10-25-2011 02:37 PM
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10-25-2011 05:05 PM
From: All About Doghouses
1) The dog house floor is insulated and elevated above the ground. A cement floor is nice and cool in the summer 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.
So, since you don't want anything electrical in the dog house, other than insulating it, about the only other thing to do would be to put a door on it.
Click here to search homedepot.com for pet doors.
Another thing you can do would be to build a "green house" type structure around the existing dog house. The air space between the two structures would also act as an insulator. It would also heat up during the day as the sun shines on it. While you don't want Fido directly on the concrete for the reason mentioned above, a concrete pad under the "green house" will absorb some of the collected heat and radiate it as the outside cools down.
A final option is solar and wind powered heaters: click here for one source, There are others if you search for them.
10-25-2011 07:31 PM