Check the big pet supply stores. They make and electric "mat" that can be
placed under the dog's regular bedding. Don't using anything that can be
chewed up or cause a fire (like a heating pad).
Electric Mat?? Isn't that the guy that used to host "Dance Explosion" back
in the 70's???
Do you already have the doghouse? One factor in how the warm the dog
stays in the doghouse is the house's design. The traditional cartoon
type dog house with the big door in the middle is gonna be pretty
drafty when there's any wind. In the one I built, the long wall is the
front wall, and the door is off to one side, with an internal baffle so
there is an inner chamber that is relatively cozy.
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However, after a while I took the baffle out cuz the dog always laid
with his nose at the door anyway. Dog: golden retriever. Location:
cold, windy Chicago.
Shoulda put a plexi window in the back room. Of course he lays in the door.
Dogs are social and territorial- he wants to see who is coming. My former
BIL had a windowed dog house on his deck- one night, the dog refused to go
outside, and it took a little while to figure out why. A nasty-ass raccoon
from the woods had kicked him out of his cozy house, and moved in. Nice
view, shelter from the wind, and a bowl of fresh water and a bowl of food
twice a day. The life of Riley, raccoon-wise. BIL quit putting the dog dish
outside for a couple of days (it was outside because the Lab was a sloppy
eater), and the coon soon moved on.
I live in Nebraska where the winters can get pretty darn wicked. I have 3
dogs. One large, and two small. I have an X-large dog house they share
when the weather is cold. In the doghouse I have installed a large outdoor
heated pad. The dogs love it. I don't leave them outside for long periods
of time, such as the 8 hours I'm at work, but when I'm home and don't want
all my dogs underfoot in my small home, they are outside and I want to
provide them with a cozy spot.
You can find outdoor heated pads at the following site:
Years ago when I lived in the frozen north I made a heated dog house.
It was well insulated and in the back wall I had four 100 ohm
resistors (series/parallel) mounted on heat sinks with a muffin fan
blowing over them. It was behind expanded metal so the dog couldn't
get to it.
A Honeywell T86 thermostat set as low as it goes ran the whole deal.
That was about 120w of power and it kept the dog warm. ~55-60f
You don't want it too warm.
Just be sure everything is grounded/bonded and use GFCI protection.
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