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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2008, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Blue Heeler and Cold Weather

Just got a Blue Heeler pup (13 weeks old), I have been coming home at lunch to let him out of his crate. I will not be able to let him out this week like I have been. He has a kennel outside with dog house and have an old bed blanket and a saddle blanket to put into his house. The low will be in the 30's early in the morning getting into the 50's towards afternoon. Is this too cold for him to be out? This is my first inside/outside pet type dog and not a farm dog, thanks for any help.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2008, 05:25 PM
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Can you call his breeder? My first reaction is that he is way too little to be outside on his own.

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He'll be fine. just make absolute sure he can't get out of the kennel.

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My mom grew up on a farm and they had outdoor dogs. She said her mother used to put warm water in glass mason jars (or I imagine empty glass jam jars would work) and put them in the dog house at night. Remember to take them out quickly to prevent freezing. Also be sure to only fill them 3/4 way up to allow room if they do freeze (hopefully not!). Does the dog house have a flap on it? If not you may want to consider something heavy to put up temporarily to keep in heat. You could also try to arrange for a neighbor or friend to check on him at least the first day.

oh yes, I keep my pup in the kitchen while I'm gone. There is a fence so he can't get out and I leave wee mats down for him to use. Do you have a garage, kitchen, or back porch type thing you could puppy proof and let him stay in there?

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. We have had warmer than thought temperatures, so he as been doing good. Good call on the flap marmilla, I will make one for his house, at least it will keep the dirt out while he is digging. I plan on making a floor for his kennel, maybe he won't find another water line... One good thing about the digging and play time when I get home, he gets tired and is sleeping by 8:00 at night. I have thought about the gates for the kitchen, but they wouldn't hold him, he's got a lot of energy, imagine that from a Heeler, LOL. Any other help about this breed is welcome.

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