I have a 110 lbs male american bulldog that has a 30 foot runner and a plastic dog house. he is going to get cold this winter. of course on deadly freezing he will be brought in the garage but all in all i need to keep him warm. i had thought about installing a heat light in the dog house but he is so goofy he may lay there and burn himself. i dont believe in fences and you cant let him in the house he will detroy everything. Super hyper dog and playfull. Jake in the house is like a bull in a china shop. Someone please give suggestions on a logical way to keep him very warm
Have you never heard of insulated dog houses or what? As well as some straw or warm bedding. We get -25 here at times. Our friend had 2 Pit Bulls (short hair breed also) she had to bring in the garage when it was "deadly cold" and they were fine. It depends how insulated the garage is and if you have a heat source. I know several people in the northeast and their dogs never freeze. Don't use a plastic dog house and especially not an igloo. Buy or build a real dog houses, it will be expensive but worth your dogs life.
Also have you ever tried crate training? Sounds like he didn't get much training from puppy hood. Some dogs are just naturally bored and hyper, even with training and exercise but you could probably attempt some more training. Even if he is out during the day sleeping in, even if a crate is better because overnight is usually when it gets the coldest. Why will he not tear up the garage and stuff in it but will tear up the house? Seems odd.
I don't claim to know your dog so I'm not bashing. One of my in laws Pit Bulls is extremely hyper and is an outside dog. He isn't untrained at all. He just loves to play and as you say he would be like a bull in a china shop. He plays in his kennel all day with his basketball. Non-stop. He is super active and eats twice as much as their larger Pit because he is always moving. Inside he would be doing the same, constant play, he is extremely focused. He has chased his basketball acres and acres and acres until he was just a small dot not realizing how far he was going. My FIL is outside a lot so the dogs are let out together and he is always the one that keeps going and going like the energizer bunny. He wouldn't have fun being still in a house. He does listen to his obedience commands and is so well behaved and easy to show that a child could show him. He can just play for hours straight and enjoys doing so. My FIL will throw a ball and he will keep hitting it with his nose and feet and chase it for hours. I can relate if your boy is like this. But in that case how to you keep him happy and active? If he's not a fence a ball or toy could easily be out of his reach and he would have nothing to entertain himself and no enjoyment.
I noticed your name was grovekennels. You just have one American Bulldog or do you have a kennel? I'm confused.
When you mentioned "heat light"... you weren't meaning one of those real red heat lights? People use regular lights for heat for some animals (chickens)...but...I'm concerned that your dog would eat the wires going to it. If you have to leave him outside.. I will give you a little advise I once used for a shep/lab..years and years ago. I purchased sixteen bales of straw.. and built a small square house out of them,2 bales high, with a bottom bed lined in straw..and a piece of plywood on the top. He would get on the top during the day and lay out..and go inside in the evening or during the snow/rain storms. The straw held in his body heat and kept him warm. This probably isn't a great solution but worked for him.. I will try to explain how I built it, imagining that the bales are 12 in x 36 in. I started in the back with 2,spread out 72 inches, then put 2 on each side pulled back to the back wall.. so the back wall was now the 12inches (from the left side wall), PLUS the 72 inches from 2 of the other bales PLUS 12 inches from the right wall.( out side of back roughly measures 96 inch now) Then I put two on the front.. pulling them back to the edges of the side walls..( so now the outside of the side walls were 36 +36 + 12 = 84") By doing this on both sides, it left a 24 inch opening in the middle. I did it 2 bales high if I remember (or3).. which made it like 32-36 inches high.. and cut a piece of thick plywood and put it on the top. ( I made sure the plywood covered the full width of the middle opening and then some) You might have to adjust the bales to shrink the inside of the opening so the plywood will be fully stable. At the end.. your plywood should measure about 4 ft x 7 ft. THIS IS ONLY A SUGGESTION, I DID IT YEARS AGO AND IT WORKED FINE.... DON'T use hay..it decays! Accidently did that once... From then on..I used the Straw..which lasted all fall/winter and spring... Then I'd brake it down and used it for mulch in the garden in the later part of spring and summer. In the Fall I'd till it back into the garden and purchase new straw for the dog and start all over again. Please remember, I'm not stating this is a solution...or the proper solution... I'm only telling you what I had to do to keep my dog warm..since he wasn't a house dog.
Yes american bulldogs are not thick coated but they are thick skinned.They have high pain tolerance,adaptable to heat and cold with no problem.These are not wussy dogs.Put a warm blanket in his dog house and thats all he needs.You will see on a cold day he will curl up in a ball like its his nest.If he eats the blanket then I suggest straw not hay. We have been in the breed for 11 years and thats always worked for our outside dogs.I would not suggest heat lamps at all because they could cause a fire or the bulldog could chew the cord and that wouldnt be a good result :(
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bigrigbulldogs you are right about the thick skin/surviving. I would never recommend a blanket, the dog could get it wrapped up in the chain and be stuck outside and freeze to death and the blanket doesn't do much to keep them warm. It absorbs wetness and will stay wet or freeze if its too cold not keeping the dog as warm as stray would.
The Alano Espanol as short fur but is capable of surviving outdoors in extreme temperatures. They are a very rugged working breed and live almost solely outdoors in their native country. I've also read they are almost impossible to house train and do much better outside. Not in a kennel or fenced yard, in an area where they can really run -acres of fun. They don't like being couped up inside too much, even less then couped in a small yard. So some short haired breeds can do great outdoors.
But it sounds wrong that they have a high pain tolerance, just because they one doesn't mean you should hurt them. Besides that a high pain tolerance and cold don't have too much in common. The feeling of temperature is different then simply pain. They could freeze to death. My APBTs have a high pain tolerance but I'd rather them not get hurt. Only if they are working, defending themselves or protecting me would I be "okay" with them getting hurt. Which means I'd accept it but not be casual about it and still show concern. I mean I've got a high pain tolerance I still don't like the pain I just deal with it. A lot of people are like OMG doesn't that hurt but I tend to ignore and black out pain which I've done since childhood. Do I still care if I get hurt? Um yes pain is pain.
Take the dog out of the runner, and give him some exercise like a walk, let him interact with the family, then bring him in the house when it's cold. He will be too tired to tear up the house.
I assume that your A.B.D. is white? I have a Am bulldog pitbull mix and she has very pink (almost albino) type skin. She is very sensitive to heat and the cold. (And I live in the Arizona Desert.)I can't imagine her being out in freezing temps.
pitpat2az that is good advice for most dogs, but some won't be too tired after miles of running and constant hours of play, they would still be way hyper and probably "tear up the house". I think they should at least TRY other methods. I still think crate training is a good idea or blocking off one room? Giving the a room with toys to play in and not much else in that room to be torn up. There is at least somethings they can put effort in in they haven't tried yet.
There should be absolutely no need for your dog to get cold this winter. Where are you located? You can most certainly use a heat lamp as long as it's not hanging to low, and the cord is well hidden. Your dog could have an insulated dog house in the garage.
I strongly think that the house would be the best. Even the garage would be better.
What I do for my outdoor wild cats I have an insulated dog house and put a flap on the door. I then bought an animal heater for the floor of the house. I check it daily! The heater is safe for dog houses. They also have a heated food and water bowl.
I have wooden dog houses in my outdoor runs and even put them in the indoor/outdoor runs because the dogs like to have a place to sleep in a den like environment. My kennel building is heated, but when I did have to use outdoor runs, I put in heating pads. Valley Vet sells a metal heating pad that is actually designed for rabbit hutches. It can be used safely with straw or hay. If you use hay, DO NOT USE ALFALFA. When it breaks down it emmits something that can cause dogs a blood related issue. The cord on these metal pads is partially wrapped to prevent chewing, but you can always run the rest of it through some conduit from the hardware store. When I had a stupid kennel employee, she left dogs outside one night when the temp dipped to 35 below. I did not have one dog harmed. I of coarse would have never left dogs outside in thie type of temps. None of my dogs are in the outside runs at night in the winter anymore.
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Some dogs may do great in the bitter cold. American Bulldogs may looks all mighty tough but they are highly sensitive dogs. They are sensitive to heat and cold, they're predisposed to hip and knee poblems, skin problems, very short coat. They easily get cold before a long coat dog. It's best to keep the dog as warm as possible in the winter and cool in the summer.
The pain tolerance statement was added as an example of the breed not to be taken the wrong way.I didnt write it for it to be twisted into a way that Im cruel to my dogs in the winter. My dogs are kept in kennels with doghouses filled with straw in the winter.The straw is changed and checked every day or every other day.I love my babies and never would let them suffer in bitter cold.If it gets in the minus degrees my dogs come into the horse barn.Where they take advantage of the luxury of a horse stall. I should have made my statement about the blanket clear.I only use blankets on my older dogs if they are in a roofed kennel so no wetness is involved.I only use blankets for 2 of my older dogs because its softer on the elbows and hips and of course they dont chew it up.... I would just keep an eye on your male and bring him in the garage on very cold days.With him being that big the cold does do a number on joints so watch for stiffnes...
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