Dogs and cold weather you have to be careful. Just because they wear a fur coat doesn’t mean that they can handle the cold weather. Dogs should not be left outside for long periods of time during the winter months. Your dog should just go out for short bathroom breaks and be sure when they come in that you dry them well and check paws for ice, salt or other other chemicals used to melt ice. These can make your dog sick if he licks his paws and ingests them.