Yes, I know it’s Labor Day here in the US of A, and it’s still hot as blazes in most areas of the country. However, now is the time to start planning for how your outside furball will weather the winter, especially if you have a new outside dog, or reviewing the things you already have set up and in place for an existing outside dog.
For dogs living outside, winter can be a cold, difficult time. This does not have to be the case if these pets are given the necessities to stay warm and safe. Keeping your outside dog safe during winter should be the top priority for all people who own dogs kept in outside kennels and dog houses. There are several simple things all owners of these dogs can do ensuring their pooch weathers the winter in good shape.
The first thing to do is be prepared for the arrival of winter. This will make keeping your outside dog safe during winter much easier once the snow begins to fly. If there are any repairs needed to the dog house or kennel do not wait for winter to arrive before taking care of them. One of the things my father did to ensure our Beagle rabbit hunting dogs were warm during even the coldest weather was install small light bulbs in each kennel house. A simple low wattage light bulb will put off an amazing amount of heat when installed in the ceiling of the dogs sleeping area. Even in brutally cold weather, they stayed comfy.
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