A dog house heater is any device in which the prime function is to produce heat, whether it’s for an entire dog house or a small area. In this post, we’ll share 6 different types that are on the market.
Electric heater box: This type can be mounted on the wall of your dog house or on top of a solid object. Electrical currents are converted into heat that can warm an entire area.
Microwavable pad: This is a simple pad made from non-toxic materials that can be heated in the microwave. It’s fast, convenient and lasts over 8 hours, but it only heats one small spot. This is great for crates and puppy playpens.
Light bulb space heater: This is a classic heating tool used for farm animals, reptiles and can also be used for dog houses. It comes in the form of a light bulb or a ceramic bulb that doesn’t emit light, which is easier on your dog’s eyes.
Insulated dog house: If you live in a region known for bitter winters, a more permanent solution is to purchase a dog house built for the cold with thick, wooden and foam insulated walls, a doggie door, and a raised wooden floor. Learn all about heated dog houses here.
Heated pad or bedding: This can be a thick, fleece-lined bed or a thin thermal pad that fits inside or under a fabric bed. Read more about Heated Dog Beds.
Solar powered dog house heater: Take energy efficiency to the next level by building your own solar heater system with a solar panel, battery, and solar inverter.
A quality heater will be energy efficient, take safety into consideration with design and most importantly- keep your fur baby warm.
Remember that your dog’s well being comes first
When choosing a heater, consider your dog’s weight, fur type, breed and other health issues regarding tolerance to climate.
Once the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, monitor your dog closely for discomfort, as the cold can be dangerous for her health. This can include shivering, anxiety whining or sluggishness.
For dogs with thin coats, small dogs or older dogs, it may be best to bring them indoors.
With this combo dog house heater and ac unit, you can keep your dog house at a stable temperature year round.
It’s lightweight and easy to transport. Also, the simple box design allows you to mount it according to your preferences, such as in a window or on the roof.
We know it’s more on the expensive side, but if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors and you’re looking for a heater box for a dog house that ensures your pet will be comfortable (and safe) this is a reliable option.
This is an easy dog house heater, especially since it’s made to warm pet homes, to begin with. To install it, drill a hole in the wall of the dog house and feed the unit cord through.
Then, drill the unit in place using the mounting shield, which also prevents your dog from burns. Set the thermostat, plug in the cord and you’re good to go!
A perk we were pleasantly surprised about was how much energy it consumes when turned on: 1.3 amps. Compare this to a charging iPhone at 2.1 amps, and you’ll be smiling.
The only worry we had was that the heat shield gets very warm despite the fact that its main purpose is to protect from burns. Mount it up high on the wall where it can’t be reached, or you might consider getting innovative and building an extra shield around it.
This small electric heater isn’t meant to heat an entire pet house, but instead, provide a hot spot within the house. It is advertised as a chicken coop heater but would work well for a small dog house also.
We loved it for the energy efficiency at 200 watts as opposed to say, a 1500 watt heater. The low price is unbeatable if you’re on a budget.
It can be mounted on a wall or stands up on its own. Since it heats radiantly, the panel is safe to touch without burning.
This carefully crafted ceramic heat-bulb may be directed towards pet reptiles, but we found it can be used to heat space for other small animals as well, including small dog houses.
It’s unique from other heating lamps because it doesn’t emit light, so your dog won’t be bothered or blinded while feeling warm.
The ceramic construction of this dog house heater makes it waterproof and explosion-proof. Be sure to keep the bulb a good distance from where your dog can stand up and hit it or jump up against it, as it can get quite hot.
For the price, it’s a solid option that will produce heat for 24 hrs continuously.
This is a solid pet self-warming pad for small dog houses and if you are wary about using an electric pad that must be plugged in.
A simple thermal insert slips into a soft cover and voila, you’re ready to go. It utilizes your dog’s body heat to warm itself up, so no need for electricity.
Don’t expect this to radiate with waves of intense heat. For the price, you get a pad that will generate more warmth than if you were just using a blanket.
It’s a convenient option if you worry about safety and want your dog to have something a bit warmer than usual to take on chilly temperatures.
A solar-powered dog house heater
Want to go green by harnessing the energy of the sun to heat your dog house? For a solar dog house heater, you’ll have to buy separate products and install the solar heater system yourself.
The good news is, the installation process is not rocket science. The downside is that you’ll spend more than you would on say, a dog heating pad. But, think of the energy you’ll save in the long run all while reducing the carbon footprint!
We’ll give you a brief tutorial on how to get your DIY solar heater up and running. But first, take a look at this step-by-step video that offers an easy break down of what to do and what you’ll need.
The most important items you will need to purchase are a 100 w solar panel and a 300 w solar inverter charger. This is what will power your dog house heater.
100 W solar panel
From monocrystalline to polycrystalline solar panels, these are quality options to mount on top of your dog house.
Monocrystalline solar panels are the most efficient because they use the highest grade silicone, which gives them higher longevity and space efficiency.
Polycrystalline solar panels cost less and are simpler to manufacture, but the overall performance is outdone by monocrystalline.
This video gives you more information about how to pick a solar inverter.
You’ll also want to hook up a 12v battery from your local hardware shop. This will attach to the solar inverter and solar panel and accumulate energy for future use.
Lastly, the power grid will connect to the inverter. This is where you’ll plug your dog heater ( such as one of the electric box heaters or plug-in pads we reviewed) and other appliances of your choice to receive converted solar power.
Conclusion: What is the best way to heat a dog house?
Ultimately, how you decide to heat your dog house depends on the needs of you and your dog. It also matters where you live and how cold it gets. The more frigid the temperatures, the higher quality products you’ll want to invest in.
For extremely cold regions, an insulated dog house such as the Dog Palace by ASL Solutions comes fully insulated for the cold with cord access to install an electric heater or heating pad.
An electric heater box, such as the ClimateRight Heater & Fan is an excellent option to provide widespread heating and cooling throughout your dog house.
Heating lamps are cheaper and only heat a small space within the doghouse The Premier Heat Lamp offers peace of mind with extra safety features, such as an anti-chew cord and protective lamp barrier.
I was raised to be a dog person. My first Shepherd grew up as I did and wanted to be where I was at all times. I got my second dog as a 16th birthday present, and her loyalty for me was just as strong as my first. I hope that my contribution to Animalso will help others find dogs who give them that same unconditional love.