First of all, this isn't about gun dogs but lurchers. But it is more a question of dog care, breed regardless. I've posted it here as this section of the forum seems to have more discussion about dog care that the lurcher forum.
Well the nights seem to be getting colder and so it's time to ask a question I've been pondering for a while..
A bit of back ground first. I've had dogs since I was a kid but they have always been pets and in the house. Got my first lurcher 4 years ago and have loved every minute since. Built him a really posh kennel, but didn't bother heating it as he was to sleep inside at night.
Got my self another pup last Christmas and he's turning into a great dog as well. Despite the kennel having two beds and runs they both love being in the same one and its pleanty big enough. So they share. They now sleep out at night as they love doing so. Don't know why but they would choose the kennel over sleeping in the house.
So I've no experience of dogs sleeping outside when the temperature is near freezing as it will be in a month or so. Should I heat the kennel or will they provide enough heat for themselves? The actual bed box is fully insulated and they both snuggle up in there. Will that be enough?
Any advice welcome. Also if you do think I need to heat it, how should it be heated? Its an all wooden kennel.
I was thinking about linning all the wooden wall sections with kingspan.