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(The Dodo)   Science has solved the eternal mystery of why many dogs like to romp in the snow: Experts in canine psychology and behavior report that it's because the dogs find it "fun and exciting." That's some fine sciencing there, Dr. Lou   (thedodo.com) divider line 33
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2014-01-23 08:35:10 AM
Often, it's common to see dogs with thick fur playing in the snow. Nordic breeds like huskies and retrievers, which were bred to thrive in cold, snowy conditions, tend to like snow much more than those with thin coats like greyhounds and chihuahuas, which will get cold quickly.

So...wait a minute. Hold on. They're saying that dogs who have heavy coats of fur, who were bred to do well in the snow, like the snow MORE than dogs who are comparatively fur-less and were NOT bred to be snow dogs.

Sounds suspicious, I think they're hiding something.
 
2014-01-23 08:35:45 AM
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Hard to bring them inside while there's snow on the ground.. we got 15 inchs from the last storm on Tuesday.
/romp romp romp
 
2014-01-23 08:59:14 AM
And this is why my dream of having a Bernese Mountain Dog will never come true while I still live in Orlando.  I think it would be cruel.
 
2014-01-23 09:10:12 AM
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2014-01-23 09:16:45 AM

Diogenes: And this is why my dream of having a Bernese Mountain Dog will never come true while I still live in Orlando.  I think it would be cruel.


Even here in Jersey I can't walk mine for long in the summer heat, she just sits down in the shade and refuses to walk any further.
 
2014-01-23 09:27:10 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: Diogenes: And this is why my dream of having a Bernese Mountain Dog will never come true while I still live in Orlando.  I think it would be cruel.

Even here in Jersey I can't walk mine for long in the summer heat, she just sits down in the shade and refuses to walk any further.


I'm Swiss and my family is from Bern.  Aside from being awesome dogs in general, I always wanted one.

But yeah, when I lived in Jersey we had a really burly Golden Retriever that just suffered in the summers.  Hot spots galore.
 
2014-01-23 09:49:34 AM
I imagine that they like to play in the snow for the same reason that they lick their balls... because they can.
 
2014-01-23 10:01:54 AM
Just like wolves and bears
 
2014-01-23 10:03:00 AM
 
2014-01-23 10:05:06 AM
Next up, why dogs like steaks.
 
2014-01-23 10:08:55 AM
That first jump into a fresh snow bank is like the first cut into a fresh piece of construction paper.

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2014-01-23 10:11:38 AM
Maybe it's because dogs are descended from wolves, which are primarily cold climate animals that have their best days in the winter when their prey is weak and easier to kill. Snow means happy hunting time.
 
2014-01-23 10:12:04 AM

Sybarite:


Lol! My golden-mix would do that and the refuse to walk on the ice balls. Lug her back in and thaw her out.

We tried the little boots but she ripped those up fast.
 
2014-01-23 10:15:32 AM
My dog has a medium coat so she likes to romp around for a few minutes then runs to the door with a look like "Well, that's about enough of that".
 
2014-01-23 10:18:14 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: Diogenes: And this is why my dream of having a Bernese Mountain Dog will never come true while I still live in Orlando.  I think it would be cruel.

Even here in Jersey I can't walk mine for long in the summer heat, she just sits down in the shade and refuses to walk any further.



There is a solution for that
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I bet he could keep up with you for a mile or so.

/tough little mutt.
 
2014-01-23 10:23:54 AM
Unless it's -10 degrees out, then the dog is all like "Fark this."

/Polar Vortex
 
2014-01-23 10:27:46 AM

Diogenes: AlwaysRightBoy: Diogenes: And this is why my dream of having a Bernese Mountain Dog will never come true while I still live in Orlando.  I think it would be cruel.

Even here in Jersey I can't walk mine for long in the summer heat, she just sits down in the shade and refuses to walk any further.

I'm Swiss and my family is from Bern.  Aside from being awesome dogs in general, I always wanted one.

But yeah, when I lived in Jersey we had a really burly Golden Retriever that just suffered in the summers.  Hot spots galore.


Huh, ours does great except for the nastier subzero days...
 
2014-01-23 10:29:31 AM
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Black lab / Australian Shepherd mix. She absolutely loves the snow, as if the look of childish delight on her face didn't give it away.
 
2014-01-23 10:37:13 AM
Even kids love the snow. Give a kid a sled and a hill and they won't bother you all day except for the odd bloody nose and some frostnip.
 
2014-01-23 10:53:30 AM
Needs more

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2014-01-23 10:58:30 AM

Diogenes: And this is why my dream of having a Bernese Mountain Dog will never come true while I still live in Orlando.  I think it would be cruel.


Don't get saucy with me.
 
2014-01-23 11:10:15 AM

Carn: My dog has a medium coat so she likes to romp around for a few minutes then runs to the door with a look like "Well, that's about enough of that".


Mine, a boxer, would be like "Huh...its snowing...how about I shiat on the step and you can throw it into the grass if you want?"
 
2014-01-23 11:27:17 AM

VladTheEmailer: Carn: My dog has a medium coat so she likes to romp around for a few minutes then runs to the door with a look like "Well, that's about enough of that".

Mine, a boxer, would be like "Huh...its snowing...how about I shiat on the step and you can throw it into the grass if you want?"


Ha! Mine's great dane/boxer/lab and doesn't like bitter cold.  She took a little convincing to go outside today, skipped breakfast and went back to her spot on the couch and hasn't moved since.  When it rains for days I have to do a lot of convincing to get her to poop which usually involves me getting rained on a lot.
 
2014-01-23 11:44:53 AM
With helpful pictures and videos of what dogs romping in the snow may look like?

*checks article/thread*

Excellent.
 
2014-01-23 12:05:40 PM
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"WFT man?"
 
2014-01-23 12:31:18 PM
My dogs don't just love the snow, they go crazy!

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2014-01-23 02:38:22 PM
I have a mini-aussie, and he LOVES the snow.  Even when I've shaved him (which I started doing in the summer, and continued because it cuts down on the in-house hair).
 
2014-01-23 02:54:19 PM
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Rufus does not romp.
 
2014-01-23 03:48:04 PM
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2014-01-23 05:15:01 PM

Pocket Ninja: Often, it's common to see dogs with thick fur playing in the snow. Nordic breeds like huskies and retrievers, which were bred to thrive in cold, snowy conditions, tend to like snow much more than those with thin coats like greyhounds and chihuahuas, which will get cold quickly.

So...wait a minute. Hold on. They're saying that dogs who have heavy coats of fur, who were bred to do well in the snow, like the snow MORE than dogs who are comparatively fur-less and were NOT bred to be snow dogs.

Sounds suspicious, I think they're hiding something.


Shocking, isn't it? Just shocking.

Nellie the rat-cha does not frolic. When she has to go out and do her business, and it's cold out, we put her in her warmest little doggie coat and let her out, only to let her back in after maybe thirty seconds. Just long enough to relieve herself. Hopefully.

Chihuahuas are not fans of winter. Rat terriers really aren't either. (My aunt has a rat terrier who also needs doggie clothes and hates snow.) Small dogs with no extra insulation are just not meant for cold weather.

Meanwhile, Zeke the old lab mix just doesn't care. At his age (14?) he doesn't frolic, or linger quite as long in the cold, but he doesn't shiver like little Nell or require sweaters.
 
2014-01-23 05:42:06 PM
Lets say there is six inches of snow on the ground.

Now, lets say you are a dog, and your dick is four inches off the ground.

Would you stand still?
 
2014-01-23 06:01:20 PM

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Well played!

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2014-01-24 11:48:29 AM
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