Click here to learn more.
A. Up here where I live, in extreme northern Idaho, we see plenty of outdoor dogs who survive winter with no difficulty when their owners provide for them properly. Leaving aside the issue of whether dogs should be left outdoors full-time at all — this isn’t your dog to decide for, after all — many dogs can adapt to the physical challenges of life outdoors. The exceptions, in general, are small dogs, old or chronically ill dogs, and dogs with a naturally lean build, such as Greyhounds.
Many larger dogs such as Huskies, but even those with less fur, generally have no problem dealing with winter, as long as they have a few key things:
I’m not sure what kind of setup your neighbors' dog has, but letting them know what the pet needs to stay warm is a great start, as is your offer of an Igloo-style shelter. For a dog to get the most out of a shelter, it needs to be the proper size (not much bigger than the dog, so the animal’s body heat isn’t wasted but large enough that the dog can turn around inside it comfortably) and set up so it’s out of the wind and not in a place likley to flood. It needs insulation inside as well, and that doesn’t need to be expensive: Hay has long been used to help animals stay warm.
I’m hoping for the sake of both the dog and your future relationship with your neighbors that they accept your gift and suggestions in the spirit of helping their pet. If it’s not well-received or is refused, and you believe the dog is being deprived of adequate care, I encourage you to contact your local humane authorities for help getting the dog the care he needs to survive.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank You For Signing Up
for the Petwire newsletter, sending you all the pet news each week directly to your inbox.
Get the latest pet news, tips, tricks, and expert advice sent right to your inbox!
A Texas couple found Sadie the dog
wandering in their yard and used her
rabies tag to track down her owners.
At Flying Horse Farms, a free camp for
children battling serious illnesses, the
most popular counselors are dogs.
Check out family-friendly destinations like
Virginia’s Chincoteague Island and the
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in…
Find out how our experts voted and
whether they think it’s OK to shave
longhaired pets in the summer.
The Kooikerhondje is a fun-loving and
intelligent red and white Dutch retriever
who was bred to lure ducks into a…
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.