02-15-2018, 01:02 AM
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cambridge MA
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Take off coats while playing. That's what I do. If it's raining but not snowing then it's not really that cold, it's above freezing. If they're running and playing and chasing they're going to be nice and warm naturally from exercising. They're much more likely to be at risk from overheating while playing and running than from running naked.
I have horses who can sweat unlike dogs. Horses get very sweaty and overheated very quickly after just a couple of minutes of running in their winter blankets.
Overheating is very dangerous for the dogs, the dogs are trying to tell you something! When you're running and exercising, do you leave on your winter coat? No you take it off or you get very sweaty. Dogs can't sweat so it's dangerous.
My current dog has a very short coat and barely sheds. Below forty degrees he shivers so I always out a coat on him when we're out. At the park when he starts running and wrestling and exercising I always take it off. All the other dogs are naked too, even the short haired ones like him. They roll in the snow, it's the the twenties and thirties out, way below freezing and they're completely fine as long as they're running and wrestling.
Once we stop and are just back to standing or sitting in a slow walk if it's below forty degrees I'll put his coat back on. That's when you keep leashed and train leave it.
If they're active leave the coats off so they don't overheat. Your dog is trying to save her poor overheated little buddy that's why it's the only situation in which she won't listen to you. Dogs know more than people sometimes. Listen to her.