Homemade Insulation for Dog Houses

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Insulation can make a big difference in protecting your dog from the elements.
Insulation can make a big difference in protecting your dog from the elements. (Image: Lonely dog watching out of his kennel image by asmik from Fotolia.com)

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

  • Scissors
  • Bubble wrap
  • Duct tape
  • Utility knife
  • Foam padding
  • Straw
  • Blankets

Cut bubble wrap to size to line the inside walls and ceiling of the dog house.

Cut bubble wrap to size.
Cut bubble wrap to size. (Image: bubble wrap image by MichMac from Fotolia.com)

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.

Use duct tape to stick bubble wrap to the inside of the house.
Use duct tape to stick bubble wrap to the inside of the house. (Image: green insulation tape image by green308 from Fotolia.com)

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.

Foam padding can be used for insulation.
Foam padding can be used for insulation. (Image: pink foam image by laurent dambies from Fotolia.com)

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.

Lay down a bed of straw.
Lay down a bed of straw. (Image: straw image by Katrina from Fotolia.com)

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