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Keeping our puppy warm

We're now 3 weeks away from bringing home our puppy! The nights are getting colder and I'm a little concerned about keeping our little guy warm. Our house goes down to around 53 degrees at night (we like it cold for sleeping) and he'll be in his crate. Our last dog slept in our bed with us, but my husband is determined that our new puppy won't get into that habit--I had our previous dog 12 years before the husband. Our puppy will have a crate pad, blanket, and a snuggle puppy (we can put a small heat source in the toy). Should he have another heat source? He'll only be 8.5 weeks when he comes home. Will he be okay with that or should we start looking at heating pads? Thank you for any suggestions! --Katie
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I put a blanket in Ludo's crate. When he came home initially I used a hot water bottle wrapped in the blanket so he would feel he was up against his mommy. I would not want to use anything electrical. Seems like a lot could go wrong. Just make sure your house isn't too cold in general, too. Congrats on your new puppy!

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We're now 3 weeks away from bringing home our puppy! The nights are getting colder and I'm a little concerned about keeping our little guy warm. Our house goes down to around 53 degrees at night (we like it cold for sleeping) and he'll be in his crate. Our last dog slept in our bed with us, but my husband is determined that our new puppy won't get into that habit--I had our previous dog 12 years before the husband. Our puppy will have a crate pad, blanket, and a snuggle puppy (we can put a small heat source in the toy). Should he have another heat source? He'll only be 8.5 weeks when he comes home. Will he be okay with that or should we start looking at heating pads? Thank you for any suggestions! --Katie
I hope you don't have my problem of a puppy who hadn't learned to differentiate between fleece and newspaper, and used to pee in her bed. So I had to take the bed away for a long time. I've solved the problem now by giving her a fake-fur bed. There are some really nice, cosy puppy beds out there, not expensive, washable, practical. I think your puppy would find that pretty snuggly and warm? You could even have a look at the sort of igloo type ones and make him a little den? I'm tempted to say that if my husband tried to stop me having the puppy in my bed I'd tell him to try the crate himself, but honestly you don't want a very small puppy in your bed anyway - he'll probably pee in it if he can't hang on all night, or you just don't get him out in time - not likely to endear your husband to the whole idea!! Good luck with it all, it's SO exciting bringing a new puppy home! Let us see some photos when you can?
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My Bella is always cold so in the winter months when my house is 62-64 degrees, she wears a sweater. Sometime she needs a sweater with a coat on top of it to stop shivering.
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I would use a humidifier to add moisture to the air, that'll help with warmth and everyone's health in general.
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No suggestions on bed warming, but an endorsement of the snuggle pup. It was a big help in my puppy's transition. It is still part of her bedtime and wake up rituals though we took the warmer and heartbeat out long ago to make it safe for her to play with. She knows it by name and runs to it when we tell her to "go get snuggles."


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