Heaters offer a practical addition to an insulated dog house. Buy a heating mat or pillow and set it up in the dog house. This strategy gives your pooch a warm bed to sleep on at night. Combined with insulated walls, a heated bed should suffice the needs of any dog breed.
However, in some climates, even insulated walls and a heated bed aren’t enough to keep your dog warm. If you live in the Northern States, the winters are brutal. In these conditions, your dog is likely going to need an external heater or a heated dog house to make it through the night.
Most heaters come as “plug-and-play” units that are easy to set up. Some run on a solar battery that charges during the day, while others require connection to an external power supply. Your choice of heater depends on whether or not you’re able to lay a cable to the doghouse to power the heater.
Always ensure that any electrical cables are stored out of the way so that your dog doesn’t chew on or trip over them.