How to Heat a Dog House in the Winter – Keeping your Pekingese Warm All the Way


How to Heat a Dog House in the Winter – Keeping your Pekingese Warm All the Way

How to heat a dog house in the winter? Quite easy if you just take the time to ensure your dog’s safety. Luckily, most pet parents know about their responsibilities in making sure that your dog is warm and safe during the winter season. But still there are many dogs who suffer and freeze to death from exposure of the harsh elements. There are various ways to heat your dog’s house.

There lots of dog breeds who love to go out and play in the snow or during cold season, but as responsible owners you should make necessary precautions in order for your pet not to get any frostbite or hypothermia. There are measures that you can do in order to help them keep warm from the extra sweater/jacket to placing heating pads inside his doghouse.

How to Heat a Dog House in the Winter

Before getting into the nuts and bolts of heating a dog house, it’s worth pointing out that a properly constructed dog house will go a long way towards keeping your pet comfy warm during the winter. Ideally, a cold weather dog house has the following features:

1) The dog house floor is insulated and elevated above the ground. A cement floor is nice and cool in the winter but bitter cold in the winter. It soaks the heat right out of live things. Insulated wood is best. In a pinch, you could place the dog house on top of a wooden pallet.

2) The house is large enough for your dog to comfortably turn around and to stretch out but not so large that it’s own body heat can not keep the house warm.

3) The floor, walls, and roof of the house are insulated.

4) The doorway has some kind of door. A flap of clear vinyl or carpet will suffice.

5) The house has an interior wind break wall so your dog is better protected from the elements.

Source: All About Dog Houses,

Making a Doghouse Warm Ideas:

  • See to it that his house is shielded from the wind. If his door is wide open, try to staple a piece of carpet on it. This would allow him to keep his heat inside while protecting him from the wind outside. An ideal location for his doghouse would be right next to the house or in the garage.
  • No beds or fabric blankets inside his house. If it snows, his body would be wet from the outside and once he lies down his bedding would be an icy bed and it would be very uncomfortable for him as well as it won’t keep him warm in any way. An ideal bedding during winter is a thick layer of cheap straw which you can change from time to time.
  • Elevate his house using a wood pallet, blocks or bricks so that it is not directly laying against the ground.
  • Insulate his floor, roof and walls. Go and buy a simple and inexpensive insulation kit and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.
  • Go grab a black paint and paint his outside roof. The color black would absorb sunlight and heat that could help him during cold nights.
  • Buy him a heating mat or a heated dog bed and place it inside his doghouse.
  • If you happen to live in a place where it gets too cold during winter then get him a heater box and put it with him inside his house. A heater box is just a metal box with a bulb or an emitter inside.

There you have it, ways on how to heat a dog house in the winter. But if you ask me, nothing beats the fact that you should keep your four-legged companion indoors with you during the winter months. Letting them stay outside is also fine as long as you are responsible enough to keep them warm at all times and they have everything they need in order to survive night after night during the entire season.

How do you handle winter season with your pekingese? If I may say, your pekingese should not be allowed to stay outdoors during the cold season since they are so tiny and they are prone to frostbites. Keep them inside with you. Share with us your tales on being a pet parent on the space provided below.



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  1. How cold can he bare? is 7″C okay for a pekingese?

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