Heated Dog House
If you live in the frigid north, a heated dog house can go a long way towards
keeping your dog warm and happy. This is especially true for short-haired
breeds such as Daschunds, Greyhounds, German Short-Haired Pointers, and
Whippets. Such dogs don't have a thick woolly coat and may need a little help
staying warm in the cold weather. Older dogs also feel the cold more since their
metabolism and general fitness isn't what it used to be (kind of like people).
terms of heating a dog house, there are several options. The first is to
purchase a standalone heater/AC unit such as the
PETCool Therm-ASSURE system. Although this unit will set you back $400-$500,
it automatically maintains a comfortable and safe year-round temperature for
your pet. It also doubles as a de-humidifier to keep mold and mildew at bay.
option is to buy a
heated kennel mat. You just put it on the floor of the dog house and plug it
in. This is an inexpensive and generally effective way to warm your pet although
some owners may be a bit nervous about their dog sleeping directly on an
electric device with a cord running from it. Most mats have a metal safety coil
around the cord so chewing through the cord "should" not be a safety issue.
third means of heating a dog house is with a
heater box -- basically a metal box
with a light bulb or ceramic emitter inside. The box mounts in an upper corner
of the dog house so as to not impinge on your pet's sleeping space. The
heating unit will stay at a comfortable temperature when the outside temperature
is below freezing. A separate thermostat can be purchased to maintain a fairly
In addition to supplying an external heat source, there are several
construction features that should be employed when building a cold weather dog
house: 1) build the dog house off the ground, 2) build the house large enough
for your dog to comfortably turn around and to stretch out but not so large that
itís own body heat can not keep the house warm and 3) insulate the floor, walls,
and roof of the house, 4) cover the doorway with a flap of vinyl, burlap, or
carpet, 5) install an interior wind break wall so your dog can sleep in a more
protected area of the house.