But Whitney Hanson of the Humane Society of North Texas says balcony dogs are in a precarious position all year round.
"I have seen cases where a dog has either fallen through a bar in the railing or has jumped over a balcony and injured [himself] severely as a result," she tells The Dodo.
"If a dog's not getting mental stimulation or getting really frustrated because they can see people and other dogs and action that's going on but they can't get to it," she says, "they may just jump over that barrier and hurt themselves."
Summer heat can be just as dangerous for dogs on balconies as a wintry blast.
"A lot of people think that the balcony, because it's covered, is proper shelter," Hanson says. "But as the sun is beating down on that balcony, it gets very hot very fast and it can be deadly."