Win a copy of For the Love of Paw Paws this week in the Fruit Trees forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Suspended blanket keeps dog warm and shrinks a large doghouse.

 
master pollinator
Posts: 8755
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
718
  • Likes 5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Most dogs will not learn to cover themselves with a blanket, but a blanket may be suspended from the roof of their dog house from all four sides. Allow it to drape onto the bed in the center. This is an effective way to shrink a doghouse which is too large.

 Most dogs will learn to lift up the blanket with their snout as they enter. They then work themselves into a comfortable position under the blanket.

There's not much risk of entanglement. Certainly not comparable to being tied up.
............
 This same concept can be used on a back porch or on an old couch that's under cover. My dog liked her soft couch. When combined with a comfortable bed, this keeps them much warmer. Drafts are reduced.

 Just about any bright dog, will figure out how to use a suspended blanket. I only used it with one dog. She figured it out right away.

It would probably work for goats, if they don't shred the blanket.
 
Dale Hodgins
master pollinator
Posts: 8755
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
718
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Another thought on this. Raw wool or old sweaters could be stuffed into the roof, before the last edge of the blanket is attached.
 
Well don't expect me to do the dishes! This ad has been cleaned for your convenience:
Switching from electric heat to a rocket mass heater reduces your carbon footprint as much as parking 7 cars
http://woodheat.net
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!