I've taken my mother's two dogs (terrier and German shepard) since she is too sick to take care of them. They had been house dogs. Because my wife and son are seriously alergic to dogs (they go weekly to the Dr for shots) we can't have them in the house. So I went out and spent $200 on very nice dog houses for them (medium for the terrier and large for the GS). So now I'm sitting here looking at the dogs standing in the rain at 40F outside. They don't seem to want to go into their houses. The terrier will go in there sometimes but the GS won't even go in there if I throw his favorite treat in there. Is there anything wrong with dogs standing out in a 40F rain? Maybe dogs don't care?
What else can I do to make them want to use these houses? We've been washing the bedding in there and its nice and warm.

-Robert
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I've taken my mother's two dogs (terrier and German shepard) since she is too sick to take care of them. ... to make them want to use these houses? We've been washing the bedding in there and its nice and warm.

There is a lot wrong with a dog standing outside in a 40 F rain. Especially a small terrier-type dog. Take them to a kennel to be boarded where they can be indoors. Or better yet, find a dogsitter/foster home where they can be cared for properly. They are used to being inside with their favorite human. They don't understand why they've been banished to a strange yard and the dog houses you've provided are small comfort (as you've seen).
Kathleen
Is there anything wrong with dogs standing out in a 40F rain? Maybe dogs don't care?

I'd be somewhat concerned about them becoming chilled and I'd keep an eye out for it. It's not their coat that provides insulation, it's air trapped by the coat, and if the coat becomes wet the hairs stick together and loses its ability to hold air. So, check them for signs that they're becoming cold. Longer-term and more difficult to see until it's happened it the possibility of respiratory infection.
What else can I do to make them want to use these houses? We've been washing the bedding in there and its nice and warm.

I'd try to find a way to get the dogs someone's home (if not your own then somebody else's).

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I've taken my mother's two dogs (terrier and German shepard) since she is too sick to take care of them. ... to make them want to use these houses? We've been washing the bedding in there and its nice and warm.

Here's what I think:
Pending the receipt of more information, I think you should find these two dogs another home. One where they will both be able to live inside with a family, and preferably together.
I know you have good intentions here, but you really aren't doing those dogs any favor by forcing them to spend the rest of their lives outdoors, isolated from their family, especially after they got to live inside previously.
Write off that $200 you spent for doghouses, put an ad in the paper, etc.
Think about the *dogs.*

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There is a lot wrong with a dog standing outside in a 40 F rain. Especially a small terrier-type dog.

I guess my question is why do they choose to be in the rain? Why don't they go into their warm houses with dry blankets? I can put water in front of them, but how do you make them drink?
I've taken my mother's two dogs (terrier and German shepard) since she

I should mention that when they sleep they do go under the overhang and stay dry. However, during the day they just want to walk around in the rain. I can't seem to make then go into their houses or even under the overhang. I don't want to tie them up inside the houses because I don't want them to see the houses as scary.
What else can I do to make them want to use these houses? We've been washing the bedding in there and its nice and warm.

Make sure you're feeding the dogs inside their houses.

This isn't going to be an easy adjustment for any of you and I don't have a lot more to add to some of the other suggestions...
On Feb 26, 8:56 am, Handsome Jack Morrison
Think about the *dogs.*

To be honest the dogs seem happier than they've ever been. Sitting around the house with a woman too sick to pay attention to them was probably hard on these high energy dogs. Now they have lots of little boys around to play with and I"ve actually seem them get too tired to play catch, something I never thought could happen.

-Robert
What else can I do to make them want to use these houses? We've been washing the bedding in there and its nice and warm.

Make sure you're feeding the dogs inside their houses. This isn't going to be an easy adjustment for any of you and I don't have a lot more to add to some of the other suggestions...

Thanks! I'll try feeding them in their houses. The first real piece of advice I've gotten so far.
-Robert
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