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Can I leave my dog in the car when it's cold out?

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Can I leave my dog in the car when it's cold out?

Planning to go skiing for an afternoon/evening and don't have anyone to watch the dog so I'm wondering if she'd be ok left in the car even if it's up to -10 outside (any colder and I won't go skiing anyway.)

I know you can't leave dogs in a hot car but I figure they'd do much better in a cold one. My dog is also a husky so she has a thick undercoat and loves being outside in the cold when I take her for walks.

I'm planning to bring her dog bed for her to sleep on and come back to take her out every 1 1/2 hours and make sure she has fresh water.

I'm really only concerned about the cold as I know she's fine left alone in the car and doesn't get anxious or anything but just goes to sleep or sits and people watches.

Overall she'd be in the car for probably 5-6 hours in total. Would this be a bad idea or should she be fine?
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OMG. Delete thread immediately

<awaits all humanitarians to start crying and an outpour of emotions>
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mmagda wrote:
Jan 18th, 2010 9:32 am
OMG. Delete thread immediately

<awaits all humanitarians to start crying and an outpour of emotions>
Normally I'm one of those too but only if I can think of a rational reason to argue about it. As for leaving my husky in the car, I can't think of one and just want to make sure I haven't overlooked anything.
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Why not just leave the dog at home, having a neighbour check on them or even walk them if needed?
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DearSummer wrote:
Jan 18th, 2010 9:43 am
Why not just leave at home, having a neighbour check on them or even walk them if needed?
I don't really have a neighbour that could check on/walk her or I would do that and we'd be gone longer than she can be left alone at home for.
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Put on a coat, sit in your car parked outside for 1.5 hours and if you don't freeze your a$$ off, then leave your dog in there.
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I've seen a lot of kennels on Craigslist.
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Personally, I'd say sure. But animal people will go crazy if this see a dog in car in "extreme" conditions. Do you want to take the chance you'll be one window less after your ski run? Find somewhere else to put the dog.
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Jan 18th, 2010 9:30 am
Planning to go skiing for an afternoon/evening and don't have anyone to watch the dog so I'm wondering if she'd be ok left in the car even if it's up to -10 outside (any colder and I won't go skiing anyway.)

I know you can't leave dogs in a hot car but I figure they'd do much better in a cold one. My dog is also a husky so she has a thick undercoat and loves being outside in the cold when I take her for walks.

I'm planning to bring her dog bed for her to sleep on and come back to take her out every 1 1/2 hours and make sure she has fresh water.

I'm really only concerned about the cold as I know she's fine left alone in the car and doesn't get anxious or anything but just goes to sleep or sits and people watches.

Overall she'd be in the car for probably 5-6 hours in total. Would this be a bad idea or should she be fine?
she's a husky, she'll be fine.
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-10 doesn't sound too bad for a husky
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Just look for a dog kennel. I know if I went skiing, and saw a dog in a car at the ski hill, I'd be calling the humane society to get the dog of out the car. If you can't find someone to look after your dog, then you shouldn't be going anywhere.
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Yeah, I guess its okay to leave your dog outside for a while. Depending how long you take it in though, it depends.
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Javeman wrote:
Jan 18th, 2010 9:30 am
Planning to go skiing for an afternoon/evening and don't have anyone to watch the dog so I'm wondering if she'd be ok left in the car even if it's up to -10 outside (any colder and I won't go skiing anyway.)

I know you can't leave dogs in a hot car but I figure they'd do much better in a cold one. My dog is also a husky so she has a thick undercoat and loves being outside in the cold when I take her for walks.

I'm planning to bring her dog bed for her to sleep on and come back to take her out every 1 1/2 hours and make sure she has fresh water.

I'm really only concerned about the cold as I know she's fine left alone in the car and doesn't get anxious or anything but just goes to sleep or sits and people watches.

Overall she'd be in the car for probably 5-6 hours in total. Would this be a bad idea or should she be fine?
I assume you mean she will in the car ALONE for probably 5-6 hours in total. It means she will be in the car longer than that. How big is your car?
Also, I bet you will forget about your 1.5 hours interval for her.

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High chance you will get in trouble because some folks will not see that you are coming out to see her every 1 to 1.5 hours.

To fix this, print this page out and paste it on your window so they know your intentions.
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if you really love your dog, you would bring him/her to a doggy day care for the day so they can be at least in some place warm and have other dogs to keep them company.

I'm not a vet but when I was looking into purchasing a husky, I went over to a breeders house to check out the pups. The breeder kept the mother and father husky outside and they seemed fine. But the dogs had a kennel that was insulated so they could go inside and warm up when they got cold.

I'd recommend a doggy day care but they are like $30-$50 a day I think.

How old is your husky? If they are over 1 years old, I'm sure they can last for at least 6-7 hours before they have to pee.
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