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    Outside dogs during winter

    I thought this would make an interesting discussion.

    What do you do to prepare your dogs for the winter? What type of bedding do you use? Any certain dog house you prefer to use? Do you increase food? Add anything to the food? What other things do you do to keep the dogs warm during the winter?

    Please state your location to give an idea of who does what in different parts of the country.

  2. #2
    This is a good one.

    Personally my dogs are inside dogs. I see no purpose in having a dog, and then leaving him/her outside all the time.

    My neighbors have a husky/boxer male outside all the time, which to me is not good (poor boy), and now they have gotten an APBT female, and she is out with him.... last night it was 21 degrees, her hair is not enough for this, and I am VERY concerned about her. The people are nice, but have no clue, and are the type to become offended if I tell them what they should do.

    They had a dog house made of wood, which in the last few weeks the dogs have torn apart. I noticed 2 days ago the dogs had dug "pits" in the yard... right against the house that they can fit their whole body in (I guess to block from the wind). At least if the owners are idiots the dogs are trying not to be.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2008
    Sophie is an indoor dog and hates the cold. We have blankets all over the house for her to nussel in and get warm. Sometimes it is so cold she wont even got out side. I have to make her or bundle myself up and go with her. I hate that. We don't really change her food. Though in the dead of winter we cut back a little on her intake because she gets less exersize. I hate seeing dogs left out side in the cold. it breaks my heart. Especially the short haired dogs!
    P.S. Chicago IL

  4. #4
    i'll probably cut my dogs food back a bit.
    we're both not fans of out in the cold. he will refuse with great will if its too cold. lol

  5. #5
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    Last edited by Dtwo; 11-19-2008 at 03:22 PM.

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    I keep my dog inside, but a dog igloo, and straw makes a winter weather shelter.

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    Nothing really. I just add a few more blankets to his crate. His crate is in the corner of my room and on the side of my heater which is at 65 degree's when i am not home and 70 degree's when i am home. so yea.

    and wow Dtwo, that thinks cool

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    That dog house is really neat... it looks to be all in one piece though, how you gonna clean it out, dig it up every time?

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  9. Quote Originally Posted by Marty View Post
    That dog house is really neat... it looks to be all in one piece though, how you gonna clean it out, dig it up every time?
    I was thinking the same thing. Unless you take a vacuum cleaner hose and stick it in the house to clean....

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    Nov 2007
    Mollie is inside, but the other 5.... I get cedar shavings to put in the dog houses, but they come inside at night when it gets down to 30 degrees. They go out late in the mornings once it warms up some. The also come in during the summer when it gets above 90 degrees. Everyone is crated up except Maxx, my old guy, and he is cornered off in the back living room. Not that he ever tries to get past that room, he's content to just be inside. But wintertime, they just have lots of cedar shavings in their dog houses.

    Good question Marty... I know Titus would have his trashed out in no time!! He's a horrible house keeper! :p

  11. For the pups, we add some extra cedar shavings, and we get a food with higher protein to try to fatten them up a little bit, but not a whole bunch. I, also, add hot water to their food. I figure when my body is cold and I drink tea it helps, so, I'm hoping it has the same effect. We fed at night as well, in hopes that the food can help keep them warmer at night. They have plastic barrel dog houses, but they are all off the ground.

    Not much I have to do with Cuddles, cold weather is her favorite weather. I couldn't get her in her dog house, if I wanted. lol.

    Located: Western, NC

    That is awesome, Dtwo. I wish I had the money for it. lol. Do you think a chain would get hung up on there? I'd hate for my dog to hang itself going into its house.
    Last edited by CoolHandJean; 11-19-2008 at 04:46 PM.

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    Nov 2007
    Oh, I forgot! I also feed at night, year round. But I add extra kibble to each bowl, and mix in hot water so they have a warm meal. In the summer, I reduce the kibble because they don't eat as much in the summer.

    Oh, and I'm in Tennesse... so it doesn't get too bad here, cold, but not inches or feet of snow. We got 5-6 inches last year (only once) and it was gone by 10am the next morning. :(

  13. Quote Originally Posted by CoolHandJean View Post
    Do you think a chain would get hung up on there? I'd hate for my dog to hang itself going into its house.
    Nevermind. I watched the video.

    I wonder if my dogs would even go in there. I'd hope so, if I paid that price.

  14. Michele was right I edited my post, I went to the site and found the FAQ and that's what it said use a shop-vac, as for the outside dogs 3" to 4" of ceder shaving and as much Bermuda hay as I can stuff in the houses, feed morning and night to help them stay warm... Ga here

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    Nov 2007
    What a face!!! That baby wants to come inside and get under the covers!! :D

  16. JC - inside dog - New York

  17. Marty: that dog looks toasty in there:D

    You mentioned Bermuda Hay? Is there a difference in the hay itself that you would use?

  18. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Michele View Post
    JC - inside dog - New York

    thats a nice bed

  19. Jelet: Thanks. That's JC's bed:D

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Mollie's Nana View Post
    What a face!!! That baby wants to come inside and get under the covers!! :D
    You don't know that 4 yr old baby... I wouldn't have a house left LOL
    Last edited by Michele; 11-19-2008 at 05:22 PM.

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