A dog house can be seen as a simple shelter, protecting a pet from the elements, including sun, heat, rain, snow and hail. Compare a dog house to a regular house, however, and you will realize there is a key component missing from its structure: insulation. Dog houses typically do not have any insulation. It's relatively easy, however, to make your own insulation and provide extra comfort for your pet.
Things You'll Need
- Bubble wrap
- Duct tape
- Utility knife
- Foam padding
Cut bubble wrap to size to line the inside walls and ceiling of the dog house.
Adhere the bubble wrap to the inside walls and ceiling with duct tape. Make sure the bubble wrap is secure and that it is not going to fall down. Use enough tape to cover all edges of the bubble wrap so that air does not seep through.
Cut foam padding into four pieces, one for each wall. Cut the padding two inches larger than the length of each wall so that an inch overlaps the adjacent walls. Remember to cut a hole for the house entrance.
Place the padding on top of the bubble wrap and push the it snugly into the corners of the house so each piece is tight. If need be, you can also use duct tape to make the padding more secure.
Place a layer of straw on the floor of the dog house for added insulation. It can be thrown out and replaced with new straw over time. You can also use blankets, but you will need to wash them from time to time.
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