If your dog spends most of its time outdoors, it is important to provide it outdoor shelter, like a doghouse. A doghouse is especially important during cold winters. If you live in a climate with cold winters, a doghouse should be prepared accordingly. Keeping your doghouse shielded against the cold protects your dog from discomfort and illness. A prepared doghouse also gives you the peace of mind knowing your dog is safe, even in the cold.
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Things you need
- Wood pallet, breeze blocks or bricks
- Pet insulation kit
- Black paint
- Paint brush
- Pet heat mat, heated dog bed or heater box
Choose a location for the doghouse that keeps it out of the wind, such as next to the house or the garage.
Elevate the doghouse with a wooden pallet, bricks or breeze blocks. Most dog houses are constructed so that the floor will not lay directly against the ground; however, if yours is not constructed this way, elevate it.
Insulate the walls, roof and floor of the doghouse. You can buy a simple insulation kit from a pet centre; follow the manufacturer's instruction on installation. The inside of the doghouse should also be small enough that your dog can easily stay warm. Your dog should be able to sit and lay comfortably without too much extra room.
Paint the outside roof of the doghouse black to better absorb sunlight and heat.
Place a heating mat designed especially for dogs, or a heated dog bed, on the floor of the doghouse.
Use a doghouse heater box if it tends to get very cold in your area. A heater box is simply a metal box with a light bulb or ceramic emitter inside.
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