Q&A: How to make dog crate warm while camping?

Question by mkt: How to make warm while ?
Our dog is an inside dog, he's had it pretty good – but when camping the temp could drop to 40 degrees & that's COLD for us…and him.

We'll bring his crate because it's his sanctuary but it's metal & open. Should I cover it with something or add bedding of something specific for warmth?
His crate will be inside the tent – but it will still be cold!

Best answer:

Answer by Elena
Make sure the crate is big enough, like two or three times the size of your dog, and pack it full of bedding and insulation. You can add a bale of hay to the crate for insulation. Hay is wonderful for animals in cold weather. You can put a wooden board in front of the crate to keep the wind from blowing directly on your dog.

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    • A good dog is a trained dog
    • August 29, 2012

    get a large pillow and let him sleep on that. wrap it in some blankets.
    if you can wrap the outside of the crate in a large blanket also so it stops the wind getting in. let a bit of the outside blanket fall over the opening to stop the wind coming in the front.

    I found a wool underlay at my local charity store. works wonders!

    Good luck

    • Adreinne
    • August 29, 2012

    add beding and cover it with a trap or a blanket

    • Cash
    • August 29, 2012

    I had the same problem. You know those patio chairs with the cushions in them? Like the long chairs that you can lie in? Well I took the cushion and it wrapped around 3 walls of my kennel on the inside of it. It kept the dog warm, as well as any wind from blowing into the cage. On top of that you should cover the top with a thick blanket of some sort. Plus, give your dog plenty of blankets to get on top of as well as under.

    It works..hope this helps

    • MamaBas
    • August 29, 2012

    Drafts are the most dangerous thing, for a dog. Yes, by all means take a cover for the top and three sides. If he’s well fed, and has good deep bedding (fleeces?), and has a reasonably thick coat, I’d think he’ll be okay – he could also snuggle up with you for warmth? If he’s something like a Whippet, I suggest you buy him a fleece coat to wear overnight too.

    • Happy Feet
    • August 29, 2012

    Well if your dog is not used to cold than you should put alot of bedding in the crate and put a blanket over the crate. But if you have room in your tent then maybe you should put the dog in the tent with you so he will be warn under a nice warm blanket. Or you could just buy another crate they has barley any holes in it.

    • Laurie
    • August 29, 2012

    Yes, put a piece of foam covered with a warm fleece like pad on the bottom and cover the crate with a somewhat heavy material, like an additional sleeping bag.

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