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BugAC
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Keeping the dog warm in the winter
Moving to a new house and i have an outdoor kitchen. I was planning on scrapping the old cedar dog house because A) no good place to put it under the outdoor kitchen ceiling and B) if i placed it in the yard, she'd likely ignore it and lay on the slab anyway.

She'll be outside while we are away at work, so i was wondering, what could i do for the dog while i'm not home, when it gets colder this winter? Was thinking of an electric dog pad, but worried about burning my house down. Other options were some sort of outdoor heater, but the same issues exist. Thoughts?


jimbeam
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
Get him another dog to cuddle with baw. And you might get 4-6 more after that.


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LSU5508
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
You plan to keep your dog in the yard when it’s 30-40
degrees outside in a non enclosed patio?


fishfighter
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Baton Rouge
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
Dog house with the opening facing south and a lot of hay in it. Sunny location if you can.


LSUA 75
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Colfax,La.
Member since Jan 2019
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
Have 2 dog beds one on top of the other with electric heating pad ordered off Amazon.The one I have is 12 volt which I felt was safer.I just looked it up and currently unavailable.When it gets in 30’s we close the garage door and have electric heater.
There are some electric pads with chew proof cords but my dog is not a chewer.
Main thing is to have a place where wind doesn’t blow on them.
Hay is not good,when it gets wet can grow mold and cause respiratiory problems.


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East Coast Band
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
Keep them in the garage / store room area. Or even indoors.
Any dog. The dog we have that hates the cold the most is a St. Bernard mix, logger haired, big dog we have.
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hungryone
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
I kept two feral cats warm through about 12 winters using a Dogloo doghouse and a petsafe, outdoor heating pad. The heating pad is rated for outdoor use; it is pressure sensitive. It maintains a slightly warm temp when plugged in, and that temp goes up when the animal lies atop the pad. Has a removable fleece cover, too. Like this: LINK

The Igloo shaped doghouses hold heat very well, and you can get a doorflap that makes them even warmer. Feral cats did *not* like the door flap & wouldn't go into the house with it installed. So I just used thick cardboard to close off most of the opening, cutting a kitty-sized porthole at the bottom. Checked the temp inside w/IR themo gun many times on cold nights, and it was a comfy 68 degrees inside, even during bitter cold snaps.

Not all animals want to be indoors for hours on end. As long as you're providing a secure, safe, warm place, it's all good. I've owned animals that would have preferred to sleep on the sofa for hours, and others that would have happily slept under the porch in the rain rather than be confined inside.


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Neauxla_Tiger
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
I built mine a doghouse under a covered patio. Have the top open so in the summer I can set up a box fan to give them a breeze and in the winter I shine a heat lamp down on them. Set up a wifi outlet that the fan/lamp plug into so I can set it to turn on/off on a schedule. I can also turn it on remotely, tell it to run for 30 minutes then turn off, etc.

Keeps them out of the sun in summer, out of the wind in winter, out of the rain, etc. I've also been debating figuring out a way to add insulation during the winter that I can easily take out in the summer.


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BugAC
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
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You plan to keep your dog in the yard when it’s 30-40
degrees outside in a non enclosed patio?



Yes. Why is that weird? She has fur, and i had a cedar doghouse at the old house that i would insulate in the wintertime and that worked fine. Wanted something less intrusive in the outdoor kitchen.

I ended up getting one of those indoor/outdoor collapsible dog crates with a new bed, and i'll insulate insulate the walls when it gets cold. Will probably get one of those microwavable pads to put in there if it gets really cold. She's mostly an inside dog. Just stays outside while we are at work. Her new kennel/bed will be in the outdoor kithen area that has a windbreak.

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LSU5508
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
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Yes. Why is that weird? She has fur, and i had a cedar doghouse at the old house that i would insulate in the wintertime and that worked fine.


I’m not saying it’s inhumane just not something i would do. Most indoor/outdoor pets are really not built to enjoy the cold. While i wouldn’t think the pets health is in jeopardy, i wouldn’t personally transition a dog that spends 16 hours in the heat/ac and shock it by moving it to freezing temps for 8 hours on very cold days. I guess if the kennel is completely insulated it might help but dogs are weird. even if it’s freezing and has a house available it could still choose the cold and shun the house which has some risk on very cold days.


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NATidefan
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
My Grandfather always had a 100 watt old school light bulb in his dog house along with blankets and hay. Amazing how much heat those put out and fire safe.


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DMAN1968
Member since Apr 2019
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
Get that heater from the link above and throw it in that pet crate and you are done. Looks like a good combination.


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
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Dog house with the opening facing south and a lot of hay in it. Sunny location if you can.


Good info, and to add to this, don't make the doghouse any bigger than needed. Too many people make huge doghouses for their dogs and they really don't need to be all that big to begin with as it helps keep them warm if smaller.


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
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You plan to keep your dog in the yard when it’s 30-40 degrees outside in a non enclosed patio?


Dogs are much tougher than people think, especially those that want to treat their dogs like they were kids.

I've had plenty dogs in my lifetime and none of them were "house dogs". All my dogs were yard dogs and only came in the house when there was below freezing weather or severe storms, and living in N.O. that didn't happen very often.


deeprig9
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
Keep the doghouse on the smaller side, fill with hay, you'll need to add more hay later after they tamp it down, and that will keep them warm but you absolutely must make sure they have total protection from rain. 100% dry.


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cave canem
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
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Thoughts?


LMFAO at the people that think dogs need protection from the cold in South Louisiana.

Strange that dogs get by just fine outside on their own from Siberia to Alaska but can not manage to brave the fierce Baton Rouge winters.

You asked


humblepie
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Member since May 2008
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
So survival is the only metric we can judge on here? By that logic humans don't need houses either right? I mean plenty of humans survive without them!



gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
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So survival is the only metric we can judge on here? By that logic humans don't need houses either right? I mean plenty of humans survive without them!


Seems you jumped the gun and got a bit off topic here. Nobody is saying they shouldn't have a dog house. Just saying an outdoor dog house is sufficient for this climate if properly built and maintained with fresh bedding, waterproof, etc.

True dogs in Alaska and Siberia can survive totally outdoors with no shelter, but that is what they are bred to tolerate. All those sled dogs that take part in the Ididarod Dog Sled Race sleep on the ground when out on the course for days on end, as do the mushers, and seem to fare just fine.


ellishughtiger
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re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
Keep inside and hire a dog walker to come by once or twice a day. There’s multiple apps that offer said service.


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PapaPogey
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Dulac, LA
Member since Apr 2008
37545 posts

re: Keeping the dog warm in the winter
This thread kinda makes me feel like a POS dog owner

I leave my wirehair pointer outside every day from 6-5, but when it gets to where it's really cold in the mornings, I'll have to figure something out or just leave him in my garage for the morning.


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