Should I Paint Inside of Dog House? (Solved & Explained!)

No, you shouldn’t paint the inside of the doghouse. Even with non-toxic paints, there is going to be a smell that your dog may not like, and then all of your work will have been for nothing when they avoid the house. Keep the inside bear and limit your painting to the outside.

For the rest of this article, we’ll answer the most common questions being asked by the DIY crowd about painting and preparing your dog house. Read on to find out the answers to the questions that people are asking the most!

Can you paint dog house?

Yes, you can certainly paint your dog house, just be sure that you use a non-toxic paint. Look for ‘non-VOC’ paints. VOC is short for ‘volatile organic compounds’, and these paints produce fumes that are toxic to humans and to dogs. Provided that you use a non-toxic paint, you can paint your dog house any way that you like!

What paint is safe for dog kennels?

When you are painting a kennel, go with an epoxy paint. Not only will it be safe for your dogs, but it is extremely practical. Epoxy coating gives the kennel alkali and acid resistance, so that dog urine isn’t going to eat through the coating anytime soon.

This will make for easy washings and it’s not going to harm your dogs.

What color should I paint my dog house?

Lighter colors are best, with white being the ideal choice if it doesn’t stick out too much when compared to your home. White reflects heat and lighter colors will do this to some extent due to the white content in the mix.

Avoid darker colors, as these will absorb heat and make the dog house considerably warmer in the summer and thus uncomfortable to your dog.

Is painting toxic to dogs?

It will depend on the paint, but most paint contains varying levels of VOC, which is short for ‘volatile organic compounds’. These substances are toxic and are what produce the strong odor of many paints. The fumes from these paints are indeed toxic to your dogs and the paint itself can make your dog very ill if ingested.

Non-toxic varieties are available that will be safe for your dog, so you’ll want to look for these.

What paint is non-toxic to dogs?

Sherwin Williams offers a line called ‘Harmony’ which has many non-toxic options which you may choose from. Watch for ‘No VOC’ paints, as these do not contain the same volatile organic compounds as many standard paints, making them safer for both humans and dogs alike. Finally, most water based paints are also considered non toxic for dogs.  

Is it safe to put paint on dogs paws?

 Different types of washable paints and even water-based finger paints are safe on your dog’s paws, but commercial paints are almost always going to be toxic to some degree.

If your dog gets paint on their paws, then you will want to scrub them with soap and water to remove the paint and avoid your dog attempting to clean it off themselves and ingesting it in the process.

How might color affect the warmth of a dog house?

Lighter colors and especially white help to ensure that the house stays nice and cool. Darker colors absorb heat and light, so painting your dog house with these is not advised. In the summer, such colors will absorb heat and make the inside of the dog house hot and stuffy – definitely not a good idea.

Stick with white or simply light colors and you won’t have to worry about this issue.

Can you spray paint a dog house?

You can, but you need to make sure that the dog house has plenty of time to air out before your dog gets anywhere near it. The problem with spray paint is the fumes and the solvents. If the house has not properly aired-out, then this can lead to lung inflammation in your dog and potentially pneumonia.

It is better to skip the spray paint altogether and go with a Non-VOC paint that will be safe for your dog and still get the job done.

How do you weatherproof a dog house?

Aside from ensuring that there are no cracks in the exterior, you want to make sure that the roof employs tar paper in order to keep the insides of the house dry. Just treat it as you would your own roof in regards to weatherproofing and you should be okay.

The 45 degree angle of the roof and the overlapping shingles will do the rest!

Do dog houses need insulation?

Insulation is a must when it comes to dog houses. Without insulation, the inside of the house will be hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. You can DIY your own insulation solution with either fiberglass or by cutting Styrofoam panels if your dog house is currently uninsulated.

With proper insulation, your dog will be able to stay cool when it’s warm out and they won’t be chilly this winter.

What can you use for dog house siding?

One of the best choices for siding is Philippine mahogany. It’s durable and you can easily weatherproof it with the right paint in order to prepare it for withstanding many seasons. Barring this, cedar or pine is fine, or just about anything that you have on hand. The important part is that it’s solid and you can weatherproof it.

How do you seal a dog’s house roof?

For weatherproofing your roof, you can go with standard roof tar or you can cut up some adhesive asphalt sheeting. The sheeting is a nice option because you can cut and lay it out in such a way that it gives you the look of roof shingles without actually having to go out and get shingles.

It will also seal the roof quite nicely in the process.