CAN MY GOLDEN RETRIEVER SLEEP OUTSIDE?
Sleep is important for all dogs and Golden Retrievers are no exception. The Golden Retriever's coat offers excellent protection against bad weather and the cold. This means they are well suited to outdoor living and will have no problem sleeping in a kennel. Nonetheless, it's important to choose the kennel that best suits your furry friend's needs.
What Size Kennel Should My Golden Retriever Have?
When it comes to choosing your dog's kennel, size does matter. A kennel should be perfectly proportionate to the size of the dog: neither too big nor too small. A small dog kennel will not suit a large dog and vice versa. In any case, bigger doesn't always mean better; it's quite unnecessary to opt for a kennel that's too large for your Golden Retriever. Dogs like to feel surrounded and protected. Ideally, your dog's kennel should be about ten centimetres higher than their standing height. Your Golden Retriever should be able to stand up and turn around without touching the walls. 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?
Most of the kennels on the market are made of plastic or wood. Each material has its pros and cons:
Plastic kennels 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 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 also 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. 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.
Where Should I Put My Golden Retriever'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 can observe their territory unobstructed. Your Golden Retriever must be able to come and go as they please. If the kennel has a door, it must be easily accessible and never locked or blocked. Above all, never tie your dog up in front of their kennel! It's important that your pet can easily find shelter. Remember to place a bowl of fresh water nearby at all times, and especially in summer when the temperature rises.
Can Golden Retrievers Sleep Inside?
Golden Retrievers have a loyal temperament and develop a close bond with their owners. They will therefore enjoy sleeping with you in the house if you'd prefer. But be careful to establish boundaries early on! Try to avoid having your dog's bed in your bedroom, at the risk of them developing separation anxiety. Instead, opt for somewhere like the living room. Choose a quiet area, out of the way, which is airy and well ventilated.
If you buy a dog bed or basket for your dog, 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. Opt for a plastic dog bed, which is stronger, especially if your dog has destructive tendencies. You can make it cosy and comfortable by adding blankets and pillows. Your Golden Retriever could also be happy sleeping on a large pillow, a small mattress, or even a small dog sofa.
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