Cairn and Cold Weather
Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:35 AM
My only concern is that during the cold New England winters I like to keep my gas bill low by turning the heat down when nobody is home. Sometimes I actually turn it completely off to save money and energy. I am wondering what other Cairn owners have to say about how the breed reacts to cold temperatures. Misty will be kept indoors at all time but I am worried about how the cold would affect her while nobody else is in the home.
Please, I welcome all your comments. Thank you.
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:54 AM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:59 AM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:26 AM
Angus was a little puppy last winter in Pennsylvania and he was fine. This next year he will have his full adult coat. I plan not to do any stripping or anything major to his coat till spring. Those lucky cairns have two fur coats to keep them warm!
Watch out for her feet. They can get balls of snow between the pads and this is uncomfortable. Dry her off with a towel when you come in and she should be OK.
Maybe also want to make sure her crate or sleeping place is away from drafts. I have Angus's crate in a warm corner in the winter. When it dips down towards 0 degrees I put a cover over his crate.
Good luck and enjoy Misty!
Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:29 AM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:58 AM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:09 PM
She'll be fine in the winter. I keep my heat pretty low, so in order to accommodate an elderly cat, I got one of those plug-in cat beds. It heats up only when the cat lies in it, and then only to the temperature of a warm lap. Guess who also liked to snuggle in it? Mr. Zekey, who can't seem to get enough creature comforts (never enough pillows for that one!). You could try something like that, but there's no guarantee that Misty will actually sleep in it!
Posted 18 August 2012 - 03:41 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 03:58 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:58 PM
There are loads of dog beds out there that either have heating elements, or are designed to convert the dog's own warmth into heat for beds. Here's a few examples: http://www.theuncomm...CFYPrKgodDmEAiA I think Petsmart has some too.
You can also put a cover over her crate.
My house is usually pretty cool in the winter, and Addie still demands (yes demands, as in barking until I do it) a fan at night. These little guys are built for the coldest parts of Scotland.
In terms of letting her roam free and not wanting her to get into things, I think if you can give her free roam in one room of the house that has less for her to get into, it would give her controlled freedom. If she's anything like most Cairns, the whole house for extended periods of time might just be too much temptation.
Congrats (and thanks) on your new addition.
Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:30 PM
I agree with the others that she will be just fine in her crate and will tolerate cool temperatures in the house. As I'm sure you know, these tough, hardy little dogs are originally from Scotland, known for its harsh, cold climate. However, you might want to consider covering the top & sides of the crate with a small blanket or large towel, to keep possible drafts out. Misty's body heat will probably make it cozy inside the crate and it will be like a den for her, which most dogs like!
You may not want to go to the expense, but an X-Pen attached to her crate would give Misty more room to roam, but still contain her. Of course, a baby gate would help keep her confined to one room, if you are able to remove anything from that room that she might damage or abuse. As to the fact that Misty will be alone all day, if my experience with my 2 cairns is a guide, they sleep most of the day when we're gone.
Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:38 PM
They are tough little dogs.
Edited by Idaho Cairns, 18 August 2012 - 08:39 PM.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:27 AM
if you explore the site a bit you will find many strategies for dealing with noise, mischief and unhappiness when home alone. ideally one would condition a dog from puppyhood to deal with the fact that sometimes we are home alone, and the sky doesn't fall. television or radio, partial confinement (to a safe room like a bathroom or a laundryroom, if you think best), and keeping a fairly regular schedule for at least a time should help. make the first priority protecting your property and peace of mind, and then slowly expand misty's zone of independence, as you think she is ready.
Edited by pkcrossley, 19 August 2012 - 05:32 AM.
Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:13 AM