We've only camped with our dog in summer so far, but we'd like to take her camping during the colder months. We're not talking anything extreme, just UK winter camping.
She's a smoothhaired pointer and she's a bit of a princess - at the moment she's sleeping inside her bed (inside the cover of a big 'cushion' bed), and given half a chance she'll sleep under a duvet rather than on top of it. With this in mind, I want to hack up an old synthetic cotton-lined sleeping bag for her. Normal sleeping bags are long and thin, despite her propensity for sleeping nose-first under covers, she does still need to breathe.
Has anyone successfully hacked a sleeping bag for their dog? If so, what shape did you go for and did your dog stay warm and happy in it?
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In reply to Tall Clare: we have a lovely brown pointer/ weimerarner cross. A cheap XXL size fleece, sewn up at the hem and with the arms either left on for the front legs or cut off and stitched up is a workable alternative. Keeps the mud off things
Don't forget the same principles apply to dogs as humans - they'll lose far more heat by direct contact with the cold ground, so an insulating mat is going to do them more good than a cover over the top. We have collies, so perhaps more hardy, but generally, I find that a generous chunk of closed cell mat seems to make all the difference for them in terms of comfort, and it's a lot lighter to carry than a second sleeping bag.
I guess a Pointer's coat might not give the same level of insulation as the collie's but in really cold weather I just chuck my belay jacket over them to let them warm up - they usually shuck it off after an hour or so as they're too warm.
If you're a fan of cockerpoos, labradoodles and chalkys then he's a rare German Bullhound, yours for £500..
Alternatively he's a Lurcher, available from all good rescue centres. Greyhound crossed with what we think is staffy and german shepherd. The aim being to produce a furry cruise missile for dubious nocturnal activities by travelling folk. In his case they also managed to factor in the intelligence of a turnip and the aggression of a dormouse. Looks the part though.
In reply to Tall Clare: I'd think a pile/pertex combo sewn square would be the way forward. Doggy Buffalo. Can be chucked in wash, warm when wet etc, cheap enough for the handy seamstress to make up....
In reply to Tall Clare: my two are working cocker spaniels that live outside in kennel year round, it's us humans that worry about temps and dogs, as long as they are insulated from the ground, dry and draft free nearly all dogs are fine......
> Alternatively he's a Lurcher, available from all good rescue centres. Greyhound crossed with what we think is staffy and german shepherd. The aim being to produce a furry cruise missile for dubious nocturnal activities by travelling folk. In his case they also managed to factor in the intelligence of a turnip and the aggression of a dormouse. Looks the part though.
I have one of those too, greyhound/ridgeback cross stray from the RSPCA. Mines the same, looks impressive but gentle with people (cats and other small furry creatures like horses are on the menu). He's not right smart.