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    I'd be worried about dog ripping up hotwater bottle...

    That's why I like the wheat bags, they're not as cold as a cold hotwater bottle when they lose their heat and if they get ripped up at least nothing is wet.

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    This may be silly, but he"didin't like sleeping on a bulge" Did you get the air out of it? could you only half fill it? something is better than nothing?
    or a wheat pack? although he may eat it? not good..... hmmm? Those indoor crates up there look nice!

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    Yes.. we are quite worried about him puncturing the water bottle too.
    Come to think of it, I don't think I did let the air out first (silly me), but I've only ever tried it once.

    Those crates clamouflaging as furniture look great! I showed my mum the pictures and she said it looks like a good idea. But then we remembered that we once tried to do that with his current kitchen cabinet box. We've put it upside down so the open side was at the top and the doors were used as normal. We covered the top with a plank of wood so it's just like a normal cabinet with doors. He wouldn't go in it because I think he's afraid of the doors closing in on him. It's the same with when he needs to toilet outside. He is always hesitant when we open the door for him because he expects that we will close it shut right after he walks out.

    Anyways, in regards to the crate idea, I'll need to seriously consider that and discuss with my family about it after my exams (in a week time), then I will have a month to hopefully get a solid solution in the best interest of myself, my family and Milo. My dad and all my aunts and uncles (not so much my mum) believe that dogs don't feel cold and that their fur is enough to keep them warm - which makes it harder for me as a younger generation to convince them otherwise as they have grown with this idea for oh so long. Dogs weren't really integrated with the family in my extended family circumstances, and honestly speaking, Milo is the very first dog in my entire extended family to be a "welcomed dog of the family". So with that said, please do understand that it is difficult to change old ways of thought that have been carried down through different upbringing. I am trying very hard to educate them of newer ideas, but it is also inevitable that there will be disagreements.

    Anyway... my mum has gone through her pile of old clothes and found this!


    It is of course a human vest, and we will look for a friend or relative who can sew to get it to fit Milo. I'm hoping that after the alterations, he will feel a lot warmer outside wearing it and won't be able to shred it! My dad has also given me his torn thick jacket (thick enough to wear to the snows) so I can lay it down in his bed. I am hoping with that, he will feel slightly more comfortable tonight.

    But please, keep the suggestions coming as I really don't like seeing Milo having to be so upset about sleeping outside.

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    Depending on the breed of dog of course lots are fine outside and their coats keep them warm. I think these days we coddle our pets (yes, I am guilty of this too)
    It is US, that for whatever reasons put our feelings, our reactions to cold and assume our dogs feel the same. To me it is as silly as a mother telling her kid to go put a jumper on because SHE is cold. The kid is quite happily running around.
    Mine have a shed, have warm beds. I rotate them inside. I wake early sometimes and look out and one or two are happily asleep in the frost.
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    Kaer, I notice you are in the inner west of Sydney. Me too.

    I dont know if this will help, but I have a piece of foam cut to fit my dogs crate (at a rough guess - very rough as I cant be bothered moving to have a look) it might be 1 metre (100cms) or so long and half a metre (50cms) wide. It is probably 14 cms thick.

    You are welcome to it for his outside bed if it will help make it warmer...I can deliver it for you in the weekend if you like.

    I cut it for my dogs outside crate (its in th elaundry so not really outside at all) but Barney just has a duvet in there. he has a really thick double coat and regardless of how cold it gets he is always nice and warm and now that Pippi is confined to indoors I don't need the foam.

    Both my dogs spend the evening and overnight inside the house.

    Anyway, if you want it, let me know and I can drop it off anytime over the weekend (you can have it for free, but you will need to make a cover for it or something)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Depending on the breed of dog of course lots are fine outside and their coats keep them warm. I think these days we coddle our pets (yes, I am guilty of this too)
    It is US, that for whatever reasons put our feelings, our reactions to cold and assume our dogs feel the same. To me it is as silly as a mother telling her kid to go put a jumper on because SHE is cold. The kid is quite happily running around.
    Mine have a shed, have warm beds. I rotate them inside. I wake early sometimes and look out and one or two are happily asleep in the frost.
    It is totally us.

    Before I moved to Oz, my dogs always slept outside. NZ winters get bloody cold and before we moved here, Barney and Chevy (RIP) had a kids pop up triangle tent as their kennel. It was on a three sided section of the porch so sheltered from wind and rain. They had a rug on the ground, then a canvas drop cloth, then 2 duvets.

    I even sat in there with them one night and it was toasty as LOL

    However, now, my rental property allows dogs inside so thats why they are inside (I used to sneak em in sometimes anyway lol)

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    My young dogs stay outside during the day and yes they would tear up any foam bedding I left out for them but I solved it by as I said in my last post inserting it into a tough hessian bag and stitching the opening shut - a nice cheap and tough bed that is very difficult to tear up.

    Yes alot of farm dogs sleep outside, often just on the dirt, but I have noticed these dogs do suffer from earlier onset of arthritis and can age pretty quickly once they start getting old.

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    My dogs have the choice so that is the way they just do it at times, lol.

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    My location and breed is what makes me biased I think.

    There is talk about this being the first year Launceston sees snow, it's never THIS cold at this time of the year normally.
    I feel so incredibly guilty taking the baldy to dog shows in winter, as soon as I take his coat off he gets the shakes.

    I do agree that it has a lot to do with out feelings most of the time.
    I own dog coats for the poodles... they really don't need them but they get so excited and start dancing when I get them out the cupboard.
    They wouldn't mind being left out in the cold, but from their reactions they would much prefer to have a coat on or be inside.
    Prada (poodle) cooks her brains nightly in front of the heater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaer View Post
    If I tried giving him a cusioned bed pillow thing again, would he not rip through it again as he is a bit older?
    Buy a specific dog cushion, don't give him a normal pillow. You can buy really lovely warm and soft cushioned mats from large pet supply retail outlets. One side is canvas, and the other fake lambswool or other material.

    Google dog beds and see what you find.
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