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Q: What would you use for bedding in an outside dog kennel that is all sand?

April 27, 2009 | By Lori B. | 10 answers | Expired: 2056 days ago

Lori B.

Dog house is on slab, area around it is sand.

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Jennifer
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Apr 28, 2009

I like straw over shavings. Less is more compared to the straw vs the shavings. Also less messy.

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Mary M.
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Apr 28, 2009

I had a five dog kennel outside. It had concrete floor and our doghouses were built on legs so they were up off the ground to allow air flow underneath. For bedding I always put down a good layer of cedar shavings for insect repellent and then topped it off with good clean wheat straw. I was really picky about the straw so it didn't break down fast and turn to dust. I never used any type cloth because of holding moisture.

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Retiredvettech
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Apr 28, 2009

I am a firm believer in cedar shavings for several reasons. Cedar shavings are absorbant, seasonal friendly, smell wonderful, repel fleas, retain moderate heat and breathe in the warmer months. More often than not you are sure to find your K-9 pal nestled in comfortably catching some z'ss! Available at your local feed store and Wal-Mart.

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Norrie
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Apr 28, 2009

Kuranda makes a raised cot type bed that would be good in hot weather or put a blanket on it in colder weather. It isn't cheap but washes off well and good for arthritic dogs too. Google it or check ebay.

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Curlyqdina
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Apr 27, 2009

did you ever see the bed for dogs that are like a hammock.. they are off of the ground and made kind of out of pvc pipe.... they are nylon on top and are about 3 inches off the ground... pounds have them.... you need to make sure that your dog does not over heat in the summer... it is very common

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Stephanie D.
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Apr 27, 2009

We always used straw in our outside dog houses in the winter and cooler months. In the summer a little straw and maybe a blanket. The straw stayed pretty clean she just use to push it over to one side and curl up in it.

Good luck!

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Jillian
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Apr 27, 2009

straw w/a blanket on top. use heavy, absorbent materials like fleece when its cold, and lightweight materials like cotton when its hot.
dogs are pack animals though and shouldn't be kept outside all the time, especially in extreme temperatures. dogs can tolerate about as fairly to weather as we can. if its too hot or cold for you, its too hot or cold for your dog. there are also mental ramifications that come w/keeping your dog separate from their pack. nervousness, over excitability, and anxiety to name the most common.

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m s.
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Apr 27, 2009

Maybe you can create another floor -- raised-- inside the dog house --- find out what's best to fill in the gap between the raised floor and the bottom, original floor -- then, of course, what's best for right underneath the dog and then, over that, probably some kind of soft covering.

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Mary C.
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Apr 27, 2009

Straw is a good bedding because it is hollow and insulates however being in sand you may have issues with fleas, maybe you could use cedar chips, they repel fleas and other insects.

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di
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di

Apr 27, 2009

I use a throw blanket that can be washed, and it helps control the fleas. I have used for hounds cedar shavings that can be bought at the coop or ag store that is commercial bedding for livestock and horse stalls. I would stay away from straw. Cedar or pine shavings seem to help detour fleas. The sand around it could house sand fleas, so be sure to watch that and make sure drainage is good.

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