Controlled Dog Houses
Almost as good as living with Mom and Dad
inside but never quite the same.
Dog Houses with Air
Conditioners and Heaters !
Forget the light bulb under the roof it doesn't help the dog on the
floor, heat rises, the bulb only heats the roof.
Dogs and Cats
do not have built-in climate controls like Humans, they cannot
perspire to cool their bodies down when it is hot. The
wind from a regular fan cools the human body by evaporating
the moisture of our perspiration. That does not help a dog
stay cool like it does us, it only circulates hot air.
suffer sunburn wherever their skin is exposed or their coat
is very thin.
Dogs and cats are
especially at risk when the weather is first changing and
their coats are still thin.
Cold in mild temperate
Rain, Snow and Ice leave
dogs and cats wet all the way down to their skin when they
have to bed down in it even when they have a Dog Igloo with
a blanket. The blankets get wet from their fur and
they have no way to get dry, their body's natural heat is
leeched out by the wet and their cold bodies become
vulnerable to viruses and bacterial infections.
Often they die from
exposure while their owners sit in a warm house over a warm
Of course the best for
your dog is to live with you inside your house with a dog door that gives
him access to his fenced yard at all times. This doesn't only keep
him safe from bad weather, it also makes him feel secure and part of the
family (pack), he will bond much closer to you.
But if you can't let him
in when you are not home then the next best thing is a small properly
climate controlled dog house. This sounds very fancy and expensive
but doesn't have to be. Below are some of the commercial examples.
Doing it yourself is cheap and easy and the electric bill is negligible,
if the dog house is properly insulated and has a good dog door.
is the best insulator known to man.
Unlike plastic dog houses, wood dog houses are
significantly cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
that if its too cold or too hot for you outside,
too cold or too hot for your dog too!!!
One of Pets-Haven's dog
Insulated Dog houses
HouseofHammocks.com Air conditioned Dog Houses
Dog igloos or similar
plastic boxes, pretty as some may be to look at, should be avoided, they are hot in summer and cold in winter
and often wet inside . Wooden houses can easily be insulated.
Make sure they are high enough off the ground that the wood doesn't rot
and water can't flow in during very heavy rains,
then double the floor by layering 1" styrofoam between two peaces
of plywood and insulate the walls and roof with regular wall insulation
that gets covered also with plywood. This insulation is
important, it saves on electric bills and also preserves your heater and
air-conditioner because they don't have to work so hard. We have
found the smallest air window units that are being sold at hardware stores
very cost effective and efficient and they are only around $100.00. We use the ones with remote controls so the dogs can't chew off the
knobs on the controls. As heaters we use small space heaters that we
set behind a grill inside the dog house on the floor (heat rises) close to the door so they blow to
the inside. As grills we use the white wire baskets for closet
organizers, they come in all kinds of sizes.
Make sure all wires go
into the walls, so they can't be chewed on and that neither unit blows
directly onto the dogs bed which should be in the back of the house.
The diagram above shows an example that we find more comfortable for the
dogs than the commercial configurations.