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The cold begins, do you kennel inside or outside?

enero 12, 2021

Pampering the puppy at home is inevitable. The newcomer becomes the center of the master’s concerns about adequate nutrition, the best care of the coat, the most suitable play, the correct psychophysical development and so on. Everything is aimed at its well-being.

The dog and the cat become an integral part of the family and of the routine that has been built over time. Too often though in everyday life they become part of wrong behaviors and therefore responsible for the misconduct of the beloved paw friend (making him eat while hiding under the set table or making him sleep in the same bed, for example).

He needs his lair

The good owner should guarantee his furry friend a safe haven where he can take refuge, a place where he can feel safe from the world. Yes, just like his owner needs a space to rest and relax, a refuge of his own. The big truth is this place is not the master’s bed (sleeping with the animal is not an act of love, indeed!).

Does the paw friend live indoors or outdoors?

In this sense, in fact, it would be useful first to choose whether to let the animal live inside or outside the house (making it live inside is a more demanding choice in terms of cleaning and supervision of the shared spaces while keeping it in the garden could expose it to various parasites and atmospheric agents), and then assure it the shelter it deserves. Once the gender choice has been made, it would be better to keep it constant over time that is, it would not be advisable to let the animal sleep outside just when most of its time is consumed inside the house, for example. Because? Let’s say that since pets are used to take naps at different times of the day they would not be able to understand the reasons for the removal.

So, on what basis should the choice be made? The parameters are various and can range from the needs of the owner to the size of the reference environment, from the possible presence of people allergic to the characteristics of the animal and so on. Basically everyone should choose the one they think is right. However, one question that cannot be opposed is the presence of the kennel, the choice of such an indispensable ‘accessory’. What features should the ideal den have? First of all, the kennel must meet strategic criteria. The fido doesn’t care about aesthetics or color.

Indoor kennels

When the dog lives indoors, his den must have a sufficiently large space to allow him to lie down comfortably; it must be soft and comfortable and so on. Make way for camp beds and cozy baskets or beds in eco-leather and soft fabric. The kennel should be positioned in areas with little wind or where the sun does not shine. Cats, on the other hand, while resting in singular positions and niches, they appreciate a personal space where they can elegantly curl up to sleep or to observe the flow of daily life. Their ideal kennel should be essentially warm and soft (wicker baskets with cushions, soft cots, sofas and the like). The kennel should be placed keeping in mind its habits or if the cat shows preference for places near the window and the balcony or for secluded places.

Outdoor kennels

When the animal lives outside, its kennel must have an entrance door capable of simplifying entry; it should consist of thermal materials (like wood) able to guarantee good insulation from frost; it should be positioned in a raised position with respect to the ground so as not to make it perceive the cold and so on.

Warning! Winter is coming

However, the approach of winter pushes the owners to behave incorrectly, that is, they transfer the animal from the garden into the house (won’t it be too cold outside?). In fact, with the arrival of the winter season, the owner must not give in to the temptation to change the habits of the four-legged friend.

At the most it could put into practice some precautions aimed at eliminating those changes in temperature that cause chronic ailments and health problems: a diet capable of compensating for the rapid loss of energy reserves (the lower temperatures burn more calories), a frequent change of the water placed outside the kennel, a regular brushing that allows a renewal of the undercoat, clothing suitable for the temperatures and so on.

Choosing to keep the pet out of the domestic habitat refers to greater attention and constant specific care (certainly does not mean abandoning it to itself).

The a priori choice of the owner, however, should bear in mind that not all paw friends are able to cope with the harsh winter temperatures, such as puppies and the elderly or short-haired breeds and therefore unable to maintain the heat necessary to withstand the cold. THE dogs and cats that live outdoors must have a dry and cozy den, a place where you can find refuge from the elements. The kennels of these animals, being more subject to parasite infestation, need a greater antiparasitic action; they must have a sloping roof capable of preventing the entry of rain; or again, they must be placed in cool places in summer, warm in winter and not very noisy.

Families who adopt a pet they are faced with the difficult choice of kennel. What should be evaluated are not the shape and color but the material, size and location.

Do you kennel in or out?

In this sense, the owner should never have doubts or ask himself questions such as: does the cold begin, does he kennel in or kennel out? He should make a choice and respect it by creating optimal conditions for the animal. Changing the dog’s or cat’s habits could be disorienting; it is not healthy to alternate the moments in which it is kept in the garden with moments in which it remains at home. The best choice is to carefully evaluate the needs of the family, the size of the shared spaces and the needs of the animal (based mainly on breed, age and size).

Finding the ideal kennel is not something taken for granted, quite the contrary. The paw friend’s lair represents his personal kingdom, the place where he rests and stays a little quiet.