Dog house heater
Worried that your dog might end up frozen in its kennel in cold weather? This is a good reflection because indeed, animals fear the cold and it is not their imposing coat or the lack of complaints that should make you forget it.
It can be difficult to find ways to keep your dog warm during the long winter nights. Although you can try a few simple solutions to keep the kennel warmer, drastic measures may be necessary in particularly cold regions.
Improve Home Placement
The easiest way to raise the temperature of your dog’s kennel may be to move it to a warmer location, such as a heated garage. Even if you cannot move the kennel indoors, it will stay much warmer if you place it in a place sheltered from the wind.
You could also place it against your house or other heated buildings, which not only protects it from the wind, but also helps to slightly raise the temperature of the niche.
If wind is not a factor, you can consider placing the kennel in an area that receives a lot of sunlight – especially in the afternoon. In mountainous regions, there is sometimes a hot sun that comes in during the day, despite the abundant cold snow on the ground.
Solar huts are an option, but they don’t work overnight, when your dog needs the heat the most.
Further isolate the kennel
Your dog’s body heat is what keeps his home warm. The better insulated the kennel, the warmer it will stay. Therefore, make sure that all cracks and spaces in the house are covered or blocked.
It is quite common to try to create your own niche, but if you are not a specialist, chances are that you will forget some protections. I recommend that you buy a good model instead. Your dog spends most of his time in it sleeping and you should not be trying to save money on such a need.
The doghouse must have a door that prevents hot air inside the doghouse from escaping. You should lift the kennel off the ground and place soft bedding, a pillow or blanket on the floor so your dog can sleep. Not only does this provide comfort to your dog, it also helps insulate both the dog and the house from the cold ground.
Most of the niches sold today foresee this heightening. Make sure at the time of purchase that this is the case.
Regarding the material, wood appears to be the warmest, but this is not always verified. Some PVC doghouses have excellent results for warming up the doggie.
Buy a Dog house heater
A number of products exist to keep your dog’s house warm. For example, you can find heating mats that go to the bottom of the niche.
It is important to watch dogs when such electrical devices are used; do not use these types of devices with dogs who are likely to chew them. Also, be sure to regularly monitor the temperature of the heaters to prevent burns and accidents.
If you prefer, you can simply start from scratch and buy a heated kennel, which will help keep your puppy warm in cold climates.
Build a heating solution
If you are a bit of a handyman and you have the right tools, try to arrange the dog kennel a bit to warm it up.
You can install a light fixture at the top of the doghouse . When fitted with an incandescent bulb, the kennel stays much warmer. This solution is only suitable if the kennel has enough ceiling height so that you can install the light at a height sufficient to prevent your dog from coming into contact with it.
Use a ceramic light fixture, as they are safer than plastic fixtures, and place a protection around the bulb as your curious doggie might try to lick it or drop it with its paw.