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HUNTING DOGS OUTSIDE??

by , Posted to on 01/09/2010 11:24 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/19/2001
Location: ND
DOES ANYBODY KEEP THIER HUNTING DOG OUTSIDE DURING THE WINTER? IF SO WHAT BREED- WHAT KIND OF DOG HOUSE-HEATED OR NOT? WIFE SAYS THE DOG HAS TOO STAY OUTSIDE. NEED SOME SUGGESTIONS TO KEEP THE DOG AND WIFE HAPPY!!!
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by on 01/09/2010 11:37 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/17/2009
Location: nd
we have a english springer dad bought him for me when i was 18 he was in the house for the first 4 months n outside ever since. we built a a dog house/bigbox in the garage with a heated matwith carpet over it i think been yrs since i looked in his dog house. fenced in back yrd cut hole in garage put a cement slab like 5 ft by 10 along the garage that we can lock him in if need be never do tho has a tarp over it. he can go in and out as he wants works good
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by on 01/10/2010 00:00 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
We had labs outside all the time.  Built a dog house inside of the shed in the back yard and had a fenced run for them all in one.  The entrance to the house had 2 90 degree corners for them to navigate in/out but it kept the wind/rain/snow from whistling in as well.  No heat or anything just some old blankets or later a dog bed to keep them up off of the cement.  Ours was built across the whole back side of the shed and was big enough for 2 dogs, there was a removable divider to separate the dogs as well.

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by on 01/10/2010 01:18 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/27/2002
Location: ND
My spoiled lab sleeps along side my wife and I in bed.  I figure if it is too cold for me to want to sleep outside, why should I make my dog sleep outside?  I know they are fine if they are out of the wind, but for all the love and loyalty my dog shows, it is the least I can do for her.  Besides they feel more a part of the family I believe when they are inside with you.  My lab is the best babysitter I could get for a 2 yr old and a 4 month old.  She protects them and watches their every movement.  It is kind of crazy how they adjust and learn.  Let your wife spend 1 night out in the kennel and if she agrees it is comfortable temp. wise, then put the dog out there the next night.

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by on 01/10/2010 07:12 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2007
Location: ND
My previous dog was an American Water Spaniel. I had half the yard fenced for him, a kennel about 6' square in the garage that was insulated and had a raised floor. Inside I had a heated pet pad , heated water and one of those dog doors made in Sabin. He did just fine!  My new dog is a Brittany and we've made her into a house dog, although she's tougher than you think, she begs to go outside and never wants to come back in. The key for an outside dog is to keep them full of fuel at this time of year and give them a space that's insulated with no draft. Also keep them off the cement unless you want arthritis issues.
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by on 01/10/2010 07:27 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2009
Location: ND

Man, nobody has said "get rid of the wife"???


Seriously, IMHO dogs need to be with the family.  When we are in the house, the dogs are in the house.  Now that doesn't mean the dogs are everywhere in the house.  Our dogs are only allowed in the initial room coming in from the garage, the kitchen/dining room (since they are basically joined). 

I would ask this, would your wife be willing to compromise?  Allow the dogs in only certain rooms or is there a large entryway they could be allowed in?

I also use a baby gate on the room next to the garage so that if we have company people can go in and out of the kitchen/dining room and into the formal living room and not get beat up by wagging tails. 

If she isn't willing to compromise then I guess I would suggest a kennel built onto your garage so the dogs can come into the garage and have a small kennel set up.  I have a small kennel built under my workbench and it has a door flap so the dogs can get outside if they want.

Other suggestions above are good suggestions as well.
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Re: HUNTING DOGS OUTSIDE??
by on 01/10/2010 08:01 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/18/2009
Location: nd
i have a golden retriever and wife and i would not thinh of leaving him outside.he has a bed beside ours in bedroom he is like one of our children. when we go outside he goes outside   hell he even goes inside to the local cenex for treats and there he gets more attention than i do      a dog needs to be part of you and you a part of him
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by on 01/10/2010 08:10 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/05/2007
Location: MN
my 2 are snuggled up with the wife as i type this
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by on 01/10/2010 10:32 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/09/2009
Location: ND
 My Britts stay outside all year long. They have a very well built insulated kennel with a warming pad. I also stack bags of leaves around 3 sides of the kennel every fall. Honestly with 2 dogs they seem to do just fine. Yesterday when it warmed up to near zero both were hanging around outside. They don't spend a lot of time out of the dog house when it is extremely cold. But they seem to deal with it. My dogs have all lived normal life spans for their breed. I have never had a vet say that it is bad for them.  I feed them lots of good food. Those days where the bottom drops out I normally give them each a half of a can of food in addition to the dry food.  It has worked for me.
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by on 01/10/2010 3:30 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/29/2009
Location: sk
I have a shorthair outside right now.  She gets cold so i have a heated pad and water bucket.  As well i have a dog vest for her on the real cold days.   We had a setter and he never had any problems with the cold his coat would thicken and he would be fine.  I think probably the wind break is the biggest part of it keeping dogs outside.  As well i feed more in the winter then i do summer months.  For guys with multiple dogs keeping them inside is just not an option. 
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by on 01/10/2010 4:29 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2003
Location: ND
My Golden Retriever and I let the wife be in the house with us.

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by on 01/10/2010 4:42 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2001
Location: ND
pinto plains Said:
I have a shorthair outside right now.  She gets cold so i have a heated pad and water bucket.  As well i have a dog vest for her on the real cold days.   We had a setter and he never had any problems with the cold his coat would thicken and he would be fine.  I think probably the wind break is the biggest part of it keeping dogs outside.  As well i feed more in the winter then i do summer months.  For guys with multiple dogs keeping them inside is just not an option. 

I bet your GSP doesn't like you very much? (grin)

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by on 01/10/2010 7:39 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
I've kept  my labs outside over the years.  Have a nice homemade (Outdoor Life mag had the plans) insulated house.  But the last couple I at least brought in during the evenings and especially on the coldest days.  When kept out all the time they got nice coats and easily made it through winter.  But as they got older it really would start to take it's toll.  I think if you keep in them in a bit more you'll get a couple more hunting years out of them.
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by on 01/10/2010 9:31 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/12/2008
Location: MT
I have an English Cocker that was outside for a few winters and she did very, very well in a double wall ultra-insulated dog house that I built.  You want to build the sleeping area to the dimensions of the dog (enough head room to sit and about twice the length/width of the dog.  Have the bottom off the concrete and have the insulated roof on hinges for easy access and cleaning.  I never used an external heat source.  For bedding I used LOTS of animal bedding wood chips and changed them out as needed.  She would nest-up in those chips and be just fine and cozy.  A heated water bowl and good food are important.  If at all possible have the kennel exposed to the south - - much warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. 
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by on 01/11/2010 05:12 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/19/2001
Location: ND
I used to have a Brittany that I kept outside in the garage during the day when no one was home.  I had an insulated dog house that I built with a heat lamp and a 125 watt heat bulb in the upper corner.  I let her in at night so she could be part of the family.  I kept her in her portable kennel inside the house though.  Too hyper to let her run around.

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