How to heat a poorly insulated dog house? How to guarantee a comfortable shelter for the winter season ? Many questions that arise as winter approaches. Discover our advice to prepare for the season.
Solving an insulation problem before heating
It is important to know that the most resistant materials for the manufacture of outdoor niches are wood, pvc and resin. Over the years, the shelter can lose its insulating capacity and water can become impregnated. Your dog will then look for a dry place to take a nap. Plastic kennels will be more difficult to repair in case of cracks.
If your shelter is made of wood, you can undertake insulation work: redo the roof with weatherproof paper (bituminous mineral paper), insulate the floor with an underlay.
Caution! Wooden shelters must be protected with wood stain and raised from the ground with plastic feet. Another trick is to equip your niche with a plastic door to protect the inside from the weather.
Choosing a suitable cover
Your dog is the first producer of heat in his kennel. His body will produce a lot of heat… So, what we are trying to do is to conserve this heat!
Depending on the models and brands, you will find an insulating cover that protects against cold and humidity. It is very easy to install with a scratch system and can be removed in the summer to make room for the summer heat! The problem? These covers are not adapted to all references.
A heating mat or a heater
Carpet, cushion or thermal blanket can be introduced in any dog house: plastic, wood, resin or other. This system will not only create an insulating layer between the floor and the animal, but will also use the ambient and body heat of the dog to create a warm and cozy bed.
If you live in an area where the extreme cold persists and creeps into every nook and cranny of the kennel, the most efficient system is to install a kennel heater. This is an uneconomical solution, but it can be effective in extreme conditions.