It does not get as cold in Northern Alabama as the northern US States but we still see occasional temperatures in the teens and sometimes even lower.

My youngest son owns two large dogs, one is a Siberian Husky and the other is a Husky mix. Their names are MAX (Maximus) and Toby. These dogs are different from most dogs in that if left outside, will develop thick fur coats to protect themselves from the cold and they even grow fur on the bottom of their feet. But even his dogs will have a hard time with temperatures in the teens and lower when the normal outside temperature rarely drops below 30F in the winter.

Another interesting trait about Huskys is they are incredibly smart and they will destroy just about anything to entertain themselves. Knowing this, if I were not planning to put back of this dog house up against an electric fence for protection I would have enclosed all the pieces in metal boxes and flexible steel conduit. This is something to consider of you are planning the same project and can't protect the wiring with the side of a building or electric fence.

Also, this project is not weather-proofed, but we only expect temperatures to drop below 20F every 5 years or so and I intend to dismantle everything after the coming cold spell is over.

Disclaimer: Don't try this if you have a house dog or a Husky who lives inside your nice warm house except for potty breaks! No matter how much extra hair your fru-fru dog grows in the winter he is not climatized to the outside winter temperatures and will likely suffer from frost bite or die if you try! Instead, you should bring your fru-fru dog inside when it gets cold.

Tom - www.kegkits.com

Step 1: Parts List

To compete this project you will need:

Dog house - We were going to build one but we found a Aspenpet dogloo II dog house at LOWES for $124.98 (1/4/2014). Some quick math showed that we could have built something cheaper with new material but not by much.

5-1/2 inch clamp light - We found this at LOWES too for $6.68 (1/4/2014).

125 Watt Heat Lamp - $3.32 (LOWES - 1/4/2014). They also had 250 watt heat lamps but I was afraid that the wattage would be too high. Also, I'm trying to keep a spot warmer than 20F, not heat the dog house the same temperature as the inside of my house.

RANCO 111000-000 Controller - Wired per this Instrucable I had published earlier.

Some scrap wood & 4 screws to make a clamp.

I chose screws that are long enough to mount the RANCO controller but short enough to only protrude into the dog house about 1/8 inch. These were left-over mini-blind screws and the tips do not come to a sharp point. If you are using something longer and sharper like sheet rock screws you will need to cut the points off to make them safe for your dogs.
<p>No dog should be an &quot;Outside Dog&quot;! If you leave your dog outside all the time then you shouldn't have a dog in the first place!</p>
<p>I agree with you for most dogs because they have no winter coat. But these are Siberian Huskies and they do fine outside in the cold.</p>
Pretty doggies
lol what is fru-fru
I did something like this for our dogloo but I put the bracket inside and instead of a light I used a $10 200w heater from wallyworld and ran the cord thru the vent on top to a power strip and a timer to come off and on for 45 mins every other hour. as for weather proof out porch doesn't get the rain on that side of the house so its not sealed or anything but keeps the dogs warm when temps hit low teens or singles at night.
We lived in MI most of my life and have had outside dogs, my dad used to staple freeze tape (a flexible flat cord you wrap you pipes with to keep them from freezing) to the underside of our wooded dog house. Ours were temp controlled, and would turn on if the outside temps reached below 38* They also sell it in a standard you plug it in it's on type, and could also be used on a timer, then you wouldn't have to worry about the dogs getting burned from the light bulb. We live in Florida now, my dogs stay out during the day and come in at night, they hate it, and freeze when temps dip below 60* so I just have regular not LED string lights in their house that's inside my garage, and that works the same. but we rarely dip into the lower 20's and 30's like we will be most of this week.
I'm from western NY State and I know about heat tape. I considered heat tape but the heat tape we used back home was very low wattage about 30 watts and I did not believe it would put out enough heat for the dog house.
Try putting straw in the doghouse for bedding instead of carpet.
Thanks, I'll feed the idea back to my son and his wife.

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