Dog house shopping? An insulated dog house makes sense.
We are often asked different versions of “why should my dog have an insulated dog house?”.
Recently we received a question on an advertisement we posted online:
Question: Hi, I was looking for a dog house for my Boxer. This is the first time I’ve seen an insulated dog house. Probably a stupid question, but is there any point in buying an insulated dog house? After all there’s no heater in the dog house for any heat to be kept in by the insulation.
Our reply: Hi, that is not a stupid question at all, in fact it is a very good question and we have been asked this a few times.The answer to this is also the main reason we started Pet Cosy to manufacture insulated dog houses.
Most dog houses available in pet supply stores have been made without insulation. These low quality imported dog houses are also in some pet shops/garden centres. They are imported from warmer, dryer countries and the wood is light/thin and often the floor will have slots in it “for ventilation” this is not good design. These dog houses are cheap to buy, look reasonably ok when new and lots of people buy them without realising they are totally ineffective in Ireland. In the same stores you may also find totally plastic dog houses, they are equally ineffective in Ireland and in our opinion they are completely unsuitable for anything except keeping your pet dry when it rains, if they are not terrified of the noise during heavy rain.
Some examples of ineffective dog houses are available to view at your nearest pet superstore, I have yet to see a quality dog house for sale in one of these pet supply stores.
There are some quite well made kennels from Ireland, using good solid materials (but without insulation), these will last a good deal longer than the imported kennels, but without insulation, draught proofing and proper flap doors, these too are ineffective in our very cold winters and our hot sunny days.
The insulation in our insulated dog houses literally insulates the interior from the exterior weather and in winter uses the dogs body heat to warm up and stay warm while in summer it will be a good deal cooler inside than out in the sun as the suns heat is prevented from warming the interior by the 40mm insulation. Our insulated dog houses also provide a safe shaded escape from the heat helping to prevent sunburn and sunstroke, our dog flap doors can be removed and the vent on the back wall can be fully opened to increase air flow during very hot weather.
Did you know? Dogs carry their own blankets around in the form of their fur, which (on most breeds but not all) thickens in winter, so simply providing an insulated dog house makes a huge difference to their comfort and safety.
Imagine, on a very cold day you were wrapped up in bed in a cosy duvet but you were in a flimsy garden shed instead of an insulated house? You would find it very difficult to sleep, stay warm and be comfortable in the draughty garden shed, but you would be cosy, warm and comfortable in an insulated house.
Currently, we are looking for small inexpensive digital temperature monitors, which will monitor both the internal and external weather and then send the info back to a display in your home. We would really like to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to monitor their pet’s comfort with a degree (pun intended :-)) of certainty that their money was well spent.