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Q: Heating My Dog's House

December 15, 2008 | By Kathy T. | 11 answers | Expired: 2060 days ago

Kathy T.

I recently asked if anyone was directing their dryer vent exhaust to a dog house for warming. Here's a different question.

It is unseasonably cold now, and will be for 2-3 days. I'm worried about causing a fire if I put a heater in Hershey's chicken-coop (with a recliner for a bed) turned into a dog house, because I have a lot of blankets spread out for insulation. What about hanging an emergency light for a little bit of warmth? Personally, I wouldn't want to try and sleep with the light on, so I'm wondering if the amount of warmth is worth the glare.

What do you think? Or, what do you do in a coldness emergency?

(He will come inside, but wants to go right back outside after less than 5 minutes.)

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Dec 16, 2008

No Blankets, no Light! Blankets soak up moisture, and the light is too dangerous! Get the dog a smaller house, very well insulated, not only on the sides and top, but the floor as well. Use lots of straw, as he will burrow down into it, tuck his nose under his body, and will heat himself like that. Sled dogs endure such conditions, even much worse, and they prefer to warm themselves. Hope this helps!

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kathy m.
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Dec 16, 2008

i have a dog that wants right back outside too so i know what youre dealing with....smaller dog house...lots of straw and some blankets...and mine will still go outside and lay on the cold ground or in a pile of snow

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mike z.
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Dec 16, 2008

i'd reccomend a smaller insulated doghouse with a baffle to block wind. straw or cedar shavings work well as bedding.

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Freeman796
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Dec 16, 2008

Try Petsmart...I once purchased a small dog house for a feral cat in my neighborhood that I couldn't get to come in my house. I went to Petsmart and they had these large heating mats that were made of some sort of plastic and I just plugged it in and put a cover over it. I don't think it was more than $60 for the mat. It seemed very safe and the dog house I bought had a thick rubber door to keep the heat out. The cat loved the house and stayed very warm.

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E G.
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Dec 16, 2008

Definitely neither a heater nor a light. It's too dangerous. Of the other answers so far, I think Liane M.'s is best.

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Ethel02
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Dec 16, 2008

Smaller house filled with straw & no heater, clean and make sure it's always dry, my dogs would be in the house whether they wanted to be or not.

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Nathan B.
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Dec 16, 2008

I agree with sizing the house for the dog. You need to get a smaller outside kennel of some kind. The light will warm only if all the sides are enclosed. If one of the sides is open it would be pointless to put the light in there.

Just get a smaller house would be the best answer in my opinion

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jennifer r.
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Dec 16, 2008

I would try to mount a ceramic heater in the wall, like the way an A/C unit would be mounted in the wall or window and that way it doesn't risk causing a fire!

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Dustin  A.
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Dec 15, 2008

If that is the best you can do it is defiantly better then nothing. However anything that you can do to make it a smaller more insulated area for your pet would be a good thing.

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Liane M.
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Dec 15, 2008

If the doghouse is big enough for a recliner it's too big to be an effective doghouse. It’s important that your dog house is sized to match your dog, so he sleeps in a space small enough that he is able to keep warm with his own body heat. It should be fully insulated on the walls, floor, and roof. This will help maintain a comfortable temperature in all weather conditions.

I would recommend using cedar shavings or wood chips for bedding (will need to be changed every one to two weeks) inside the dog house NOT blankets or towels which can get soggy and tend to hold moisture.

My two dogs sleep in the house every night, but if you must keep your dog outside, do some research on the internet on how to build or buy a decent doghouse.

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