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11-14-2012 12:17 PM
Lazawal09 i recall GSDs working at 20000 feet in Hamalayas as rescue dogs in freezing cold n they stayed there for approx 2 months. i have a place where i can keep him inside (He does not like to be inside actually) A dog house with a ventilator with insulation and thick layer of straws underneath is something i am working on for now
11-13-2012 02:17 PM
Jag The only things I would be worried about also is facing the dog house so the wind isn't coming in the door (or that there's room for him to lay away from the door) and that his water doesn't freeze over. I've never kept a dog outside, but I know there are many that do. Especially if he's used to being outside, it wouldn't be as huge of a shock to his body. Do you have a garage that you could put a run inside of? That's the only other thing I can think of.
11-13-2012 02:09 PM
Lazawal09 thank you all, i am sure with all this help My Boy will be comfortable and i will b more comfortable
11-13-2012 02:01 PM
selzer Straw is also less likely to hold moisture, which makes it less likely to become moldy. Moldy hay can cause issues.
11-13-2012 01:58 PM
Originally Posted by Cunningham GSDs View Post
Somone told me that Hay, particularly grass hay or brome hay is better than straw because straw is hollow and so doesn't retain the heat as well as the hay which is not hollow. Anybody else hear this?
Straw being hollow is the reason it's a good insulator, in fact.
Rather like a down comforter, the reason it's so warm is all the air trapped in the feathers.
11-13-2012 01:51 PM
hattifattener -16 C should be piece of cake.
i've seen dogs living outside at over -30 C temperature
in doghouses without any extra heating.
11-13-2012 01:36 PM
Lazawal09 Thanx Selzer, i shall do what is to be done as i am well informed now
11-13-2012 01:36 PM
Cunningham GSDs
Straw Vs. Hay

Somone told me that Hay, particularly grass hay or brome hay is better than straw because straw is hollow and so doesn't retain the heat as well as the hay which is not hollow. Anybody else hear this?
11-13-2012 01:34 PM
Originally Posted by hattifattener View Post
yes,he can,but insulated doghouse is mandatory.

is there a problem with keeping him indoors?
Yes i can get him in, but he doesnot like it much inside (Starts whining continuously scratching the door) i will get him a good insulated room in the kennel.
11-13-2012 01:30 PM
selzer The dog house has to be sized properly so that he can maintain his body heat. If it is too large, he will not be able to manage it. Also, you should put some straw in the dog house. Straw is the best bedding as it will insulate even if it gets wet. If you cannot get straw, a wool blanket, like an old wool horse blanket will work nicely.

If it is too warm, the dog will drag it out of his house. Straw will be dragged out if the dog is on a chain. If the dog is not chained, he will make himself a nest in the straw, and it will help him use his body heat to stay warm.

What you need to do is go out there when he is in his house, and reach in and feel his belly. It should feel warm. He will draw his feet up on his belly. If that is nice and warm, and the air feels considerably warmer in the house than it does outside of it, you have it right.
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