Originally Posted by Labrador
While I do agree that having the tent for a Lab, or a great number of other breeds, may in deed be overkill for protection from the elements there are other reasons that I like to provide a "secure" space for them.
Selfishly for one thing the dogs seem to be calmer when they have a place that they can hunker down in and in turn they allow me to get more rest. Another reason is simply to try and give them a bit more protection from the annoying little flying things that make all of us nuts. And for as much as I love my dogs and truly count them as members of my family, I can't get comfortable with 100+ pounds of dog in my hammock with me, which is exactly where they would be if I don't provide them with their own space.
I have the same issue with my Rottie. He has been crated at night since he was 5 weeks, and just cant seem to get comfy without walls around him. Have been hoping that keeping my tarp down tight would do it but so far no good!
May need to look into a dog tent myself.