- Oct 30, 2016
Nice new family member! We are on our third Golden now. They are great outdoor dogs although being a bit of a heavier breed they can struggle in deeper backcountry snow (we don't do that with ours) and can overheat in hot weather (we chose more shaded hikes with lots of streams and lakes in those conditions). Ours have always loved xc skiing with us, and fortunately we have a great dog friendly area for that only 40 minutes away in the foothills, where dogs are allowed off leash on the 60 km of groomed trails. Yesterday on said trail network:
She sure loves the snow. Face first in to any pile, or laying on it far longer than seems possible with a naked little belly.
Don't think I'd ever take a dog backcountry skiing. I know people do, but it just seems like adding an unnecessary variable to an already dicey situation.