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    Default how do you keep am outside dog warm in winter?

    So, it is coming into our first winter with a dog. She is only fairly little and I am worried about her being too cold at night. I actually think she is already getting cold as she starts to whine at about 5am and its about 12 degrees. She comes inside on and off but sleeps outside. She cant be an inside dog full time (DH wont allow it, mainly because we have a new baby!) So I have a question - how do you keep your pets warm if they sleep outside or do you let them in overnight? We don't have a doggy door so I would need to let her sleep in the laundry and let her in and out to wee.... It gets close to zero in the dead of winter.... Help?! What is the best option besides a coat?

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    I would let her sleep on the laundry to be honest. If this isn't an option then a kennel facing a direction that's sheltered from the breeze. I would also suggest a coat with a big padded bed in the kennel.

    I have also seen you can get heated beds but I worry about fire hazard.

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    Our dogs stay warm in their kennel with some bedding, their kennels are in a sheltered spot under the house (we're raised on stilts).

    Maybe like a pp suggested you could get a coat too. You can usually get them from pet stores or markets.

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    Default how do you keep am outside dog warm in winter?

    My dogs sleep in bed with me under the blankets!
    Little dogs don't cope with the cold at all, do you have a laundry or section off a part of the house for it? Otherwise, a insulated kennel (think they are about $100 off eBay) big fluffy blankets from the cheap shops and a warm dog coat.

    ETA sorry just read he bit about laundry, if you make sure the dog wees before bed and then let it out first thing in the morning then wouldn't it sleep all night? Zero degrees is very cold

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    I'd probably let her in to the laundry as a minimum and close the door, or put up a baby gate if there isn't a door. She doesn't sound robust if she's already whining. Or a
    good shelter and a warm bed and coat.

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    We bought ours coats. They are really thick lined fleece with a water proof like outer. They love them!
    They cover the tummy, backs and chest.

    I would suggest maybe also have a kennel with a padded fleece dog bed in the bottom so it can suggle up out of the wind

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    I would let her sleep in the laundry too. If you let her out before you go to bed she should be able to hold on all night unless she is a very young puppy.

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    You can get temporary doggy doors that you can install yourself if your laundry door is a glass sliding door. Have a google. My boys slept in the laundry last night because of the crazy weather and they often sleep in there in winter. I'm considering setting up an area for them in the garage for this winter. One of my dogs is a beagle so I can't trust him in the main part of the house overnight!

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    Thanks everyone. She is a cavoodle (so quite fluffly) and is only 8 months old. I do have a baby gate that sections off the laundry/toilet and bathroom so I think I might just put her in there at night and see how we go. Since the new baby has been born she has spent more time outside (away from us) and has chewed her bed to bits! So I think she needs more attention. She does have a kennel, but has stopped sleeping in it for some reason.. ?! :/ she is snuggled on the couch next to me at the moment (DH is out!) I just feel bad for her

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    I dont want to put in a doggy door because I dont want stray cats venturing into the house...


 

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