patrick canidae wrote:Digging into clay is going to create a damp root cellar effect. Your dogs aren't cabbages!
patrick canidae wrote: I have had dogs outside through plenty of -25 to -40 weather in the past, and have some customers with dogs where -60 F happens often.
Dry and out of wind and good coat development with good nutrition are key. I make a substantial portion of my income from and with dogs.
patrick canidae wrote: A cheap, easy dog house is a dead chest freezer. Remove lid, cut 1/3 of door off, move hinge from piece you cut off over to remaining door so it still functions. Lay it on the front side. Swing the top open and install a 1x10 plank along the front inside to hold in deep bedding when necessary. Only a few lag bolts or screws so you can remove the plank and spent bedding very quickly. Leave a 1/2" gap between bottom of the board and inside insulation/liner so melting snow and condensate can run out below it. Cut off, pull off or other wise remove the freezer seal on the front(now bottom) edge to allow drainage. Leave the seal around the back and sides in place.
Screw lid down with 2 or 3 long lags through lid into freezer. Put something over sawed of lid edge to prevent scraping dogs. 1x4 boards to frame it are good enough. Deck screws hold them in place just dandy. Add a semi truck mud flap or other wind resistant freezer strips for door covering.