Optimum temperature for Border Collie puppy

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Nathan Critchlow-Watton:
We will be getting a BC puppy once it is approx. 8 weeks old, and I have a query about the best temperature for him/her. The puppy has been born/brought up so far in a barn, so hasn't been totally molly-coddled.
At night we will probably keep the puppy in the kitchen; our kitchen can get very cold (not sure of temp., but cold enough to see your breath). As we are in Scotland, this isn't desperately cold, perhaps 2­°C.
The puppy will be in an alcove under the kitchen counter; I am going to put a cardboard box on its side, with a good chunk of fluffed-up quilt in it for bedding.
Do you think it would be warm enough for a BC?
If not, what would you suggest for heating?
So far I have considered;

1) A small square of under-floor heating (prob. impossible to buythough)

2) Hot water bottle under the quilt (prob. won't stay warm all night;possibility of puppy becoming either sea-sick or chewing it)
3) Installing a red light bulb (?60W?) on the underside of thecounter, approx. 2.5' above it (will this result in a puppy with sleep deprivation?!)
With all the electrical options I will, of course, be careful to secure the cables out of chewing reach!
Thanks,
Nathan
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Anonymous:
[nq:1]We will be getting a BC puppy once it is approx. 8 weeks old, and I have a query about the best temperature for him/her. The puppy has been born/brought up so far in a barn, so hasn't been totally molly-coddled.[/nq]
But the puppy hasn't been alone in that barn, right? It presumably was snuggled up to mom and siblings.
[nq:1]At night we will probably keep the puppy in the kitchen; our kitchen can get very cold (not sure of ... going to put a cardboard box on its side, with a good chunk of fluffed-up quilt in it for bedding.[/nq]
A puppy that young will be instinctively very anxious at finding itself alone and unprotected by its pack members. An alone puppy in nature would quickly be some predators dinner. Instinct tells the puppy that when it is alone it is in danger. It not only relies on its pack members for protection but also for warmth.
[nq:1]Do you think it would be warm enough for a BC?[/nq]
I would not want a puppy that young to have to sleep in anything less than 10C. More comfortable would be 18C or so.
[nq:1]If not, what would you suggest for heating?[/nq]Ideal from the persepective of giving the puppy a sense that it is protected and part of the family would be a bed in some corner of your bedroorm. Presumably anything comfortable for you to sleep in will be OK for the pup. This does not mean you are committed to keeping the dog in the bedroom always. A pup raised in such a way that it feels protected also tends to grow up to be a confident dog. Often times they move out of the bedroom when they hit adolescence, if not they are still more mentally mature at that point and better able both mentally and physically to sleep apart from their pack members.

Dogs are highly pack oriented - its what makes them good companions. And the BC is a breed that was designed to have even more pack orientation so as to work well with its humans. Farm dogs may not share the bedroom, they may live in the barn, but they are rarely alone when they do so. Being apart from other living beings is tough on the young pup.
[nq:1]So far I have considered; 1) A small square of under-floor heating (prob. impossible to buy though) 2) Hot water ... (?60W?) on the underside of the counter, approx. 2.5' above it (will this result in a puppy with sleep deprivation?!)[/nq]
If the space is small enough, out of drafts, and well insulated it will likely retain enough body heat so long as we are talking above freezing. A red light would not likely affect the sleep of the puppy, although as mentioned above being alone will. Expect lots of crying.
[nq:1]With all the electrical options I will, of course, be careful to secure the cables out of chewing reach![/nq]
Diane Blackman
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