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We live in CT and our weather varies significantly. A winter day can be as warm as 50 degrees F or as cold as 10 degrees F. It's still pretty warm here, but the water is cold. Just how cold, I don't know.

We go hiking where there are ponds and lakes, and also take the dogs to a small private beach that is completely deserted out of season. Bradley is willing to do water retrieving no matter how cold it is. I want him to be safe though.

Where should I draw the line and prohibit him from swimming during the cold months? I know there are some other people from Connecticut on here, so I'd be really interested in hearing your opinions.
 

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OOOHHHH - where's the private beach? :) Faith and I are always looking for new places to play (PM me if you want)

as for the temps - i never worry about it. Faith self-regulates. you can actually see her get her paws in at the beginning of the walk to test out the temps a bit. so, i let her get in the water any time she wants, but i do not ever allow her to walk on ice.
 

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"Too cold" is when there are hockey players on the water. LOL
My dogs will swim all year round if there is open water. Here, that usually means in the Boardman River, or the Grand Traverse Bay before it freezes (if it does). A photo of my Michael was published in the AKC Gazette many years ago - he was swimming the Boardman, had gotten out, shook, and his hair and the droplets he'd shaken off had frozen! It was a great pic.
 

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"Too cold" is when there are hockey players on the water. LOL
My dogs will swim all year round if there is open water. Here, that usually means in the Boardman River, or the Grand Traverse Bay before it freezes (if it does). A photo of my Michael was published in the AKC Gazette many years ago - he was swimming the Boardman, had gotten out, shook, and his hair and the droplets he'd shaken off had frozen! It was a great pic.
LOL! Well put!

I'd LOVE to see that picture if you have it available!
 

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I've been told that the air temp. plus the water temp. should equal 100 degrees.
Don't know if it's true, just passing it on.
 

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I've been told that the air temp. plus the water temp. should equal 100 degrees.
Don't know if it's true, just passing it on.

Uh oh... my dawgs are gonna be disappointed! They've been swimming way less than 100! :no:

That's actually interesting, though. Any idea the source of it?
 

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as for the temps - i never worry about it. Faith self-regulates. you can actually see her get her paws in at the beginning of the walk to test out the temps a bit. so, i let her get in the water any time she wants, but i do not ever allow her to walk on ice.
My rule exactly, you pups want to freeze your butt off, fine. But no walking on frozen rivers or ice.
 

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Interesting thread - I was wondering this too.
 

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It was from one of the field training articles I read, but of course, I can't recall which one. Someone had written in and asked that question, and that was the answer from the "big name" (??) field trainer.

Uh oh... my dawgs are gonna be disappointed! They've been swimming way less than 100! :no:

That's actually interesting, though. Any idea the source of it?
 

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It's too cold when they're walking on water.

Seriously, they can handle any water that is in liquid form. The key is what they're doing when they come out of the water. If they can run around a bit to work the water out of their undercoat and generate a little body heat, they can handle any water.


The 100 degree thumb rule is for training in water, where the dog will be in the pond for prolonged periods of time (like swimby drills for instance), not for just casual swimming.
 

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It's too cold when they're walking on water.

Seriously, they can handle any water that is in liquid form. The key is what they're doing when they come out of the water. If they can run around a bit to work the water out of their undercoat and generate a little body heat, they can handle any water.


The 100 degree thumb rule is for training in water, where the dog will be in the pond for prolonged periods of time (like swimby drills for instance), not for just casual swimming.
Ahhh, thanks, SC, that makes sense. And my swimming fools will be relieved. :)
 

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my dogs don't understand the concept of "casual swimming"
 
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