There are many pet owners today who are seriously starting to consider providing an outdoor dog kennel for their pet. There are many reasons for this, including a family member with pet allergies and wanting to allow the dog to be outside as much as possible. However, before you commit to using an outdoor dog kennel, there are a number of things to consider.
Changes in the Weather
If you’re considering using an outdoor dog kennel for your pet, it is essential that you consider how the weather and climate might change in your locality. While having your dog sit outside for hours on end in the fall or early spring might not seem like a big deal, remember that they will also be in the elements during the extremes. Unless the dog has been raised outside from a puppy, and they have the breeding necessary to withstand the extremes that they can face, chances are their bodies will not be able to handle the changes in weather. If after the considering how the weather can affect them, and you still want to do it, be sure to provide them with an outdoor dog kennel that supplies them with a dry, warm place to sleep, as well as regular fresh food within the kennel.
Dogs are naturally pack animals, and they need proper socialization and companionship to remain good family pets. Having an outdoor dog kennel can, in some cases, provide a social barrier between you and your pet. Sooner or later, you will have to go inside and leave your pet outside in his kennel. If you choose to use an outdoor dog kennel, be prepared to perhaps have more than one dog to maintain the pack mentality and social aspects of a dog’s life.
Depending on where you live, wild animals that could potentially harm you or your family pet are something you definitely need to consider when using an outdoor dog kennel. Animals such as coyotes, bears, wolves, and even other stray dogs have been known to attack and injure family pets that were in their outdoor dog kennel. Therefore, be sure to check regularly and promptly fix any damage to the outdoor dog kennel, since wild animals can use those defects to their advantage and gain entry into the kennel.
Whether or not you choose to utilized an outdoor dog kennel, there are many things to consider about the health and welfare of your pet. After considering all the factors, good points, and drawbacks if you still wish to make use of an outdoor dog kennel, make sure it is the best choice for you and your pet.