuff. It was too cold to sit on the snow….. I am thinking no one likes a cold butt!

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    1. I don’t think we have anyone in our group who is that tolerant of both heat and cold but, to be honest, I don’t take as much notice as I could. Minus 50! B’rrrr!

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  2. Both the poodles have been much friskier in the recent cold spell. Extremes in temperatures can trigger seizures in Elsa so I have to plan accordingly for her daily walks, particularly during hot weather to keep her core temp normal. None of us do very well in the heat.

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      1. During a seizure, epileptic dogs’ temperatures rise to potentially dangerous levels. I pack her chest in ice packs to keep her from reaching a dangerously high temperature. Her first Grand Mal (shortly after I rescued her) happened on a toasty day in September and the vet said her temperature was so high she needed immediate care to cool down or she could have died. I have 4 assorted sizes of ice packs on hand in my freezer at all times now.

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