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straw is a very good choice and is widely used, how ever I do not use it, and here is one reason why.
If you have your dog chained to a peg or such so the dog can run in a circle, think twice about the straw, the dog can pull the straw out of the box, it will wrap up around the peg not allowing the chain to spin around it, the dog will continue to run around that peg untill he is completely wrapped up. If it is cold enough the dog will lie there and could die from the elements.
I know not all people chain there dogs, they need a kennel most perfering "above ground" these days. I like to think my dogs stay in better shape on the chain, I got several kennels 10x12 and a huge fence in area for the dogs, but for the most part there hindend is on a chain.
The second reason I don't use straw is mites, use to have a problem with ear mites, took the straw away, and haven't had much of a problem with it since.
I do have a hound heaters as well I use on some dogs, but when every nickel counts, I personally think you will be fine with the needles, or as amazingcursouth said leaves.....but they will hold water.
I am not trying to sell anyone on the pine needles, chips or heaters, only what I have done. I plan on building a box soon and wrap an electric water piper heater in the bottom and see how that works??? Those hound heaters are pretty spendy and well my boxes are big. I even put carpet on the inside walls of the dog box and flaps over there openings in the later months. As I see the temps here staying where they are and knowing they are going to continue to drop, I will probably start looking for some used carpet from a friend that lays it.
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