CAN MY CANE CORSO SLEEP OUTSIDE?
Your Cane Corso can sleep outside, in your garden, under certain conditions. Considering their rather short coat, it's best that your four-legged friend doesn't sleep out in the open when it's very cold, but they can still sleep in your garden. The key is choosing the right kennel!
What Size Kennel Does My Cane Corso Need?
Contrary to what you may think, bigger doesn't always mean better; a kennel should be perfectly proportionate to the size of the dog. A small dog kennel will not suit a large dog and vice versa. In any case, it's quite unnecessary to opt for a kennel that's too large for your Cane Corso. Dogs like to feel surrounded and protected. Ideally, your dog's kennel should be about ten centimetres higher than their standing height. Your Cane Corso should be able to stand up and turn around without touching the walls. Lengthwise, choose a kennel twice the length of your four-legged friend, measured from nose to tail. Additionally, since kennels don’t have heating, your dog will warm it up with their own body heat; the more space around them, the more difficult it will be to keep warm.
What's the Best Material for an Outdoor Kennel?
Size isn't everything. The quality of your Cane Corso's kennel also depends on the material used to build it. There are two main types of kennel, each with its pros and cons:
Plastic kennels: These have the advantage of being lighter, easy to clean, more easily transportable, and also much less expensive. However, they are not so well insulated nor robust and can deteriorate quickly. This means that your dog may be too hot in summer and too cold in winter.
Wooden kennels: These are more expensive but offer better insulation both from the cold and the heat. They are also much sturdier and constitute a better investment in the long term. Wooden kennels are however more difficult to clean and move, which means they require more maintenance.
If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, opt for a kennel with a sloped roof. This prevents water from stagnating and damaging the kennel. Alternatively, if you live in a rather dry area, choose a kennel with a flat roof. Dogs love to settle on top of their kennel and use it as a viewpoint to observe their territory.
Where Should I Put My Cane Corso's Kennel?
Think carefully about where in the garden to place your dog's kennel. Try to situate it in a strategic location, where your dog has an unobstructed view of the whole of their territory. Do not place your dog's kennel in direct sunlight during the summer nor exposed to the wind. If you can, move your dog's kennel into the shade when it's hot.
You can also place the kennel on a pillory or a concrete slab to elevate it slightly from the ground and improve insulation. This will help to protect your dog against parasites and insects as well. Above all, never tie your dog up in front of their kennel! It's important that your dog can move freely about the garden and easily find shelter if need be. Remember to place a bowl of fresh water nearby at all times, and especially in summer when the temperature rises.
Can Cane Corsi Sleep Indoors?
Of course, your dog will also be perfectly happy sleeping inside your home. Cane Corsi have a loyal temperament and develop a close bond with their owners, whom they enjoy spending time with and being close to. But be careful to establish boundaries early on! Try to avoid having your dog's bed in your bedroom, so as not to disrupt the family hierarchy. Instead, choose a quiet place such as a corner of the living room, somewhere out of the way, which is airy and well ventilated. Your dog must be able to rest there without fear of being woken up.
If you buy a dog bed or basket for your Cane Corso, choose one that is perfectly suited to their size. When lying down, the edges should just touch your dog on all sides, so that they feel safe and secure but not cramped. There are different materials for dog beds on the market (plastic, fabric, wicker). If your dog has destructive tendencies, opt for a plastic dog bed, which is stronger. You can make it cosy and comfortable by adding blankets and pillows.
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