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Keeping Your Outside Dog Safe During Winter

We also used insulated dog houses, filled them with plenty of straw along with a large wool blanket, and built in enough room for each dog to have their food and water bowls neatly fitted in each dog house. For access to their running areas, which were designed to be three feet off the ground, we used swinging doors with rubber insulating strips around the doors so they were water and wind tight. Dad believed in keeping your outside dog safe during winter and went the extra mile because he loved his Beagles and they were from Field Trial Championship winning parents, although he would have done the same if the dogs were just ordinary mixed breed dogs.

Always change the water twice a day so it does not freeze leaving the dog with a bowl full of ice. Increase the amount of food because your dog will burn these extra calories generating body heat for warmth.

For those dogs living indoors during the winter there are a few things to keep in mind. Many of the holiday plants we decorate can be deadly for a dog so keep these out of reach. Store any winter products like anti-freeze for your vehicles and products used to melt snow off driveways and sidewalks stored where your dog cannot get to them.

Keeping your outside dog safe during winter is not complicated if you prepare before the snow is a foot deep.

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  1. Sinta

    Sep 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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  2. Jo

    Sep 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I understand that some people who own working dogs might want or need to keep them somewhere other than in the house, but there is no reason any dog should be kept in an unheated area. If an owner can’t afford to, or doesn’t want to, provide warm, comfortable accommodations for his pet, then he should probably rethink dog ownership. There are far too many dogs left tied to dog houses year round, without companionship, comfort, fresh water, or any kind of mental stimulation to occupy their time.

  3. Jody Snow

    Sep 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    For the inside dogs, don’t forget about sweaters for the littlest ones. Chihuahuas especially get very cold, so sweaters and doggie jackets are a must, not just a cute idea. Also, if snowy and icy, you REALLY should get them to wear booties, though I’ve had limited success both finding ones small enough for my Chihuahua and getting him to wear them.

  4. corinne anderson

    Sep 2, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Dogs should NOT be kept outside, they should be INSIDE.

    • Tom Haslam

      Jan 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Dogs have been living OUTSIDE for THOUSANDS of years!
      It’s only hair brained women who decided they needed to be INSIDE!

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