i agree with Rick. our lab comes indoors pretty frequently, but is kept in our backyard during the day. Socialization and greater human contact + a smarter, keener dog. you don't put the dog in a kennel alone with an auto feeder and no interaction then expect it to perform well during the season. i always command her to stay put on her indoor pet bed with limited wandering around. i crate her every night. she gets in herself most of the time. dogs like to know their place.
until this week, i never really had to worry about dog performance in extreme weather and weather conditioning [i use a vest when in the 30s], but, man, it is unseasonably cold here in NE LA right now!! lowest since 2001. Of course, Global warming is the cause. I'm unsure if i even want to get out in it! i got out of the rice fields in Morehouse and Richland Parishes on an invitation to a classic, traditional hunt on Wham Brake south of Bastrop last Saturday. endured a ripping NNW wind that was miserable. no dogs used out there!!