Using a Doghouse in the Wintertime

"A lot of people like the snow," said comedian Carl Reiner. "I find it an unnecessary freezing of water."

I can appreciate Reiner's view on the cold and snow. Scraping windows, shoveling driveways and building snowmen do nothing to excite me. Kids sledding down hills and waiting for cars to defrost... no thank you!

However, the same can't be said for my dog, Artie. Every time the mercury starts to drop and the snow starts to build up, I can see his tail start wagging. If you live in a colder climate, then you might have a dog that behaves the same way. Chomping at snowflakes and running around a yard with snow banks is one of the funniest things to watch as a dog owner - from inside the house.

As the owner of a pooch with a thicker fur coat, I have no trouble watching my dog play outside in the brisk months of the year. Yet, I understand that there are risks involved with letting Artie in the snow, so I take the preventative measures to make sure he's safe in the colder climate.

Doghouses During The Winter

Just like people, dogs need a place to call home. Dogs with extremely heavy coats such as St. Bernards and Huskies are able to handle frigid weather without even a shiver, but they will still search for a den to rest in after they've had their fun playing the snow.

Even in the fall or spring, temperatures can dip into icy temperatures, so if you plan on letting Fido outside, you need to have a proper shelter for them.

Today, doghouses come in dozens of different styles and sizes to fit your dog's needs. If you live in an area that is susceptible to frosty temperatures, there are dog houses and dog house accessories made especially for you.

No matter what kind of dog house you have, you want to make sure that you have warm blankets and plenty of (unfrozen) water for your dog to enjoy. To make sure that your dog house stays at a safe temperature, invest in a Hound Heater to warm the air inside their shelter.

Recently, Akoma Dog Products have created a way for any dog to relax in their dog houses during the winter. The trusted dog brand has designed a variety of Hound Heaters to safely raise the temperature of any dog house, as long as you have an outlet nearby. The Heaters work like a small furnace and can warm an area up to 40 cubic feet, so your pooch can stay toasty without coming inside you house.

  • Heat and Breeze: The problem with using a standard heater to warm a doghouse is that the air can become stagnant and stale, which can dry out your dogs nose and sinus cavities. Just think, how many times have you woken up with a scratchy throat after running the heater? Now, the Heat and Breeze can eliminate odors and stale air by refreshing your dog house twice every minute. Plus, the heater is strong enough to work in frigid climates.

  • Hound Heater Furnace: A standard heater should not be used in a dog house. It could cause a burn or even worse a fire if your dog got too close to the vents or started chewing on the cord. This specially made dog house heaters are protected with lockable boxes and cleverly designed cords to protect your pooch from starting a fire, even if they are chewers or clumsy.

Providing More Warmth in the Doghouse

Today, the pet market has created the best ways to keep Fido from freezing when the temperatures dip. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs are the most at risk for hypothermia and related illnesses during frigid weather.

"It's a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it's untrue," says a spokesperson for the AVMA.

Even Huskies need a bit of warmth in the snowy season, which means pet owners need to take steps to modifying doghouses so that they can withstand the cold.

Before you let your dog enjoy the doghouse, you should be sure to protect them from the elements. Check out some options below:

  • Insulation: It's amazing what a bit of weather-resistant foam can do for a doghouse. If you're handy enough to swing a hammer and use a drill, then you can easily add a bit of insulation to your dog's shelter. Simply take off the walls of your doghouse and put a layer of foam between the exterior and interior wall and fill any joints or cracks with non-toxic caulk.
  • Blankets: We said it before, but you wouldn't believe how many pet owners forget how something as simple as a blanket can keep their dogs from getting sick in the winter. A thick wool blanket is one of the most affordable and easiest ways to keep your dog cozy.
  • Orthopedic Heated Beds: If you have the means to run a power supply and your doghouse is kept dry, then you can spoil your pooch with a heated dog bed, too. These orthopedic dog beds provide a ton of support which sooth the aches and pains of your pooch.

So, if you have a dog that loves going outside during the snowy months, but you're scared about leaving them in their doghouse, don't worry! A properly prepared doghouse can be one of the best ways to keep your dog happy in the winter.

If you're looking for a way to warm your pooch, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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