Winterizing a Doghouse?

My brother is allergic to dogs so my family can't have one, but my sister and I have kind of neighborly adopted the neighbor's outdoor dog. The owners are fine having us walk him and play with him because they are busy and feel bad that they don't spend time with him. He is a Labrador Retriever.


He has a dog house, but I am not sure if it is enough. He is cold now and it hasn't even snowed yet. We live in Utah. There is no way that he could spend winter inside my neighbor's house. They have a baby and the dog is big, not house trained, and ruins everything in his path. Is there anything I could do to make the doghouse warmer?

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November 7, 20150 found this helpful

There are many good suggestions in another link called Winterizing a Dog House on this website, which is to the right of this posting, as I am looking at it. Several of them suggest giving the dog some hay or straw bedding, which keeps them warm very well. You could also Google the question and get ideas for insulating his dog house. E-How and Instructables might have articles on this too.


The poor dog needs a new owner, who will care for him properly, house train him, and let him stay in the house, but I'm glad that you and your sister care for him, at least. Good luck, and please continue to see to his needs - please don't lose interest.

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Preferably straw versus hay is best and it may take 2-3 bales for a large dog. You might get some from a farmer cheaper than going to a craft store or other business supplier. Staple plastic bought off the bolt at Walmart can be bought for small price and will cover the dog house exterior to help block biting wind and any snow/rain from seeping in. You can also nail down at the top of doghouse a carpet sample to cover the entrance and still allow the dog to enter/exit easily. These samples can be bought for a low price at any carpet store and request to buy one or two. Even putting down a carpet sample on the flooring will help some too. This will help block out additional wind/rain/sleet/snow and keep dog warmer.


The dog house entrance should face against the wind; not toward it as well. You could also put a knitted sweater on the dog to keep it warmer while it's outside the doghouse. Our dogs notice the difference when they go outside without a doggie coat versus nothing and they are glad to have their coats on. All these things will help to keep the dog much warmer on the coldest of days and check the dog's drinking water several times a day to make sure it's not frozen. All this should be done by the owner of the dog, so I commend you for trying to improve upon the dog's standard of living.

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