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Since 2005 Dancing Creek Farm has provided the highest standard of care in the dog industry.  Our 32 acres have been designed to provide long­term care, short­term dog boarding, grooming, dog training, dog retirement and holistic dog nutrition.  Our goal is clear – To provide love and support for families and their dogs.  

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CAN DOGS LIVE OUTSIDE IN THE WINTER?

If you died suddenly what would happen to your pets? Have you made arrangements with a friend or family member to insure the welfare of your beloved family member? Can they afford…If you died suddenly what would happen to your pets? Have you made arrangements with a friend or family member to insure the welfare of your beloved family member? Can they afford…If you died suddenly what would happen to your pets? Have you made arrangements with a friend or family member to insure the welfare of your beloved family member? Can they afford…If you died suddenly what would happen to your pets? Have you made arrangements with a friend or family member to insure the welfare of your beloved family member? Can they affor BUILDING A DOG HOUSE

This article is intended to help you do this. Here at Dancing Creek Farm we offer long term dog boarding year around. Our winter temps can easily drop down to 20 degrees or lower. Our dog cabins are heavily insulated and have both heat and AC. Of course you might not be able to afford or have access to have a full size dog cabin. If you are handy here are 10 FREE DOG HOUSE PLANS. You can build a wooden dog house but you will need to insulate the inside with home insulation. You will also need to cover the insulation with plywood to make it safe for the dog. Installing insulation is really not that difficult, however you will need a circular saw to cut the plywood and a drill to screw screws into the studs to cover the insulation.

BUYING A DOG HOUSE

Can certainly buy good dog houses. Dog Houses click that link for some great options. Dog Houses come in all sizes and prices. Igloo makes one of the most popular dog houses for extreme winter weather, however I don’t feel it’s enough when temps drop below freezing. If you want to insure your dogs safety and comfort you want to want also purchase or make a dog door to help break the wind. At the farm we make our dog doors using doormats and 2x4s, however Igloo makes a plastic door that fits on their doors. You also want a heated outdoor dog mat or bed.

K&H Lectro-Soft Heated Outdoor Bed, Medium is a great outdoor bed for dog houses or sheds.

K&H Lectro-Soft Igloo Style Dog Bed, Large 17.5-Inch by 30-Inch, 60-Watts is made for Igloo Dog Houses.

You must use a heated dog bed that is made for the outdoors. You should also protect the wire as best you can. If your dog chews beds this might not be a good option for you.

Hound Heater Deluxe with Cord Protector is a very cool mini heater furnace that is made to install in small pet housing. Amazingly it works very well and if your dog rubs against it they won’t get burned. Its actually pretty amazing. You should still have a blanket or bed on the floor of the dog house and a dog door to break the wind.

KEEPING YOUR DOG HEALTHY IN WINTER

All animals can become dehydrated in winter. In fact dogs might drink more in the winter then they do in the summer.

Heated Dog Bowls Click Here These are extremely important for all outdoor pets. Be sure to change twice a day to insure fresh clean access to water. The heated bowl will keep it from freezing but it won’t keep the dirt out of it. Changing your dogs water a few times a day encourages your dog to drink more water. Drinking more water is healthy for your dogs organs and over all health.

Grizzly Pollock Oil Supplement for Dogs, 64-Ounce is the fish oil we use at the farm. We actually increase fish oil as it starts to get cold. The Omega 3 is great for joint and immunity. It will also give your dog a nice healthy thick coat. I also increase vitamin A by including sweet potatoes or carrots.

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, Hi Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison, 30-Pound Bag I am a huge advocate for proper dog food. Feeding your dog a grain free healthy diet will help your dog live longer and stronger. Taste of the Wild is the number one selling dog food on Amazon for a reason. You don’t need to feed as much food and taking grains out of a dogs diet will often take care of most skin and allergy issues. If 47.00 for 30 pounds is out of your budget cut back a little and add carrots, sweet potatoes and even romaine lettuce. If you need help figuring out a budget I am happy to help. Just email me at tamara@dancingcreekfarm.com

Please please keep your pets safe, warm and a beloved part of your family. They deserve the best care possible.

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