Keeping Outdoor Dogs Warm This Winter

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Category: Animal Issues and Pets
Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:17
Written by D.V. Lawrence
Give a dog a choice between a soft pillow and cosy fire...or the cold ground outside, what do you think she will choose? 
People who have outdoor dogs often mistake a dogs silence as an indication there is no problem but dogs can endure enormous pain and suffering before they howl. If it’s cold outside chances are your dog is cold, especially if he lacks a thick undercoat. 

If you have an outside dog consider these solutions: cover the flaps of his dog house with thick material and put bedding on the floor (old blankets from the thrift store are easily washed). These help retain the dogs body heat by keeping the dog house warmer. Garages are too large to offer warmth so consider putting a dog house inside the garage. Igloos make the best dog houses and retain heat better. Don't forget the bedding. 

There are also a variety of sweaters and coats available at your local pet shop.  

But the best solution is to bring the dog in at night or during rains. Did you know that dogs are better protection IN the house than outside where they can easily be silenced by a determined intruder. People also often end up ignoring an outside dog's bark. But a dog barking in  the house at an intruder is never ignored. If you are worried about unruly behavior in the house, simply leash the dog to a stable source, provide a bed and water and he will get used to the routine of coming indoors at night. And I guarantee, will really really appreciate it.  Love is more than a feeling it's an action. 

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