how about a pet door to keep the drafts to a minimum and run a
tamperproof thermostat that operates a damper on the forced air furnace
duct of the adjacent home.
look at this:
I lived in Tuktoyaktuk Northwest Territories Canada for three years
and have spent many winter days in the cold. I had a Golden Retreiver (lost
her to hip displacia at the age of 10) that I made a dog house for so she
could enjoy her day outside (she came inside at night after much coaxing as
she always wanted to just stay out in her dog run).
I can suggest a few things for your pooch in designing a warm
place.. Put the house on a piece of insulating styrofoam..Get a bail of
straw and make a warm bed for it inside the house....use dark shingles on
the roof and if no shingles use a dark or flat black paint on the roof. Make
the house to fit your dog ...IE; don't build a mansion for a chihuahua and
keep the doorway a reasonable size so your dog doesn't have a wind tunnel.
My dog liked to go in and curl in a ball and stick her nose outside so make
the doorway big enough for that but not so big that the wind can wistle over
This is wierd but I think it's true.....face the doorway to where the
dog can see what's going on in the neighbourhood... a doorway faced to very
uninteresting site with nothing going on will result in your pooch standing
outside freezing watching the kids across the street because the doorway was
faced the wrong way...this is wierd but true.
Another thing is to never ever let any other dog use the house....dogs
are territorial.......... and what is the first thing a different dog will
do to mark it's territory?...It will piss all over the dog house causing
your dog to sleep on a bed of ice.
I never insulated my dog house....the best insulation a dog house can
have to keep it warm is a dog. Just keep him out of the wind, he'll do the
rest. Hope I was of some help....Jim
The OP didn't say anything about a dog using the dog house, only
asking for ideas on heating one. Why is everyone getting OT about how
warm a dog should be, the OP only asked about heating a dog house,
nothing about dogs at all in the original post.
Glad to see someone has a sense of humour!
If I had said it was for hubby when he needs time out for misbehaviour..and
seeing as how this newsgroup is made up of mainly male posters .I might have
gotten some nasty responses!!
Seriously though..... THANK YOU all for your suggestions, comments & advise.
I'm sure "Heidi" will be the most grateful. I agree with a few posters here
who suggested that she be kept in the house but unfortunately her owner has
acquired allergies and it is either a dog house or a new home and is hard to
give up a member of the family, so heated Dog House is the next best
Insulation of course; soft, warm blankets, and a doggie heating
pad. They're just like a regular heating pad but made to be
waterproof and to not overheat. Foster & Smith has them; I buy
there often for odds and ends.
Be sure the house is the right size.
Most dogs don't need extra heat unless the weather is really
severe or windy. Some even prefer it cold, or what we'd call
Prevent drafts from getting into the doorway if possible.
It's dampness and drafts that make a dog cold. Otherwise his
body fur is great at holding heat in.
If the dog can get nice and cozy in some warm blankets the
little electric pad makes them nice and toasty.
Just for safety's sake, I'd get one of those portable GFCI's
to plug it into just in case something goes wrong.
Do NOT use a lightbulb or human heating pad; dangerous in more
ways than one. It has to be a gentle, low heat source. You
don't want to warm the air, you want to warm the animal. Also be
sure there is a way to lay without being on it too, in case it's
too hot and you don't realize it.
I had a newfie learned to turn his on and off on his own,
believe it or not! Smartest dog I ever had. Miss him a lot!
: Looking for any ideas on the best way to heat a doghouse for
K & H makes heaters specifically designed for what you want:
We bought the cat version (just a smaller version) and I'm impressed with
the construction and build quality. Their products are available online,
but my wife found one at a local pet store. The cat version uses the
equivalent of a 40-watt bulb, so we just plugged it in for the winter and
will unplug it in spring.
Put a dog in it.
Seriously, if the house is the right size, the dog will give off enough heat
to maintain itself. You can insulate the house a bit if you want. How do
you think animals survive in the wild? Just some shelter from the wind.
Some wussy breeds make take some time to acclimate to winter, I'm told.
In most places around the world you don't need to worry with a good
properly sized dog house and a fair to large dog. However there are some
areas where the temperatures go too low. I don't have a specific suggestion
however for those conditions. I have not seen a heater engineered for those
conditions. Most are made for indoor use.
I like you already for the thought. I think the pooch will stay warm enough
just from having a decent doghouse, so maybe a blanket on the floor. If
it's a short-haired breed, I suppose you could use some of that heat-tape
(electrical) that they wrap around exposed pipes.
How about letting the dog sleep inside with you?
The floor is a major factor. Should be possibly wood with some fiberglass
under the wood. Hang a blanket over the doorway, to keep drafts out.
I've never seen this, but some heater tape (like for pipes) under the wood
floor might help.
Cement floor is bitter cold, soaks the heat right out of feet, dogs, etc.
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