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Old 12-13-2011, 05:01 PM   #16
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Well, I know what you mean, but he won't stay curled up for 24/7.

I want the dog to be comfy. Doesn't need to be the Ritz, but our visiting relatives is not a survival test either.

Maybe I can build in a DVD/TV combo and play Rin Tin Tin and Lassie on endless loop
Seriously, an ol' boss of mine starting breeding, raising and training bird dogs. And boarding also. He's got like 40 individual units for boarding, and they all have plasma flat screens in them! I sh!t you not! He charges a little more than most (he's making 1/4 mil a year when they're full). Most people that have money will go to extremes when it comes to their beloved pets.

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Old 12-13-2011, 10:24 PM   #17
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Things I learned about dog house construction:

elevated entry (6-8”) to block the cold low drafts; compartmental quarters- the furthest one for sleeping (as big as dog curled up), behind the larger space for rec. room (no straight shot for wind entry);

removable lid for easy cleaning; no exposed insulation: foil-faced or foamboard; no OSB due to out-gassing (with their great sense of smell…); smaller entry door to just squeeze through to keep drafts small; adjustable interior higher vent for hot days;



no steep pitched roof; thick foamboard under 1/4” plywood floor (most body heat loss due to conduction); and no fiberglass- glass fiber insulation if you love your dog- or even like him- tiny shards of glass to continually fall from above getting into/on his eyes, mouth, tongue, throat, lungs to irritate/cut until swallowed in stomach. Just examine the empty insulation bag, or use a flood light/camera while installing……

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Old 12-14-2011, 01:33 PM   #18
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The light bulb and my dogs body heat are plenty enough on the coldest days in her 16 sgft condo. If you're going through all the work to build a doghouse why wouldn't you heat it? I hope you don't have a dog.
Four dogs. All large dogs, and all totally spoiled inside dogs!

But let me back up a bit:

Like many of the vague questions posted here, when talking about dogs and doghouses there are a lot of variables to consider.

First, the dog: Should it be outside 24/7?
What kind (size) dog is it?
Small dogs with little body mass, dogs with health issues, old dogs, certain breeds, etc., should not be outside 24/7 through the winter.

We have an Australian Shepherd that is going on 13 years. In her youth she wanted to be outside 24/7 no matter what the weather (Oklahoma) and we would let her. She is showing her age, and gets up a lot slower than she used to. We now keep her inside in wet and cold weather (usually against her will).

We also have two greyhounds. They are definitely not outside dogs. In fact they are very spoiled couch potatoes.

IMHO, a medium or larger sized, healthy dog that is used to being outside (yes, an assumption on my part) should be quite comfortable in a well built doghouse going through a L.A. frost.

I have nothing against anyone who wants to heat a doghouse, but I suppose my comments above were as much for other readers who may not have the option/ability to wire their dog house. And an unheated doghouse should be properly built and sized to the dog. They should be able to lay down comfortably, but bigger is not necessarily better.

I have two hesitations over heating a doghouse. First, in a southern climate it is possible to over do it to the point where it may be too warm especially for a thick coated dog.

My biggest hesitation over heating a doghouse is safety. If wired, can the dog chew or damage any part of it?

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Old 12-14-2011, 01:44 PM   #19
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You are very right about the variables. And I am glad you are a loving dog owner. As far as heat, I ran an underground conduit with 14g Romex, through the floor and inside the gable end wall up to a light bulb socket enclosed in a 5lb Folgers coffee can with several little holes around the base of the can. A 75 watt bulb keeps the can very warm, but not to hot to the touch. Just a little bit of warmth. Totally safe in every respect.
I love my dog like a child; her safety is my number one concern.
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elevated entry (6-8”) to block the cold low draftsno exposed insulation: foil-faced or foamboard
Mmmm, I had thought about that but rejected for ease of sweeping. But your comment spurs me to and idea of a removable piece for that use and also as a rainblock.

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no OSB due to out-gassing (with their great sense of smell…)
Yeah, I had all the wood ventilating for a long time in the garage for that reason. Also to season it for warpage.


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no steep pitched roof
Why not? I didn't pitch steeply anyway, but just curious

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; thick foamboard under 1/4” plywood floor (most body heat loss due to conduction)
Another excellent point. The walls would get mostly radiated, but the floor, or a wall he's leaning on, would get conducted heat.
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Foil faced foam board to the inside as well. It will reflect a bunch of the radiated heat right back at him.
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OK, 1 roll of Reflectix 25' x 48" Double Reflective Insulation now in hand. And a roll of rope caulk.

Neither HD nor Lowe's had any of the foamboard stuff-what's up with that?

But this should keep him OK.

Now gotta work on getting him to go in the doghouse by himself...
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Any steep pitched roof makes for good convective currents. The lower the roof, the smaller the loop. Keep his body heat close to him, use vents during hot weather to keep the "attic" cool.

Don’t leave any insulation exposed to the dog’s claws and teeth from scratching at it because it’s there…. I had a dog. (Dad told me he ran away though he did chase cars......) Leave an air space to the inside sheathing if using foil-faced foam board, otherwise it won't work.

You could use foil-faced insulation in the roof system as WW said, to cut down on the heat from the Summer sun- last one here; http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/energ...rfriendly=true
It does work in sunny CA as other areas: use a light colored roofing for cooler temps inside: http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/publicati...N-15/index.htm


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