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Snow Country Airing Options

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For those who are living in snow country, especially those with house dogs, do you use tie outs for airing or do you have fenced yards? And how do you keep the area clear of snow and deal with cleanup? When the snow gets deep, do you snow blow, or shovel the area for them? I know it’s a daily chore for me. Just wondering what everyone else does?

When I moved back to Northern MI three years ago into a new house, instead of fencing the yard, I built a small 30ft x 20ft pea-gravel area, along the back of the garage, where I use a tie-out setup for airing. It’s convenient out the attached garage door, and simple, especially since our two dogs live in the house and are outside only for training and airing.

But now, I’m adding a third dog to the family and wondering if there might be better options for airing instead of a tie-out.

The only problem I’m having is in the winter and snow removal and preventing snow drifting into the airing area. Each day we get system or lake effect snows. I put up a snow fence this year and it helps a little, but I still get significant snow in the airing area from it blowing off the eaves of the roof leaving sizeable drifts to clear. Other than covering a large outdoor area, not sure their are many options.

For those living in snow country with house dogs, do you tie them out, or do you let them out into a fenced area? And what do you do for clearing snow and cleanup? Is it a daily challenge for you as well? Thanks.
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Now I don't want to break my luck this year by speaking too soon as we have little snow in Watofrd Ont:) YET!
I don't ever tie out my dogs or leave them unattended outside loose in the fenced yard. That is just me. I like to be out w/ them.

If there is a lot of snow I use the snow blower and create and an area for them or snow blow a Double T in the snow. I do small amount of training on my drive which is dirt, or the lawn area and use sand if there is an ice issue on the drive. You must be up north Mi UP or near Grand Rapids where there has been the lake effect.

It is has blown elsewhere this year.:)

Good luck
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