We have a dog that lives outside, in our barn. He has a 12x12 stall and access to a 12x 100 foot run.
He’s an outside dog because he’s not safe around other animals. We looked into rehoming him but couldn’t find anyone who would deal with his needs. He does get walked daily on a leash on our farm, although we can run him loose in the arena with the doors shut. I am aware I’ll be judged but he can’t be around other animals if you want them alive and he seems happy.
My question is about winter care. He wears a blanket, which he hates. We have tried to crate him in the heated lounge at night during cold snaps and he tore two crates to pieces. We have tried securing the other animals and allowing him free access to the lounge at night but he will not use it and slept in the hay loft. We tried locking him in the lounge but that didn’t go well for the lounge. We have tried putting an insulated dog house in his stall but he removed the blankets and doesn’t use it.
Right now we bed his stall deep in winter with straw, give him a dog bed, and his blanket. Any other ideas to keep him warm? He’s got a short coat and he’s fairly fat.