Heated Dog House and Other Ways to Keep Your Dog Warm in Winter

Updated on August 8, 2017

Heat a Dog House

A heated dog house is a great way to keep your dogs warm in cold weather. Fortunately, most dog owners realize the necessity of assuring their dogs are warm and safe in winter. However every year many dogs freeze to death or suffer from exposure to the elements. There are many ways to heat a dog house. If you do a little research you a method you are comfortable with and that meets your budget.

One winter, I saw a tiny ball of fur on a lawn tied to the railing of the front porch. It was laying down and all balled up trying to keep warm. It took all my strength, not to get out of my car and take that puppy home.

Many dogs enjoy the snow and the cold weather, but there are precautions we need to make, just to assure they don't get frostbite, or suffer from hypothermia when the temperature really drops. There are many things we can do to help, from using extra clothing to placing a heating pad in the doghouse.

Build or Purchase a Dog House

Make sure that the dog house is large enough to accommodate the dog. If you live in an area that is subject to snow or flooding, make sure that the dog house is on stilts or off of the ground.

For extra protection again the wind and cold, make sure the dog house us up against a flat surface, such as the house or a tree. When building or buying the house take into consideration room for heaters and other insulating materials.

Proper Insulation

To make sure your dog can stay warm when outside, make sure they have a warm comfortable place to lay down. A remnant of warm carpet or put a thick blanket in the dog house so he can cuddle up. Seal any crack or openings in the dog house that will allow the element to come in.

Heating Resources

Doggy Heating Pad: You dog will especially love your for getting him a doggy heating pad. They are great to use for you dog if he prefers to be outside or if he stays in the garage or basement. Doggy heating pads are chew and water resistant and safe to use indoors and out.

Dog House Heater: Hound Heaters are safe and efficient in maintaining a comfortable heating environment for your pet. It has a 100,000 cycle life thermostat designed to maintain a consistent safe temperature. They cost about $100 and can be purchased in pet stores or online.

In Home Doggy Door

Make a doggy door: If you do not use a dog shelter, a doggy door is convenient and very inexpensive to install. This way, your pet can come into the house, to warm up, whenever he wants to. Make sure the door is large enough for the dog to easily go in and out and the flap is tight enough to keep cold air out; and the heat in your home.


Tack onto the dog house, strips of thick plastic, tarp or heavy fabric, that will allow your dog to go in and out and act as a buffer against the cold. You can also put a doggie door in the dog's dwelling, that will close behind him, this will help to keep the cold out and the heat in.

Drying Off

When your dog come in from the snow or the rain, it is a good idea to take a towel and dry them off. It is also important to make sure they have a warm place to stay while they are drying off. Also check the paws to make sure they have no signs of frost bite.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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        10 months ago

        I see a lot about just bringing them in. I have three dogs two are indoor dogs and one prefers outside. My outside pup has extremely bad anxiety and has broken her teeth trying to get out of a indoor enclosure. We build a outdoor large dog kennel and she loves it. She has some relief from the anxiety. She is medicated for it but this way she can fully relax. I got her as an adult so don’t know her past. This is the first winter with her and I can use all the tips possible. Just because my dog is outside when I leave the house doesn’t mean she isn’t my family. I would love to have her in but that’s not what she wants so I make outside as comfortable as I possibly can and bring her in whenever I am there.

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        2 years ago

        i am asking you the insulation materials and electricity source that they use to heat the dog house during the winter time, and answer the question using scientist vocabulary

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        Pamela Lipscomb 

        8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

        Aley, I don't understand it either. Are pets are to be cared for and protected at all costs.

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        Alice Lee Martin 

        8 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

        Nice hub. I never understood why people leave their pets outside in inclement weather. My dogs are inside animals, but go out to "play" and of course to relieve themselves...they are my children!

      • 2besure profile imageAUTHOR

        Pamela Lipscomb 

        9 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

        Yes, don't you know dogs are people too! : )

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        9 years ago from Northern California

        That is a beautiful doghouse. I love this Hub... great tips! A doggy heating pad! How caring! :)


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