Insulate and warm a dogs house
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Insulating and warming a pets home
A pet house must be of sound construction if you wish to insulate it
Insulating a dogs home that has been poorly built will be a waste of effort.
A dog house that is suitable for insulation and heating should have no windows.
If windows are fitted to the pets home some form of screening should be fitted.
Windows that have a double glazing or a clear perspex panel do not need screenings. The double glazing of the doghouse window acts as a insulator.
Perspex panels are a form of clear plastic that insulates the interior of the dog house against heat transfer.
Pet heaters are operated for long periods of time and a properly designed doghouse heater will reduce the cost of warming a pets home.
The pet heaters that are available on this web site have been designed to operate safely for long periods of time.
The entrance to the dog house should be slightly larger than the dogs body width and height. A door with an opening that is to big will expose the interior to drafts.
This will defeat the purpose of installing insulation into the dog house
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A well built pet house can have two roofs to provide extra insulation.
The space between the two dogs house roofs will insulate the dog house in winter from rain and snow.
The roof addition should be positioned low enough to prevent the weather ( snow & rain ) from hitting the primary roof.
Painting the wooden portions of a pets home with an undercoat and exterior grade top coat will prevent moisture from penetrating the dogshouse.
The choice of a paint color can also help in the insulation of a dogs house.
A light colored paint should be used if you are insulating against the heat. The reverse is true if the dog house needs insulation to retain heat.
Do not use a lead base paint for the dog house. Paint will flake and peal over time and lead based paints are extremely dangerous for pets.
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Position the pet house with its back to any prevailing wind. In this position most of the wind will be prevented from entering the pet house and chilling your pet.
Place a piece of Hessian or similar material over the doghouse entrance. The Hessian will act as a barrier and help retain the warmth within the pets shelter.
Training may be required for your pet material is used for a door. Your pet may not enjoy the feel of material brushing against its body.
Raising the dogs house floor above the ground will stop moisture from entering the doghouse walls and prevent rot and mildew from attacking the floor or sides.
Position the pets home in an area that is exposed to the winter sun.
The dog house panels will retain the warmth when the sun has disappeared. The heat will transmit through the shell of the dogshouse and help to warm the interior.
Position the dog house under shade in the summer to provide natural insulation.
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Cork board or similar soft fiber boards can be used for the interior of a dogs home. Cork board is soft and easy to work with. A covering liner of light ply will be required to shield the cork board if your pet has a tendacy to chew items.
Fiberglass batts can be fitted to the interior of the dogs home with a second liner.
Fiberglass batts can be an irritant for your pet. Encasing the doghouse with a second liner will also increase the insulation benefits for the dogs house.
Foiled tar paper can be fitted to the interior or exterior of the dog house. The tar paper can be fixed directly onto the pets home using a construction adhesive.
Tar paper can also be used in conjunction with fiber glass or cork batts.
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Foam boards can be used as batts to insulate the kennel.
An alternative to using solid foam panels as an insulation for the dogs kennel is to fit a secondary liner to the pets home and use a foam filler that expands when injected into cavities.
Expanding foam is suitable for insulating the dogs home. It also provide extra adhesion for the panels creating a stronger dogs home.
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When a pets shelter has been properly positioned and insulated against cold weather a pet heater should be installed in the pets home.
A standard house heater that operates from a mains electrical supply is not suitable for a doghouse or small pets home. They are not
weather proof and dangerous for untrained pets.
Heaters for pets are available Here
The pet heaters are compact, have an insulated outer casing that will not burn your pet and are weather proof.
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To build and insulate a dogs home and small pets enclosure the materials you use will be the deciding factor on the useful life of the dog house.
The use of any material that has been coated or treated with any chemicals that may be toxic to your pet should be avoided.
Pets cannot be constantly supervised and it is not unusual for them to chew on their enclosures and resting areas.
Heaters that are used to warm the dogs house and all other appliances that have an electrical supply to the pets home must have all electrical leads positioned in a safe and dry area.
When constructing or insulating a heated doghouse, heated kennel, small pets enclosure or heated dogs home organize the positioning of the pets home and all electrical leads and connections before commencing construction the the heated dogshouse.
The dog house heater and pet heater shown on this web site are weather proof but all connecting leads must be placed in a safe and dry area.
Any doghouse and pets home you build or insulate should not have the enclosures floor resting on the ground. Resting the dog house on the ground may create mildew and make the dogshouse cold and damp. Rodent control will also be difficult.
Face the opening away from any prevailing winds.
When using power tools be sure that the proper safety equipment and safety procedures are used at all times.
Read and understand all instruction books that are supplied with any tools and always maintain a clean and safe working area.
Never work around children or unrestrained pets or let them in the work area unsupervised.
The free dog house insulation plans and free heating plans supplied are for personal use only and have all been built and tested for strength and operation and to my knowledge they are correct and accurate.
The plans are supplied without warranties and guarantee and you acknowledge that you use them and operate all tools and equipment at your sole risk.
The choice of insulation for the dog house plan or any other building plans for small pets found on this web site and the suitability for the chosen project is entirely your responsibility.
You agree to indemnify petheaters from any claims, damages, personal injuries and expenses in regards to any building projects and plans found on this web site.
All the free building plans are for personal use only.
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