Utilising Your Dog Run in Winter

Table of Contents:

  1. How can I prepare my dog run for the winter?
  2. Do dogs like being in runs?
  3. Our top 3 recommendations for a great dog run set

How can I prepare my dog run for the winter?

During winter months, it is important to keep your dog safe and comfortable in their run. There is already a noticeable drop in the temperatures at night as the nights close in, and it will shortly be October, the most autumnal month of them all.

Some people keep their dogs in runs only during the day while they’re at work or busy with life, but some people keep their dogs in runs most of the time, only letting them out for some exercise, and that’s who our guide is aimed at.

Here are some tips on how to protect your dog runs in the winter:

  • Provide adequate shelter: providing adequate shelter is important to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months. You can use a dog house to provide your dog with a warm and cosy place to sleep. Make sure that the shelter is well-insulated and has a door to keep out the cold wind.
  • Use heated water bowls: during the winter, it’s important to make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water. You can use heated water bowls to ensure that your dog’s water doesn’t freeze.
  • Use straw or blankets: providing your dog with a warm and cosy bed can help keep them comfortable during the cold winter months. You can use straw or blankets to create a cosy bed for your dog. Make sure to change the straw or blankets if they get damp.
  • Check the dog run regularly: it’s important to check your dog run regularly to make sure that it is secure and safe. Check for any damage to the fence or gate, and make any necessary repairs.
  • Exercise your dog: even though it’s cold outside, it’s important to continue to exercise your dog. Take your dog for a walk or play with them inside to keep them active and healthy.
Dog Runs Winter

Do dogs like being in runs?

Dog runs are enclosed areas where dogs can play and exercise safely without their owners worrying that they might wander off or get lost. However, whether dogs like being in dog runs or not is a complex question that depends on several factors.

In general, dogs are social animals that enjoy spending time with their human companions and other dogs. Therefore, if a dog run provides ample opportunities for socialization and play, dogs are likely to enjoy being there.

However, not all dog runs are created equal. Some dog runs are poorly designed, overcrowded, or lack amenities such as shade, water and toys. In such cases, dogs may become bored, stressed or even aggressive towards each other. Therefore, it’s important for dog owners to choose a dog run that suits their dog’s personality, size and energy levels, and to supervise their dog’s behavior while in the run.

Additionally, some dogs may not be comfortable in dog runs due to previous negative experiences, lack of socialization or anxiety issues. In such cases, it’s best to consult a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer to address the underlying issues and find alternative ways to provide exercise and stimulation for the dog. Ultimately, whether a dog likes being in a dog run or not depends on the individual dog and the quality of the dog run.

Check out our top 3 recommendations for a great dog run set!

Covered Steel Bar Dog Run
- 4x3x2.36m

  • 4 x 3 x 2.36m / 13.1 x 9.8 x 7.74 ft (LxWxH)
  • Door height: 180cm / 70.8 inches
  • Space between each bar: 10cm / 3.9 inches
  • Free roof cover
  • Black powder-coated paint finish (the paint is animal-friendly)
  • Safe and secure
  • Steel frame, strong and sturdy, will last for many years
  • Easy to assemble
  • Single access door with dog proof latch


Medium Wooden Dog Kennel

  • For medium sized dog breeds
  • Enough room to sit, turn and lie down
  • Visually appealing design
  • Suitable for all seasons
  • Dimensions: 82 x 52 x 60cm / 32.2 x 20.4 x 23.6 inches (L x W x H)
  • Door height: 32cm / 12.6 inches
  • Door width: 22.2cm / 8.7 inches


Two Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
- Adjustable – 4 Sizes

  • Two stainless steel bowls secured to the metal frame with two metal clips which can easily be removed for cleaning purposes
  • The rubber feet will prevent the bowls from sliding while your pet is eating and drinking
  • H shaped metal stand
  • Height adjustable
  • Bowl locking, rattle protection
  • Correct posture supports proper digestion
  • Ideal for two dogs


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