Dogs might not enjoy various seasons like you do, therefore it’s important to properly weatherproof their kennel to keep them healthy and happy.
Ideally, the first step would be to select a dog kennel equipped to withstand the weather. If not possible there are some easy ways to weatherproof your doghouse, like installing insulation, using flex seal or placing it away from the elements.
Table of Contents
- Why weatherproof a dog kennel?
- What should your dog kennel be made of?
- How to choose weatherproofing materials
- Where to place your kennel?
- The one stop shop: Flex seal
- Have you got the bottom covered?
- DIY your concrete foundation
- Other methods to seal the roof and walls
- How to insulate your doghouse?
- Keeping the floor warm
- How to keep the kennel cool during summers?
- Cooling devices
Why weatherproof a dog kennel?
Dogs are prone to sickness in extreme temperatures and rain. Sensitivities to different temperature ranges depends on your breed. The same summer that’s perfect for your tan can give your pug a heatstroke. Weatherproofing your doghouse acts as a preventative measure to protect your pups.
Some weatherproofing techniques can also prove to extend the lifespan of your dog kennel by protecting its exterior from harsh weather.
What should your dog kennel be made of?
Kennels are usually made up of one of the three materials: wood, plastic or metal. Even though metal and plastic sound like a good option they can get extremely hot or cold depending on the temperature.
Therefore it is recommended that your dog kennel should be of wood. They might not be the most durable or waterproof, but are definitely more weather resistant as they act as great insulators. Since wood is a porous material it also remains cool during summers.
How to choose weatherproofing materials
The following article will contain a list of materials that you can use to weatherproof your kennel, if it isn’t already. Remember that dogs are quiet playful creatures and in most cases will not hesitate to chew apart the material if it intrigues them.
Therefore either choose to cover your kennel in material your dog won’t/can’t chew or use wood/plastic panels to cover insulation material.
Where to place your kennel?
This is the first and easiest step in weatherproofing you dog house. Saving it from the elements can play a big role in keeping it safe. Make sure to avoid areas where water can accumulate. If your kennel is placed in your backyard then you can make small trenches around it to collect water.
Keep your doghouse away from direct sunlight, and the door facing away from the direction of the strongest winds.
The one stop shop: Flex seal
Flex seal can prove to be a lifesaver when weatherproofing your dog kennel. It can be applied to almost any material including wood, plastic, metal, some vinyls etc. Flex seal liquid rubberized coating is also non-toxic and safe to use around plants and animals.
Simply apply a layer of Flex seal on the roof and walls of your kennel to form a water seal. This will protect you doghouse from wind, snow, excessive sunlight, as well as rain. Just remember to use an oil based primer between Flex seal and paint.
With wooden doghouses it’s important that you weatherproof the bottom as well since water can seep through during the rainy season.
The perfect solution would be to raise the foundation of your kennel, so that it does not touch the ground. You can buy a doghouse with a four legged frame, use a steel frame foundation, or make your own concrete foundation.
DIY your concrete foundation
Nothing like a good DIY. First, select a place where the ground is level, then measure your dog kennel and dig out the ground, leaving two inches extra on each side. Dig approximately four inches deep.
After doing so place your wooden or steel frame into the ground and fill it with concrete. Level the concrete and let it dry. Lastly, remove the frame and you have your foundation ready!
Other methods to seal the roof and walls
One surefire way to protect the roof of your dog kennel from snow and rain is to cover it with tar paper. Start from the bottom towards the apex and use either staples or roofing nails to hold it down. To reinforce your tar paper seal you can always staple roofing shingles on as well.
Moving onto the walls. Attach vinyl siding to them, again starting from the bottom.
How to insulate your doghouse?
Winter can be quite harsh on your outdoor pups and insulating your doghouse is the best way to keep them warm. For this, you can use a list of materials including fiberglass, reflective foil, bubble wrap and polystyrene foam.
You can layer/stuff insulating material inside the walls of your doghouse if they’re hollow. However, if they’re not, then you will need cover these materials with wooden/plastic panels so that your dog does not come into contact with them.
Chewing on any of these materials can be highly injurious to their health.
Keeping the floor warm
The bottom of your dog kennel is what your dog will usually come into contact with. If the kennel is made out of metal, chances are it’ll be extremely cold to touch. To prevent your dog from being exposed to cold surfaces it’s best to cover it with a carpet or rug.
You can also use mulch, newspaper, linen or a cold weather dog bed.
How to keep the kennel cool during summers?
Even if you live somewhere where it’s hot all year round, insulating your doghouse can still be useful. Insulation not only stops the cold but heat as well, and prevents the interior of your dog kennel from getting exceptionally warm.
Creating or cutting out vents can also help cool you kennel. Though the easiest way to cool your dog kennel is to keep it in the shade, away from direct sunlight.
Taking regular precautions usually does the trick, but if you have a husky in California these might be super useful. Devices like a ceiling fan, mini air-conditioner, exhaust fan, or cooling pad can be a lifesaver for your dog.
All of these appliances require electric cables that must be kept away from dogs, if yours is a bit keen on chewing then it’s better to invest in a cable box to keep them safe.