Sorry LifeofRiley, but if I tried to convinse my dogs that those dog houses are all that great and that they had to sleep in them, they would pack their little hobo bags and hit the road. My dogs don't even like to go camping.
i have american bulldogs and their is no way they should be outside in the winter, my babies hate it when it rains they stand by the door wanting in after i just let them out to go potty. they want to be by their owners not left out on the end of a chain and forgotton about.
how long does it usually take for testicles to both come down?
Those dog houses look ok? Has anyone used anything like that though? Ours are better then that and warmer I would think. Those look ok warm(as in the dog would live), but not cozy warm(the dog is comfortable).
At 110 pounds I'm thinking your "little guy" is full grown or close to it? If that's the case & he's been an outside dog his entire life that would explain his excited behavior when he's allowed inside for only very short & occasional periods of time. Had he grown up being an inside dog he would have learned to settle down in the home quickly. He can still become a great house dog, though, although there will be an adjustment period in which you'll all have to be very, VERY patient. But after everyone settles in, he sees you lounging on the couch in the evenings, etc., I'd bet that he would soon settle down considerably too. It just seems to me it would be a vicious cycle, he gets too excited when he's let inside so he spends more time outside so he gets all the more excited when he's allowed back inside so out he goes again. He really does belong inside, though, & I hope you can all be patient enough to make it work.
Well i have a Pit Bull Lab mix and he is outside all the time. Some night, yes, i bring him in but he does just fine. He has a wooden dog house, 2 big blankets, and pad under him and he is ready to go. But now with a smaller dog i dont know if that is the same thing or not. I would at least put him in the garage or like they are suggesting, get him crate trained. Some people on here think it is the boggest crime in the world to have an animal outside, even in the SUMMER! So dont feel bad if there are any "rude" remarks as to your owner technique! Good Luck!
Since the answers to this question are so obvious, and there are a few baiting comments, like 'plastic dog house' (we all know plastic has no insulation value)may be this was just a thread designed to get everyone going, which it did.
I have never understood why anyone would INTENTIONALLY get a dog and put him/her outside to live. First, I have to ask, what's the point in getting a dog if your not making him part of your family and treating him as one of your children? Yes, there are WORKING breeds, but humans who are expected to work outside go home after 8 or 12 hours with breaks in between their shift and aren't expected to live outside in freezing temps. I have a neighbor with a black Lab that he keeps chained up 24/7 in all weather ( not even a fenced yard for the dog to run freely), and it kills me to see this as I let my dogs out (one AB that gets cold and shivers IN THE HOUSE and one Golden Retriever) to run in the yard. Seriously, I think you should find that beautiful creature a home with someone who will treat him like family. That breed is very baby like, they are loving and needy and whine a lot, so where people get they ARE TOUGH, I have no clue. Everyone in my husband's family has an American Bulldog and they are all the same, gentle, scared of their own shadow, shed a lot, get cold easily, have many skin and food allergies, ear problems, eye skin over growth issues, AND are EXTREMELY NEEDY. People need to do their research before choosing dogs because of how intimidating they LOOK. My Retriever is the protector and the brains out of the two, doesn't look intimidating at all, yet everyone that sees my huge muscular, thick chested and big headed American Bulldog thinks he will eat them... So not the case with this breed AT ALL. You should've gotten an Alaskan Malamute, Husky, or any other breed with a thick full coat of fur, it's not like you need to worry about the hair on your furniture or anything.
Funny, this very site has all the breeds listed in alphabetical order. I clicked on American Bulldog to see what it said about the breed and the very last paragraph states these dogs "are indoor dogs that do not do well with climate change".... Seriously, you only have to have one of these dogs 15 mins to see that. As a puppy, my boy was always snuggled up with me and shivered if the air conditioner was set to 68. Just saying, DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE GETTING ANY ANIMAL... it's not their fault if you choose incorrectly.
Well I think that bringing in a dog is great. But at the same time dogs were outside critters well before people started bringing them inside. seems everyone has an opinion on the matter but some should keep it to them self. I have had dogs all my life and never have I lost one due to cold weather. Most dogs are smarter than most of the people that posted comments on here. That's a fact. Dogs and cats adapt to what ever. If a person want to bring a pet home and leave it outside so be it. I use my dogs for catching wild hogs and at the end of hellacious battles and they have had there buts kicked there taken home cleaned up fed put in there kennel. the next day I check on them no matter how cold it is there just as happy as if they were inside. A smart dog owner will know what to do to take care of there dog. So when someone comes on here and ask a ? don't make them fill like crap instead offer advice that may help them. To the person that posted about people that come on here and ask ?'s and don't come back, maybe comments like yours is the reason the leave and don't come back. Stop being "jerks" that's not what this country needs rite now.
***Edited By: ronpakter on 12/25/2012 6:11:45 PM*** Reason: correct some spelling
Smooth coated dogs have no business being left outside with only a plastic doghouse in freezing weather. Try crating him in the house except for potty breaks. or a heated doghouse. They sell them, you know, at the very least a heated outdoor bed. Build him a larger shed type house and put a heat lamp in it. Just build it tall so he can't get to it, and a doggie door to keep the heat in.