Give a dog a choice between a soft pillow and cosy fire...or a 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) which can help the dogs body heat keep the dog house warmer. Garages are too large to offer warmth. 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 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.