When we are asked what temperature to set the thermostat we don’t have a one temperature fits all answer. If My Dog Could Set The Thermostat provides a general guide with suggestions for you to decide what is best for your dog.
The AKC says “An ideal temperature doesn't exist for all dogs, since their normal body temperature will vary according to size. “ We would also like to add each dog is just as individual as each pet owner. As your dog acclimates to a forever home they will want to be where you are. So, in most cases they will acclimate to the temperature which feels most comfortable to you.
If My Dog Could Set The Thermostat Individual Acclimation
While each pet and each pet parent are individual, each climate is unique, and each home varies in temperature through the day and night, season to season, the best reply we can provide is to watch for signs your dog is cold and adjust the temperature for him/her.
The most important temperature advice we can give you is to avoid extremes and/or swift temperature changes. If you would like to increase or decrease the temperature for your and your pet’s comfort do this in gradual increments as much as possible. Keeping a constant temperature during each season will allow for better acclimation.
“The Alliance to Save Energy recommends pet owners set the thermostat to 78 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the summer and 68 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the winter, but check with your vet to see what temperature range is best for your particular breed.” Cub Illinois
If My Dog Could Set The Thermostat Bedding
The bedding you provide for your dog will also improve overnight temperatures. Keep bedding clean, dry, and away from drafts.
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