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Old 01-02-2008, 05:33 PM
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I am the proud owner of a young, male Bernese Mountain Dog. BMD's are "working dog" breeds and I am a true believer that whatever a dog was genetically bred to do, it should do it.

I make sure my Berner gets plenty of cart pulling time, off leash walks not to mention the three times a week we visit the local nursing home and spend some time with the seniors there..and many other daily car rides that lead to new places.

The problem is lately, the northeast winter has set in and my time outside with my Berner is limited. He is definitely feeling the boredom. Today it is 10 degrees with 30 mph winds. This will probably continue until late February.

Will this decrease in activity dampen Bodi's working dog spirit? He looks so sad, even though he gets tons of love from us. Does anybody else have this problem?
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:42 PM
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hes prolly just bored just try and keep him a bit more entertained. When we arent hunting Tytus gets so bored and drives us nuts. We just have to make sure he gets more excersice.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:03 PM
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Keep him entertained inside? If I can't do as much outside time with my BCs I do more inside fun.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:09 PM
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Today it is 10 degrees with 30 mph winds.
Take him outside then, he has a thick coat I'm sure he won't mind.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:14 PM
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Take him outside then, he has a thick coat I'm sure he won't mind.
I know this is the case with my BRTs! Even the two month old seems to not be affected by the bitterly cold weather we are having right now.

She just loves playing and digging in the snow.

Too bad they could not dig out the laneway?

I stay outside for as long as I am comfortable. Once I start getting cold I figure they need to come back in too and we warm up and go back out again later.

My dogs are never outside without me.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:16 PM
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I know this is the case with my BRTs! Even the two month old seems to not be affected by the bitterly cold weather we are having right now.
Izzy (corgi) lives for below freezing temps
Sometimes Frodo (also corgi, lol) decides that he'd rather stay at home on the couch, but we still go hiking through the woods/running at the park no matter the temp or they drive me nuts!
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:22 PM
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If you can stand the cold, by all means take him outside for those activities he loves. He's got a very good coat on him.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:31 PM
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Try bundling yourself up and getting some booties for Bodi. Coated dogs are a lot more tolerant of the cold than we are.
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Whenever the weather is bad, like it is right now, I just put my cattle dog on the treadmill. He loves it. I also put my chihuahua dog on the treadmill, he appreciates not having to go out in the cold to run lol.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:24 AM
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Why not continue the "carting" outdoors by using a small child's sled rather than a cart?? If you cant stand the temps then there are many indoor activites you cold do too. Dont worry his spirit won't dampen for work Sibes get the summer off from pulling because it is too hot. Come autumn when the temps drop enough to pull the cart or ATV out, they are just howling for the chance to run again!
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