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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-22-2007, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Advise on Gryff staying home alone

We have a nice sized sunroom where we keep Gryff's crate. Whenever we leave the house for an extended period, we close him in that room. He treats the entire room like his crate - he has never had an accident in that room even when we are away for 4 hours.

The problem is that room isn't really heated. It gets cold in there in the winter. It is completely closed in and has a heating vent, it's just not well insulated. Would you feel comfortable putting your dog in there for a few hours at a time in the winter (we live in New York)? I am trying to think of some solutions because it really is a great room to make sure he doesn't chew on anything or get into trouble and he likes being in there. It has lots of windows and he has plenty of room.

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Is there a way to put a small electric heater in there up and out of the way? That might help.


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I third the electric heater idea. I wouldn't leave him alone in a cold room even for short periods of time. Havanese may look like they take cold well since they have a lot of hair, but they get cold quite easily from what I understand.


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Is there a way you could leave door to the rest of the house open- put in a baby gate and leave the door open? Electric heaters always scare me-my dad is a fire chief!

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I second the idea of leaving the door to the rest of the house open and putting up a gate.I too would be a little leary of using an electric heater.
I still have to put Duncan in a pen when I leave him,which is usually about 5 hours while I'm at work.
Do you have an expen you can set up somewhere in your house?


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Is there a way you could leave door to the rest of the house open- put in a baby gate and leave the door open? Electric heaters always scare me-my dad is a fire chief!

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Yeah, after I typed that I realized that my husband would NEVER go for that, he's neurotic about "safety". He gets mad at me if I leave the dryer on.

Search for where the cold air is coming from and see if you can "block some out".

There is a fireplace in my kitchen and it isn't insulated underneath and we can feel a cold breeze out from underneath it, so we always stuff towels around the bottome of it. It looks pretty ghetto, but it helps keep the room warm. If my hubby would only go insulate the darned thing. lol

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Ivy, If I were you I would try to find another room to gate him in, what about the kitchen? As an insurance agent I can tell you DO NOT use a space heater. Fire Fire Fire-you would never forgive yourself. How about a laundrey room??

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Ivy, If I were you I would try to find another room to gate him in, what about the kitchen? As an insurance agent I can tell you DO NOT use a space heater. Fire Fire Fire-you would never forgive yourself. How about a laundrey room??

I'm not a insurance agent, but I agree with Laurie....I would be to scared that something would go wrong..and I would never forgive myself.

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My thinking about a space heater is that I would use it to warm up the room before we left the house. Get it nice and toasty in there. By the time we get home, it might just be getting cold. I would also put him in a sweater.

We could use a baby gate, but I don't think it would really make much difference. The laundry room is really tiny, so that's not really an option.

The problem with the room isn't a draft coming from someplace. It is the fact that the idiot who owned the house before us built the room right on the ground without insulating the floor.

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you could put a heating pad under the soft part of his bed...then that would keep him warm and you wouldn't have to worry about the heater issue..
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