Cold Nights.. Where to sleep?..

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Cold Nights.. Where to sleep?..

Postby TahsSunny » Tue May 22, 2007 8:04 pm

Hey everyone!

It's winter here and it's starting to become cold at night.. and Guage sleeps outside. He has a bed to sleep on, It's the bottom of a crate (Plastic) with just a blanket ontop of it..

My family thinks he's fine outside because `He's got fur so He isn't cold' `Dogs can take the cold'.. Is this true or what? Do the feel the cold?.. I mean, I know they've got fur but wouldn't it still be cold for them?.

I ust to let Guage sleep with me but he started to jump at the dog so I just let him sleep outside since he refused to sleep with me.. If he's cold outside, how can I make it warmer for him?..

or.. If I can convince my mum to let him sleep inside.. Will he be fine to sleep locked up in the crate for the night since he wont sleep with me and if he doesn he'll just jump at the door. But first I need to get rid of his fleas.

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Tahlia and Guage

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Postby slomoe » Tue May 22, 2007 8:07 pm

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Postby amazingcc » Tue May 22, 2007 8:12 pm

Oh, poor Gauge... pits are very sensitive to cold weather. He would at least need an insulated dog house outside. I think sleeping locked up in a crate inside is the only acceptable solution if it's cold out. I hope you and your Mom can work it out ASAP. :sad:

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Postby GSDBulldog » Tue May 22, 2007 8:14 pm

You can build or purchase an insulated dog house. For bedding material, you can use cedar shavings. Make sure that it has a covering over the entrance.

If he is allowed to sleep indoors, he should do fine in the crate.

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Postby pibbles and bits » Tue May 22, 2007 8:23 pm

let's get rid of the fleas, regardless of where this dog sleep. that poor dog...

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Postby GSDBulldog » Tue May 22, 2007 8:30 pm

http://www.gundogsupply.com/cranddoghohe.html

Dog-house heaters. You will need to build or purchase a house, as a wire create will not cut it.

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Postby TahsSunny » Tue May 22, 2007 8:38 pm

slomoe,
I know.. Thats how I feel. Every night I think about how cold Guage is.. I hate it but theres not much I can do..

amazingcc,
He's a Staffy.. :}.. I'll talk to my mum soon then.. I know he'd prefer to sleep inside and I myself want him to sleep inside with me!. We'll work it out soon.

GSDBulldog,
How much is a insulated dog house?. I could look into it.. if he isn't allowed to sleep inside.

pibbles and bits,
I plan on doing that.. We have some FrontLine! and I'll bath him soon.. In the bath though because it's getting to cold to be bathed outside.. I hate him having fleas, he had them awhile ago and it took awhile to get rid of them.

One question,
If I can't get a insulated dog house and Guage can't sleep inside.. Will a normal dog house help keep him warm in anyway?.

Thanks,
Tahlia and Guage

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Postby buckaroo » Tue May 22, 2007 8:39 pm

How cold is it getting at night?

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Postby TahsSunny » Tue May 22, 2007 8:41 pm

GSDBulldog
Thanks for the site! I'll start saving.. Glad my birthdays coming up. I'll make sure I get him one of those products!

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I'm not really sure. I'll have to ask my mum after work.

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Postby Kahlie » Tue May 22, 2007 8:43 pm

What temperatures do you get at night?

Regarding fleas: do you clean the area as well? (wherever he is usually/sleeps)

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Postby Kahlie » Tue May 22, 2007 8:44 pm

Oops, posted that at the same time...
I also meant treat - not "clean" the area

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Postby GSDBulldog » Tue May 22, 2007 8:44 pm

Cedar shavings will also help keep fleas away.

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Postby TahsSunny » Tue May 22, 2007 8:49 pm

GSDBulldog
Do you know how much Cedar shavings normally cost?.

Callie

Regarding fleas: do you clean the area as well? (wherever he is usually/sleeps)

Yes, I do.. It's just, weres he's chained up theres dirt and he lays in it alot.. and I think the fleas live in the dirt. I could move him away from the dirt I guess. That might help. I'm pretty sure it's the dirt.

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Postby GSDBulldog » Tue May 22, 2007 8:58 pm

Do you know how much Cedar shavings normally cost?.


They're fairly cheap, around $5-10 per bag. You can also purchase cedar chips from Home Depot.

As far as fleas, there are a number of things you can do to keep them out of a chain spot.

-Salt over the area in early spring can kill the larvae and prevent them from hatching. You can purchase it in 50 pound bags from a feed store.

-Keeping your dog on a monthly flea & tick preventative will be the most evective. Advantix and Frontline seem to work best.

-You can soak agricultural lime on the chain spot, but the dog must stay out of the area for a day or two.

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Postby alex&hobbs » Tue May 22, 2007 11:21 pm

If you can get a bale of hay or straw that would also be a very good insulator and keep him warm. :)


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