CAN MY HUSKY SLEEP OUTSIDE?
Huskies have a gorgeous, thick double coat that protects them wonderfully from the cold. Their sled dog origins make them perfectly accustomed to sleeping outdoors under the stars, often in difficult weather conditions, so your Husky will have no problem spending their nights in a kennel. But how do you choose the right one? Discover all our tips below.
What Size Kennel Does My Husky Need?
A kennel should be perfectly proportionate to the size of the dog. Contrary to what you may think, bigger doesn't always mean better. Being a large dog, a Husky will need a fairly large kennel, but there’s no point buying one that’s any bigger than it needs to be. Plus, since kennels don’t have heating, your Husky will warm it up with their own body heat; the more space around them, the more difficult it will be to keep warm. Ideally, your dog's kennel should be about ten centimetres higher than their standing height. Your Husky 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.
What's the Best Material for an Outdoor Kennel?
Size isn't everything. The quality of your Husky's kennel also depends on the material used to build it. There are two main types of kennel on the market, 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.
You can also place the kennel on a pillory or a concrete slab to elevate it slightly from the ground and improve insulation. Build a small ramp to help your dog easily climb into their kennel without having to jump, as this can place too much stress on their joints. 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 Husky'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. This way, your Husky will be able to monitor the comings and goings of your household and alert you of any suspicious activity. Do not place your dog's kennel in direct sunlight during the summer nor exposed to the wind. Above all, never tie your dog up in front of their kennel! Your dog must be able to move freely about the garden and easily find shelter if need be. Finally, make sure your garden is fully secured to prevent any risk of your dog escaping.
Can Huskies Sleep Indoors?
Of course, your Husky will also be perfectly happy sleeping inside your home. The temperament of this dog breed is very loyal which leads to a close bond with its master. As such, your Siberian Husky will be delighted to spend nights closer to you. Nonetheless, try to avoid having your dog's bed in your bedroom, at least at first, so as not to risk your pooch developing an over-attachment to you. This could be harmful to their well-being in the long run, as they could develop separation anxiety or sink into depression.
Create a sleeping area for your Husky puppy in a quiet area, such as the hallway or a corner of the living room; somewhere out of the way, which is airy and well ventilated. Once you have trained your Husky puppy to be alone for short periods, you may be able to bring them into your bedroom, but think carefully about the consequences before making this decision.
Choose a dog bed that’s perfectly suited to your Husky’s size. These dogs like to feel surrounded and protected. Your dog may prefer a basket-type dog bed with a raised edge, a pillow dog bed without a rim, a rug, a dog sofa, or even a cage. When lying down, the edges should just touch your dog on all sides, so that they feel safe and secure but not cramped. The choice of material is also important! If your pooch has destructive tendencies, you’ll be better off with a plastic dog bed, which is sturdier and much easier to clean than a fabric or leather dog bed, for example. In any case, avoid wicker baskets, which are more likely to be destroyed. Your dog could swallow the debris which presents a choking hazard.
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