Outside dog food

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Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 8:02am PST 
Well I have two male dogs, they stay out in a kennel a lot.
I've discovered it's becoming harder to get their food in the kennel without them running out when I try to get out there. Is there an easy way to store their dog food out in the kennel without it getting into by animals and pee?
Also any ideas on how to keep things out of the water bowl? Like leaves and such.thank you!

Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 8:31am PST 
Sounds like your dogs could use some obedience training and exercise.

My Labs spend time in their kennel run but they know to sit and wait when I enter and exit (they also come inside to sleep at night and stay inside if it's particularly cold outside). They get loads of exercise in the mornings and evenings outside of the run so they don't go absolutely bonkers when I come to the run door.

You shouldn't have to or need to find a way to store the food in the run itself.

I set water bowls under the tarped section of the run so nothing can fall into them. Water gets changed at minimum of once daily (if not more because they drink it all and need refills) so nothing has a chance to accumulate.

too old to eat- any more KD
Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 8:40am PST 
Curious why you keep a peke, a pom & a shih outside in kennels? How much time do you spend with them? What kind of training? They may be bored..or they may be longing to be inside with their people..they are bred to be companion dogs, after all.
As to the food..why store it outside? Simply measure the portions & feed them. Why is the water accumulating leaves? Either place the bowl where it is sheltered or change it more often.shrug

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Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 9:18am PST 
they pee in their food?
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Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 10:25am PST 
For water you could do some sort of a large automatic waterer similar to what you see in a gerbil cage or a hose with a self waterer attachment. I had an attachment like this years ago attached to the outside faucet when we had an outdoor dog. You just leave the water on and they can drink when they want. When they are not drinking the water doesn't come out.

If you are creative you might be able to come up with something for their food too. Or, you could get a small feeder and mount it to a small platform so they can get food when they need it. Most of the food is inside the closed container but some food will always drop into the bowl. Come to think of it you could do this for their water too. You could even make a spot in the fencing for the bowl to go through so you can easily change/refill from outside the kennel.

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Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 10:25am PST 
My Pomeranian died 3 years ago.
My dogs don't pee in their food, they pee on the corners of things so if I set a bag of food out there they will pee on it.
My dogs stay outside most of the day due to busy schedules of the household. So they stay outside.
My mother takes them out at 6 and brings them in at 7 when I get up at 8 or 9 after working till 2 am they are yipping and whining to come out of their inside cage to go back outside.
They used to be on an underground fence but they would just run through the pain until it stop shocking them. They get a walk about once a day.
Back to why they need food outside, back to the original post they try to runout of the kennel if I walk up and open the gate. I could exercise them at 2 before I got to work and at 2 when I get off.

I'm not one of those perfect owners, but I care for my dogs. And they spend time with me when I get off work. They eat when they please I don't do portions because they are not trained the best. If I put three bowls of food out they will not eat they have always had food and water available.

I spend about 8 hours a day with my female dog because she stays inside and is perfectly housebroken, the boys no matter what pee on things which is why they are outside most if the day.
1 girl 2 boys all Pekingese Shih tzu mixes.

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Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 10:33am PST 
I like the idea of being able to change their food and water from outside.
Like making a small gate from the Side and sorta like a window?
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Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 10:59am PST 
Am I missing something? I don't understand why you would store a bag of food in their kennel and not in the house. Leaving the food outside not only did you say they pee on it but what about bugs getting into it or what about when it rains. Something just isn't making sense.

I dig in mud- puddles!
Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 12:57pm PST 
A few thoughts...

Free feeding outdoors is not a good idea. You are attracting rodents, birds, raccoons etc. Many of these animals carry parasites that can be transmitted to your dogs. In my area you'd also be attracting coyotes and bears.
Storing food outdoors is also not a good idea unless it's in a rodent proof bin in a secure shed or garage.

Free feeding itself isn't usually a good idea. You have no way to tell who ate what, who is off their feed etc.

And feeding portioned, regularly scheduled meals doesn't require that a dog be well-trained. I'll bet that if you switched to scheduled meals, there would be a lot less gate charging when open the gate with their meals in hand....

Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 1:04pm PST 
Why is it so bothersome for you to go in with them to change food and water?

Is it that you don't want them to touch you when they're being rambunctious?

If that's the case how do you get them inside the house?
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