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I have 3 dogs. here is the situation. 2 of the dogs have to be separated at all times, they never come in contact with each other. So we bought a house with a large yard, fenced it in with a high privacy fence and it has a attached porch or sun room. the previous owner used this as a dog kennel and had a framed fenced walled set up to have a dog area and a people area. My dog Vader ( see signature picture ) Spends most of his time outside , he enjoys this very much. He has access to this sun room which also has his favorite dog house with his bed and his food and water.

Lately we have had some EXTREMELY hot days. ( we only get a handful of these days a year ) So I bring him in and put him in his kennel in the cool basement periodically. My other dog Leo ( a husky) uses this sun room as his kennel while we are both gone and vader goes into his basement kennel. I am paranoid about them overheating.
So sometimes on the hot days I bring Leo to work with me when I know he will have to spend a good amount of time out in the sun room.

I would just put Leo into a crate when we are gone but he does very poorly in them he hates to be contained, after 2 years and many ruined crates and much training we changed out tactic. he does super well and loves being in his sun room. Our other dogs LOVE their crates they are their little safe houses.

My question is, is a shady spot enough for a dog to be comfortable in really hot weather? I feel sometimes its just to hot so I don't like to leave him out on those rare days for to long. but some people do.

MY plan is to gut and insulate this sun room then get it heated and air conditioned. is that overboard? It will cost me a lot of money in the long run and I would like to get some advice.
 

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Is it possible to run a fan out there? I don't think you are crazy for putting air conditioning out there. I am only 3 hours south of Chicago so I know the hot days we have been having and it is miserable. I used to take care of a chocolate lab and they had their garage Air conditioned and had a fan going to keep the dog cool. It hiked up there electric bill but it was worth it. It kept the dog cool and cooled me off,lol. Husky dont do good in heat either(from what I've read) so it would be good have an air conditioner out there.
 

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i put box fans out there, but it doesn't seem enough to fend off the really hot days we have been having. I might see if i can find one of those industrial fans and hang it in a corner.
 

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Freeze some two liter bottles of water and put them in front of the fan. It'll turn it into an 'air conditioner', and if the dog is really hot they can lay against them. It's free, it's easy, and it WORKS.
 
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