In both the hotter and colder months, you’ll want to know what the best bedding is for a dog house for both summer and winter.
It makes sense that the bedding inside a dog house might be different depending on whether you are trying to keep your dog warm, or cool them down.
We’ve split the guide below into 3 sections:
– General tips for picking a dog bed for a dog house
– Picking dog bedding for colder winter months
– Picking dog bedding for hotter summer months
Let’s take a look in more detail!
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What Is The Best Bedding For A Dog House In Both Summer & Winter?
General Tips For Picking Bedding For A Dog House
Some considerations when picking a dog bed for a dog house are:
– You want to look at the size and shape of the dog house you have or that you are wanting to get
– The dog bed you pick should be a compatible shape for the dog house
– The dog bed width and length should fit inside the dog house
– The thickness of the dog bed matters – it shouldn’t be so thick that it inhibits your dog getting in and out of the dog house, or that it leaves little room between the bed and the dog house ceiling
– In general, you always want to have a dog bed with some form of cushioning or protection from the hard dog house floor in the dog house for your dog.
– You may also want to look at the size of the dog house opening to make sure you can get any bedding through the dog house door/opening
If you want to look at some options for dog beds and dog houses, you can do so here:
Options other than dog beds that some people choose to put in a dog house might include:
– Thick blankets/rugs in the winter. The advantage with a blankets or rugs sometimes is that they are more flexible to fit through a dog house door opening
– Some type of breathable fabric on a dog bed frame in the summer. In the summer, you may even not use a dog house altogether, and simply have a breathable fabric dog bed for your dog set up in a cool, shady, comfortable spot where your dog has access to drinking water
What Is The Best Bedding For A Dog House For Winter and Cold Weather?
First off, check out this guide about how to warm, heat or insulate a dog house for winter and cold weather.
The bedding you put in your dog’s dog house is only one of the factors that impacts how hot or cold the inside of a dog house might be (other factors like where the dog house is set up inside or outside for example can play a big part).
In cold weather, a heavily insulated dog house can help, and also having the dog house out of the rain/snow, and wind, can also help.
Specifically when talking about the dog house floor and bedding for cold weather, you may pay attention to the following:
Raise the dog house floor off the ground
From surfaces like cold concrete, wet grass, or snow and ice.
You can buy a dog house that is already raised, or prop a wooden palette under your dog house
Better insulate the floor of the dog house with straw
Straw doesn’t wet or freeze, making it a good insulator.
Apply an even layer a few inches thick.
Make sure it doesn’t have seeds (usually found in hay) or parasites on it so your dog’s hair and skin doesn’t get irritated
Place a blanket or blankets over the straw
To keep the straw from going everywhere and as an extra layer of insulation.
Utopia Bedding Thermal polar fleece blankets (on Amazon) are soft, comfortable and warm, and can be great at keeping the cold out
You may choose to put several blanket on the floor to further insulate the bottom of the dog house.
Put down a dog bed or a dog mattress on the blanket
We’ve already discussed dog beds in general above in this guide.
Additionally, you can give your dog another blanket on top of the dog bed or mattress for extra warmth.
Consider an electric heated dog mat or electric heated dog bed
You can get heated dog mats and dog beds for your dog to lay on instead of a dog bed or dog mattress.
Two popular options are the
- K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Pet Bed (on Chewy)
- K&H Manufacturing Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed (on Amazon)
- K&H Pet Products Deluxe Lectro-Kennel Heated Pad & Cover (on Chewy)
- K&H Manufacturing Lectro-Kennel Heated Pad (on Amazon), and
What Is The Best Bedding For A Dog House For Summer and Hot Weather?
Again, take a read of this guide on how to cool down a dog in a dog house.
And again, what you will see is that the bedding you put in your dog’s dog house is only one of the factors that impacts how hot or cold the inside of a dog house might be (other factors like where the dog house is set up inside or outside for example can play a big part)
In summer for example, having a dog bed in the shade, and in a location where the air and surface temperature is cool is important.
It’s also important a dog has access to clean drinking water.
Specifically when talking about the dog house floor and bedding for hot weather, you may pay attention to the following:
Consider a self cooling dog pad/mat
These mats are thin mats with self cooling gel in them.
Your dog will probably feel them more than a thicker self cooling bed. A popular self cooling dog mat is the Arf Pets Self Cooling Mat & Gel Pad (on Amazon).
Consider a self cooling dog bed
More support and thickness than a pad/mat.
Better for a dog’s joints and bones.
Have a gel infused inner foam.
A popular gel infused memory foam dog bed is the Dogbed4less Orthopedic Gel Infused Cooling Memory Foam Mattress Bed (on Amazon).
A good option might be to put a thinner self cooling mat on top of a thicker more supportive self cooling dog bed, and use a fan to blow cooler air onto your dog.
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