Wow...cool pics everyone :thumbup: I love seeing different ideas for houses and kennels. And what a beautiful lookout pic Jeano ;) Someday (I wish sooner rather than later) I really want to build a shed sort of thing that would be an enclosed area for him to hang out when he's not in his dog house. In fact, maybe I'll start pricing it out for next year....we already have a number 1 project for the spring, but think I'll make this number 2.
His dog house is pretty great for cold weather...kind of a slightly different version of the one Jeano showed in the pic. I have cedar chips inside and he's well protected from the wind. I just don't want him to have to lay in there all day/night if it's way too cold. I know they sleep a lot, but would like him to be able to stretch out a little more for periods of time. I guess kinda what Mordanna was saying in regards to the rain...somewhere other than his house where he can be protected from the elements.
The wind chill issue - today is a great example. Later this afternoon, it's supposed to be around 20 degrees F, which is quite tropical for him and me :cool: But....the windchill temp will be about 4 degrees at that time. Such a big difference that I don't know which one to look at closer. I know he can handle being in his dog house at the lower end, but I'm not sure if that's too cold for hanging out/stretching out outside of the house (due to the windchill).
Right now I've got him inside until it gets at least above zero F; mostly so I can hang out with him and let him move around a little without being confined to the dog house (which I know he'll stay in full time below zero). He also handles temp changes fairly well, probably in part because during the work week he's in a car with me. Although I compromise and keep the temp lower than I want so he can be acclimated, and the windows down partially in back, I think it allows him to adjust better than some dogs to coming inside. I also have his room in our lower house level, which tends to be cooler.
And the heating ideas are very neat, although not for this pup :crazy: The only items I can have in his kennel are his house and water bucket. And he's even chewed a little on the wind baffle inside the dog house. I can't even do a heated water bowl because he'd chew on the cord....so I just make frequent trips outside on our days off to keep fresh water for him.